Thursday, December 03, 2009

Birthday Bash: I Like to Make the Pretty (Part 1)

I started editing professionally in the early 1980s—I've edited fiction, non-fiction, middle grade to adult. I love making someone's words sparkle.

I learned to typeset in the 1990s. I love taking a printed page and making it visually appealing.

In 2000, I became a publisher. This is where I really got to make the pretty with words. I love to take someone's story and polish and shine until it's a work of art.

Today's Prizes: Copies of some of the books I'm most proud to have had a hand in creating:

Sorry, the Stork Takes No Returns by Claire Bowen
Illustrations by Gaynell Parker

From adventures with Scouting and Girls Camp, to self–service tooth fairies, to reflections on becoming a grandmother, Claire’s unique sense of humor will leave you laughing. And whatever else this book does, it makes you feel better about raising your own kids.

It’s humor with a literary sense and humor with common sense. It’s humor with teenagers! What more could you ask? You’re likely to recognize your own family, because you know they’re nuts, too; and you’re sure to be comforted, because they’re not as nutty as some we could name. You’ll come away feeling you’ve made new, albeit somewhat unstable, friends.

Powerful Tips for Powerful Teachers by C.S. Bezas

Whether you have been called to work with youth, or are a parent, teaching teens can be a most exhilarating, yet demanding commitment. This book is a crucial guide to working with today's dynamic youth. Compelling, yet simple, these tips will help you burst beyond fatigue and frustration, launching you toward powerful moments with today's young men and women.

A Voice from the Fire by Colleen C. Harrison

Colleen Harrison grew up believing in God. She found Him in the loneliness of a neglected childhood, felt His comfort and protection during the violent outbursts of her parents' relationship, and experienced His strength, hope and healing amidst some of life's hardest trials—childhood abuse, struggling with the effects of addiction in herself and those she loved, the death of her 18–year–old daughter, and the dissolution of what she believed was an eternal marriage. Through it all, Colleen finds and shares with us one overarching truth: the gospel of Jesus Christ works.

He Did Deliver Me From Bondage by Colleen C. Harrison

The foremost book on recovery from addiction written to an LDS audience. There are more than 100,000 copies in print. He Did Deliver Me is the main text for Heart t' Heart support groups and was used as the sole text for the LDS Family Services Addiction Recovery Program (ARP) groups for 10 years. It is excellent for those struggling to overcome addictive behaviors, loved ones who are affected by the addictive behaviors of others, and concerned Church leaders and professionals who which to help.

(This book helped me lose over 150 lbs.)

Clean Hands, Pure Heart by Philip A. Harrison

Using the groundwork laid in He Did Deliver Me From Bondage to address the widespread challenge of addiction to pornography. Drawing on scriptures, quotes from Church leaders, 12 Step literature and personal experience, Phil paints a picture of hope for those who struggle with this devastating problem and those who love them.

To enter to win, leave a comment any time before midnight on Saturday, December 5, 2009, telling me something you do to "make the pretty."

(Also tell me which book you'd like to win.)

For extra chances to win, help spread the word. . .


Annette Lyon said...

I also like editing to "make the pretty." It's so much fun to take someone's words and make them just a notch better--but still sounding like THEM. Just polished up a bit.

And of course, writing.

I don't do it much, but I love knitting as well--it's the same idea ss writing, making something from virtually nothing.

(I've heard so much about the addiction book, I'd love to get it and read it.)

Bethany Wiggins said...

To make the pretty... That's a hard one! I think seeing things that are normally not pretty from a different perspective makes them pretty. I try to do that in my writing--take something generally thought ugly or tacky and show people why something looks like that, how it got to be that way, and let them see its beauty.

As for your awesome contest, He Did Deliver Me from Bondage looks absolutely amazing. It looks like you've made a lot of pretty!

Sandra said...

I like to take ordinary blank bangles or beads and make pretty blingy jewelry.

I love everysingle one of these books. If I win, I could use another copy of HDDM.

And thanks for the after surgery gift that was waiting for me when I got home from work. I go in at 6 a.m. tomorrow.
How is DH?

Tristi said...

I make the pretty by editing, but I also make pretty scrapbook pages, darned cute kids, and write books, as well.