Oh, sure, you can do last-minute Christmas shopping for another scented candle, or a lovely piece of pottery that might end up on the yard sale table together some day. Or you can decide to shop for a truly useful gift for any women in your life who have been diagnosed with heart disease. Here’s why, in my admittedly biased view, that gift should be A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017) – along with some simple and painless ways for you to make that happen in time for Santa’s arrival: Continue reading “What to get the heart patient who has (almost) everything. . .”
What a year it’s been since my book was published by Johns Hopkins University Press one year ago this month! When it was launched, “A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease” became Amazon’s #1 New Release in the Medicine/Public Health category. The book is already into its second printing, and reviews have been truly wonderful (with one notable exception: an Australian reader named Robert who complained in his Goodreads review that there was “a bit too much emphasis on how women are neglected when it comes to heart disease” – and then added: “Happily for me, my doctors, nurses and physios did everything by the book.” Thank you Robert, for helping to illustrate the cardiology gender gap so perfectly!
To celebrate this one-year milestone (and entice you to buy the book for yourself, or as a really useful gift for a freshly-diagnosed woman you care about), here are some random excerpts from my book, gathered from each of the 10 chapters.
Continue reading “My book is one year old! Some excerpts to tease you…”
February is Heart Month, so here’s a Heart Month bonus for you! You can now read the full transcript of Chapter 1 of “A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease“ (Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2017). I’m thrilled to say that my book is already in its second printing of both hardcover and paperback editions. Thank you, darling readers! Here’s Chapter 1, and here’s how to buy your own copy to read the other nine chapters – and, of course, the gorgeous foreword written by cardiologist Dr. Martha Gulati. ♥ Continue reading “Can’t wait to start reading my book? Here’s Chapter 1!”
At some point during the two-year adventure of writing my new book, “A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease“, an author questionnaire arrived from my publisher’s marketing staff at Johns Hopkins University Press, including this request: “Sometimes a conversation is the best way to introduce a book/author. Please answer the following questions:”
♥ Q: What were some of the most surprising things you learned while writing/researching this book?
Continue reading ““Very different from other heart books”: my Q&A with Johns Hopkins University Press”
The Pitch. . .
“Have you considered writing a book based on your excellent Heart Sisters blog? I would love to explore the possibility with you.”
The date was September 9, 2015, and that’s how the message began that was about to change the next two years of my life. It came from Jacqueline Wehmueller, then Executive Editor at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP), the oldest academic publisher in North America.
These thrilling words led to many e-mail and phone conversations with Jackie, followed by submitting a project backgrounder, a draft 10-chapter table of contents, and a sample chapter to JHUP before we could sign the book contract. Continue reading “A Woman’s Guide to Living With Heart Disease: my blog-turned-book project!”