News: Writing a book. Speaking at SXSW

I take a break from our usual fare here to share an update on what I’m up to. I don’t exactly have a “day job”, but I do have a project I’ve been stealthily been working on for months!

Back at the start of the year that I shifted to a half-year, part-time consulting gig with SheKnows/BlogHer in order to pursue other things about which I was passionate, and ALL. THIS. TIME. I have been busy.

After last year’s election, while I was still in the fetal position, my friend Carolyn Gerin reached out and told me about a vision she had. Carolyn so happens to be the author of the Anti-Bride book series…a book I bought before I even knew Carolyn, when I got engaged! And in this case, her vision was for a similar kind of snappy, fun, but functional guidebook…this time for regular people who felt more fired up and activated over what was happening in the country than they ever had before, and who wanted to know how to get started, and how to fit a new level of activism into already time-constrained lives.

I was in.

But we also agreed to broaden and deepen our perspective and expertise by inviting a third co-author. I reached out to Jamia Wilson, a bad-ass feminist writer and community builder (and also recently named the executive director and publisher for Feminist Press).

She was in.

And thus was born:

Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All
by Carolyn Gerin, Elisa Camahort Page and Jamia Wilson.

Our book will be published by Tenspeed Press, a Penguin Random House imprint, in the Fall of 2018, but available for pre-order in approximately January…so get ready!

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Two weeks ago we turned in the first draft entire manuscript. Which is a LOT. And a thing that I’m not sure I ever envisioned myself doing even just a couple of years ago.

This week another big thing is that we learned our panel on this topic was accepted by SXSW, so we’ll be there talking about everyday activism:

A big thank you goes out to our agent, Janis Donnaud, (and to my friend, author Phillip Done, for introducing us to Janis). And to the folks at Tenspeed, who “got” us from the get-go :)

And a big thank you is also owed to the many folks who have been interviewed for the book, many of whom agreed to do it before the book even had a deal. You can look forward to wise words from people like #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Rookie Mag publisher Tavi Gevinson, journalist Soledad O’Brien, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, filmmaker Amy Ziering, craignewmark, and activists and advocates you may know (and will definitely want to know) like Kelly Wickham Hurst, Ms Carter, Tara Sood, Erin Vilardi, Courtney Macavinta, Jennifer L. Pozner and many many more. There are stories about making change at every level, from your backyard to the halls of Congress.

If you’ve been feeling afraid, but fired up; angry, but resolute; motivated, but overwhelmed, we hope to help you think about the ways you can activate right where you are…in your local community, in your company, in your schools, because ultimately something Patrisse advised really resonated with why we’re writing this book: “Be part of a local movement that has national implications.”

So, that’s it. Existential crisis averted until after the New Year. PHEW!

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