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Becoming Dad is the book I wrote based on this blog. I’ve giving away a big chunk of the book (the pregnancy section) as a free ebook. Enjoy, and please share it! Published on March 25th, 2012

Do you know a literary agent?

I got so incredibly close to publishing the parenting book based on this blog. In fact, the publisher himself said it was a sure thing, except that we needed to be patient while the manuscript got final approval from the various departments in his group. Well, I guess it’s true that a book isn’t published […]

Waiting to hear back from a publisher…

Over a year ago I met a writer/agent at a conference (that had nothing to do with writing). Since we were both writers, we got to talking, and I shared about the parenting book I was writing. We swapped email addresses, left the conference, and I never heard from him again until nine months later […]

Manuscript is complete. April is reading it for the first time.

One of the challenges of writing a book inspired by a blog is finding the larger story that keeps the reader wanting to turn pages from cover to cover. Besides writing new material exclusively for the book and incorporating many of the stories from this blog which you as the readers said were your favorites, […]

working on final draft of manuscript

• the book is divided up into three sections, and I’m working on the final draft of the last section. I’m close! • I sent my book proposal out to one agent this summer, and I don’t think they bit. I’ll keep trying. • I’m taking a break over the Christmas holidays to enjoy having […]

blog readers edit book proposal

• I’ve sent the final draft of the book proposal out to a few of you who have volunteered to be editors. • Based on your feedback, I’ll make final edits next week. • The plan is to email off the proposal by the end of next week (July 24th).

blog readers edit pregnancy section

The Big Idea First off, let me give you a quick refresher on the “big idea” for the book. Dads are showing more interest in being more involved in the parent process, but often they don’t know where to begin. • Most likely their dads weren’t as involved in their lives as they would hope […]

I’m currently writing new material that will only be in the book!

I’ve read through the whole manuscript, and with help from a few of you, I’m writing some new essays to tie up loose ends and fill in gaps. There are some key moments in our story and important issues to me as a dad that I’ve never had time to address on the blog, so […]

Currently choosing which blog posts to include in the book (based on feedback from some of you!)

A few readers of this blog have volunteered to help me write the book. I’ve asked these readers to decide which stories will stay and which will go based on the following criteria (in order of importance): 1. Take-away value – the essay carries some sort of insight, humor or emotional response that you think […]

Based on your emails and comments, I’ve decided to focus the book on being a dad who is also an involved parent.

After taking some time to think through the comments and emails I received from all of you, I’ve distilled the information down to three basic reasons people read this blog: a) people like reading about a dad who is also an involved parent b) people like reading about parenting in another culture c) I write […]

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