Point taken: Book-building is a group activity. My house is a hive of activity, all centered around bringing a good book to the public this spring. It’s a little hectic right now, but while I can take a breath, here are some people to thank. In no particular order.
- Quick with a virtual red pen, copyeditor and proofreader Kate Carter.
- Quick with a bon mot, suggestion or complete rewrite, my husband.
- Helping in the wings with motivation, faith, and Yankee pragmagtism, my mother.
- “Can I read it?” Friends, professionals, and cancer survivors: you know who you are.
- My book designer (team, actually) at Studio 6 Press. Excellent! Thanks!
- The agent who said yes, giving me the thrill of acceptance. Temporary, but thrilling.
- CreateSpace, that gave me the thrill of complete self-publishing control. Permanent.
- The doctors who read the manuscript and gave informative interviews.
And very importantly, the cancer survivors who gave me long interviews about their experiences with exercise and cancer.
Thank you, everyone. We’re almost at pub date and I still have my hair.
I’m not much of a one for “silver linings,” but I have to admit that I have more time to write my book this winter because I messed up my knee one year ago in a ski fall. This winter, post-ACL repair surgery, I’m not “allowed” to ski down hills on my cross country skis. Which slows things down a lot because that means skiing only on the flats. I love hills. I miss them, but I want my knee to be 100% and I do not want another surgery. So, I listen to my surgeon and do what he says. “No hills, this year, period.”
And I have, ironically, made good use of the time not spent skiing by writing about the merits of exercise. Sometimes, life is funny like that. A silver lining to my sports injury is that I can hopefully help others be more active and more healthy in their cancer recovery!
Sure do miss those hills, though, both up and down!
What does exercise promise the cancer survivor, if anything?
The working title of my upcoming book, Exercise Beats Cancer, took some criticism today from a friend whom I esteem. Their concern was that a title like Exercise Beats Cancer seems to over-promise results. To them, that title seems to say that if you exercise you can conquer cancer.
Is that literally true? No. So, why say it? It could confuse people. Someone might go to their doctor and say, “All I need to do is to exercise, and this book says that I can beat cancer. Why do I need surgery and chemo or radiation?”
Well, I admit, I hadn’t thought of it like that. I didn’t really want to imply that exercise was the only tool needed to use against cancer. I’m not planning to claim it can “cure” anyone of cancer or should lead them to disregard their doctors’ advice or skip out on medical treatment. Not at all.
So, maybe the title will change. That’s okay. But before I leave the title behind, let me just explain why it was my “working title” for the last year or more.
- It’s catchy.
- It makes me feel motivated to exercise.
- Exercise is more fun than cancer, as in “going for a walk sure beats going to get chemo.” You know, double entendre, second meaning, subtle humor.
- It made me feel hopeful that exercise can help to beat cancer. That if I exercised, along with all other medical treatment, I might have an advantage against cancer.
- It made me feel powerful against a lousy disease.
But… the last thing that I want to do is to make medical doctors or their patients feel ambivalent about the book. Do I plan to overstate the benefits of exercise? No, I don’t. The truth of it: Exercise has so many legitimate benefits to cancer patients that not I nor anyone else needs to overstate it.
And so… the new working title has changed. Thanks for the feedback!