Last week I shot and edited a book trailer for Fifty and Other F-words. You can watch it below. It's a humor book, but it's more than that. It touches on a variety of aspects of life after 50, career challenges, reinvention, menopause, diets, the Empty Nest, fashion and style choices or the lack thereof, relationships, and aging DISgracefully. What does that mean, exactly? I believe that we should all age in whatever manner we please and allow other women the breathing room to do the same. We spend so much time judging others and enforcing arbitrary rules about how women should age, dress, act, think, and age. There are no rules.
As far as I can tell, 'aging gracefully' is just code for becoming invisible.
No, thank you.
If you're not a woman, or over 50, or experiencing all of the things in the book, there may still be something of value inside. Consider it a primer or a sneak peek of upcoming attractions, or distractions as the case may be. Or think of it as a window into one woman's struggle to rise from the ashes of her defeat in spite of a dizzying array of challenges. It's funny, it's thoughtful, it's visceral, it's raw, and it's real. You don't have to read it all or even love it all. You can skip the chapters, poems, listicles, or essays that don't resonate, because my experience is not your experience. There is some advice, but it's not a self-help book. I'm not here to tell you how you should age, in fact, I'm hoping to help free people from the arbiters of aging and their rigid proclamations.
I need your help spreading the word. If you like the book trailer, please share it! If you get the book, share a pic and tag it with #over50andfearless and I'll share your post. If you read and enjoy the book, write a review online, or tell two friends, so they tell two friends, and so on and so on and so on. If you do any of these things, you have my deepest gratitude. Thank you.
People have been asking about signed copies. I'm in a quandary here. If I buy the book with my author discount and pay for shipping here, then sign, sell, and ship it to you, in order for me to make even a few dollars and make sure it gets to you in a timely fashion I have to charge you more than the retail cost of the book. Also, my handwriting is hideous. Many years of tapping on keyboards have turned my penmanship (which was always questionable) into a scribbly mess. I'm not sure you want my scribblings in your book! So, for now, I am not officially selling copies, but I am working on the logistics so stay tuned. If you want a scribble signed copy, I will have to charge for shipping and if that's not a problem, then we're a go! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Meanwhile, you can grab a copy of the book online at Barnes & Noble, Amazon (affiliate link), and in Barnes & Noble bookstores and other bricks and mortar retailers. Ask your favorite independent local bookstore to order it for you!