It was an awfully long pregnancy

In January 2007, I set about to write a book, initially titled “Tonic for Writer’s Book: They Wouldn’t Let Me Bring the Gin.”

Perhaps I found the gin after all, or at least a bit of writer’s block, because my two-year project somehow stretched to four. Eight chapters grew to 21 and then shrank to 15. And, in keeping with contemporary times — or at least my publisher’s interest in refraining from references to alcohol in the title — the book acquired a new name.

Next week,  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers will release that book,  “Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves: Telling Stories in an Age of Blogging.”  If you’re interested, you can already order it at, among other places. Or you can read a sample chapter for free at my new website,

The book — with a bit of humor, I hope — traces my early struggles as a writer and shares a method I’ve used to bring some discipline and order to my process of putting words on the page.  If you find that initial chapter interesting enough to want to read on, a friend advises I that should urge you to rush to Amazon on the same day to kick-start sales.  But that’s just too weird for me.

Buy the book if you wish, when you wish.  Do let me know what you think.

As for what comes next, I’m at a bit of a loss these days, struggling, among other things, to fit into my pre-maternity clothes after all this time.

Perhaps a bit of tonic, with just a spritz of gin, will help me figure things out.


About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.
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2 Responses to It was an awfully long pregnancy

  1. Congrats! I know what that post-partum feeling is like…sort of thrilled, sort of sad. Can’t wait to read it.

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