The Story of 33 Nurses, Part 3
In Part 2 of The Story of 33 Nurses, I promised to share more information about getting the manuscript for 33 Nurses: Insight, Inspiration, and Stories from the Field ready to release. I also promised to show you the cover, and here it is!!! Sweet, right?!
Many of the details of preparing a manuscript for publication may be boring to some, so I’ll keep them to a minimum here. One thing I know from experience is that each step takes longer than expected, and that’s when everything goes right. Since my goal was to publish this book in 2020, being the World Health Organization’s “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” as well as the 200th anniversary of the birth year of Florence Nightingale, there was no time to waste!
Once the draft manuscript with stories from 33 nurses was put together with an introduction, an appendix of informational resources, and a lengthy acronym glossary, it went out to several beta readers who checked for overall flow and readability, as well as obvious spelling or grammatical errors.
Comments from the beta readers addressed, I sent the updated manuscript to the editor. She provided a very thorough review and valuable suggestions for improvement while maintaining the original “voice” of each of the 33 nurses.
Concurrently, the book designer was working on the cover and layout concepts. She knew instinctively that I wanted the book to honor these nurses by encouraging them to share images of themselves and their lives, so she created a design to include their photos on the cover, as you can see, as well as inside the book. I am thrilled with the design.
While not typical, we kept the interior of the print edition in color to better display the photos. This step created some obstacles when it came to available printers, but all roadblocks were eventually overcome.
The edited, final manuscript came together with the final design and layout to create 33 Nurses: Insight, Inspiration, and Stories from the Field just before Thanksgiving. New and unexpected requirements by eBook distributors plus print house errors kept us watching the clock, but the eBook launched on schedule!
On December 10, 2020, 33 Nurses was released on Amazon to 5-star reviews and #1 New Release and #1 Bestseller designation in several categories! It’s now available from multiple providers including Apple, B&N, Kobo, etc.
Throughout the sprint to the finish line, the amazing 33 nurses featured in the book have continually buoyed my spirits and filled my heart. Nurses, whether retired or active, always come to the rescue of those in need. I am truly thankful for their support and kind words during this project.
2020 has been a year of unprecedented courage and dedication demonstrated by healthcare and frontline workers worldwide. I hope you’ll honor these 33 nurses by learning their stories, the most rewarding and most challenging aspects of their work, and their advice to nurses and those considering the field. Even if you’re not a nurse, I promise you’ll be touched by these stories.
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