I’m on my way out the door on my birthday. I’m celebrating in two locations today.

First, there was breakfast at the Prince Street Cafe in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Celebrating 47 years of friendship and 65 years on earth with Mary, Gloria, and Tina

Then I discovered that I had a guest post over on Jane Friedman’s blog. So that was another reason to celebrate, and to share with you here.

The post is about my happiness with Herald Press as a publisher. It also tells two other, different, author experiences with small presses that may be interesting to you if you like to know the “back end” of what it takes to write a book.

Now I’m headed home to Stuart and the valley of Virginia. Another reason to celebrate.

I lift my glass to you this day. My New Beginning was a birthday in two places.

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Shirley Showalter


  1. Richard Gilbert on July 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Happy Birthday, Shirley! My wife’s a late July baby, too—we celebrated hers four days ago.

    Thanks for featuring me in your small press roundup.

    • shirleyhs on July 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      It’s been a great day, Richard. Thank you for making my guest post so much richer with your answers to my questions.

  2. Kathleen Pooler on July 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Happy Birthday, Shirley! Mine is on the other end of July so we share the month. Wonderful post over at Jane’s today,too. Looks like you’re having a fine day. xo

    • shirleyhs on July 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks, Kathy. Hope your own birthday was delightful and thanks for comments both here and on Jane’s blog and for numerous tweets. You are special.

  3. Marian Beaman on July 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I thought it was funny that you say “Then I discovered I had a guest post over on Jane Friedman’s blog.” As though it had appeared out of no where. Tee Hee!

    Anyway, it was no surprise to me as I had already read your fine guest post from your FaceBook link.

    • shirleyhs on July 30, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Tee hee. Jane put it up faster than I was anticipating. She’s so efficient.

      Thanks for the greetings and the comments. You are, of course, on your way to a book someday with your own blog, I hope.

  4. Tina Fariss Barbour on July 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Happy Birthday, Shirley! So glad that you had so many good things going on. Blessings to you!

  5. shirleyhs on July 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks, Tina! So glad you showed up here today. I thought of you and your blog when I listened to Terry Gross interview Maria Bamford. An amazing comedienne.

  6. Tina Fariss Barbour on July 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Oh, my goodness, thank you for sharing this link! You just introduced me to Maria Bamford. I’ve never seen her perform, but she is wonderful! I have a lot of catching up to do!

    • shirleyhs on July 31, 2013 at 10:27 am

      I thought so too, Tina. Humor is such a great way to address fear. Glad you enjoyed.

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