Happy New Year, everyone!
I’m excited to post a few updates for you all.
I received my final bit of feedback from my third expert tonight. I couldn’t be more honored to have Charol Shakeshaft, Ph.D. review Invisible Target. Charol was responsible for conducting the synthesis of existing literature for the U.S. Department of Education on the incidence of educator sexual abuse in 2004. Most of the time, if you hear statistics about the prevalence of this epidemic, you are hearing quotes from Charol’s work. I wanted to share her feedback with you here:
“Andrea Clemens has written a courageously honest book about her experience of being the target of a teacher sexual predator. She lets the reader see how predators work and shares the often contradictory emotions and responses that those who are abused experience. But more than that, she takes us through her journey of awareness, anger, and empowerment. We see how hard it is and we see her triumph. Hers is not a rare story. What is rare is that Ms Clemens is willing to tell it without holding back or simplifying the complexity of emotions and responses. This book can help students identify predators, parents to support their children, and educators to prevent abuse.”
~Charol Shakeshaft, Ph.D., Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Educational Leadership
I also had the pleasure of handing over my manuscript to Carol Benanti-Nowlin, who will be adapting this story into a screenplay. Thanks to my many Kickstarter supporters for making this possible. I’m really looking forward to working in conjunction with Carol to bring this important message to life.
And finally, after almost nine years, this evening I sumbitted my final edits, changes, prayers, you name it, to my editing team. Calling it “done” was one of the most unexpectedly emotional parts of this writing journey.
Here’s what you can expect: The team is now going to be working on the layout of the book. They will help determine the paragraph and page layout as well as the front and back cover layout. I’ve been told it should take at least three weeks. I’ll be approving pages and other things throughout the process.
The next step will be to send it all to a proofreader. Once this step is completed, my team will help me establish everything on Amazon so that Invisible Target will be available to purchase. I will have a file that I send to my local printer, which should take about a week to print. My goal is to have everything completed by March 6th, but some of these components are out of my hands. I’ll keep you all posted as everything progresses.
None of this would have been possible without all of the generous support and belief in me and in this project from my Kickstarter supporters. I can honestly say this has been one of the most challenging endeavors of my life. I have true faith that it will be one of the most rewarding, as well. My gratitude for all of you is enormous. Have a great night, and I promise to check in soon!