Shannon Drury, the newest Medusa’s Muse author.

Right now I am preparing to edit a brand new manuscript from a brand new Medusa’s Muse author. This is why I created a book publishing company: discovering new authors and fresh voices with a passionate story to tell. I’ve got my reading glasses on, my lap-top battery fully charged, a fresh cup of coffee, the manuscript opened in Word and “track changes” turned to “on.” My muse is eagerly peering over my shoulder watching as I type notes inside the pages on my screen. Eventually she’ll get a little bored; she finds editing tedious. But for now, she’s just as fixated on this brand new Medusa’s Muse book as I am.

The writer is Shannon Drury, author of The Radical Housewife. Click the link to explore her blog and get a taste of her writing. She’s fabulous. A feminist housewife and mother living in Minnesota, and president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Her story is exactly the type I look for. It’s honest, funny, passionate, and the author doesn’t quiet fit within any category. If she’s a housewife, how can she call herself a feminist? She gets criticism from both conservatives and liberals, which means she’s perfect for my Muse.

Of course, I’ll get a lot more editing done if my daughter would leave me alone for more than 10 minutes at a time.

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is. | Video on TED.com

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is. | Video on TED.com.

This is an excellent presentation on book design. I love how Mr. Kidd explains himself and the process of his designs. A must see.

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