This is a short but sweet post today, a very special day for Expecting Sunshine! Also, sharing a powerful article on bereaved mom, Nancy Kerrigan.
I still remember the day I signed the publishing contract with She Writes Press. From the day I signed it was roughly a year till my book was slated to be released. It felt like an eternity. And yet, here we are!
I cannot express what a journey it has been to get Expecting Sunshine out into the world. Here are some specifics for you:
- 6 months of writing the first draft
- 120,000 word, 400 page first draft
- 4+ years of editing
- 8 drafts of editing
- 3 editors
- 1 agent
- 1 (Amazing) publisher, Brooke Warner at She Writes Press
- 2+ book cover designers
- 3 (Fabulous) publicists at Smith Publicity
- April 18, 2017!
- 1 tired but happy author!
I have so many people to thank! And I do name them all in my book in the acknowledgements section. As I’ve just got word that Time Magazine’s site, Time Motto, wants me to write an essay for them on miscarriage (YAY! BIG NEWS!!), I will thank all the wonderful people who have made such a huge difference for me by including pics of my acknowledgements from Expecting Sunshine! This is a bit of a sneak peak inside the book as well.
More Exciting News:
Article in Womanista:
I got interviewed for a very special article about Nancy Kerrigan’s experience of multiple miscarriages, which she shared about on Dancing With The Stars.
You can read the article by clicking here. In it I share all the things I’ve learned over my years as a bereaved mom and since becoming a parent advocate, author and public speaker.
If you want to learn more about Nancy Kerrigan’s story, here is a powerful video:
Thank you so much for reading this pub day update!
If you’d like to purchase the book directly from me – for a signed copy – please click here. Expecting Sunshine is available wherever good books are sold.
Sending out warm wishes of love, hope and healing,
Alexis Marie Chute
Expecting Sunshine memoir has been receiving wonderful responses from all our early readers! I am so grateful for these individuals and their words. This book is my passion and I hope Expecting Sunshine will speak to many.
There is so much coming up on the publication landscape – from choosing a subtitle, approving a cover, and planning the launch – but for now, I am proud to share the latest testimonials for the book.
All current and future testimonials will be posted on the Expecting Sunshine website.
New testimonials for Expecting Sunshine:
“An amazingly moving and emotional story that any woman – or any parent – can easily relate to.”
– Jennifer Hamilton, Editor, CanadianFamily.ca
“Expecting Sunshine is an exquisite book for all those who have lost a child and those who need to understand and cope with untimely grief. It is one woman’s heart-rending story of a mother’ loss which confounds ideology, faith and any of the prescribed cures for mourning. It’s pain and wisdom are as old as time, the simple truths of nature, nurture and the bonds of mother and child. It is also an uplifting lesson in redemption.”
– Rachel Manley, Governor General Award Winner for the memoir Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood
“Wow! The story of Alexis Marie Chute and her precious pregnancies was almost impossible for me to put down. I know that this book will be so helpful for families living through subsequent pregnancies- a chance to validate their varied emotions and know that whatever they are feeling is “normal”. Thank you for sharing your story so that others can learn from your journeys. Thank you Zachary for helping your mother tell yours and Eden’s stories.”
– Lori Ives-Baine, RN, MN (CPB), Perinatal and Pediatric Grief Support Coordinator, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“Expecting Sunshine is a brave book, walking the reader through the deep grief that accompanies the loss of a child and moving beyond immediate pain to recovery. Alexis Marie Chute speaks honestly of all the areas of life that are threatened by the death of a child: the relationship of the parents, and their faith, creativity, and belief in themselves and one another. At the same time, Expecting Sunshine acknowledges the myriad support systems that exist to help bereaved parents heal from this kind of trauma and emerge together, altered but vital. Part memorial, part celebration, this is a striking book.”
– Jenna Butler, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Award winner and author of Profession of Hope
“An honest and tender memoir about the complex and difficult emotions of grief and joy a mother goes through during a pregnancy that follows a death of a child. Alexis Marie conveys the delicacy of emotions that go into motherhood after loss and shares with us her courageous journey through the pregnancy that follows. Moms pregnant again after loss will find a fellow companion in her words that are much needed to be shared.”
– Lindsey Henke LICSW, founder of Pregnancy After Loss Support
Thank you for reading!
I am thrilled to announce a very special partnership between Expecting Sunshine – memoir and documentary – and PALS, which stands for Pregnancy After Loss Support. Expecting Sunshine is now included in the PALS Friends section, and PALS in our Sponsors area.
This is a very important partnership as we share the same goal: to support and nurture women and families that are pregnant after loss.
I know from experience, having a baby after losing a baby is not an easy road to walk. Having just had my second rainbow child, I can say that the feelings are real, sometimes overwhelming, terrifying, exciting and confusing all at once. Pregnancy after loss is a roller coaster, but one that can be full of joy, love and positive anticipation with the right support and focus.
Here is some valuable information, compiled by PALS, regarding pregnancy after loss:
I am proud to share that I will be a monthly columnist for PALS, with my first article for them coming out on March 16. From then on, you will be able to read my column the third Wednesday of every month. I’m looking forward to sharing my journey and all the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Community is so important to me so please read, share and comment. I would love to hear from you!
Soon PALS will be blogging about Expecting Sunshine, both the documentary and memoir. Once it’s live, I will post here to link to it.
I am honoured to share with you more about our new partners:
“Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) is a community support resource for women experiencing the confusing and conflicting emotions of grief mixed with joy during the journey through pregnancy after loss. We seek to help expectant mothers celebrate their current pregnancy by choosing hope over fear while still nurturing and honoring the grief over the loss of their deceased child.”
“Pregnancy After Loss Support’s vision is that every mom and her partner who is experiencing pregnancy after loss is able to find support and connection among both peers and health care professionals who understand and validate the unique and complex experience of pregnancy after a previous perinatal or child death.”
I am proud to be working towards the same goals as our new partners. Many great things are in store!
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If you are reading this and would like to be a friend of Expecting Sunshine through partnership or sponsorship, please email Alexis Marie Chute: firstname.lastname@example.org