As some of you may know, I take the month of August off each year to reconnect with all of the things that I let go during the prior five months. Projects, friends, family…..my garden. I do the same thing in December, and so far, it is working out pretty well.
This has been a particularly busy—-crazy, really!—time since we rang in 2012, and most of it has been spent in book preparation, including manuscript completion, page proof editing, book cover design, interior layout design and all of the other little things that go into writing and publishing a book. Then there is the PR and the marketing, and fortunately I have some excellent help in those categories. I have been giving interviews, writing guest pieces, speaking at conferences and touching base with lots of people who care about the issues addressed by Best Friends at the Bar. Tomorrow I am sitting down with Reuters to contribute to a piece about the changing legal profession, and later this week I am off to Chicago to speak at a law firm and at the National Conference of Womens Bar Associations Leadership Summit.
Can’t forget the Book Launch Event that is being hosted by Georgetown Law on September 27th. This is going to be a great event, and it is being co-partnered by the Global Women’s Innovation Network (Global WIN). We are in the final stages of negotiations with a women’s magazine as another co-partner, and that will bring lots of additional buzz and excitement to the event.
Law firms also are very supportive about sponsoring these events, so keep that in mind for your firm. The benefits of sponsorship go far beyond being supportive of women lawyers and include the opportunity to have me do a program at the firm. Let me know if you or your firm is interested in joining us at the event and sponsoring.
As you can see, lots going on, and all of it good. The efforts of the last five months have paid off in a big way, and I love the new book. It is being very well-received and is a great compliment to the first book. I look forward to sharing it with many of you, especially those of you who will attend the Ms. JD Conference at American University Washington College of Law in October. I am looking forward to seeing many of you there.
Here’s wishing you a wonderful end of summer! (Ugh, that is hard to think about. Where did it go?) For those of you off to college or law school next fall, enjoy yourselves and do something to renew your body and soul before the push begins again. For those of you who just wrote the bar exam, chill out for awhile and do something REALLY special to reward yourself. And, don’t replay that awful exam in your head every day. Give it up. Chances are that you did a lot better than your instant and continuous replay will lead you to believe. Most do.
Thank you for following my blog, supporting Best Friends at the Bar, and buying the books. You will be doing yourself a favor by reading them! This is a pay-it-forward project, so tell a friend!
See you in September!