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I Received a Signed Contract from 4RV Publishing for “Joan’s Elder Care Guide”

I am so excited. After 44 years of waiting for a book of mine to be published by a traditional publisher, 4RV Publishing and I have signed a contract for them to publish my “Joan’s Elder Care Guide.” Its scheduled release date is June, 2015. This is in 4 years, two months from now. They moved the publication date up to June, 2014. However, it will now be released in 2016. 

4RV Publishing is a high quality, small traditional publisher.  I love the books they publish. I like the trailers they put on the website to advertise the books. Vivian Zabel, President, said that they are expanding and hope to be able to move their books up so they are published sooner than the scheduled release date. I am honored that they believe in me and my writing. They have a blog: 4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News. It’s filled with information to help others become better readers, writers, designers, and illustrators.  All of the writers and illustrators who are published and are going to be published by RV Publishing are invited to contribute to it. I’ll be posting on it the third Wednesday of each month. You can click on the link above and subscribe by email

Here’s a little history on how all this came about: In October 2010, I participated in The Muse Writers Online Conference. Lea Schizas, facilitator and organizer of The Muse Writers Online Conference, asked different publishers and agents to join the conference. These publishers and agents accepted pitches through chat rooms. Lea Schizas read my pitch for my elder care guide and approved it as meeting the guidelines that 4RV Publishing had advertised at the conference. On October 11, 2010 I gave my pitch to Vivian Zabel in the chat room.  I had five minutes to convince her to take a look at my manuscript. I was very excited when she said, “It sounds promising. Send us the first three chapters and a synopsis. The guidelines are on our website.”

I sent the first three chapters and a synopsis as she asked that same evening of October 11, 2010.

I heard back in January, 2011 that they were tentatively interested, if I was willing to make a few changes.  I told them that I had revised the manuscript. Each time I revise my aim is to make it better and better. They asked me to send the whole manuscript.

In March, I received a contract by email. I danced on the ceilings, on the roof, and all through the house. I studied it for a few days, signed it in front of a notary public at the bank, and sent it back to 4RV Publishing. Today I received in my mailbox, my copy of the contract with a notarized signature of Vivian Zabel, President of 4RV Publishing. Hip Hip Hooray!

Here is part of the pitch I used. I updated the statistics from my site for this blog post.

“Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Day to Day Survival” is a resource for caregivers packed with practical day-to-day survival tips from my fourteen years of experience in caring for my elder Mother. In this guide, caregivers assess and meet their needs and those of the elder by using prayer, humor, hymns, devotionals, sample forms and charts, and other resources.

In 2000 the U.S. Census counted 35 million people 65 years of age and over in the United States. Now and for the next 20 years, middle-aged adults will need advice to care for parents and grandparents. My book will help these people find a less stressful way to meet their own needs and care for their elders, too.

Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian, Self-Help, in the Health and Aging section of bookstore.

Length of book:  200 pages double-spaced, black and white, no color needed. A cartoon for each chapter would heighten enjoyment. Devotional, Songs, and annotated bibliography at the end of each chapter

I am qualified to write this book because I took care of my elderly Mother for fourteen years – from the time she was 78, until she died at 92 years of age.

My Writing Credits

1. Growing with the Gospel for Liturgical Years A, B, and C published by Liturgical Publications, New Berlin, Wisconsin. I wrote the devotionals for Growing with the Gospel Grades K-1. I was consultant and editor for both K-1 and 2-3.

2. Flip Flap Floodle. I am author/illustrator of self-published picture book with BookSurge in 2004.ISBN-10: 1594572852 ISBN-13: 978-1594572852.

3. My website http://www.joanyedwards.com, has devotionals, wordsearch and crossword puzzles for every Sunday for all three Liturgical Years A, B, and C. (50,140 visitors since July, 2002).

4. My Never Give Up bloghttp://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com had 133 posts/8,053 visitors/591 comments from October 9, 2009/April 9, 2011.

I am honored that you are here.  Thank you. Subscribe by email or RSS.

Never Give Up!
Joan Y. Edwards


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21 Responses

  1. Hi, again, Joan Tickled pink to see YOUR news about your book sale. It just goes to show that the writer’s creed is, “Never Give Up” Congratulations!
    Annette Sheldon


    • Dear Annette, Thanks for your congratulations and being tickled about my good news. Definitely a reason to Never Give Up. Do something good for yourself today.

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Flip Flap Floodle at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/ Website http://www.joanyedwards.com Never Give Up Blog http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com


  2. Hi Joan,

    This is FABULOUS news! What a blessing your book will be to present and future caretakers! I am so glad you decided to share this manuscript with the world. I am also very happy for you, my friend. CELEBRATE your terrific news! You deserve it!

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, Thank you for being my personal cheerleader since 2005 when we met online through the SCBWI-Carolinas email list-serve. You have been such a great friend uplifting my life with your humor and helpful ways. Even though you live in Fayetteville, NC and I live in Pineville, NC, I feel very close to you. You are a blessing from God. Do something good for you to help me celebrate.

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Never Give Up


  3. Congrats Joan! What a year this is for you! And the info you are sharing in this post is invaluable to others…you are a true giver ~ thanks for all you do to inspire other writers!


    • Dear Roxie, Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your congratulations! Thanks for cheering me on and for telling me that the information I share is invaluable to others. I want to help others fulfill their dreams. It is through helping others get there, that I gain confidence to find my way to my goal, too. Do something good for you to help me celebrate!

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Flip Flap Floodle at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/ Website http://www.joanyedwards.com Never Give Up Blog http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com


  4. Congratulations, Joan! I’m so happy for you. : )


    • Dear Laura, Thanks for coming by. I appreciate your congratulations. You are so sweet to celebrate with me. Do something good for you to help me celebrate.

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Flip Flap Floodle at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/ Website http://www.joanyedwards.com Never Give Up Blog http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com


  5. You deserve it, as you’ve done so many nice things for others. Doing the happy dance for you!

    From – A faithful reader


    • Dear S. Willett – A Faithful Reader,
      Thank you for being a faithful reader. I’m so glad you stopped by. Thanks for saying I deserve it. Thanks for doing the happy dance with me. I love it. Twirl around 3 times. The power of three. Yee Haw. This is fun! Do something good for yourself to help me celebrate.

      Joan Y. Edwards


  6. Congratulations, Joan. You’ve worked long and hard to reach this goal. Carol


    • Dear Carol,
      Thanks for you congratulations. It has been a long time. I didn’t focus on it while I was teaching school and raising my family. Since 1998 I’ve focused on my writing, though. God is good to me. I took care of my Mother and he’s blessing me with that book being the first one published by a traditional publisher. What a blessing! I admire your work! You are good and very clear and organized. A great asset to students of good writing everywhere. Celebrate with me by doing something good for yourself!

      Joan Y. Edwards


  7. A great big CONGRATULATIONS, Joan.

    You’re an inspiration to us to never give up!



    • Dear Jean, Thanks for your congratulations! I’m glad that I’ve encouraged you to Never Give Up! Do something good for yourself to celebrate with me! Joan Y. Edwards Joan’s Elder Care Guide – Release: June 2015


  8. We’re delighted you are with us, Joan. Hopefully, if some ideas come to fruition, we will be able to put out more books per year. We’ll be trying.


    • Dear Vivian,
      Thank you for you kind remarks. I am hoping along with you that your ideas will come to fruition and you’ll be able to get out more books per year which would mean that my book’s release date would be sooner. Hurray! Hurray!
      Do something good for you today to help celebrate our working together!

      Joan Y. Edwards


  9. Congratulations Joan. Welcome to the 4RV family!


    • Dear Beth,
      How sweet of you to stop by my blog and leave a comment. I really appreciate it. I’m very excited about being a part of the 4RV Publishing family. There are many outstanding writers and illustrators in it. Do something for fun today to help me celebrate.

      Joan Y. Edwards


  10. I’m happy to add my congratulations to the list. It’s a big step. I hope many more follow.


    • Dear Michael,
      Thank you for your congratulations. It is definitely a big step. Thanks for your good wishes. Do something to celebrate being you!
      Joan Y. Edwards


  11. Dear Velva Seidling,
    Thank you for writing. I’m glad you liked my blog. It was an especially happy experience receiving my contract for Joan’s Elder Care Guide from 4RV Publishing. I’m excited and honored that you enjoy studying my articles. If there’s something you’d like for me to write about, please let me know.

    Celebrate you! Have fun today just because you want to.
    Joan Y. Edwards


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