Listen To Your Mother BOOK COVER REVEAL!!!

by Ann on August 11, 2014

On July 31st I turned in the final manuscript for LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What she said then, what we’re saying now. After four official drafts and several more unofficial drafts preceding those, receiving an email from my editor Liz from Putnam, congratulating me on a completed manuscript, gave me an unexpected high.

The challenge of considering hundreds of LTYM essays–figuring out which stories effectively translated from the stage for an audience, back to the page for a reader, while at the same time curating the diversity of author, theme, moms and non-moms, humor and heart– well, it proved even more daunting than I could’ve imagined.

That evening a package arrived at my door. I opened it to find this:



A real-live book jacket, which will contain the LTYM book available April 7, 2015 (and already available from G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin, for pre-order on Amazon). I can’t wait to share the list of contributors with you soon. Most of all, I can’t wait for the book that goes in this jacket, that will allow us to hold a piece of LTYM in our hands, as well as in our hearts and memory.


 Many thanks, once again, to my agent Elizabeth Kaplan, who emailed me 18 months ago with “I think there’s a book here.” She and Liz Stein of Putnam have ushered me through this whole process, lending me so much time and expertise. Also, thank you to my life-saver/assistant extraordinaire, Danielle Joyce, whose keen eyes and quick fingers helped format and re-format and pagebreak and re-paginate ad nauseum.

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BlogHer refers to their Voices of The Year #VOTY community keynote–when 12 bloggers grace the stage to read their own writing–as the heart of their annual conference. As part of their support of Listen To Your Mother, BlogHer enables us to extend that opportunity–and that beating heart– to more bloggers with our Open Mic that immediately follows the highly-anticipated Friday evening #VOTY.


Francie Low reading “A Letter to Pope Francis” (photo by Kim Thompson Steel)

Where as #VOTY requires a submission process in advance of the conference, BlogHer collaborates with LTYM to allow for our “walk in the door, throw your name in the hat” opportunity to claim five minutes in the spotlight–your words, out loud, in front of an audience of fellow bloggers.










The event requires so little due to its simplicity: a podium, a microphone, a laptop and projector, some tables and chairs for the audience, and a few friendly faces to keep the event flowing (Thank you Alexandra, Kim, and Stephanie!) Yet, the impact on reader and listener can prove a profound one.

Samantha Amidon reads "I'm Writing A Letter" (photo by Kim Thompson Steel)

Samantha Amidon reads “I’m Writing A Letter” (photo by Kim Thompson Steel)

People came, at first tentatively, with only a few cards dropped in the bins. I called up our first readers, and before I knew it hundreds of people filled in our audience.

photo by Kim Thompson Steel

photo by Kim Thompson Steel

Our first reader, Deb Doss, didn’t even have a blog (yet, as of that evening), but felt so inspired by #VOTY she jumped at the chance to tell her story about a recent incident in which she stood up for herself and her daughter in their community. Deb spoke at our podium, without notes. Now that’s what I call “Giving Motherhood A Microphone.”

Thank you to all of the folks who put their name in, and stood ready to share their words with us, while serving as warm and engaged audience members. Special thanks to those who felt inspired to throw in a few dollars to donate for Postpartum Progress.

Also, another round of applause for our brave readers:

Samantha Amidon, Carmen Ballock-Bent Abby Byrd, Robyn Chittister, Kim Z. Dale, Deb Doss, Norine Dworkin-McDaniel, Ashley GrantChristine Harkin, Libby Kranz, Francie Low, Kate McKinney, Louise Sloan, Cheryl Stober, and Kim Tackett,

Finally, THANK YOU BLOGHER for making room for our voices, for a phenomenal conference, and for your continued support of LTYM!!!

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LTYM Directors and Producers Take The Stage

July 15, 2014

One of the first comments people make to me when I tell them about Listen To Your Mother is “You should bring the tour to my town!” Then I explain as succinctly as possible that LTYM is a grass-roots movement of original shows–all different from one another– rather than a tour of a play, and that cities interested in hosting a show fill out an application in the fall. When people email me for an application, it comes with a comprehensive and very direct letter about what the process of hosting an LTYM show looks like. For example (taken directly from application): This will be a lot of work. A lot. Of work. Bringing an LTYM show to your community will very likely challenge you to work in areas you might never have even considered: making casting decisions among friends and strangers, finding and negotiating with venues and subcontractors (videographer, photographer, etc), publicizing […]

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The 2014 Listen To Your Mother Videos Are Here!

July 9, 2014
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  Big thanks to LTYM video sponsor by T. Rowe Price!  Watch the 2014 videos on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel or choose a playlist by clicking on a city below: Atlanta • Austin • Baltimore • Boston • Boulder • Charleston • Chicago • DC • Denver • Indianapolis • Kansas City •Little Rock • Madison • Metro Detroit • Milwaukee • Nashville • North Jersey • Northern Utah • Northwest Indiana • NYC • Oklahoma City • Plumas County • Portland • Providence • Raleigh-Durham • Sacramento • San Francisco • Southeast Texas • Spokane • St. Louis • The OC • Twin Cities

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Join LTYM at #BlogHer14 for the Open Mic Salon!

July 3, 2014

National Media Sponsor BlogHer and LTYM are thrilled to announce our 4th Open Mic Salon at BlogHer 2014!! What is the Open Mic Salon? The Open Mic Salon is just one part of BlogHer’s epic party plan, providing attendees a respite from the day’s learning and networking. After celebrating the Voices of The Year #VOTY (bloggers selected by a panel  to read their own writing at a microphone before the entire conference), you can throw your name in a hat for a chance to be randomly selected to read one of your own posts before the most supportive audience that exists–your fellow internet writers.     Or simply come to the Open Mic Salon to enjoy a quiet space and bear witness to even more words crafted by your blog peers. When is the Open Mic Salon? From… Friday, July 25th: Express Yourself on Friday Night at BlogHer 6-11PM at the San […]

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