As a former fat woman, I see firsthand the difference in treatment I've received since losing weight ten years ago. Stigma and bias about obesity is often construed as a choice, and the beliefs that overweight people are somehow less intelligent and less valuable continue to have a stronghold. As a large woman, I felt judged on everything from what I ate to the car I drove, and was vulnerable to both subtle and overt forms of discrimination everywhere I went. How was I to teach my children to value their strengths and assets in a society that prized external perfectionism?
TO REGISTER: It's easy to join and share your story! Select Add to Cart. Select Checkout. Complete Billing Information, then select Continue. Select Place Order. You'll receive an email receipt within a few minutes, and a welcome email containing further instructions within 72 hours.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What is an anthology? An anthology is a collection of responses from a variety of people about the same subject collected into one book. To date, over 600 people have submitted their story to the Real Life Diaries and Grief Diaries series.
Who can participate? Anyone who has walked this journey firsthand.
How does it work?This is a guided project. You'll receive three questions per week for six weeks.
What kind of questions will I have to answer? The focus of the questions will be about your journey. If a question doesn't apply, pass over it. You can always come back to it later.
Can I use a pen name? Yes, but please register in your real name first.
Does it cost anything?Participation is free for contributors. Co-authors pay $450 (per title) and, in return, receive a share of royalties.
What are the benefits of co-authoring? Becoming a published author, royalties for life, credibility to your career, and more. Please note that each title is limited to two co-authors, first come first serve.
Do contributors receive compensation?No. We don't charge writers to submit their story like some publishers, nor do we pay for stories but all writers are granted wholesale rights to purchase any AlyBlue Media anthology title for the purpose of re-sell.
May I participate in more than one book?Yes. Simply select KEEP SHOPPING and register for the next book you wish to participate in. There is no limit as long as you have personal experience with each subject.
May I participate on behalf of someone else?No. All submissions must be first-person accounts.
Can I buy my book to resell? Yes. Both contributors and co-authors are granted wholesale privileges for the title(s) they participate in. Through AlyBlue Media you can buy a few books for family and friends, or a caseload for resell via your own website and/or book signings and keep the revenue. There is no minimum quantity of books you need to order. Coauthors will also receive royalties from books sold through major distributors. Royalties are paid quarterly for life.
Where will the books be available? It will be published both in print and digital formats, and available to all booksellers around the world.
Who is the principal author?Lynda Cheldelin Fell, the creator of Real Life Diaries and Grief Diaries. To learn more about Lynda, visit www.lyndafell.com.
Who is the publisher?AlyBlue Media. For more information, visit www.AlyBlueMedia.com.
CO-AUTHOR CONTRACT: By completing and submitting this application, I hereby apply to coauthor this Diaries book. I, and the company I hereby represent (if any), understand that upon acceptance by the publisher, AlyBlue Media, I agree to adhere to the contract and Indemnity Agreement printed below. Furthermore, I hereby release my submissions to AlyBlue Media, and grant full anthology rights to Real Life Diaries and/or Grief Diaries book series. I also understand and grant full editing rights to AlyBlue Media to ensure a quality publication.
CONTRIBUTOR CONTRACT: By completing and submitting this application, I hereby apply to be an unpaid contributor in this Real Life Diaries book. I, and the company I hereby represent (if any), understand that upon acceptance by the publisher, AlyBlue Media, I agree to adhere to the contract and Indemnity Agreement printed below. Furthermore, I hereby release my submissions to AlyBlue Media and grant full anthology rights to the Diaries book series. I also understand and grant full editing rights to AlyBlue Media to ensure a quality publication.
INDEMNITY AGREEMENT: By completing and submitting this application and agreement, and if my application is accepted, I agree to participate in the Real Life Diaries and/or Grief Diaries series as outlined above. As such, I hereby agree to release my submissions to AlyBlue Media with full anthology rights. I also agree to at all times hereafter indemnify and hold harmless AlyBlue Media and its agents, employees, directors and officers, against any and all suits, actions, proceedings, claims, liabilities, and demands which may be made or alleged as a direct or indirect consequence of my contributions, errors or omissions, of any kind whatsoever, resulting from or caused by the exercise by my contributions of any of its rights under this agreement. This indemnity provision shall include all liabilities and losses including, but not limited to, claims asserted or made against the author or publisher directly or indirectly resulting from the sole or concurrent negligence of the author or publisher and/or damages of any kind whatsoever, including without limitation reasonable attorney’s fees and court fees and court costs incurred by AlyBlue Media. If a court of competent jurisdiction rules invalid and/or unenforceable any of the provisions or interpretations of this indemnity clause, each of such provisions or interpretations ruled invalid or unenforceable shall be disregarded, but the remainder of this indemnity provision shall be given full force and effect