The birth of a book – Boomer on the Ledge™

I told Donna Cavanagh, my publisher, that I felt like I was waiting for the birth of a baby as I prepared for the release of my book, Boomer on the Ledge™, an adult picture book that explores the antics of an aging boomer. Some discomfort, difficulty sleeping, needing to pee all the time. Oops! That last one is normal for me.

Anyway, the birth analogy seemed even more appropriate when I realized that time of conception to release was about forty weeks.

The idea of a book started about two years ago, but I had the usual arguments against it. The timing wasn’t right. I didn’t have enough money. I didn’t know anything about it. I’m lazy. But my writer’s clock was ticking, and as I approached my mid-60’s, I realized there was never going to be a perfect time to become a first-time author.

So I pitched my idea to Donna at Humoroutcasts Press, and I alternated between excitement and nausea when she said, “Yes!” Donna’s mission is to help humor writers publish their work because she believes in the healing power of laughter, and she delivers terrific service at an affordable price.

As the project progressed, I had a shocking realization. I was going to have twins – not only a book but a little doll, too. How would I manage two products when I didn’t even know how to handle one?

I designed the doll over a few months, and my doll maker is a gift from God. No really. I was sitting in church when our minister, Reverend Kate, announced that our beautiful new altar cloths were courtesy the handiwork of Brenda DeRoche, and it hit me like a divine thunderbolt. Brenda! A friend, neighbor, and talented seamstress. She said,”Yes,” and the doll development began.

The luxury of time

I started to feel better after I knew I had someone who could make the doll, and adjusted to the idea of the arrival of two creations. I comforted myself with the knowledge that there were several calendar pages to turn before October, the month we targeted for release. I had work to do, but it was summer, and the living was easy.

Sure, I had occasional moments of hyperventilation, but Donna talked me off the first author’s ledge admonishing me to practice my Lamaze breathing. Patrick went about the business of helping me see this as a business and started working on boring details like bank accounts, how to accept credit card payments, and a file system for keeping records.

The release

Very few people knew details of the project, and there was safety in that status. Even though there were no tangible rewards for my efforts, there were also no hungry mouths, crying for attention, demanding 24-hour care. Did I mention I am lazy?

My insomnia kicked into high gear as I imagined releasing my neophytes into a world full of cruelty and misunderstanding. How would they cope with the inevitable scrapes and bruises that life brings? Would they live up to my hopes and dreams? How much labor would this entail? What kind of crazy person gives birth to twins at 64 years old?

But in the light of day after a couple of hours of sleep, I realized it took more than six decades to reach this level of insanity. And I returned to my reason for writing humor – to help smooth out life’s rough edges and bring laughter into a world that is sad, scary, and broken. If I can give one person a moment of escape from this madness, it will be worth it.

Welcome to the world, baby book, and boomer doll. Together let’s incite a laugh riot!

Boomer on the Ledge™ book is available in paperback and kindle on or on my secure websiite. Please consider leaving a review on Amazon after you’ve read the book – they are an author’s best friend.


Boomer on the Ledge doll available with the book in my online store.
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54 thoughts on “The birth of a book – Boomer on the Ledge™

  1. Molly, I haven’t switched from here to Amazon, but I will and definitely order your book. It sounds like exactly what I need right now. I can’t wait to read it! I pinned it to my Baby Boomers board! Thank you for sharing at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

  2. Love your book. The comments with each picture had me smiling and laughing all the way through. You have my creative juices flowing. Wonderful. Loved it. Have both the hard copy and Kindle version.

    • Thank you so much Irwin! It makes me so happy to hear that people laugh at the book and to stimulate creative juices is frosting on the cake. Preferably chocolate. And the frosting would be butter cream. But I digress. If you would be so kind as to write an amazon review of the book, I would be most grateful!

    • I can’t wait to hear your hearty laughs reverberating from Idaho to Maine, Elaine. I know Boomer on the Ledge is going to love Idaho, but I’m not sure she will go for the Idaho potatoes. Thank you for exposing her to the other potato state!

    • Thank you, Terri. I was so fortunate to find Brenda to make the doll. I didn’t want to enter a long distance dollmaker relationship and she has been the best person I could have ever asked for to do the work. Now I have a second local woman who is helping – she is making bodies and Brenda is making heads. It has made the project quite a challenge, but also so much fun!

  3. Molly, You are an inspiration to us all. Aren’t you glad you did it? Our book took 3 1/2 years. Some days you’ll look at your book and say, “Who wrote that?” God had it all planned out. So many congratulations to you.

    • Thank you, Sharon. I am glad I did it and I am inspired by your stick-to-it-iveness that kept you working on your book for 3 1/2 years! I’m older than you so I was on the accelerated plan. Haha! I like your idea that God had this planned out. I know he has a sense of humor so hopefully, he plans on lots of people reading this and having a laugh.

  4. Major congratulations on the book! Loved your funny/metaphorical post about it — and the “Welcome to the world, baby book…” reference to the title of a Fannie Flagg novel. 🙂 The best of luck with sales!

  5. This sounds just great and I will look it up on Amazon. What totally convinced me was your words : ” – to help smooth out life’s rough edges and bring laughter into a world that is sad, scary, and broken. If I can give one person a moment of escape from this madness, it will be worth it. ”

    I also question as to which woman would give birth to twins in their sixties. 😊 . I can only say…why not. If you can and want to, just do it.
    I wish you and your book a wonderful success

    • Miriam, your words warm my baby boomer heart this morning. You have zeroed in on my mission. Selling books will be great but bringing smiles and reprieve from the madness of today’s world is my true mission. And the only reason that motivated me to give birth to twins at my age! Yikes!

  6. Looking forward to having my own copy! Congratulations! Love this post about the process from the inside.

    • That is my mission, Bernadette, and I am very excited about it. The motto for Boomer on the Ledge™ is: Live, Age, Laugh! A wonderful older gentleman I once knew told me the secret to his longevity was he laughed every single day and what joy he spread through that attitude. Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment.

      • Congratulations, Molly! I’m so proud of you! I just bought it, and can’t wait to get my hands on baby Boomer! Hey, if you want, I’ll take the night shift Friday night – I’ll be up reading anyway!! What do I do if she has colic? Tickle her funny bone?

        • Thank you, Anita! I’ll gladly give you the Friday night shift, because I need sleep bad! I like your suggestion for treating colic though in her case it is more likely reflux. I’ll have to stock up on Prilosec and hope for the best. Haha!

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