IT’S MY COUNTRY TOO releases, earns starred review

The University of Nebraska Press and Potomac Books recently released It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan by Tracy and co-author Jerri Bell, and the reviews are in!

From Library Journal, a starred review: “This rich anthology of women’s military stories is ripe with the history of female contributions to U.S. conflicts. Edited by Bell (managing editor, O-Dark-Thirty) and Crow (Eyes Right), with an introduction by Kayla Williams (Love My Rifle More Than You), this collection provides firsthand military accounts from scores of women spanning from the Revolutionary War to the Afghanistan War. While some of the women, such as abolitionist Harriet Tubman, are already well known, these accounts also draw upon the service of those who may otherwise have been lost to history. Particularly for earlier conflicts, this compendium relies upon government records to piece together women’s efforts, but it truly shines when women’s own words are used to tell the tales of combat and military experience. VERDICT This engaging, meticulously researched work belongs on the shelves of libraries across America. Enthusiastically recommended for all collections.—Mattie Cook, Lake Odessa Comm. Lib., MI”

 

Tracy assumes leadership of MilSpeak Foundation, Inc.

Tracy has accepted the positions of president and CEO of MilSpeak Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 public charitable organization that supports the creative arts endeavors of military servicemembers, veterans, families, and caregivers through instructional on-site and online seminars and workshops, and various publishing platforms. MilSpeak Foundation is the brainchild of Sally Parmer, a retired Marine, who passed the leadership torch to Tracy after a series of family health complications.

“Sally’s vision is my vision,” Tracy said. “I’ve used this summer to go through files and contracts with our writers, and I’ve turned often to Sally for advice and reflection about our future. She’s an incredibly generous mentor.

Tracy explained that MilSpeak Foundation is moving in the direction of building upon its current model of on-site writing workshops for the military community and digital publishing by adding components such as online workshops, editorial fee-based services with academically qualified veteran-authors to assist with manuscript preparation, a print-on-demand option for future select titles, and an employment rehab vocational component to provide job opportunities to veterans and military family members who are qualified to assist with teaching and editorial services.

“MilSpeak Foundation has now absorbed my On Point Seminars & Workshops as a training division,” Tracy said, adding that this new division also includes her specialized On Point Women Warrior Writing Workshops, a collaboration with Paula Broadwell’s Think Broader Foundation.

This summer, MilSpeak Foundation debuted its new website that currently links  to its original site established by Parmer in 2009. “Since MilSpeak gets thousands of visitors a day, looking over writing content by veterans and families, we want to make this transition as smooth as possible,” Tracy said. “Moving MilSpeak’s mountain of content over to its new site will take some time, so for now, we’re asking everyone for a little patience.”

Tracy signs with literary agency, Nine Speakers, Inc.

Tracy recently agreed to an offer of representation from literary agency, Nine Speakers, Inc., founded in 1988 by President Diane Nine.

Nine has built an impressive reputation in the literary world that spans decades of representation for works by celebrities, politicians, and notable journalists. She and her Nine Speakers, Inc., team are eager to represent Tracy’s newest manuscript, “Cooper’s Hawk: The Remembering,” as well as Tracy’s plans for a prequel, sequel, and memoir.

“What impressed me most about Diane was her depth and breadth of knowledge about publishing,” Tracy says of their ninety-minute initial conversation. “Well…I suppose what really impressed me most was her love for ‘Cooper’s Hawk.’ It’s not every day that characters as memorable as these and a story as enduring as theirs gift my waking consciousness. Hearing Diane and her team voice the same reaction to ‘Cooper’s Hawk’ made the decision to place this book in their hands an easy one.”

If Nine and her team successfully place “Cooper’s Hawk” with a publisher, this will be Tracy’s sixth book since 2011 — four with the University of Nebraska Press. Because “Cooper’s Hawk” takes place in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, the book falls outside the Nebraska Press fiction guidelines. “I finally had to break my hiatus from literary agents,” Tracy jokes, “and I’m thrilled to be partnering with Diane and her team.”

 

On Point: Women Warriors Writing Workshop debuts April 1 in Tampa

Tracy and five fellow women veterans, who are also published authors, professional speakers, and academically qualified writing instructors, will lead a how-to seminar about owning, writing, and sharing one’s military stories during a daylong event, “On Point: Women Warriors Writing Workshop/Tampa Bay,” to be held April 1 at the University of Tampa.

 On Point: Women Warriors Writing Workshops are developed as women-exclusive events, providing attendees with a safe zone for discussions related to gender-specific topics. All women servicemembers, veterans, and family members are welcome.
Registration is open, and seating is limited. A $15 ticket covers morning and afternoon sessions, as well as lunch. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m., April 1. Parking at the University of Tampa is free. (Event will be held in the Vaughn Center’s 9th Floor ballroom.)

Featured presenters include:

Kayla Williams, director of the VA’s Center for Women and author of two memoirs, Love My Rifle More Than You and Plenty of Time When I Get Home.

Carol Barkalow, West Point graduate and author of the memoir, In the Men’s House.

Jerri Bell, co-author of the forthcoming history/anthology, It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan; managing editor of O-Dark-Thirty; and writing instructor for the Veterans Writing Project.

Paula Broadwell, West Point graduate; best-selling author of the General Petraeus biography All In; and founder of the nonprofit, Think Broader.

Tracy Crow, former assistant professor of journalism and creative writing and author of the award-winning memoir, Eyes Right: Confessions From a Woman Marine; On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story; Red, White, & True: Stories from Veterans and Families, WWII to Present; co-author of the forthcoming It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan; and An Unlawful Order, under her pen name Carver Greene.

Laura Westley, West Point graduate and author of War Virgin.

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ON POINT Women Warriors Writing Workshop/Tampa Bay is sponsored by:

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA

WOMEN MARINES ASSOCIATION/FL-2

Tracy, Warren Publishing partner to develop women-exclusive military imprint

Tracy has partnered with Charlotte-based Warren Publishing — a woman founded, owned, and led company — to develop a military imprint that will exclusively publish books written by women veterans and women military family members.

Tracy will choose two titles per year through Warren’s annual contest, The Deborah Sampson Prize for Women’s Military Writing. Entrants may submit original fiction or nonfiction with a word count of 40,000 to 80,000. Winners will each receive advances of $1,000 against the digital rights of their books.

 

 

Tracy, co-author share cover image & release date for new book

14285251_1261792227172542_402384988_oThe University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books announced recently that it will release Tracy’s and co-author Jerri Bell’s new book, It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan, July 1, 2017.

From the publisher: “As excerpted from their diaries, letters, oral histories, military depositions and testimonies, as well as from published and unpublished memoirs, generations of women reveal how and why they broke with social norms to serve their country, even at great personal peril. It’s My Country Too is the first popular history to document women’s military service to America from the Revolutionary War to the present wars in the Middle East.”