We are happy to announce a new upcoming anthology tentatively titled “Life Between Scans: How to Live with Lung Cancer as a Chronic Illness.” Its personal essays will show how metastatic lung cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the emotions and situations that arise when you’re taking new precision medicine treatments and know your lung cancer could become terminal at any time.
A group of award-winning lung cancer bloggers is developing this book to share honest personal experiences, offer hope for those dealing with metastatic lung cancer, raise awareness and positive impressions of our disease, and encourage investment and participation in lung cancer research and supports. These stories will highlight lung cancer patients on precision medicine approved drugs and clinical trials who are living well for months or years longer than those on traditional chemotherapy.
All submissions will be reviewed by the group, with assistance from editor Ann Vandermeer, who has extensive anthology publishing experience both for New York publishers and as a freelancer. Ann has graciously donated her time to this project in support of cancer patients.
Example Essay Topics (not a complete list)
- The shock of diagnosis or cancer progression
- Handling stigma and guilt
- Taking care of yourself (as patient, or as caregiver)
- Telling (or not telling) others about the cancer
- “Why me?”
- Making the choice to live despite the downsides
- What matters most now? How has that changed after cancer?
- Making major treatment and care decisions
- Finding the next step for treatment
- Why you did (or didn’t) join a clinical trial
- How manage emotions: anxiety, fear, uncertainty, depression, need for control
- Becoming an engaged patient or advocate
- Dealing with symptoms or side effects (pain, cognitive issues, losses, etc)
- Having “The Conversation” with family about end of life
- Being the first on a new treatment
- When your doctor doesn’t have much experience with your treatment or cancer
- Finding supports or dealing with loss of supports (e.g; loss of friends)
- Use of complementary therapies (massage, acupuncture, meditation, etc.)
- Transitioning to hospice
- Navigating the healthcare system (e.g., coordinating specialists)
- Effective communication with healthcare providers
- Value of patient communities
- How to stay on top of science and research without getting overwhelmed
- How do you forget about cancer and enjoy life in the moment?
- Role of the care partner in chronic disease management
- Financial toxicity
- How can caretakers and patients both speak honestly about how they feel?
- Humor as a diversionary/coping mechanism
July 1, 2017
- Essays should be between 750 to 2,500 words. Accepted file types are MS Word, .rtf, and .txt. Please use 12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced, and ensure your legal name is included at the beginning of the file.
- Essays must be written in first person, and should reflect actual personal experience of either a metastatic lung cancer patient or a primary caregiver of a metastatic lung cancer patient.
- Essay can be either original work not previously published, or material you personally published on your online blog or in an online support group.
- Essays from deceased patients may be submitted if the patient meets the criteria above AND the person who is submitting can demonstrate they have the legal right to submit the essay.
- If a metastatic lung cancer patient/caregiver blog post has touched or inspired you, please submit a link via email so we can review it and contact the author.
- Each submission will receive an email acknowledging its receipt
Rights and Payments
- Acceptance decisions will be made by late summer 2017. If your submission is accepted, you will be notified by email along with a contract for consideration. If you do not receive a notification by the end of September 2017, your work was not accepted for publication.
- We will pay $0.10/word on final edited word count for nonexclusive worldwide right to print, republish, or reprint the complete anthology in any language or format. Payment will be made upon final edit.
- Contributors will receive two copies of the book.
- If authors have other questions about rights or payments, please contact us before submission. We want to make sure all concerns are addressed.
How to Submit
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following:
- Your personal essay (as an attachment)
- A BRIEF biography (no more than 100 words) for inclusion in the book. At a minimum, this must include:
- your name (a pen name is OK, but a real name will have more impact for readers)
- date of diagnosis
- type of lung cancer (as specific as possible)
- where you live (state & country, with city if possible)
- link to your blog or website (if you have one)
You might also want to include your age at diagnosis, relationship status (married, single, committed partnership, etc.), ages of children at diagnosis, and clinic(s) where you were treated. This information can help inspire readers.
- For payment purposes, please provide the following in the body of the email:
- your legal name
- mailing address
- preferred contact email
- contact phone
Please be sure the contact email and/or phone will be answered even if you are unavailable.
Where will the book be published?
We are negotiating with a small press to get the book published. We expect the book will be available in hardcopy and in electronic format from online sellers.
What will happen to the income from book sales?
One of our bloggers is funding this project personally. After the payments to authors and production costs are covered, proceeds from the sale of the book will be designated in perpetuity to support lung cancer research at the University of Colorado, one of the premier targeted therapy lung cancer research centers in the world.
Who is on the editorial board?
In alphabetical order:
- Janet Freeman-Daily (blog: Gray Connections)
- Lisa Goldman (blog: Every Breath I Take)
- Linnea Olson (blog: life and breath: outliving lung cancer for the terminally optimistic)
- Tori Tomalia (blog: A Lil’ Lytnin Strikes Lung Cancer)
- Ann Vandermeer, professional editor
Last update: 6-Mar-2017 16:00 Pacific Time