Tuesday, December 15, 2009

First Piece of Press!

Today I received the wonderful news that the first piece of Bittersweet Memories press has been completed! This is so exciting for me! To see the article, please copy and paste the following link:

I'm thrilled with the progress that the book is making. I learned today about the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). This is one of the oldest organizations in the field of death, dying, and bereavement. There are close to 2,000 members who are educators and mental health professionals. I have been doing research on the site and I am trying to find the best thanatologist. A thanatologist is professional in death, dying, and bereavement whose professional responsibilities include working with the dying and the grieving process. I am looking for an expert to weigh in on what cooking and food can do to help the grieving process. If you can recommend anyone, please contact me at emily@bittersweet-memories.com.

Have a great week!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Last night I went to an Advisory Board Meeting for the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center. The Center was established at Northwestern University in 1974. In 1991, it was dedicated as the Rovert H. Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University. This center is one of only 40 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. Among the largest in the Midwest, the clinical enterprise treats more than 10,000 new cancer cases annually.
Dr. Steve Rosen, who is director of the center and was my mother's oncologist,is an incredible human being with the best bedside manner I have ever experienced. He is a brilliant doctor who treats his patients like the are family.
I have made a decision to give a portion of the proceeds from the book to Dr. Rosen and his team. I would also like to say something about the new Brain Tumor Institute that just opened at Northwestern. Dr. Jeffrey Raizer is the co-director of the center and was also my mom's doctor. He is a wonderful man who has dedicated his life to fighting this horrible disease. To learn more about Dr. Rosen, Dr. Raizer, and the cancer center, please go to the website at http://www.cancer.northwestern.edu/home/index.cfm
A Blending of Bittersweet Memories is for people who have lost loved ones due to all reasons, not just cancer. It is my personal preference to use the proceeds to fight cancer. Please help me fight one of the battles that affects so many people.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


I am so excited to announce that my website has been completely reconstructed!! Lisa Mollo has rebuilt the site within 2 weeks!! She is the absolute best and could not have done this without her. Lisa does not just work 9-5 and she doesn't take sick days. She works 24 hours a day no matter what and I need to thank her for all of her hard and beautiful work. Please check it out at www.bittersweet-memories.com. Please sign the guestbook and let me know what you think!
I can't wait to get everyones recipes and stories. The holidays are a great time to remember our loved ones and happy memories.
We have lots to do this week! We are working on celebrity mailings and hope to get submissions in as soon as possible.
REMINDER*- Due date for submissions in January 31st, 2010!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's Holiday Time!

I can't believe that it is already December. I hired a public relations company last month and since November 1st we have gotten so much accomplished! I took head shots, which was so much fun. I hired a website designer and she is absolutely incredible! She has completely transformed the site and it will be ready to launch by this weekend!! We have sent out mailings to grief groups, spoken to ghost writers, and come up with an adorable logo. Also, we are being featured in workingmother.com. The website reaches about 4.9 million people per month. Needless to say, all is going well on the PR side!
Now on the book side, I have spoken with a publisher and literary agent. They love the book idea and are so excited about moving forward. The literary agent says she wants the book to be more focussed on grief with a side bar on recipes. I need to do a lot more research on grief! It's so important to tell my story to publishers. I hope to have a proposal ready by January 1st.
That's all for now!