You know the saying, “It takes a village…”, well, it’s more like “it takes a sisterhood” for me. Saturday’s ‘Time To Celebrate!’ post, was the Cliff Notes version of getting a book deal. The road to getting a book published, especially by such an esteemed publishing house as Vendome Press, has taken a lot of hard work and perseverance. But most of all it’s taken a network, a true sisterhood, of amazing, hardworking, and accomplished women. (There have been, and still are, a few wonderful men involved, but that’s a post for another day!)

The Book

The sisterhood of “the book” kicked off a few years ago with a dear friend I re-connected with, Roxanne Khazarian. Roxanne and I had together worked at Ethan Allen over 10 years ago. She is a brilliant attorney – passionate and big-hearted – and was instrumental with her advice and the contractual part of the process. Roxanne introduced me to her best friend Caroline Galloway (a.k.a. Super Genius), the powerhouse and incredibly personable (I love her sense of humor!) public relations expert behind M2M PR. Caroline advised and guided me through the proposal process and gave me the green light when it was in good shape to go. Both Roxanne and Caroline are true believers in my vision for NMCH. The sisterhood continued with the seasoned literary agent, Dana Newman, whom Caroline introduced me to, and whom Caroline had worked with on a Michael Jackson book. These 3 accomplished women really liked what NMCH was all about. A written book proposal and 150-page comp (ultimately both revised twice) was written, compiled and laid out by the 3 musketeers: my beautifully gifted Art Director, Carol Hubner, incredibly talented writer Deb Golden (who captures my voice so perfectly), and me.

The Beginning

Way back, before the book was a twinkle in my eye, the NMCH sisterhood started with dear friends Carolyn Jennings (manager and cheerleader), Maria McLennan (gifted stylist) and Maria’s sister, Sister Linda Boccia of the Sisters of St. Paul (expert proofer and editor), Duanne Simon (beautiful lifestyle photographer), Judith Balogh and Aida Kiernan (both amazing can-do women!). We worked tirelessly together day and night to create and launch the very first NMCH website and emagazine. It was quite the feat! Looking back, if I would have had any inkling to what that undertaking would involve, I don’t know if I would have jumped right in!

Soon thereafter, November Rawlings with her social media and editorial savvy (also the originator of #yearofthebook), Diana LeRoi-Schmidt my very patient webmaster, and Robyn Szarka Roos, my stylist, baker, and witty blog producer joined us. Steph Fuda, Tara Kortze, Lucy Kortze, Karen Pease Marino, Marta Eriquez, and Janet Morganti all contributed their wit, wisdom, and talent along the way. (I wish I could mention all my dear women friends and family who have always been by my side. I love you.)

Probably my biggest supporter, my mom Charlotte. At 89 years young, she has been my inspiration. Her saying of “She who dares wins.” lives everyday in my NMCH life.

Thank you my beautiful sisters for everything. xo

Love, Nora


  1. Barbara on March 28, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Nothing like “Girl Power”…. and a little determination!! Congratulations… can’t wait to see the book!!!

  2. Andrea Irish on March 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I agree, Sisterhood is the best!! I love your blog and can’t wait for your new book! When you are ready for book signing events, remember the Parnassus Book Store in Nashville, TN, which is owned by author Ann Patchett. Would love to meet you!

    • Nora on March 29, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Andrea! Thank you!! Would love to meet you too! I’ll be in Nashville for the Country Living Fair in April, but my book will be a ways away…..due out Fall 2018. When that time comes….I would LOVE to!! Thanks very much Andrea! Love, Nora

  3. Rita C. (Panoply) on March 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    This is amazingly inspiring! Looking so forward to this.

  4. Amy Fagnani on March 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Nora, So happy for you! You mention so many sisters whom I’ve missed throughout the years from my days at Ethan Allen..Lucy, Marta, Maria. Can’t wait to buy your book. Wishing you all of the best! XO, Amy (Damici) Fagnani

  5. Linda on March 29, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    This is exciting. Sharing the process with your readers makes us appreciate the process even more.

  6. Diane Ruebel on March 29, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Yes!!! Pulling together is what it takes for success as we paddle with our sisters. Your story inspires as will your book.

    Listening to your mother,

  7. Shirley Graham on March 29, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Don’t forget us here in Cincinnati, Ohio – we have great bookstores here & would love to meet you – am waiting for your book!!

  8. Dana Silver on March 30, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Nora I just love your style. I think in my past life I lived in New England! I have a booth in Florida and I have a New England style look. I have to really search for items in Florida to get your look though. The fact that you worked for Ralph is amazing. I have always admired his style. And now your style is to be admired. Every time I go out buying I say to myself would Nora buy this? I cannot wait to buy your book!

  9. Roberta on April 3, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Brava!!! Good for you to have so many wonderful women in your life Nora!! Love what you do 🙂

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