What inspired you to write your memoir?
I wanted to tell the story of how I went from being a school teacher to a vice president of Xerox, because it contains tips about how other ambitious people, female and male, can achieve their goals.
About your Book:
When Bonny Cook was growing up in Connecticut she wanted to be a school teacher, and she didn’t want to hear about any other possibilities. Actually, in 1960, the career possibilities for women were pretty much confined to teacher, nurse or secretary—or getting married and becoming a housewife.
When Bonny graduated from college in 1962 she went to California and taught for four years. She became disillusioned with teaching because of bad principals, quit, and shoehorned her way into becoming a business computer programmer, a job that had only recently been created. After gaining several years of experience she joined Xerox Corporation, and eventually worked her way up to vice president.
Bonny did this against the background of the women’s movement, which started about 1960. She was one of the pioneers as she broke through the so-called glass ceiling that prevented women from rising to high positions in the business world. She and others like her paved the way for young women of today, and made their climb easier.
The story of how she did it is interesting and exciting, and contains not only history, but also tips for today’s people in the workforce, whether female or male.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
E-book versions are published through Amazon Kindle and Smashwords, the best distributors for e-books.
The print version is published through CreateSpace, which offers excellent author tools to assist in publication, and distributes to the major markets, including libraries and bookstores.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Writing a memoir is very personal. Your whole heart and soul goes into it. I hesitated before publishing this book because I wasn’t sure I wanted to bare myself to the world in this way.
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