It’s been so much fun to be a part of this wild ride of watching Stephanie’s book become an instant bestseller, then to have President Obama select it as one of his Summer Reads, and now the moment we’ve been prepping for, for so long: the Netflix Original series was released last Friday!

If you’ve known me for a while you know that my “backstory” is somewhat similar to Stephanie’s–a single mom living on the edges of poverty, a survivor of emotional abuse, clawing her way to make a better life for her children. Seeing Stephanie’s amazing success unfold is one of the reasons I love what I do so much.

Helping authors create the brand they want for their careers, the messaging, the visuals, the strategy, so they can get their important work to a wider audience–that’s what it’s about.

Anyway, if you haven’t watched the series yet, please do. And if you’ve never lived on the margins know that this series does a really good job of demonstrating what it’s like to live in that daily agony of poverty, as well as the complexities of emotional abuse. I hope you’ll watch it and I hope you’ll spark conversations about these issues with others too. Millions of Americans are living in very similar realities and we must find ways to change that.

MAID the Netflix series inspired by Stephanie Land's memoir