There aren’t enough languages for me to express the gratitude I feel toward all who have contributed to the completion of this book.
Warm and special thanks to my dear friend Tricia Kenney Rubertone, the Godmother of this book. You have been my sounding board and confidante since the book’s inception, and your professional opinion gave me the assurance to market my proposal before I had even secured a literary agent. Thanks to Richard Abate for your advice and to John Avila for editing my proposal, and to my wonderful literary agent, Grace Freedson, for believing in my script and for your hand-holding, which has gotten me through uncharted territory.
I am particularly grateful to Executive Editor Ellen Kadin at AMACOM Books for seeing the potential in my manuscript. Thanks for orchestrating and fine-tuning all of the necessary pieces that have made this the quality book I aimed to present to my readers. And thanks to: Managing Editor Andy Ambraziejus, for ensuring that every aspect of production went seamlessly; Senior Development Editor Barry Richardson, freelance editor Louis Greenstein, and copyeditor Chris Gage, for your comments and comprehensive work on the manuscript; and Editorial Assistant William Helms III for all of the behind-the-scenes administrative support on this project. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Creative Director Cathleen Ouderkirk for working so hard on the perfect cover for a book that is all about being judged by one’s image.
Thank you to the Sales and Marketing team at AMACOM: Trade Sales Director Jenny Wesselmann Schwartz; Director of Trade Publicity and Sales Promotions Irene Majuk; Director of Rights and International Sales Therese Mausser; Publicist Alice Northover; and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rosemary Carlough. I would also like to thank AMACOM President Hank Kennedy for welcoming me on my first visit to the company. Your warm and engaging personality is mirrored by that of your dedicated staff.