AUGUST 2019 ACTIVITY

CALL FOR LITERATURE COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS! WE NEED:
  • TRANSLATORS
  • WRITERS
  • EDITORS
  • PROOFREADERS
  • ILLUSTRATORS
  • GRAPHIC DESIGNERS
  • LAYOUT SPECIALISTS
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS and VIDEO SPECIALISTS
  • AND OTHER TALENTS!

We have several exciting projects in the works and are grateful for the enthusiastic teams of volunteers who are helping shape the future of ACA. To volunteer, or to learn more, email litstaff@adultchildren.org.


LITERATURE COMMITTEE QUARTERLY MEETING

The quarterly Literature Committee call is held the first Saturday of each quarter at 11:30 a.m. eastern US. Past Literature Committee meeting information is at https://acawso.org/category/literature-committee/

The next Literature Committee Quarterly Meeting is Saturday, 5 October at 11:30 am Eastern US. Starting in July, the Literature quarterly call will be available via the internet or telephone.

Call-in Information

Internet audio and video: https://zoom.us/j/4906176719

Meeting ID: 490 617 6719.

US/Canada telephone audio: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 669 900 6833

Recording and notes from recent meetings:

Saturday, 5 January: https://acawso.org/2019/01/03/literature-committee-quarterly-meeting-january-5-2019/

Saturday, 6 April: https://fccdl.in/wO6EC4w6rp

Saturday, 6 July:


Spirituality in Literature study: A new study team reviewing discussion of spirituality in ACA literature will hold an organizational meeting at 11 am eastern US, on Saturday, Oct. 13. Louis B. will facilitate.

Call-in Information
Internet audio and video: https://zoom.us/j/4906176719

Meeting ID: 490 617 6719.

US/Canada telephone audio: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 669 900 6833

The ACA Bill of Rights subcommittee is in reviewing material to develop an ACA Bill of Rights for consideration as fellowship-approved literature. This is an important document, as many adult children approach life from a “less than” position. This group meets on the third Saturday of each month, at 11:30 am eastern US. The group is led by Rich R.


The Sponsorship Working Group is meeting on the first Saturday of each month. The goals of this group are:

  • to explore issues related to the mentoring and sponsorship of recovering adult children,
  • to deliver a report and action plan to WSO Board and ABC by March 15, 2019, and for posting on our website.
  • to work with WSO Committees (Literature, MPS -Membership and Public Service) and anyone else to turn the report’s findings into a reality.

The Sponsorship Working group met on Saturday, September 7. They are compiling ideas in the form of a publication outline – for review and comment. This will evolve from one individual’s project outline into a much-changed group outline that reflects shared thinking. This outline is in development. They are also examining sponsorship / co-sponsor / fellow traveler terminology to identify inconsistencies or contradictions, and to pinpoint outside influences on the ACA model and how it corresponds to the traits.

The group is now being led by Justine F.

To join this group, please send an email to litstaff@adultchildren.org.


The Getting Started introductory text (formerly LBRB) is in progress. The development team meets monthly on the first Saturday at 1 pm eastern US. The outline has been completed, and drafting of chapters is progressing. This group is being led by Charlie H.

The Getting Started group met on September 7. Chapter status check reports were given on

  • Trauma (Barb reporting for Robin)
  • David McB on Steps
  • Ralph on Friendships, Family, and Romantic Relationships
  • Lou on Reparenting
  • Charlie, Lou, Ralph on a new chapter: Beginning Interactions With People
  • Barb N on Solution

The group is encouraged to keep writing.


The Loving Parent Workbook (LPW) project is in progress. The project is currently not accepting volunteers. The group leader is Bonnie M.


Ready Set GO!! (RSG). This workshop project was approved at 2018 ABC. Preliminary sample design pages incorporating telephone and one-day sessions are complete.

RSG workshop material as a production piece is in field testing.

In keeping with the Literature Development Policy, this workshop material will soon be available for review. Final author edits and developments are complete. This book is ready to go into pre-production and design. Approved design will be implemented in formatting the book.


LITERATURE DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS

The Getting Started introductory text is in progress. The development team meets monthly on the first Saturday at 1 pm eastern US. The outline has been completed, and drafting of chapters is progressing. This group is being led by Charlie H.


The Loving Parent Workbook (LPW) project is in progress. The project is currently not accepting volunteers. The group leader is Bonnie M.


Ready Set GO!! (RSG). This workshop project was approved at 2018 ABC. Preliminary sample design pages incorporating telephone and one-day sessions are complete.

In keeping with the Literature Development Policy, this workshop material will soon be available for review. Final author edits and developments are complete. This book is ready to go into pre-production and design.  Approved design will be implemented in formatting the book.

Please be aware that to participate in any Literature Development Subcommittee project, we must have received your completed, signed Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) prior to the project launch. A nondisclosure agreement can be downloaded from http://www.repository.adultchildren.org/images/literature/ACAWSO_NonDisclosure_.pdf.


TRANSLATIONS

International demand for literature is growing. Several groups are translating core literature into the languages of their childhood. New core literature that is offered for free download is uploaded as it becomes available. We recently uploaded several items in Dutch. We also have Turkish and Korean translations that will soon be available.

With guidance from Majbrit M., translation volunteers are collaborating to develop best practices for translating WSO literature. For example, we find that it is best for translators to work with the support of an intergroup. The European Committee has begun a call on the first Saturday of odd-numbered months that focuses on translators’ needs.

Free trifolds in English and other languages can be downloaded from our site at https://adultchildren.org/literature/free-literature-english-translated/.

Any ACA member or group downloading free trifolds is asked to kindly make a one-time voluntary 7th Tradition contribution of USD10.00 or more as a token of appreciation for the downloadable trifold service. You can contribute online at https://shop.adultchildren.org/collections/contribute.

You can also send a donation by mail to:

ACA WSO
1458 East 33rd Street
Signal Hill, California 90755
USA

If you choose to make a one-time voluntary contribution, please include a note letting us know that the contribution is made by a grateful member for this download trifold service. In either event, we graciously thank you for your support and help in carrying the ACA message.

Free downloadable literature can be copied for ACA meetings or personal use.

The Japanese BRB is ready for production. The literature committee is evaluating production and distribution costs for print and e-books.

The French-Canada BRB will be ready for prepress production in late 2019 or early 2020.


COMLINE

The ComLine is our quarterly publication where members from around the world share their experience, strength, and hope on the 12 Steps, Traditions, and Promises of ACA. To view current and back issues, please visit the ACA ComLine web page at https://adultchildren.org/literature/comline/.

We are currently reviewing submissions for the October issue. Shares for this quarter typically cover Steps 10, 11,12 and Promises 10, 11, 12. However, all recovery-related shares are welcome.

Deadlines for submissions was September 30, 2019. However, we will be accepting shares up through September 20. Shares should be between 250-500 words.

We would especially like to see non-dominant handwriting illustrations.

Please email your story, poem, or drawing along with a scan of the completed, signed ComLine Copyright Release Form to litstaff@adultchildren.org.

For more information and to find out how to share your experience, strength, and hope, see http://www.adultchildren.org/comline.

WSO LITERATURE EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT

We are currently reviewing suggestions for new literature and changes to existing literature. Development, review, design, and publication of new literature are time-consuming; major projects can take years to complete.

Evaluation involves a wide range of ACA members and viewpoints. In proposing new ACA literature, an author should be motivated by service, and surrender any notion of personal ownership.

The WSO Literature Development Policy outlines procedures for submitting a proposal for new literature or to change existing literature. The policy outlines the evaluation, development, and production processes. It provides criteria guidelines for members considering a proposal, as well as a timetable estimate.

The literature development policy can be found at https://acawso.org/2018/03/13/wso-literature-development-policy/.

STRENGTHENING MY RECOVERY e-book

Sales for June were 64 books. Total sold is 2,235 e-books.

BRB e-book

Sales for June were 233 e-books. Total sold is 17,738 e-books.

BRB audio Book

Sales for June were 220 a-books sold. Total sold is 6,133 audiobooks.

Sincerely yours in service,

Charlie H., Chair, Literature Committee
Robin R., Literature Committee Staff
Majbrit M., Chair, Translation Subcommittee
David McB., Chair, Business Operations Subcommittee
Jeffrey F., Chair, International Literature Subcommittee
Mardi M., Editor, ComLine