A year to remember!

I cannot believe it has been a whole year since we launched Out to Sea: A Parents’ Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage.


Celebrating at the official Out to Sea launch party

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I’m overwhelmed by your positive feedback and cannot thank you enough for taking the time to share your stories with me. I’m so grateful for your support and help in spreading the word that Out to Sea is a valuable resource for parents of high school and college students.

Just this week, I received this wonderful message from a stranger—a mom who purchased the book.

Hi Kelly,
I just finished reading your book and I wanted to say thank you for writing such a helpful book for first time parents sending their kids to college! Our son just moved in this past Monday to the U of MN Twin Cities and although he is not far from home, the letting go process was hard.

With all of your helpful advice and encouragement I made it through ‘ The Day.’ Of course, there were tears involved.  🙂

So again, thank you so much, I will refer back to this book often for more advice and encouragement during this college journey and I will be happy to let my friends know what a great book it is also.
With gratitude,

It’s letters like these that make the years of researching and writing and marketing all worth it!

I wrote this book, this survival guide, as we were launching our firstborn because I wanted practical and emotional guidance through the process. And now I get to help others as they go through this high school-to-college transition.

What an honor! It is one I don’t take for granted. I’ve enjoyed and sincerely appreciate every book signing, presentation, workshop, Facebook message, re-tweet, blog post and email. Here are just a few photos from this year to remember.

I treasure the face-to-face (and virtual) contact I get with fellow parents. Please continue to stay in touch—even as your students move through the college years. We are in this together!

Join me on Facebook @KellyRadi and on my website raditowrite.com where I’ll continue to post blogs and articles on parenting our young adults. I’m excited to see where this second year will take Out to Sea. I’d love to see some pics if you spot the book in a new city, college bookstore, or shop. Or better yet, in the hands of a reader! Please share them on Facebook and tag me.

Lastly, please share my name and Out to Sea with your students’ guidance counselors, admissions counselors and university parent groups. I’d love to add their schools to my speaking calendar!

Thank you for making this year a remarkable one.

Parents, YOU are the WHY in what I do. May you empower your students as they navigate into and beyond the college years. I wish you all smooth sailing!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Newnan GA Book Club

Thrilled for the invitation to attend this Atlanta book club of moms preparing to launch



The night this author took home the MIPA GOLD award

P.S. Additional thanks to all the fine retailers who carry and promote Out to Sea!


It never gets old to spot my book on the shelves. Just saw these last week at World Market. 


The perks of participating at an event in New York City! Pizza–not just for college students.


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