Hello friend, I need to ask for your help so I’ll get right to the point. If you have time, you can stick around for the longer version, but I completely understand if you don’t.
I’m sending my book proposal to some important people and those folks look at numbers. Publishers and agents want to see my “social media reach.”
I need to demonstrate that I have a community of people who like what I write and believe in me.
Would you please take a minute to do one or more (or all!) of these:
Subscribe to my newsletter – I send it every few weeks (or less often) and it only takes a minute or two to read. This number is important because subscribers are considered my most loyal readers. You’ll get a free download of the lovely “courage, dear heart” graphic in the sidebar as my thank you.
Follow me on Facebook.
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Follow me on Pinterest.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now for the longer version for those of you who have time.
I began writing this book years ago, literally years, with an incredible co-author. We had a vision for a book that would combine solid research about children with early trauma with my experiences as a mother parenting children from “hard places.”
Our lives held many challenges — most of you know mine. We went through so much during those years with Kalkidan and some of our other children. Then we had our accident and lost Kalkidan nearly three years ago.
My co-author also faced significant challenges that affected our progress.
Despite many trials, we stayed connected and pressed on. Some months after we lost Kalkidan, I told her I felt more compelled than ever to finish the book and she agreed.
We were working with an editor at a publishing house who was advising us through the process of writing the book proposal, which is extensive and includes sample chapters. He was incredibly helpful, but he left the publishing house before we signed a contract.
Now we have a manuscript that is nearing completion and no contract. I need to get back to submitting the proposal to publishers. With our inside connection gone, I’ve also been advised to find an agent.
That’s the hard part of the “book story.”
There are so many good parts though!
1. I believe the book will help many families. Theory meets reality. Friend, you know I walk this journey with you every single day. This book has stories of me making my way through the days using my connected parenting tools and parenting as therapeutically as I can. Sometimes I really mess up, other times it’s amazing.
The great bonus of the book is my co-author explains why the tools work! She explains what is happening in our kids’ brains that make scripts, sensory input, the balance of nurture and structure, and so much more work.
2. Everything I’m learning in the process of writing the book translates to future book projects, and I’ve already started my book on “giving voice to siblings.”
3. This is a lesson in perseverance and I’ve cried more than a few tears over it. I’ve yearned to see it come to fruition. God has it all in control, but it’s been a learning, growing, painful sort of process. I believe the day will come when I’ll hold the book in my hands and know it was worth it.
I could go on, but I’ll leave it at that today. Thank you for your help and if you are a praying person, I appreciate your prayers for this project.
If you have connections in the book publishing world and want to advise or lend a hand, please email me at [email protected]
I know self-publishing is a fantastic option and may pursue it for future books, but I don’t plan to pursue self-publishing right now. That could change, and if it does I’ll let you know.
I’m bursting at the seams to tell you more and will as soon as I can.
Thank you, friend, for reading and supporting my blog all these years. I appreciate you so much! Leave me a comment and say hello – an encouraging word would be fantastic too.
with love, courage, and hope for the journey,