Happy New Year to all of you! Yes, I know I am a week late. Sounds like the story of my life.
Mike and I have been trying to put together a book for quite some time. Some of it came out of trying to keep a record or journal of our family’s story and survival through the abyss known as Traumatic Brain Injury. Whenever I would speak at events for either Brain Injury Services, Inc. or the Trauma Survivors Network I would be approached by audience members who kept commenting that I should write a book. Apparently, a story about a mom and daughter both have brain injuries from the same incident isn’t very common. Go Figure!
Anyway, we have put the bare bones together and I was getting inpatient wondering if we had something publishable so I contacted a hybrid publisher. At the time I didn’t realize what a hybrid publisher was but it is between a traditional publishing house such as Random House and self-publishing. A hybrid asks for some money upfront from the author but the work is still owned by the author and the company helps with editing, typesetting, printing, marketing, and distribution.
I was very surprised when we were offered a contract to go ahead. We have decided to spend a little more time refining the book over the next few months before going ahead. There are so many things to still figure out such as how the 3 misses will take the news. This will especially affect Middle Miss! We want to lay out the story as honestly as we can and some of the things we have to share she may not like. I guess we can cross that bridge when we need.
If anyone has any experience publishing a book I would love to hear about it; both the good and bad. I am a big believer in the more you know the better the decision.