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.
A few months back while I was traveling to visit Big Miss on her study abroad adventure in Rome, Italy, I received an email inviting me to write a feature piece on my local yoga studio’s blog. The studio had put out a request for contributors through their Facebook page and I had responded with a very brief description of how yoga helped me.
It took a while to iron out the details and to get my mind wrapped around writing the piece. It didn’t help that we were also on summer hiatus and all three daughters were home and none of my “to do” items were getting done. I must have taken some time to write since I received word a few weeks ago that my piece was published on the blog and they want more! Woo Hoo!
I posted it on my personal Facebook page and received such an amazing response. If you would like to read it go to this link (http://gowithityoga.com/blog/).
I worked on this piece for a very long time; it had been in my head for so long and took awhile to refine before feeling comfortable about sharing it with the world.
I took a chance on an online site and was thrilled when it was picked up by one and published (https://medium.com/an-odd-mom-s-world/the-birth-of-joy-65901edc74a4).
I submitted to another publication which has both a digital and print copy circulation and was published in their June 2017 issue (http://tbihopeandinspiration.com/June2017.pdf).
It felt so good to get this piece circulated and out to other readers. As expected, once I was able to get some successes the writing has increased, though not so much on this blog. I hope to improve the frequency of writing here over the next few months and look for some upcoming links to a website my husband and I developed after talking about it for years.
Let me know what you think in the comments.