Over the years, I have had many people tell me that I should write a book about my experiences raising Nick.
I wondered if I would have the capacity to write it. Would our story have significance or be of value to anyone? If I went through all the time and effort, would anyone read it?
The idea rolled around in my mind for over 35 years and finally I felt that I had enough insight and experience to tell our story.
In the spring of 2016 I began this storytelling journey. The rough draft of my manuscript was finished after working on it for almost a year. Now it has been professionally edited and I am deep in the rewrite phase.
This past 18 months have been transformational to me while I remember and rediscover the “Journey to Joy” that I have traveled with Nick.
In January 2017, I started blogging about the lessons we all have learned from Nick. Everything in the blog posts is new material that is not contained in the manuscript. These blog posts have been very well received. I am grateful for that.
In the next couple of months, I will be pitching my book idea to agents. I also will shop the manuscript around to a few publishing houses too. Both agents and publishers need to believe that I have an audience for my book as well as followers that already like what I write. They would like to see that I reach more people. They need to believe that my book will make them money.
It would be very helpful to the success of my project, if you could find a blog post or two on my website that really speaks to you. Post your comments on the blog. It also would help if you chose to Follow my blog.
I have been linking to Facebook to make it easier for people to find me. Now it is important to be able to show these book professionals that what I have to say is important to those who read it and that there are many people anxious to read my book about raising Nick.
I self-published my first work of historical fiction in 2011, and it has been really well received. To date I have sold over 3,000 copies of “A Cottage in Donegal, Mary Doherty’s Story.” That is amazing for a self-published book. I created both the PDF and Kindle versions on Amazon. It was fun to have a copy of my book accepted into the Library of Congress and to be able Google my name and have the book come up.
I feel that the message of hope in this story of Nick and me is important to day and that this new book has the potential to reach a larger audience. So I am asking for your help.
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