I’m writing a book (sort of)!

June 2, 2008 | Uncategorized | 13 comments

Some friends and family members have requested that I put together a book through Lulu.com with a sort of “highlight reel” of the archives of this site. A few of them have only recently started reading my blog and would like to get the backstory of my conversion from atheism to Christianity but haven’t managed to find, oh, 1, 000 hours of free time to get through the entire archives of this blog.

Since a few other people have asked about something like this as well, I’ll make the book available here on the site when it’s done. If you’d like to receive a notice when I have it together, shoot me an email at conversiondiary {at} gmail {dot} com. You don’t need to write anything in the body of the email, just use the word “book” somewhere in the subject line.

Also, a quick plug for Lulu.com: I used this service to self-publish a book that my dad wrote a couple years ago, and I was very impressed. The finished product was of basically the same quality of anything you’d get from Barnes and Noble, and it was surprisingly cheap and easy to put together. There’s a one-time setup fee (very reasonably priced), and then you set the price for the book so that you can decide how much money you want to make (if any) on each copy sold. Then friends and family members can buy the book through Lulu’s online store, and you can even make it available via Amazon.

Just thought I’d pass that on in case any of you have a book in your back pocket that you’ve wanted to put out there!

13 Comments

  1. Lucia Rosa

    Yay! I have to say I do have hours and hours of free time to read backstory here, but I think it’s a great idea.

  2. Tausign

    Go for it!

  3. SuburbanCorrespondent

    You know, you’re actually a good enough writer to get an agent and get your book out to an even wider audience. Why not think about it? If you don’t care about the money aspect, you could donate the proceeds to charity…

  4. Tertium Quid

    Jennifer,

    I think a book is an excellent idea. Your writings would be easier to digest in book form. It’s hard for me to read blog posts longer than a couple hundred words.

    I would recommend that you contact Ignatius Press, Marcus Grodi at the Coming Home Network, and a few other Catholics who might know something. Your stories and reflections I think are very publishable.

    TQ

  5. elizabeth

    I absolutely agree that you could put together a very sellable pitch. Depending on the angle you take, you could sell it to a secular publishing house or to a Catholic publisher like Ignatius Press. You have a wonderful voice and your personal story still straddles the secular and Christian worlds, so you have lots to say that is interesting to almost everyone. A straight blog-to-book project would be easiest, but you could also take on a more cohesive one-theme book. I’ve been wondering when you’d be announcing your fabulous book deal. You would be a huge find for some enterprising agent!

  6. Alicia Nin

    Thanks a lot! Every time I talk to my husband about one of your blog entries he says, “She should write a book”, I’m so glad you’re doing it! I’ve been telling so many people about your blog. But most of them don’t even know what a blog is, so it will be great having the possibility of giving them the book.

  7. Mary@notbefore7

    Great idea! I did mine through blurb. I love it – a cherished memory.

  8. Heather

    Very cool. No time to read write now but thanks for the tip on Lulu.com–illustrating a kids book that my husband is writing as I paint–he wants to try to get it published through a real publisher first but I am keeping an eye out for other options–shows how much faith I have in my own work.:)

  9. noe

    I’ve used blurb.com for some very image-heavy books (my biggest one is 333 pages with over 500 images) – now I’m working on a cookbook for my two daughters (20’s) of recipes from family and friends.

    I will be very interested in reading your book.

  10. Paul, just this guy, you know?

    I’ve had similar thoughts about a sort of “best of” book from my own blog.

    I would be very interested in reading your book.

  11. Anonymous

    I just want to chime in and agree with those who have said you should write a “real” book. I’m a new reader of your blog, and I must say that I think your writing is extraordinary, not to mention your content! Go for it!

  12. Eva

    This is a wonderful idea. I really don’t have the computer access to read all of your archives, but I’m endeavouring to do so. A book would be a great help!

  13. Syl

    That’s great! You have an impressive control over language that radiates through your writing and a rare ability to delve deep into your thoughts, exposing their complexities in a comprehensive way. Furthermore, there is always something that one can take away from your writing – even if the piece is on a theme that cradle Catholics have grown up with (and consequently heard in many, many contexts). I feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon your blog.

    You may have heard that the Catholic weekly “America” is having an essay contest (The Case for God) with the prize of publication and $3000. Perhaps you may consider submitting an essay. I am confident that you could bring a refreshing perspective from your personal experiences, or you could choose a professional, academic, apologetic or devotional perspective if you feel that would be more appropriate. Here is the link if you are interested:
    http://americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=10518

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