It seems like a lot of my favorite bloggers are re-running posts from their archives these days. I’ve been enjoying read them, many of which I’d forgotten all about or never saw the first time around. I’m also going to go ahead and jump on that bandwagon and do my own Flashback Series of posts from my archives, probably about once a week. Since few people have been reading since back when I started this blog in 2005, there should be plenty of new-to-you stuff!
The reason I’m doing this is because I need to free up a little bit of time for another writing project I’m working on…
Remember when I said that I was going to take the posts from my archives and self-publish them on Lulu? Well, shortly after that I was contacted by some folks in the publishing industry who strongly encouraged me to write a real book instead, perhaps a memoir of my conversion. It sounded good, but I hesitated because first-time authors typically do not sell memoirs on a proposal alone (e.g. a table of contents and one sample chapter). In other words, I’d have to write a lot of it, maybe even most of it, without any guarantee that it will ever see the light of day. After a lot of thought and prayer and talking with my husband, I’ve decided to go ahead and do it. Even if no publishers pick it up, I can always go back to the Lulu option, or just keep it around for my children to have.
My goal is to have the first draft done in six months (which means I might actually have it done in nine months). I’ve been working on it for about a month, and one thing I’ve learned is that the only thing harder than writing a memoir is writing a memoir about a religious conversion. Any prayers would be appreciated!
UPDATED TO ADD: What are your favorite memoirs? Needless to say, I’ve taken a great interest in the genre. I’d love to hear any recommendations! (They don’t have to be about religion — I’m interested in all subject matter.)
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