1. Amazon.com has created CreateSpace.com, a self-publishing platform that allows books to go straight into the amazon.com pool of books and creates a marketing base. It is a very well-priced option even with full-color images so we could have art work as well as stories, poems, quotes and other text.
2. Diane from Contemplative Photography and I started talking about self-publishing a book about our journeys. The only problem is that Diane is layering graduate school on top of an already busy schedule. She doesn't have time to do a full book ... but she might have time to do a chapter.
3. I keep meeting fascinating women artists/writers of a certain age who are on a spiritual journey and find that hearing their stories makes my heart sing. I want more. I have time and would be willing to mid-wife the project.
4. Using a blog would allow us to gather material, find and invite others and gradually grow into a book.
So, what could this be? A compilation that each of us could have for ourselves, friends and family. A book that might appeal to and be helpful to other women on the journey. Perhaps even an echo of "Chicken Soup for the Soul."
- Women of a certain age (50?) who are doing some form of art as part of their process of connecting to spirit.
- Women who are willing to tell their stories and have time to write a 500-word story about their journey every two weeks, accompanied by images or poetry whenever possible. (I will post this onto the blog under your name.)
- Send an email to me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Write a short bio that will be part of each of your blog posts. It can include links to your own blog or website.
- I will send you a list of questions to stimulate your thinking ... but mainly we want your stories. Please no lectures ... just what's happened to you along the way and what you've learned.
- Write your first story and send it to me with images or other attachments. That will start the process and then a story-post every other week will be the ideal schedule. I think it will take about 10 posts to make a chapter so you might want to start thinking about the stories that most define your journey.