I've just turned in another manuscript of edits. So now, what to do...what to do? The answer? To continue writing the story in another form. The plan? To write two or three articles that are based on the subject in my book. For example, Guideposts magazine is a monthly Christian magazine that features first person essays. I've read it off and on for years and in fact was a finalist in their annual youth writing contest years ago. The articles will make you smile or make you cry - or maybe both within one essay. Although my book is not an overtly Christian book, there is most definitely an element of prayer and faith in it. So, I can see my story within it's pages.
Another theme in my book, or as a result of it (I hope) is that of personal history writing. Everyone has a story. My father's story was hidden. Over the years, we were able to bring it to the surface. I believe that many of us have similar stories that are buried. A woman's magazine might be interested in a story like this. So that's another possibility.
So, you can see where I'm going with this. Writing smaller, more condensed versions of my book, for magazine articles will allow me not only to share my story with an audience that may or may not buy the book, but will also serve as a mini advertisement of the book. It's a sort of sneak peak into it, similar to what you'd do if you were standing in a bookstore with my book in your hands.
So, that's my next step on this vast journey. Always a joy! Karen