The Life Lessons book I have written is almost ready to publish. I received the proof the other day. It looks good. What is pressing on my mind these days is the availability of funding for my work and my publishing company. I'd be happy to hear from anyone who has ideas and suggestions. I went on Grants.gov and they really don't have much to offer. I also went to the NEA and NEH with the same results. I know that God is behind me here and so I wait upon His grace to move forward with the idea of publishing GOOD and INSPIRING stories. There should always be writers who think of inspiring their readers to move towards God, towards enlightenment, towards Grace.
nSeems that all this writing and self-publishing has got into my brain and now it is saying that I ought to put up my own publishing company. Seems incredible, you say, but then again, according to an article on HuffPost, when you as an author publish your own book, you ARE a publisher. So it stands to reason that I now am a Publisher. I am not like the big 5 or anything but, I am now intent on getting something done. What is it? I intend to publish books that are stories of real people who have traveled through life and weathered the prodigious amounts of storms that have given them that different look about them - a calmness and stolidity that only comes from having wrestled with something tremendous and won the battle not by themselves, but with the aid of God. So - God figures in their lives in a BIG way. I want to see who else is there that has gotten through the tragic and comic and not so exciting and the lovely parts of living on this earth. I want to read their own words of success, not because they achieved power and position, or wealth, nay, none of that. No I want to know how they MET God and walked with Him as they came out of the ashes of their lives. Too dramatic, you say? Well, everyone's story is a great big struggle, unseen by others, but known to the very intimate people that march with them. So, for everyone out there who writes, I am giving you a CHALLENGE. Write write write, don't give up, never ever give up, and tell your story. Send it me at my new publishing company - Marian Musings Publishing. I can help you with this, and I will be a friend through it all.
The company is in its infancy, but I am hiring and recruiting freelance editors. There isn't a BRICK AND MORTAR office. There may not be. My lawyer said that it cuts down on overhead. So, what I plan to do is this: hire these editors wherever they may reside, send them the manuscripts to read and proof and edit, and then we will all have a big party on Skype to discuss these and then we will shepherd the book along towards publication.
Any questions, send me a note via email at: email@example.com.
Look here folks, the Penguin is back! Well, not really. You see, I'm off into the land of publishing and it's been pretty darn fun. I am happy to report that my two books are in the presses so to speak and will soon be released. One of them, Loveable Resident, is now in the stage where the professionals are polishing it all up. The other one, Life Lessons: Ruminations on Life as a Human on Earth by Mary Faderan, PhD, is getting dolled up with a nice cover and good diligence by the publisher. These publishers are separate from each other, but both are paid by me to publish my book.
I used to feel that the traditional way to publish books was DE RIGEUR. Not anymore. I am not rich, and I depend on getting my income from my books, so the sooner they get published, the better. I can't see how any author could wait over a year from the start where he or she reaches out to literary agents and then they in turn shop the books to different publishers. At least, for my purposes now, a self publishing mode is needed. I apologize for being ignorant about publishing and if I am in error of the process of traditional publishing please send me a correction and I publish that here.
I hope someday that a traditional publisher might still be interested to publish my books.
I hope that there will be a nice flux between self-publishing and traditional publishing. One can do business with the other and vice versa without the stigma attached to self-publishing. There isn't anything wrong with that. For one, I am in a graduate school to get my MFA and that alone ought to let publishers know that I am trained in the arts of creative writing.
PS For those who have been tragically affected by the attack in New York, I send you the prayers for healing and recovery. For those who have died, I pray for their peace in repose.
While I appear to be in a leisurely mood these days, time is progressing towards the point where I may be needing to gear up and do several things. One, I have a publisher breathing down my neck to get my last few chapters in of Loveable Resident so he can get the ball rolling. Second, I have to find time to get more active to reduce the amount of weight I've gained since I've been seeing this significant Person who I have just said "I Do" to. He isn't particular about my weight gain and actually finds that I am happier being this way. No more kale chips!!! But, I do feel that it is necessary to eat right, have an active life (if only to hail cabs) and take care of my family so everyone is good. Third, I still need to have a schedule to write because of all the events that I've had to go through - leaving work, finding a place to write (not at home due to the three fur kids clamoring for treats at every turn) and then prepping for the marital march down the aisle.
Not to worry, I will do my best. I am starting again the devotionals that I like to pray so that it calms my mood and removes the blue devils that plague artists and writers (I've read their lives and that seems to be a common affliction). Prayer is a good way to meditate, is a form of meditation, and it frees the mind to build up a world of fiction (or poetry or whatever written work you might wish to do). I have been remiss though in this for months and months, and it might have led to several problems in my writing life.
I don't know about proselytizing here - I don't wish to make people take umbrage at pushing my faith. I think if you're in a conversation with God, that is a good thing and it will help. I definitely recommend having a dialogue with God.
Today it's a little busy where I have parked my laptop. No coffee around, but just a bottle of sparkling water. The only thing that seems to be nagging at me is the sound of what seems to be a duck quacking in the background and I am SURE there are NO DUCKS around. I bet it's a bellows of an old heater or something. I don't know bellows from engines, but I think the word bellows matches this annoying sound.
Guess you all need to understand how to deal with Mondays. It's good to be here on Monday. I love weekends, but I welcome the new week. Lots of possibilities, new emails from good people, business contacts, arrangements to meet for lunch or dinner, and so on.
Have a great week. Take care of your self, your psyche and your plans. God is good. Always.
As the month of October goes by, I am residing my blog in this new site which is more my speed. I like it well enough and it suits the purposes which I am using it for. I am happy to report that the move was not problematic. I do believe that life is like that. Moving itself is a large undertaking, particularly if you are moving across the ocean or even at the opposite coast! But, now that I'm here, I am happy to say that I love being in this city. It's a bustling and booming town. Fond of the street vendors and all that noise, but mostly being with the New Yorkers who are so unique in how they communicate with each other. I used to live here in the past. I love how someone answers the phone saying in that Brooklyn accent: "Talk to me." It's real. I mean, you see it in the movies. But they say it for real. It's a small part of why I love New York. I remember when I left NY a few years ago due to the end of my project at MSKCC. I told myself I'll be back. And now I am. Looking forward to blending in, and being at a unity with the citizenry. M.