For many, writing a book is easy … writing it well isn’t. Like any pursuit, education and practice are essential to producing a good result. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. It took me about ten years (and about 40 years of education and practice before that …) but I finally finished and published my memoir. Most of that time was spent NOT writing: procrastinating, working on something else, working for pay … etc. And the book always felt like an unfinished project weighing me down. I tried to “release” that ball and chain without completing it, but it wouldn’t let me. I realized that if I were to move on, I would have to go through the pain of birthing the damn thing.
It helped to have a business partner, Stephanie, who was also working on her own memoir. It wasn’t a competition to see who would publish first; it wasn’t a race; I knew she would do it. I call her an energizer bunny: She makes publishing look easy. It certainly helped to have that little bit of “peer pressure” applied. I had many manuscript consultations with writers in residence over the years, I have many beta readers look at some or all of it. I edited the thing to smithereens and then I had another editor look at it. I waited for the perfect pair of red shoes to grace the cover; thanks to photos and cover design by my friend, John. And then I figured out how to satisfy all the requirements for all the publishing platforms—technical things I really didn’t want to do and am not particularly good at. It was gruelling at times. But when you accomplish things yourself, it’s all the more rewarding.
Love, Death & Tango, my travel memoir, is finally out in the world. My baby has been birthed and released. Parts of it are fabulous, other parts could be improved upon (kind of like the author) but now I can move on with my life. That was a “practice” book. There are things I would have done differently … but that’s all part of the learning process. Now, I’m able to help other authors through the process.
If you’re here on my site because you like to travel, you may enjoy reading my book; it takes place partly in Buenos Aires and Patagonia. It includes a lot of “inner travel” … if you know what I mean.
If you’re still struggling with writing and publishing your own book, let me know how I can help.