Some dreams need to be put on hold, it seems…
While doing the research for my book proposal, and meeting various people from the industry, the feedback I got was that my dream book was going to more than difficult to publish. Since I am relatively unknown and not a subject matter expert, I was advised to develop a larger body of work and a following before trying to pitch this. In addition, the book is coming at the heels of many other “momoir” type books and I would need to differentiate it more than currently for it to get picked up. And while I had considered self-publishing, I think the same recommendations would still apply to the marketing aspect of that.
I’m still very motivated to produce work that validates, empowers and connects mothers through their sharing of real life experiences, but I’ve been humbled by this process and need to do some serious rethinking at this point.
I thank everyone who has submitted to me (feedback on your pieces is in your mail if you asked for it) and everyone who has supported me. This is not the end of my mama-writing, so I will keep you posted on the next evolution of this idea.
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