Now is the time to unite the soul and the world. Now is the time to see the sunlight dancing as one with the shadows. ~ Rumi
I have often heard that getting a book published is all about connections. This is certainly true for my second book, Bonnet Strings. My connection happens to be Shirley Hershey Showalter, writer of the blog 100 Memoirs, and soon-to-be published author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. I was asked to write an endorsement, so I got to read her book early. Her story has been praised by Bill Moyers and is a well-written and wonderful read. You can pre-order it from Amazon.
Shirley and I have known one another for several years and we'll be doing some sharing of blog posts in the near future. Two weeks ago Shirley found my Kickstarter project, and she asked me if I would consider Herald Press for my publisher. I said I would be very interested in talking with them about it. Within twenty-four hours I had a phone conversation with Amy Gingerich, the Acquisitions Editor, at Herald Press. She was very enthusiastic about acquiring the book. Within a week, we had negotiated and signed a contract and the manuscript was in the hands of an editor.
I am so relieved to be handing this project over to people who are much more capable then I am in publishing books. I thought I had to become my own publisher in order to have the book come out around the time that the new American Experience film airs. But not so -- the people at Herald Press are committed to launching my book around the same time as the film airs. I am so thrilled!
Herald Press is a great match for my book for many reasons. I am so glad that people with Anabaptist roots will be publishing my work. There is a growing body of authentic Anabaptist stories emerging in the form of memoir, and I feel gratified to be a part of that. Shirley Showalter has compiled a list of those here.
I have been so moved by the support that all of you have shown for my book: in pledges on Kickstarter, in words of encouragement, and in your prayers. I feel so amazed and gratified that so many people care. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I hope that you will find your kindness returning to you many times over. And may you realize a long-time dream of your own.
I was especially touched when Fran Shultis, a blog supporter-become friend, sent me these words, along with her Kickstarter pledge:
How I wish I could fund this whole project! But, alas, it's just not possible, unless something spectacular happens like I get an inheritance from an unknown rich relative. With blessings I send what I can and I will pray fervently to our mighty God that the rest will flow in.
Hugs to you and well wishes. "All things are possible with God."
As I read these words, I was moved to tears. The rest did flow in, albeit in a different way than I had imagined. My book had just been accepted. What a wonderful example of the power of prayer.
While I am in the process of naming my gratitude, I want to tell you about Melita DeBellis. She has been my life coach at crucial times in my life. About six weeks ago, when David and I were both looking for jobs, and both feeling discouraged, I was thinking about how much I could use some Melita time. Low and behold, that same day she emailed me to thank me for recommending her to others (which comes quite naturally). Long story short, Melita helped me through my discouragement. After three sessions with Melita, things started to happen. First I got my job -- a Student Advisor at Union Institute and University in Brattleboro, Vermont. Then I developed my Kickstarter project. Then my book was acquired by Herald Press. And finally, this past week, David got a job as Home Energy Auditor for Honeywell. Melita helped me to clarify my hopes and dreams by reflecting back to me what I hadn't realized about myself. I'll have to remember to call her whenever I feel tempted to become so discouraged.
I will be posting an update on Kickstarter about the book being acquired by a publisher. I will leave the page up, so if you haven't seen the video I made for the project, you can still see it.
This is one of those times when I realize that gratitude and joy are one in the same. It feels as though my heart is bursting with gratitude for the support from all of you; for Melita who helped me to align my dreams with the forces in the Universe; for Shirley Showalter who made the connection; for the people at Herald Press who are so enthusiastic about this book project, and above all for God, who makes all things possible. Hallelujah!