Well, I did it. The book is finished. Lilian Baker Carlisle: Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure -- A Scrapbook Memoir is, finally, gosh-darn really real! I truly didn't believe it was real until the moment I first held it in my hands at the book launch. It's always just been a one-dimensional design on the computer, even … Continue reading Path to Publication, pt 18: Book Launch!
Good grief. Nine months ago I wrote a post in celebration of the fact that the first draft of the book manuscript was imminent and that layout was finished, meaning in just a few months more the book -- a (mostly) visual biography of a local historian and writer -- would be ready for publication. … Continue reading Path to Publication, pt 17: It’s happening! (pt2). Subtitle: ARGH, the Critic!
Wow, it's been a looooong time since I last wrote, especially on this publication series. And here's one of the reasons why: I'm about to get published! Quick background: Over 18 months ago I was hired -- as a history buff, writer, and someone with some graphic design skills -- by a historical society to … Continue reading Path to Publication, pt 16: It’s happening!
(I originally wrote this post, with the title, "Writing Practice: How I learned to use my words," for the Transformative Language Arts blog's series highlighting TLA practices.) Writing is my life. Day in, day out, I am writing—four weekly columns, magazine articles, and my journal—or I am helping others get their own words down. And I … Continue reading Writing Practice: The roles my journal plays
At this past Saturday's conference of the League of Vermont Writers, keynoter David Dobbs encouraged us to kick open every door that creaks. This metaphor has been a repeating one in my life lately and I have been knocking on several. What I didn't expect was for some of these doors to not only creak, … Continue reading A Path to Publication, pt 10: Kicking open the creaking door
What is it ABOUT? It's been almost exactly a year since my graduate thesis and creative project was approved by my advisors. It has had time to mellow. Or ferment? Was I afraid it had fermented so much that it would explode when I took it from its box buried in the closet? What on earth … Continue reading The Path to Publication, part 7: Brewing questions
(Number 2 of 3 posts on the Creative Nonfiction conference in Pittsburgh, PA, May 23-25, 2014) I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in needing time to recoup and process after downloading a bunch of information. After a conference, for example, I need time to transition back to regular life, as well as time to assimilate … Continue reading The Path to Publication, part 5: Writing from “home”
(Number 1 of 3 posts in response to attending the Creative Nonfiction writing conference in Pittsburgh, PA, May 23-25, 2014) Well, here I am in a hotel room in Pittsburgh trying to process all the information I received today at the Creative Nonfiction Conference. After a 9-hour drive yesterday and 5 hours of informational input … Continue reading The Path to Publication, part 4: Putting it out there
As I mentioned in the first installment of this series, the whole pitch-query-agent-proposal-publisher thing has filled me with fear and dread for a long time. It took finally reaching out to some friends and acquaintances in the know and attending a very helpful (and focused) workshop to make it feel almost do-able. And as promised, … Continue reading The Path to Publication, part 3: Pitching for a date
You know what scares me? Publishing my book. No, let me rephrase that. You know what DID scare me? Yup, until a week ago, the idea of going through the process of getting my book published gave me chills. It seemed a Mount Everest of Unknowns, with only the guarantee of the frost-bite of Rejection … Continue reading A Path to Publication, part 1: It isn’t about publication