A couple weeks ago I went to a local publisher’s Open House on a lark. In fact, I don’t even know how I happened to receive the email but I did and I went. It was a beautiful Saturday in January, the place is located on the coast of Maine it took about a little over an hour to find. It was an effort, I gave up my Saturday, but I am learning that this book project is not mine, it’s ours. I am being led. Every time I put this idea down thinking that this is just a place for me to throw out thoughts from my spinning head, something like an unsolicited email comes to me inviting me on a “blue bird” day to an Open House to a place I had never heard of before.
Maine Author’s Publishing is a place that is more than a publisher. They nurture writers and the writing process. The classes they offer are reasonably priced and tailored to the inspiring writer. There is a “Buffett” style of services, you pick what you need. Perhaps there is a place like “MAP” in your area? If you are from Maine, I certainly recommend them as a place to network at the very least, connect with the writing community and perhaps if is your cup of tea, publish something. Some of these writers publish 100 copies for their family use. MAP will help when bigger places have no interest.
I met someone special when I went there and like most things with this book, I am amazed at how special she is. She is a Writing Coach, she offers classes as well as one-on-one coaching. After I “pitched” (which I had no idea that was what I was doing), my idea to her she gave me her card. After a few follow up emails, we agreed on a place to meet for an hour’s coaching to start.
The meeting flew by and she was incredible. I have been working on this book on and off since my Sobriety Date in 2013, not being sure until a couple months ago that this was what I am supposed to do. I have some skills at being organized, writing, have this blog plus tons of other notes. But what I don’t have is direction, priority. I don’t know “First things First” when it comes to writing and PUBLISHING a book. Direction is what she gave me. Now I know what Writing Coaches do. In “Recovery Speak” she is my Writing Sponsor. She helps keep me on the beam.
Early in our meeting she said, “Recovery is a Collaboration between Your Intellect and Your Spirit.”
I think I have a winner. Stay tuned. The next few months are going to be a whirlwind with Experience, Strength, and Hope at every turn.