“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” – Alan Cohen
Happy New Year, 2022! I wish you publishing success in 2022, whether you are writing your own projects or working with another person to tell your stories.
January’s namesake, Janus, is the ancient Roman two-headed god who regards the past and the future simultaneously—and this is a perfect time for us to do the same. As Jonathan Huie noted, Celebrate endings, for they precede new beginnings. Let’s do it!
Despite—or perhaps because of—mask mandates, social distancing, zoom meetings, and much more alone time, members of my writing groups have been prolific and successful. In 2021, Judith Eassa and Laura Moehrle were published in Chicken Soup for the Soul editions. Jackie Freeman (www.JackieFreemanAuthor.com) published a devotional (Keep a Song in Your Heart) and a children’s book (Bend Your Knees, Louise!), with another slated for publication. Paul Schubert is hard at work on his memoirs about his German-American boyhood during WWII. Jackie Stickney is working on an intriguing coming-of-age novel based on her uncle’s adventurous life. My friend and neighbor Ellen Craine Rosker has a powerful chapter in the anthology Women Who Empower.
Several others have launched major book projects, as well as submitting manuscripts for contests, journals, and magazines. And I edited excellent autobiographical projects for Jackie Jobes Haines (Pinball, the Stray I Needed), Roy Adams, and Phoebe Walker. The drive to publish is alive and well!
Covid-19 changed the course of my writing career—or at least sidelined my book projects while I focused on journalism once again. But I’m returning to my own manuscripts again, deeply immersed in WWII at the moment and in a children’s book Girls Who Dream.
I could write pages of encouragement urging you to make this year the year you complete your literary dreams, but I thought I’ll leave that to experts you might recognize:
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. – E.E. Cummings
The best is yet to come. – Frank Sinatra
Do you have a story to tell?
My two writing groups, the Cedar Chips and Reynolds’ Writers proudly celebrate new publishing successes. Jackie Freeman’s children’s book about pickleball, Bend Your Knees, Louise! has hit Amazon’s best-seller list–as has my 82-year-old Aunt Eleanor’s A Taste for All Seasons.
Eleanor Rodio Furlong is a first-generation Italian-American who grew up on a N.J. truck farm, and her recipes are rooted in ancient family and Italian traditions. An exceptional cook, she not only tells stories about the recipes, but describes the processes involved in creating four seasons of marvelous recipes. I was privileged to edit her masterpiece and sample her culinary masterpieces. A great thrill and honor!
I’m so proud of both women–and I’m happy to help anyone else who dreams of writing a book.