Each of us has a personal story, whether it’s about a journey far from home, a struggle from within, or one inspired by relationships, disease or environment. It is the saga of the human condition to overcome hardship, and that story may be well worth sharing in order to raise up others who can relate or just want to read an interesting personal account.
Our newly formed Writers Group at the Bordentown Library is here to help provide positive feedback on the story of your life! The group meets every third Wednesday at 7pm and is facilitated by published author Kellie Zottman.
Some Writers Group participants have a “slice-of-life” they wish to share as a book, in addition to nonfiction and fiction stories. Once traditionally written by celebrities and politicians, personal recollections are now being penned by writers from all walks of life. Wanting to share a unique story, they provide examples of overcoming personal adversities with a bonus of being immortalized in writing.
One such popular published memoir is about an amateur backpacker. Cheryl Stayed’s memoir is the personal tale of Wild, in which she examines her life on a grueling hike on a trail in the Pacific Northwest. In Eat, Pray, Love, recent divorcee Elizabeth Gilbert describes her personal journey from Italy to India and Indonesia. And what about A Street Cat Named Bob by John Bowen, who owes his well-being to a street cat who befriended him?
Seeking out traditional publishers to take on your book takes perseverance and patience. Publishers want to make sure your story is print-worthy, or to put it bluntly, that your story is commercial enough to make money.
A traditional publishing path for Alex Haley, who wrote Roots, took eight years of research and 200 consecutive rejections from publishers. It was finally picked up by a conventional publishing house and went on to be a success.
Many writers are now opting to self-publish due to their impatience in finding a mainstream publisher. This option affords fast publishing and control over your publication; however, the self-publishing author pays some costs, such as a book’s cover artwork and editing services, and commits to the promotion of the book.
The Writers Group at Bordentown Library provides writers with both constructive and objective criticism on revising and tweaking to attract readers, as well as tips about the optimal and diversified paths to publishing.
Writing and publishing brings out the passion in people who want to tell their stories. How better to get through the grit and determination of writing and publishing than with the support of other writers. We hope you will take advantage of the Writers Group in Bordentown Library or some of the other writing/publishing resources BCLS offers.