Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What Do You Think?

Here's a question for you about my book in progress, If You Love Me:

As you may know, I have been writing a book about what it means to love God in your daily life. Here's a description:

While God’s love is a familiar topic, you don’t hear much about the flip side: how well do we love Him? Does He “feel the love”?
If You Love Me offers the motivation to grow closer to Him and guidance in that effort. It provides a deepened understanding of the faith and positive reasons to do what is right — out of love. It uses fresh, (at times quirky) perspectives, anecdotes, and spiritual analogies, backed up by Scripture, solid tradition, Church teachings, and insights of saints and early Church Fathers.
The book also promises to be easy to give almost anyone, employing a nonjudgmental, often lighthearted style, with plenty of humor, enjoyable vignettes, and lessons learned from the author’s own journey.
Presenting a new outlook on life, If You Love Me aims to inspire readers to shape their lives into a gift of love for Him. 

I've signed a book deal with Ignatius Press and, with the advance they gave me, have been able for some time to suspend my ordinary freelance work to write the book. However, that's about to run out, and though I've just about finished the first draft, I still have more work to do to produce something worthy of the subject. 

So I'm thinking about running a crowdfunding campaign, through which people can support this project and help bring it to fruition. I'd give out thank-you gifts such as a themed bookmark or autographed copy.

Thus, for the first time, I'm going to open up a comments section to this blog to see what you readers think. You have a sense of my writing from reading this blog. (Oh, and by the way, a number of essays from the blog are incorporated into the book, although there's scads of new material too.) 

Should I go back to freelancing to pay the bills, limiting my work on the book to my slim spare time? Or should I spend the time and effort to launch a crowdfunding campaign in the hopes that it will allow the book to be published much sooner? What do you think?

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Jane said...

Yes, kickstarter! I'm anxious to read this book :) Slowing the process may wouldn't be fair to you. I will help share a kickstarter page for this as much as possible.

Jeanette A. Flood said...

Thanks, Jane, for your encouragement and for leaving a comment!


Catherine said...

I think there is something to be said for keeping the momentum going. You should do a kickstarter, everything to gain. Your book reminds me of the Jesuits who say that God meets you where you are, just a lovely sentiment. Catherine