Some of you have been following my blogs for a long while, some for less ~ and I think that more than a few of you know something about writing for publication.
I'm ready to start seeking some broader outlets for my written work, and wonder whether any of you have some ideas: agents, editors, publications? Can you introduce me to anyone?
Here's what I have going on:
My major project involves transforming what was my Desert Year blog ~ and related posts in my other blogs ~ into a book. As I blogged away during the first couple of years after Josh's death, my topics were varied and I wrote indiscriminately: the suicide of a child, the grief of parental loss, the absence of God, pastoral care for bereaved parents, attempts to re-group, seminary and ordination in the wake of unfathomable loss.
I think that I've finally got some focus and direction, a framework for revision of those many pieces of writing ~ but I would be really happy to find someone interested in publishing it! Perhaps Lauren Winner has just done it better (!), but we all have our stories to tell. My current version contains so much of (1) Ignatian spirituality and (2) persistence in ministry despite catastrophe that I think a small religious publisher, Jesuit or Presbyterian (yes, my life is always one in which unusual combinations materialize), would be a likely destination for my work. Any ideas?
I'm also starting to formulate some articles/essays/small books/whatever in my head on the interface between various Catholic and Protestant spiritualities. That interface is where I live ~ an Ignatian-trained spiritual director/Presbyterian minister, a pastor of a federated Methodist-Presbyterian church, a Protestant who makes retreats with Jesuits. I know a little about Benedictine, Carmelite, and Ursuline spirituality and nothing much about the Domincans or Franciscans; I know something about Wesleyan and Reformed spiritualities but a lot more about that of Ignatius. I'm working on broadening my exposure and knowledge, and I would love opportunities to make it all more accessible to others.
So, you published writers out there: Can you help?