Updates! As promised, here's what's going on with my work in progress (WIP); an Amish nonfiction book, and this blog.
My book details our "adoption" and life with son Mosie, stories of Amish Gma, their Anabaptist heritage, tales of others who've left Amish, and much more. Two publishers were looking at my book proposal (bp) but one politely and graciously passed. The second is taking its sweet time deciding to buy it or not. Having been in the writing industry for 20 years, I understand the complexities of traditional publishers; I realize they take a bp to Committee, and I acknowledge the slow-turning wheels but, frankly, the increasing demand for truth and authenticity about the Amish leaves me wondering why this publisher is letting a good thing lie dormant. "Ride the wave," I want to say, "Buy the manuscript and let's get this book in readers' hands now!" I could self-publish and get my book into readers' hands within months but, I'll try patiently working the traditional route first.
One of the reasons I launched this blog was in response to the demand for reality vs romanticism. Since its December launch, more than 16,400 people have visited! Some hits come from Germany, Italy, Denmark, Russia, Canada, Poland, Japan, as well as the good ole USA. The most popular post, Amish Sex Education (you won't read that in a fiction book), hit 2,651 readers, and the growing list of blog subscribers prove that the public - curious about the Amish - want informative and accurate facts.
Last week a young gal turned to me in church and said, "I really like reading your blog. It's so informative." Then my husband came home from work (he's a university librarian) and told of a faculty member who stopped him with, "Tell Brenda I enjoy her Amish blog." If you blog, you know how treasured these affirming comments are to the morale.
I hope you're enjoying my Beyond Buggies & Bonnets blog as much as I'm having fun writing of my experiences and new insights. In coming weeks I'll share more enlightenment by penning about . . . Amish dentists and a Q&A post (so send in your questions)!
Producers from National Geographic and PBS' The Amish have contacted me and we continue to communicate about upcoming shows. An internet radio show invited me for an interview about my experiences with those who leave the Amish.
For now, thank you for reading, learning, and leaving comments. If you left a comment to a post be sure to return and read my (or someone else's) reply to you.
One last legal detail; this blog and pictures therein are copyrighted(C). Do not copy and paste anything here without first asking my permission. See ya next week. ~Brenda