I've been quiet here the last month and a half, primarily because I've had my head down in worker mode. But when I pulled my head up a few weeks ago to look around, I realized the six-month anniversary of Bookwifery had just breezed by on the calendar. March 1st marked six months in.
I find that worth celebrating!
I've decided to mark the celebration by reflecting a bit on these first six months. What have they been like? What is Bookwifery showing me it is and wants to become?
Here's what I've been noticing . . .
1. The clients are beautiful.
Wow. Never in all my dreaming did I imagine Bookwifery would bring such a consistent stream of inspiring, beautiful, strong, spiritual women across my path who are birthing books that reflect that same inspiration, beauty, strength, and spirit. I'm privileged to be working with women whose books explore:
- the spiritual art of listening
- the spirituality of motherhood
- the courageous turn from an ill-fitting path toward a truer one
- the healing of memories
- the choking pain of grief
- the speaking of long-held secrets
- the raising of hopeful and kind daughters in a hostile world
- the power of the divine feminine
- . . . and more
Each woman who has crossed my path at Bookwifery is a sacred soul. Their books lead others to holy ground. I'm moved to remove my shoes in reverence.
2. This work is partnership.
I'm learning Bookwifery is a particular kind of place for a writer. It's the place she comes to receive partnership.
There are loads of ways a writer can help herself move along the winding path of her book's journey. She can join a writer's circle. She can buy books on how to write book proposals. She can pay for a manuscript critique. She can hire an editor. She can query agents. She can seek out a designer. She can research submission guidelines and the cost of self-publishing. She can enlist friends to help her plan a book-launch party. She can take courses on how to develop her online presence to support her message.
She can do all these things by herself at each point in the process she needs it.
Or she can engage a book midwife who partners with her through the whole of it.
That's what I'm learning Bookwifery is about. It's about being in it with an author. This is the place she comes to receive creative accountability, clear direction, and ongoing discernment. It's the place that helps her strengthen her craft, hone her message, and plan her book's entrance into the world. It provides professional collaboration and soul support each step of the way.
This utterly delights me.
While I could offer individual services that help writers get what they need at different points in the process — an edit here, a manuscript critique or a book proposal there — I'm learning I love the totality of the author's experience most of all: all the twists and turns of her bookish journey, all the questions she has to ask and the deep listening she has to do along the way, all the unique possibilities we notice her book and her voice and her audience presenting to her and how that helps her make decisions as she goes.
I love all of this. And I want to work with every client in this way. Which brings me to . . .
3. It invites a methodology.
I find myself now in the process of formulating what I am calling the Bookwifery methodology — my approach of working with authors who decide to engage in the partnership being offered to them here. I'm standardizing "the Bookwifery way" I have of working through each phase of the creative process with an author, be it the conception phase, the writing phase, the editing and revision phase, the delivery phase, or the postnatal (launch) phase.
Each piece of it looks a certain way here at Bookwifery, blending professional expertise with intuitive guidance and discernment so an author feels seen, heard, and secure while she grows in confidence. I'm glad to be formalizing this process and look forward to opening a limited number of slots for engagement soon.
On that note . . . stay tuned!