Episode 13: Do You Need to Know the Idea Before You Start?

 
Do You Need to Know the Idea Before You Start?
 

How much do you need to know about your book idea before entering into book pregnancy? If you already know your idea, what can you expect? You won't be surprised to hear it all comes down to discernment. But this episode gives you some pointers and examples. 

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Episode 12: How the Podcast Is Helping You

Episode 11: Six Questions to Clarify Your Life's Work

 
Six Questions to Clarify Your Life's Work
 

We talk a lot about shining light in this world and doing the work that is ours to do. But how do you learn what those things are for you? This episode offers six questions that can help you clarify your life's work—plus three bonus questions to start stewarding next steps.

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SIX QUESTIONS TO CLARIFY YOUR LIFE'S WORK:

  1. What is your life narrative?
  2. What did you love? 
  3. Why did you love those things? 
  4. What choices did you make? 
  5. What motivated those choices? 
  6. Pause: What are you noticing?

THREE FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS:

  1. What can you imagine for yourself, for others, or for a better world? 
  2. What do you need? 
  3. How can you procure what you need?

Episode 10: Responding to the Monsters

 
Responding to the Monsters
 

In this bonus episode, we talk about the immobilizing reality of "monsters" in our lives. What name does your monster carry? What does it say to you? What helps you respond to its advances? I share my monster story and the monster stories others in the Bookwifery Instagram community offered—plus a real-life example of "on the go" discernment in response to those monster voices that we face.

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Episode 9: Why Discernment Matters to Your Book Pregnancy

 
Why Discernment Matters to Your Book Pregnancy
 

When it comes to navigating the ins and outs of book pregnancy, what role does discernment play? How do you incorporate it into your process? This episode includes a 4-part "on the go" discernment practice you can turn to when you're in need of wisdom and guidance.

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  • Episode 2
  • An "on the go" discernment practice in four movements: 
    1. Notice your need for discernment
    2. Listen to three sources: the factors that created your need for discernment; your inner voice; and the voice of the holy
    3. Converse with what you heard while listening
    4. Notice whether your spirit has settled or needs further tending in discernment

Episode 8: When You Want to Be Anne Lamott, Henri Nouwen, or Liz Gilbert

 
When You Want to Be Anne Lamott, Henri Nouwen, or Liz Gilbert
 

You likely have an author (if not more than one) whose work you wish you could emulate. What's behind that desire? What does that desire want to teach you? And how do you make peace with the truth that you can only ever be yourself? 

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Episode 7: Your Ideal, Secondary, and Antagonistic Readers

 
Your Ideal, Secondary, and Antagonistic Readers
 

You've likely heard of the concept of an ideal reader, but did you know two other types of readers exist? What role can they play—positive or negative—in your book and your work? And what's the most important thing to keep in mind in all of this?

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Episode 6: What Happens in Each Trimester of Book Pregnancy

 
What Happens in Each Trimester of Book Pregnancy
 

If you're going to birth a book, wouldn't it be helpful to know how the book pregnancy unfolds? What happens in each trimester? How can you best prepare? This episode dives deep into the pregnancy metaphor to help you know what to expect.

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Episode 5: Why We Need Your Light, and How to Start Shining It

 
Why We Need Your Light, and How to Start Shining It
 

At any point in time, this world is in need of light. But what does that mean for you personally? How can you contribute light? What is your unique, particular light to shine? And how can you begin shining it? 

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  • Episode 0
  • Episode 1
  • Healing piece by Chris Zydel


    Some of us are prayers. Some of us are doers. Some of us respond with startling immediacy. Some of us need time and space for the events to simmer and marinate before we can make a response. Some of us are passionately driven to make changes in the outer political system . Some of us are passionately driven to make art that shifts our inner perspective.

    Some of us are healers whose work it is to minister to and midwife the channels of grief and the broken hearts. Some of us are warriors crying out for justice and the fierce need to transform how things have always been done.

    If you are feeling outrage or anger or the need to fight back, open fully to your warrior spirit and help us to see how righteous action can be a powerful healing balm. If you are brought to your knees in grief and can’t get up off the floor for three days, know that you are crying for us all.

    If you are feeling joyful and grateful for the gift of your own life, revel unabashedly in that sweetness.

    All of us are in this together. And all of what you have to offer is needed and necessary right now. Trust in your innate genius and your own organic response. You have a gift to bring to what is happening in the world today.

    And all that is being asked of you is what is asked of you every single day. Open to that gift. Trust it. Get out of the way and allow it to be expressed. Don’t hold anything back. Be fully and unequivocally alive.

    That is enough. And has always been enough. And always WILL be enough.


Episode 4: Three Approaches to Writing Your General Nonfiction Book

 
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Which approach to writing your general nonfiction book works for you? Are you a "hunker down and get it written" kind of person? A do-it-yourself type? Someone who'd prefer to follow a path laid out for you? This episode helps you know.

 

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Episode 3: Four Factors to Consider Before Birthing a General Nonfiction Book

 
Four Factors to Consider Before Birthing a General Nonfiction Book
 

In your personal discernment work around the question of whether you're pregnant with a book, you likely need to fill up your knowledge bank with additional data. In this episode, we consider the four factors that can make or break a viable book pregnancy for you. 

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JOIN THE LAUNCH CELEBRATION!

I'm launching this podcast with four foundational episodes (episodes 0, 1, 2, and 3), and I am celebrating in a special way. I'd like you to join me!

I want to learn what the first four episodes help you know is true about your book pregnancy. I'll gather up all the responses and create a special podcast episode that shares the responses and allows me to personally respond to each one. 

How to participate: 

  1. Listen to the first four episodes of the podcast (Episode 0, Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3). 
     
  2. Notice what the four episodes helped you know is true about your book pregnancy. 
     
  3. Share your response with me by June 30, 2018, using this special submission form.

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Episode 2: Nine Discernment Questions to Ask Before Birthing a Book

 
Nine Discernment Questions to Ask Before Birthing a Book
 

Discernment is meant to accompany you throughout the book publishing journey, but it always, of necessity, begins here: when you're asking whether you're pregnant with a book at all. Is this work yours to do? 

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JOIN THE LAUNCH CELEBRATION!

I'm launching this podcast with four foundational episodes (episodes 0, 1, 2, and 3), and I am celebrating in a special way. I'd like you to join me!

I want to learn what the first four episodes help you know is true about your book pregnancy. I'll gather up all the responses and create a special podcast episode that shares the responses and allows me to personally respond to each one. 

How to participate: 

  1. Listen to the first four episodes of the podcast (Episode 0, Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3). 
     
  2. Notice what the four episodes helped you know is true about your book pregnancy. 
     
  3. Share your response with me by June 30, 2018, using this special submission form.


Episode 1: The Three Major Categories of Book Publishing

 
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It's important to know what kind of book you're writing before you step into the experience of book pregnancy, as the pathway forward looks different for the three major categories of book publishing: fiction, creative nonfiction, and general nonfiction. Let's explore each of them in turn so you know which category is yours.

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JOIN THE LAUNCH CELEBRATION!

I'm launching this podcast with four foundational episodes (episodes 0, 1, 2, and 3), and I am celebrating in a special way. I'd like you to join me!

I want to learn what the first four episodes help you know is true about your book pregnancy. I'll gather up all the responses and create a special podcast episode that shares the responses and allows me to personally respond to each one. 

How to participate: 

  1. Listen to the first four episodes of the podcast (Episode 0, Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3). 
     
  2. Notice what the four episodes helped you know is true about your book pregnancy. 
     
  3. Share your response with me by June 30, 2018, using this special submission form.

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Episode 0: The Birth Story of Bookwifery (and This Podcast)

 
The Birth Story of Bookwifery (and This Podcast)
 

Hello, and welcome to the start of our weekly conversation about your book, your voice, and your audience! In this episode, you'll hear the story of how a publishing-professional-turned-spiritual-director birthed a company called Bookwifery (and this podcast). 

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JOIN THE LAUNCH CELEBRATION!

I'm launching this podcast with four foundational episodes (episodes 0, 1, 2, and 3), and I am celebrating in a special way. I'd like you to join me!

I want to learn what the first four episodes help you know is true about your book pregnancy. I'll gather up all the responses and create a special podcast episode that shares the responses and allows me to personally respond to each one. 

How to participate: 

  1. Listen to the first four episodes of the podcast (Episode 0, Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3). 
     
  2. Notice what the four episodes helped you know is true about your book pregnancy. 
     
  3. Share your response with me by June 30, 2018, using this special submission form.

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