Friday, September 11, 2009

A Change of Direction

Beloved, thank you for your patience during my weeks of absence and intermittent blogging. I am still seeking to discern God's will with regard to frequent blogging, but I am always writing -- even when I'm not blogging. And all of you are not far from my thoughts and prayers. Pray with me, please, as I seek to discern God's will regarding writing in general, and blogging in particular. There are spaces and seasons for all things, I know. The boys are growing (so fast!), and are demanding more and more of my time and attention. My "Mommy" role gets bigger and bigger all the time, and I recognize it as my most important earthly work. I long to be faithful in it.

Good news with regard to the book! I have definitely found an open door in the option of self-publishing (which I used to thumb my nose at!), and have seemed to tackle the beast of formatting and editing an entire paperback (I have learned more about Word and PDF files than I ever thought I'd know...what a learning curve, this thing!). It has been a lot of work. A lot of frustration when I couldn't figure out this or that about formatting pages; a lot of research on the proper way to do this or cite that in a bibliography; I've found tenacity I never even knew I had...and the stubborn refusal to let anything stop me from getting this book in print...I suspect this all came from God. I have worked so very hard, beloved...for you and for me, and for all those many women just like us, who long with all their hearts to follow God obediently, whatever the cost.

I finished the tough work of gathering, formatting and submitting (indeed, as you know, the book has been finished for months!). The proof of the book is ready for order, and I will order it this evening. I should receive the proof copy of the book in a few days. When I receive the book, I'll read it from cover to cover. If everything is okay, I'll submit that it's ready for sale. If there is anything that needs changing (and, knowing me, I'll find something that needs changing -- despite the fact that it feels like I've read this thing a hundred times!), I'll correct the errors, re-submit a corrected PDF file, and then it should be ready for sale.

A few things first. The book is called Life as a Prayer: Recapturing the Wind of Head Covering. The list price is $9.99 (I wanted to make it affordable!), and once it's ready for sale, you will be able to order it through Amazon, and my little online store (that I need to work to set up, by the way!) Also, I've decided to take a big risk and use my full name. Many of you know that Muhala Akamau is my 'native' name (my hubby created it for me, so it's special). But I think I wanted to use Muhala Akamau out of felt safe, and it minimized my transparency. But with my whole name out there, I have only God to trust. I initially thought I'd use Muhala, so it's a tad uncomfortable to use Michele Barnes McClendon, but I think I will. But you will still know me by my face; I'm sure you will recognize me. I'll probably also change my profile 'display' name back to Michele, so as not to confuse folks who may visit the blog after they have ordered or read the book. I am hopeful that our dear community of sisterhood will be growing and deepening.

I have had my share of disappointments with the endeavor of this book. Pray with me, please, dear sisters, that this book will soon get into the hands of women who need it most. Pray that I have the stamina to stay the course with this project.

Stay tuned for more book details...particularly when it will be ready for purchase! Thank you for your love and prayers...I do miss connecting regularly with all of you!

And with that, I'm off. The boys need to be fed!

Enjoy your weekend, beloved.



Sanil Atarah Rivka said...

How exciting! I'm glad you're so close now to publishing and selling your book, and I'm looking forward to reading it. I can't tell from your post, will it be available as a hard copy or as a download?

I think it's great that you decided to use your real name, and very brave. :) I'll be praying as you finish this, and figure out the writing/blogging thing.

Mama Kalila said...

That's great! I can't wait either...


Ms. Modest Fashion Cents said...

Well I'm glad your getting closer to your printing being "underway". I'm sort of keeping in the back of my mind what you're saying about this whole publishing process because I will probably be going through it myself at some point. It may be frusterating - but it's worth it! So, keep "plugging along".

my prayers are with you.

Muhala Akamau said...

Sanil, thank you for your encouragement...I SO appreciate it. The book will be available as a HARD COPY, not a download. It will be a soft paperback...not too long; hopefully a weekend read, perhaps. :-)

Mama Kalila...what a beautiful name!

Ms. Modest Fashion Cents,
Do keep me in the loop on your writing endeavors...I wish you much, much success...and you are right: LOTS of work, but quite worth it.

Hugs to all,

Lucy said...

Its getting exciting! I can't wait until I see it in shops.

Amber said...

Woohoo! I'm glad to hear that you're getting close! :)

I can't wait to hold it in my hot little hands. :)

Muhala Akamau said...

Yes, exciting! You guys are so much fun. I feel like if we were all together, we'd be holding hands jumping up and down. But oh, must mention: the book will ONLY be available for order online. Since it's self-published, it won't be available in shops, but WILL be available through Amazon, and the little book storefront that is set up for my title. Stay tuned for details!

Thank you sooo much for being a part of this! It's such a joy to have your story be in this book...can't wait for you to read it! Stay tuned...


girl with a 'fro said...

Hi Michele, I've been still following you on here, getting your updates through Google reader - I love any contact we get (here and elsewhere online). I totally understand your busy season - this writing (or rather blogging for the public) is a seasonal thing, I too have discovered that. But I so appreciate your friendship and knowing you and this glimpse into the world of headcovering is something I'm excited to know more about. I'll be ordering your book for sure! :) Blessings to you, hubby and the boys. xoxox

Muhala Akamau said...

You know you are so dear to me. Our kinship surpasses blogging and Facebook. If only we lived closer...but then, how on earth would we get anything done?! You'd be my best friend!! I have raved to my hubby about your kids...I sooo love their little faces so much. That Levi has stolen my heart. And much like her mom. I love that the kids look SO much like you and Ron all blended in. I think Anita and Levi have me wrapped around their little finger because they are the oldest and I "knew" them first. What a beautiful family you've been rounded out with! I'm also thankful we can keep closer contact through Facebook, though I'm not usually on a ton. Recently I've renewed my interest so I'm on a bit more. Mostly, though, I run after the kids and after that I'm too tired to do much else! You are close in my thoughts, dear one. Thank you for following me!


Regina Shea said...

That's so exciting dear sister! I can't wait to buy the book. I know what you mean about blogging. I have to find time to blog myself.