Re: Re: how to solicit stories for my book

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Thanks so much for all of your responses! I apologize for the delay in responding but as this is my first time posting a question on this forum, I did not realize how fast posts would come in. I would like to address all of your questions and comments in one post if you don’t mind. It is true that I am naive to the process of “writing” a book as I am not a writer, but rather a clinician with an idea that I know will help people. Georganna is correct in saying that I am looking for true stories and accounts from everyday people. My intent is not to pay for contributions as I am not looking for profesional literary submissions but rather true experiences of ways that someone has been impacted by the words “It is Okay.” In my therapeutic practice, I have come across many books similar to this style which have been comprised of true stories from everyday people. I cannot even begin to explain to you in words how much those stories helped my clients overcome a tragedy or personal issue by knowing that they were not alone and not the only one to experience that tragedy or issue. Mammamaia, thank you for correcting me when I said that I am “writing” a book. You are right, I will actually be “editing” the book, although I plan to add some of my own writing and stories, perhaps introductions to each chapter. I will not know exactly how the book will be stuctured until I receive more submissions and I am not sure yet about self pubslishing versus seeking out a publisher. As you all can probably tell, this is a learning process for me. I was hoping to be able to receive some guidance from this forum to help me in this journey. I hope that I answered all of your questions. If not, please let me know. I will check back frequently now that I am aware. Georganna, thanks so much for your story!