What could be more satisfying than collaborating on a book by women and about women? I don't know. But then, I am a writer enthralled with the new world of writing and publishing options that enhance women's creative endeavors.
The Women's Writing Circle is planning to publish a book of our writings. Although in the preliminary stage, the enthusiasm for this project radiated at yesterday's read-around of the Circle. Already 10 women echoed: "Count me in!"
The intention: "Our best efforts should motivate, reward and reach out. Our goal - share and connect - is meant to creatively add to the widest possible range of experiences and perspectives from our lives and memories."
Of the unspoken words of women throughout the ages, Virginia Woolf writes in A Room of One's Own: "She lived in you and in me, and in many other women who are not here tonight, for they are washing up the dishes and putting the children to bed."
Here's what we have established so far:
- Any woman who has attended the Circle may submit a piece; memoir, personal essay, poetry, fiction, etc.
- The writing(s) is not to exceed 5,000 words.
- There will be a cost of $100 per person for publishing, editing, and marketing expenses.
- Each submitted piece will be critiqued by the other submitters. Based upon feedback the critiqued piece will be revised. The revised piece will then be edited by an editor (to be chosen at a later date).
- Each submitter is expected to be an active participant in all of the work that goes into publishing and marketing a book.
- All who submit work for the book will own the copyright to their work.
- The book will be published as a trade paperback and as an eBook.
- The tentative deadline for the book’s release: April, 2013.
Additional details available next month. For writers who have not attended the Circle, but are interested in contributing to the book, our next read-around is Saturday, June 9 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Wellington Square Bookshop. There is a submission deadline of August 31.
I am excited by what may be a "first" for women writers in the Philadelphia area.
All the best,