I have a birthday wish. Traditionally we are taught to make a wish quietly, but I am going to be different and write mine because I believe words are powerful. My wish is that a year from today David and I will have our story placed with a publisher and perhaps even have it in print. I know that it is often through personal connections that book deals are made, so I am going to ask for your help. Do you know someone who is a literary agent or someone who works for a publisher? If so, will you introduce me to this person via email? My email address is salomafurlong[at]gmail[dot]com. I will be so grateful for any connections and I’d be happy to thank you in the acknowledgements page of the book and give complimentary copies, should your connection lead me to the right publisher.
As many of you know, I am writing the sequel to Why I Left the Amish, which will chronicle my transition from the Amish culture that I grew up in, to the outside world — specifically Burlington, Vermont. Many readers of my first book have expressed a great deal of interest in what it was like to make that transition. To give you a taste, here is the opening paragraph for my new book:
No one in my family or Amish community knew where I was or that I had changed my name to Linda. I waited for the remorse and guilt feelings to set in, because I knew that is what I was supposed to feel. At twenty years old, I had shed my Amish head covering and my long dark hair had been shorn for the first time. Looking out over Lake Champlain from the porch of the YWCA in Burlington, I breathed in the air of freedom. Lake Champlain was more beautiful than I had even imagined — sparkling blue under the November sun, framed by the Adirondacks on the opposite shore with fluffy clouds in a blue sky above land and water. It was as if the lake represented my future — both exhilarating and terrifyingly open.
I am making good progress on my second book, even though the writing of it is in competition for my time and efforts with the marketing of Why I Left the Amish. I suppose this is the kind of “problem” writers or authors long for.
Originally David and I were going to co-write our story, weaving our voices together in one book, but we have gotten advice from publishing experts who are saying it is too jarring to go back and forth between the two voices.
Have you read books you liked that were written from two different points of view? Do you know of any memoirs that were written in this manner? Can you describe what you liked or didn’t like about them?
Without knowing any more about the story, which of these three titles would compel you to read the book?
The Prodigal Daughter
The Amish Daughter and the Yankee Peddler
Thank you for indulging me in answering these questions. You are my readers, so you are the experts.