I have a dozen great ideas spinning around in my head and while most of them are directly related to Love Has Its Ups and Downs, some are likely to be more commercially viable because they are more generally interesting than others. Since writing is how I tend to process information, I thought I’d share a bit of this thought process and maybe get some input by working it out on this blog. I have a “writing” blog where the topic might be more appropriate, but I want to get feedback from people who might read this blog instead of that one, so here it is:
Back in the 1990′s I had an online business around home organization for people who are not naturally organized (before I even knew that part of my own problem was that I was constantly adjusting my systems to suit a mentally unstable partner) and I published a newsletter, taught a class by email, and had an ebook (as a Word file) available for download from my website. (It looked like I was a lot more organized than I was.)
One thing I’d like to do eventually is to revisit the home organization topic with the new information on mental illness and coping with that worked in. This could be a totally general interest book while including things that could be incredibly helpful for spouses of people with mental illness as well as for people who might have bipolar, depression or ADD themselves. I have a lot of notes from the originals that I could use, but it’s nowhere near ready to publish or even to send to an editor.
Since we were living on a single unreliable income while our children were young, I also did some research and writing on frugal living (there are articles with my byline on DollarStretcher) and have a good start on a book about how to raise a happy family without a healthy income.
This could also be expanded to include information specific to living with the sporadic working and spending habits of a partner with bipolar, without losing the interest of healthy, but financially insecure people. Unless the economy makes a miraculous recovery, I could easily finish this while more than half of the U.S. would be interested in the material. Of course, writing for people living in poverty might not be the most lucrative option, but I’m not really expecting to get rich quick (or ever) anyway.
More recently I’ve started to realize that what I’ve written in Love Has Its Ups and Downs is as much about unconditional love and learning how to love freely and not co-dependently as it is about mental illness. I have a feeling that I could cover that topic in a more general marriage manual or a parenting book or even in some sort of devotional or Bible study.
I’ve tried to start such a book, but keep getting bogged down in the details, but I do have a few articles on different blogs (yes, I have about 6 blogs with slightly different topics) that might eventually go into the book. But we’re still talking about several different types of book and I’d have to write a lot more on any of the topics to even know if it were workable.
Without committing to buy or even read any of the books, is there anything there that sounds interesting or that you might be interested in reading? Would you be willing to volunteer to be a beta reader and look at a final draft of any of these books? I’m not looking for a commitment as much as a sign of possible interest, though I would be happy to send a free email copy of the book when it is finished if you speak up now.
Would you like to see a book on 1)home organization with complications 2)frugal living with complications 3)loving a difficult partner 4)loving your children to life 5)Loving with God’s unconditional love or something else?