I have been blogging here for quite a while, and some of my longer term readers may remember that I have been working on a book. The book’s working title is “I Trust When Dark My Road.” I’ve had it largely finished for almost a year now, and I have been marketing it to publishing houses.
Here’s the story. Two of the three larger Lutheran publishing houses (CPH & NPH) rejected it. In one case there was no reason given really. In the other case it was basically a marketing question. They just weren’t sure if there would be the market for a book on depression that was geared first of all toward pastors and other professional church workers. Basically they weren’t willing to risk an investment on that regard. I had great experiences with both publishing houses in the process, and hope to work with them some time in the future. But time will tell.
So that is leaving me at a crossroads. Here are my options as I see it:
- Publish it as an e-book and just allow whatever interest there is get generated online
- Publish it through a subsidized publishing house like Winepress.
- Drop it as an exercise in healing that wouldn’t be of benefit to others.
There may be other options, but those are the ones that I see right now.
What do you think? Is it worth pursuing as a self-published book? If I do that, it means raising the money to pay for the up front costs. I’m not certain how much interest there is on that, either.
Any thoughts you might have would be most welcome at this point. I am very excited about this book. It discusses many of the things we’ve talked about here for the last year and a half. Basically I would describe it as a Lutheran understanding of depression and mental illness in the light of the theology of the cross.
Thanks for your comments.