I figured it was high-time for a manuscript/book update.
The process of publication–if I want it done right–takes years (I started this book-writing journey back in 2013!). I’ve gathered opinions from friends, authors, professors, and literary agents, I’ve read my book out loud multiple times after what feels like hundreds of silent readings, I’ve found more parts of the manuscript to exclude as well as parts to throw back in, and I strive to find a small publisher after almost a year of contacting agents.
I knew part of what I was getting myself into, but I have continually felt humbled by the tedious process while keeping motivated and open to new ideas, suggestions, and ways to improve. I am growing as a writer as well as a person, and I enjoy the learning process.
Since you all have been patient and supportive, I have provided the prologue to Running in Silence below. I will continually work to reach my goal of publication because I believe that even the most common stories of personal growth as athletes, disordered eaters and the eating disordered, as well as those who know the struggle of obsession with perfectionism, must be written in a way that engages all to create understanding and awareness.
“Be kind to your body.
It will speak for you, or against you one day.