NEDAW and Publication Progress

Let me start off by wishing everyone a Happy National Eating Disorder Awareness Week! And what better week to present the progress of my book, Running in Silence, which is currently in the line-editing and the publishing phase. In this final edit I hope to turn my memoir into something that not only tells my story, but also offers questions and suggestions that will make it possible for readers to find their own way out of their eating disorders.

As for the publishing phase, here is a sample invoice from a small publisher and is typical of the cost of hybrid, or “partnership” publishing which is the norm with all the big houses for first-time authors. I have also included some estimated marketing/traveling costs:
TITLE PREPARATION $574
CREATIVE PRODUCTION $4,747
PRINTING & DISTRIBUTION $643
MARKETING/TRAVELING $760
$7,724 GRAND TOTAL
Obviously this is a lot of money but it offers me a wonderful learning experience and will produce a higher quality book than if I were to just self publish. I have started a GoFundMe account if you are willing to donate to this journey in publication. I have also included “rewards” for specific dollar donations.
Any amount donated will add up and help. At the very least, if you want to get this message and story published, I could use your help sharing my message via social media, by word, and/or subscribing to my blog (which thus shows your interest in getting this book when it is published). The more that publishers can see that readers want this book, the more likely publishers are to pick it up.
I appreciate all the support I’ve been given since starting Running in Silence in December of 2012, and I hope my blog has helped and given some of you hope, encouragement, and advice. Even without a donation to this GoFundMe account, know that I appreciate every one of you and I hope to get this book out there to continue to help, encourage, and speak with you all (hopefully in person during the marketing stage!). Your support has helped me in my own recovery process, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that.

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“As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.” ~Maya Angelou

About Rachael

Rachael Steil is a graduate from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts. Steil an author, speaker, and a recipient of the Spirit and Outstanding Runner award for the Aquinas College cross country team and has received 6th place All-American accolades in cross country as well as 7th place in the NAIA track nationals.

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