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    I find myself in a somewhat similar situation.  At the moment, it looks like I may be about to begin a book project, and for a variety of reasons I am not going to try to get a publisher first.  Actually, publishers like it when a writer has a substantial part of a manuscript to show them before they buy.  A lot can go wrong between the contract and the blank page.

    Anyway, while it is true that much of your popular writings are on the zeitgeist and in response to something in the news with links, you note

    ...they work because they are written from a deep and immediate place from within me.
    It is possible to preserve a sense of immediacy for the reader, even in long form.  And I suspect that you could think of a half dozen works of non-fiction or even memoirs that do just that.  Those would be excellent models for what you might consider doing should the stars align for you to do a book length project of some sort.
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      wanted me to consider a book on my religious peregrinations -  raised in a non-observant Reform Jewish Family.  While I read and explored, did nothing seriously until after a marriage came apart got baptized as an Episcopalian, then spent the summer in an Episcopal Benedictine monastery.  Became an Orthodox Christian for about a decade an a half, during much of which my spiritual father was the abbot of a monastery on Mount Athos and I held local, state and national positions both appointed and elected.  While Orthodox got a masters from a Catholic Seminary and a license from the Vatican to teach religion in any Catholic school in N America.  Returned to Judaism, first to Orthodox Judaism, then to an egalitarian conservative synagogue.  OVerlapping with both attendance at a free-form Havurah.   Finally completed a journey begun when I was a 17 year old Freshman at Haverford, and joined the Religious Society of Friends, where I serve on the ministry and worship committee of my Monthly Meeting.

      Along the way, also read Sufi poetry and do Buddhist walking meditation, and have taught comparative religion to confirmation students in a synagogue and to 11-12 graders in a public high school.

      Friend thinks it could be very interesting.  As it happens she had in mind a particularly literary agent, who just so happened to be the first girl with whom I ever went on a date when I skipped into 7th grade in 1957.  

      It never went anywhere.  Who knows what the future might hold....

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sat Aug 10, 2013 at 10:30:51 AM PDT

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