Dear Lipreading Mom,
Like you, I lost my hearing. Mine was due to Meneire's Disease about five years ago. I've had to regroup and figure out a way to make my life work with my new circumstances.
I've been writing but want to get more serious about it. I have some ideas for a couple of different books and am wondering if I can get some advice on how and where to start.
Full of Words
That is exciting about your book-writing endeavors.
I would encourage you, if you haven't already done so, to join a local and/or online writing group. I am part of the Heart of America Christian Writers Network and landed my editor and publisher for my book, Confessions of a Lip Reading Mom, from past HACWN writing conferences.
A helpful website for me has been www.WritersWeekly.com. It includes tips on how to get your books edited, find an agent, and land a publisher.
If book self-publishing is within your budget, that is what I did with my first book, Lip Reader, published in 2009. I worked with www.OutskirtsPress.com.
Please keep me posted on your book writing journey. I wish you the very best as you pursue this path.
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Shanna Groves was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss after the birth of her first child. She was 27. Raised in a hearing family, Shanna traces her hearing loss to a genetic loss on the paternal side of her family. She is mom to three young children, a published author, and speaker. Her books are featured at www.ShannaGroves.com. Shanna blogs about being a hard of hearing mom at http://LipreadingMom.com.