- Born Linda Marie Cassells, my named changed over the years. I was called Miki in high school by close friends. My name was changed to Charity while a member of the Children of God in the 70's and then changed to Caridad, while living in Costa Rica. I began writing this Memoir In June 2010. I invite you to join me in the writing, editing, publishing and marketing journey.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
House of Hope, Love Without Borders
Monday, June 4, 2012
And...I have changed the Prologue. The original prologue has me sitting in a Mexican jail writing home to my parents: "Dear Mom and Dad, I'm in jail.." The new prologue has me breaking the law to rescue a young girl. As soon as I hear back from the San Francisco attorney, who I have consulted with (to make sure I won't be arrested for admitting to my crime in a memoir), I'll share that with you...
Trust me that the name change is a good one. It changes the focus from "me" to the girls in Costa Rica who found safety and love at the House of Hope. And, although the book does start out with me and my life choices, it really does end up being about them.
I know what you're thinking..."WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET THIS THING PUBLISHED?" According to my new "Editing Coach," I could go ahead and self-publish now and be fine. But...with a little bit of rework, tightening some of the scenes, the manuscript will be more readily accepted by an agent for traditional publishing...or, if I chose self-publishing at the end, YOU will enjoy reading it even more so, with these few final changes.
So...bear with me. Writing is a process. I just finished reading, "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand -- an excellent, excellent book. I highly recommend it. It took her seven years to write that masterpiece! Wow. Mine has only taken two years so far. And...no...I won't take seven years to complete this. I PROMISE!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Thank you for your book title suggestions. I'm going to list them here. Tell me which one(s) you like the best:
1) The Crux in the Road
3) God Wanted Me in the Red Light Zone
4) Forever Changed
6) Linda -- Lived and written by Linda Bello-Ruiz
7) My Life's Journey to Jesus
8) Hard Knocks to Harmony
9) Rebellis to Caritis
10) Journey from the Redwoods
11) Finding My Way Home
12) Faith Brought Me Back
13) Am I Leaving My Mark on the World?
14) Up from the Street
15) Different: My Journey of Choices, Consequences and Change
16) Against the Wind
17) Now and Forever
18) Dear Mom and Dad
19) Misplaced Love
20) A Spiritual Journey Down The Path of Life Choices
21) A Spiritual Journey Through Life Choices
22) Journey Through Life Choices
23) A Touch of Kindness in the Underworld
28) Many of you suggested I keep "Dear Mom and Dad, Please Send Money
If YOUR suggested title is not listed, please resubmit via a comment here, a post on my Facebook page or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you everybody!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
|Linda Caridad, Ana Cecilia and Marielos|
The House of Hope, 1975
I am starting with the traditional publishing avenue and am right now looking for an agent to represent Dear Mom and Dad, Please Send Money. I have an agent in mind and have prepared a query - which is like a cover letter. The job of the query is to convince her to read my manuscript.
What is YOUR experience with publishing?
Monday, March 12, 2012
I learned something about printing pages of a manuscript (or any document) that I want to share with you. My writing buddy, Leo, up there in Lincoln sent me the Staples (business supply store) online copy and printing center link which I dutifully followed. There I found a very easy, convenient way to upload my manuscript (I first saved it as a PDF file). I chose the paper quality and other options (black ink, one sided, no binding), hit enter and then paid with my credit card. Within a few hours Staples Online Print Service had printed my manuscript and mailed it to Sue's house. The charge was less than $50.00. Now THAT was easy. I'm sending the website in case YOU ever need printing services.
Have an awesome day, week, month. I'll keep you posted.
Monday, January 9, 2012
2012 has arrived and I am pleased to have arrived with it -- alive and well. My wishes go out to each of you, that you will have an awesome 2012 and that your every goal will come to fruition.
My goal in 2012 is to see "Dear Mom and Dad, Please Send Money," published and in your hands. That's my goal and my prayer.
I have just finished a full editing of all 425 pages with Literary Agent, Sue Clark. I will take those 425 pages with me to Mexico and fix every dot, comma, gerund (whatever that is) and adverb that she has marked.
When I return from Mexico in mid-March she will do another read-through start to finish -- this time looking for any needed content change. I will make those changes I agree with and then the manuscript goes off to an agent or publisher.
I am both excited and nervous. Yes, nervous. What if the reader doesn't like my story? Then what? What if, after all this time and effort, the book flops? That is a fear every writer has had at least once and maybe lots and lots of times. More so for the "newbe" writer like me.
Well, that may happen. I can't control that -- beyond doing my very, very best in what I have written. I will leave the rest of it in God's hands (and yours). My memoir is God's story as much as mine.
I am reading a very good book called, "Messy Spirituality -- God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People," by Michael Yaconelli. His book describes my journey with Jesus -- Messy. Imperfect. Always Struggling. Wanting to do right, and not always succeeding. He, through his words, has reminded me that it's okay to not be perfect. We can't be perfect. My Memoir has lots of my imperfections in it. Jesus loves me anyway...will you?
Question: Do you struggle, thinking you have to be perfect or more perfect, or always get it right?