You never ever know the distinction your book may make in somebodys life …
By Barbara Linn Probst
Her story brought me to tears, advising me that what we do through our writing has far more important repercussions than how numerous stars, awards, reviews, or copies our books may achieve. There might be other stories that Ill never hear.
The short article drew in Angelikas attention due to the fact that she had just recently released a book called I Am: Celebrating the Perfect Imperfect.
My 2nd story is about a lady named Delia Rayburn (a pseudonym, at her request), who won a copy of Queen of the Owls in an Facebook free gift. In Queen of the Owls, the “bibliophile” lead character exposes, sees, and pertains to claim her body through studying– and re-enacting– the naked images that Stieglitz took of artist Georgia OKeeffe..
Certainly, the medical professionals discovered a lump, and Delia was able to get early treatment. She wrote to tell me she would never ever have had this early detection if she hadnt read my book and been open to what it provided her.
Ive gotten many messages from people who found the book to be deeply liberating, however Delias was the most essential. She wrote: “My connection to your book is so unexpected and totally unanticipated … Im unpleasant taking a look at naked images of ladies and reading descriptions of them. I did rapidly look up the pictures of Georgia OKeeffe that you mentioned in the book. The larger deal is the book triggered me to do a breast assessment of myself, which I understand Im supposed to do monthly, however dont usually do. I discovered a small bluish-purple discoloration and a slight indentation. I called and had the physicians assistant examine me last week. She said it was not my creativity and scheduled me for a mammogram. They will also do a biopsy, if necessary. I am exceptionally grateful that I won a copy of your book and it prompted me to do this.”.
From there, a collaboration started. Weve been satisfying on Zoom to speak about methods to collaborate, signed up with by a third female, Lilianne Milgrom, a painter-turned-novelist whose work also deals with the style of female embodiment. Our dream is a cross-disciplinary discussion about the female body in photography, story, and painting. A shared message, delivered more strongly through complementary channels.
The very first experience originated from photographer Angelika Buettner, who saw my post in Ms. Magazine entitled Naked: Being Seen is Liberating however frightening. In the short article, I customized a central theme of the unique, which is about the power of “selecting to be seen”– the deep yearning to reveal and embrace ones entire self..
Who knows if well achieve success? Its the journey as well as the destination– the present of an incredibly rich discussion and relationship amongst the 3 of us that I never ever would have anticipated when I composed my book.
One has to do with a fantastic and unanticipated connection with a photographer whose work took the experience of my fictitious protagonist to a whole brand-new level. The other has to do with how Queen of the Owls conserved someones life.
Through a gallery of 121 nude photos and testimonials that reveal the “inner and outer beauty” of ladies ages 40 to 99, Angelikas objective is to empower ladies (and girls) by depicting the “aging and ageless” charm of our perfectly-imperfect selves. As she informed me in our very first discussion: “I invited women to wear nothing but what they are feeling inside. Those ladies stepped out of their convenience zone and provided me the permission to portray their naked souls. I photographed a feeling they had lost– of caring oneself.”.
When we release a book, we want it to be read. Clearly. What else do we want?
I wanted all of those things– and I got a lot of them when I published Queen of the Owls. The book earned awards, made it onto numerous “finest of” lists. And yet, the most important results are things I never might have predicted.
Our work as writers actually matters. It might even save somebodys life.
When Angelika saw the article in Ms. Magazine, she immediately connected to me, and from there to my book. She checked out Queen of the Owls nonstop since, to her, it was precisely what she had been trying to communicate in her pictures. “The lead character is revealing the feeling my women have, and she discovers why it so essential to be seen, the real me, by myself. In the end those images are for ourselves.” We found that we were providing the exact same message– for me, through story; for her, through photographs.
At the most obvious level, we desire our book to be bought, liked, shared, and reviewed. We want to see it on lists; we desire great deals of reviews (and stars) on Goodreads and Amazon. However we want something else, too– that connection with specific people who have been touched and altered by what we composed.
What about you?
If youre an author, existed an unexpected present you received from a reader? If youre a reader, existed an unanticipated gift you received from a book?
Author of the groundbreaking book on nurturing out-of-the-box children, When the Labels Dont Fit ( Random House, 2008), Barbara holds a PhD in medical social work and is a regular visitor author on significant online websites for fiction authors. To find out more about Barbara and her work, please see http://www.barbaralinnprobst.com/.
Top Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay.
When we publish a book, we want it to be checked out. At the most obvious level, we want our book to be purchased, liked, shared, and reviewed. Ive gotten numerous messages from people who discovered the book to be deeply liberating, however Delias was the most important. The larger deal is the book triggered me to do a breast assessment of myself, which I know Im supposed to do monthly, but dont normally do. Her story brought me to tears, advising me that what we do through our writing has far more crucial effects than how lots of stars, copies, awards, or reviews our books may accomplish.
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Barbara Linn Probst is a writer and researcher living on a historical dirt roadway in New Yorks Hudson Valley. Her unique (Queen of the Owls, April 2020, and forthcoming novel The Sound of One Hand, October 2020) tell of the look for credibility, wholeness, and connection. In both novels, art helps the lead character to become more fully herself. Queen of the Owls has actually been picked as a 2020 Pulpwood Queens Book Club choice.