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Looking for some readers for my book on the Camino!

Rusty walker

Walking is traveling at the Speed of Life.
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances Spring 2018
Via de Francesco, Rieti to Assisi, Sept-Oct. 2019
I am in the final stages of completing my memoir of walking the Camino Frances, which I completed in May of 2018. Yes, another Camino book.
With so many books out there already, why am I writing it?
First, I had no plans on writing a book about it. I just went for the experience, and it was life-changing, even at 61 years of age.
I have worked in publishing much of my adult life and in early 2018 left my job as a publisher to take a year's sabbatical. A two-decade-old dream to walk the Camino was part of the plan for the year. Part of the plan also included starting my own freelance business as a self-publisher; my service is to help others self-publish books.
A few weeks after I returned--over a year ago-- it came to me that the best thing I could do to launch my business was to write my own book and self-publish it. Even though I feel that there are already too many books on the Camino (and most of the recent ones are also self-published) I am undeterred. My life-long love of writing resurfaced during my six weeks in Spain and I am doing this as much for the love of it, as much as anything. While I have no illusions of making a living as a writer, I do hope to continue it even as I develop my own work helping others self-publish. Writing this book has been the longest and most complex creative experience of my life...
I am aware that many of the books about the Camino are "formulaic" and I hope to avoid some of that in my writing; I'm going to probe more of the inner themes and depths of my own inner-life; at the same time there is no escaping the fact that the Camino is a journey and there is no better way to tell a story than tell of a journey...
So far I have gotten good feedback from readers and I have an editor finalizing the manuscript. I'd like to offer the first two or three parts of the book to anyone who is interested in reading it, for helpful feedback. Please contact me via PM and I can send them to you.
Buen Camino hermanos!
 
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susanawee

susanawee
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
I am in the final stages of completing my memoir of walking the Camino Frances, which I completed in May of 2018. Yes, another Camino book.
With so many books out there already, why am I writing it?
First, I had no plans on writing a book about it. I just went for the experience, and it was life-changing, even at 61 years of age.
I have worked in publishing much of my adult life and in early 2018 left my job as a publisher to take a year's sabbatical. A two-decade-old dream to walk the Camino was part of the plan for the year. Part of the plan also included starting my own freelance business as a self-publisher; my service is to help others self-publish books.
A few weeks after I returned--over a year ago-- it came to me that the best thing I could do to launch my business was to write my own book and self-publish it. Even though I feel that there are already too many books on the Camino (and most of the recent ones are also self-published) I am undeterred. My life-long love of writing resurfaced during my six weeks in Spain and I am doing this as much for the love of it, as much as anything. While I have no illusions of making a living as a writer, I do hope to continue it even as I develop my own work helping others self-publish. Writing this book has been the longest and most complex creative experience of my life...
I am aware that many of the books about the Camino are "formulaic" and I hope to avoid some of that in my writing; I'm going to probe more of the inner themes and depths of my own inner-life; at the same time there is no escaping the fact that the Camino is a journey and there is no better way to tell a story than tell of a journey...
So far I have gotten good feedback from readers and I have an editor finalizing the manuscript. I'd like to offer the first two or three parts of the book to anyone who is interested in reading it, for helpful feedback. Please contact me via PM and I can send them to you.
Buen Camino hermanos!
I am interested in your book and would welcome the chance to have a read for feedback purposes. Cheers, susanawee
 
Past OR future Camino
None at the moment... but am walking the North Highland Way...
I would review your book as well... I am a member of the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin and will link it appropriately.
 
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Aysen Mustafa

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
2018
I'm interested. I'm going through a phase of reading biographies of those who have walked as well as fiction, e.g. Two Steps Forward. I walked the CF last year, May/June and am keen to re-walk it May/June 2020.
 

Rusty walker

Walking is traveling at the Speed of Life.
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances Spring 2018
Via de Francesco, Rieti to Assisi, Sept-Oct. 2019
Aysen,
I'm glad to send you the first parts of the book and get your feedback. Look like you walked just after me--I began March 29 and ended May 3. I'm just interested in overall feedback, no need to comment on grammar, etc... My editor is looking that over. I'm more interested in knowing if you are engaged enough with it to keep on!
You can contact me at russ@russeanes.com. If you like this, I can send over part 2.
 

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Rusty walker

Walking is traveling at the Speed of Life.
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances Spring 2018
Via de Francesco, Rieti to Assisi, Sept-Oct. 2019

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scruffy1

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
I realized that I can attach right here. Enjoy. If you like it, you can email me and I'll send part 2.
Shalom Rusty and Greetings from Jerusalem!
Good luck with your book! I am only slightly obsessed with all things Camino (only slightly responds the better half !!!???!!!) I do admit to being very very obsessed with books also including those concerning the Camino. I have before me more than 200 books concerning the various Caminos, books attempting to fathom the drive to go on pilgrimage throughout history, on Saint James of course, narratives of historical figures who helped establish the pilgrimage to Santiago-those who died along the Camino, those who totally rejected the idea, and those 200 books do not include my many guide books some dating from the 1950s. Alas, Shirley MacLaine's "The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit" and Hape Kerkeling's "Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago" have put me off on contemporary writers though while I must admit Tim Moore's "My Donkey: One Man and His Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago" was humorous and presented a new perspective the book could not repair the damage already done. I do wish you well in your efforts, hope you enjoy the fruits of your writing, and maybe we will meet up sometime alongside Cirauqui or Moissac, or coming out of Vezelay.
 

Aysen Mustafa

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
2018
Aysen,
I'm glad to send you the first parts of the book and get your feedback. Look like you walked just after me--I began March 29 and ended May 3. I'm just interested in overall feedback, no need to comment on grammar, etc... My editor is looking that over. I'm more interested in knowing if you are engaged enough with it to keep on!
You can contact me at russ@russeanes.com. If you like this, I can send over part 2.
thanks Rusty looking forward to reading the first part. Aysen
 
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Rusty walker

Walking is traveling at the Speed of Life.
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances Spring 2018
Via de Francesco, Rieti to Assisi, Sept-Oct. 2019
Shalom Rusty and Greetings from Jerusalem!
Good luck with your book! I am only slightly obsessed with all things Camino (only slightly responds the better half !!!???!!!) I do admit to being very very obsessed with books also including those concerning the Camino. I have before me more than 200 books concerning the various Caminos, books attempting to fathom the drive to go on pilgrimage throughout history, on Saint James of course, narratives of historical figures who helped establish the pilgrimage to Santiago-those who died along the Camino, those who totally rejected the idea, and those 200 books do not include my many guide books some dating from the 1950s. Alas, Shirley MacLaine's "The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit" and Hape Kerkeling's "Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago" have put me off on contemporary writers though while I must admit Tim Moore's "My Donkey: One Man and His Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago" was humorous and presented a new perspective the book could not repair the damage already done. I do wish you well in your efforts, hope you enjoy the fruits of your writing, and maybe we will meet up sometime alongside Cirauqui or Moissac, or coming out of Vezelay.
Thanks for your encouragement! I too have seen and ready maybe too many books on the Camino. For that reason I was hesitant to add mine to the mix, but the call to write the book was about as powerful as the call to walk the Camino. The sheer joy of expression is what makes it worth it for me... I hope I do meet you in Vezelay--I was there in 2013 and it was just one more nudge to walk the Camino. Someday I'd like to walk from there to SJPD.
 

scruffy1

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
Vezelay is beautiful and while we should not say any disparaging words on the Camino, the Via Lemovicensis is frankly boring - many pilgrims from Belgium of course history counts! By far the Le Puy route is the Camino to walk in France!
 

Rusty walker

Walking is traveling at the Speed of Life.
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances Spring 2018
Via de Francesco, Rieti to Assisi, Sept-Oct. 2019
I would review your book as well... I am a member of the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin and will link it appropriately.
Were you able to access part 1 of the book?
 
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Barbara

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Hey, Rusty, thanks for part one. Good start on your motivations and feelings, which I think will resonate with many. Do you want proofreading for typos? As you asked, I won't comment on grammar. I'd like to see some more, do I need to email or will you post it?
 

Aysen Mustafa

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
2018
Aysen, did you have any reaction or feedback from what you read?
Hi Rusty - I responded some time ago and never heard from you. I enjoyed reading Chapter 1, your experiences resonated (although it was a while ago that I read it now). I am interested in reading Chapter 2.
 
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martin1ws

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
2018; (2020); 2021
You do not need to post your mail (to avoid spam)... everyone can start a private conversation with you by clicking on your name below your photo next to your postings and click on "start conversation".

I have downloaded your chapter 1 as well... good luck with your book!

Edit: ... and I like it! It brings back so many memories for me...
 
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hecate105

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
'09 Portuguese Estellas '14 Aurelia '16 St Davids '17 Via Augusta/V dl P. '18/'19 Michael Mary Way
there will never be too many Camino books....!
 

Rusty walker

Walking is traveling at the Speed of Life.
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances Spring 2018
Via de Francesco, Rieti to Assisi, Sept-Oct. 2019
Hi Rusty - I responded some time ago and never heard from you. I enjoyed reading Chapter 1, your experiences resonated (although it was a while ago that I read it now). I am interested in reading Chapter 2.
Sorry, my bad. Sent parts 1 and 2 (that's about 8 chapters) via email. Thanks again for reading and I hope you enjoy.
 

Rusty walker

Walking is traveling at the Speed of Life.
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances Spring 2018
Via de Francesco, Rieti to Assisi, Sept-Oct. 2019
there will never be too many Camino books....!
At the outset I wondered if there were already too many Camino books and if it was worth writing mine. In the end, I think there are not too many. My book is my own and I think it's different than others. Writing it became the best way for me to process the experience. And I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. I am starting a self-publishing business and no better way to coach others through the experience than to write and self-publish my own.
 

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