If you come here often, you will not swoon in shock when you hear I’m writing a parenting guide for feminists. But you may be excited about it. I am!
The point is to produce a parenting book that resonates for feminists rather than alienating us. It’s practical (strollers and/or baby carriers? what kind?); it’s philosophical (how do people’s identities shift in response to parenthood?); it’s political (what’s the deal with work-life balance and policies in the US?). And it draws on your lovely voices, helping me expand the text beyond my own particular perspective.
So far, I’ve drafted about a quarter of the book and am working from a (perhaps obnoxiously) detailed outline that envisions the whole project. In future weeks, I’ll start posting little snippets from the draft … to save more of my writing time for that project, yes, but also as a way to share this big ongoing thing with you and see what you think. And as I go forward, I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, it’s time to start looking for an agent. Have you published a nonfiction book for a non-specialist/popular audience? Do you know somebody who has and might be willing to talk about the process with me? Is your best friend an agent who desperately wants to shepherd a feminist parenting guide to publication? Please email me (molly at firsttheegg dot com) or leave a comment … especially if it’s that last option.