As of 1:50 PM on May 25, 2019, I have completed my most recent and most thorough edit of Kicking and Screaming: a Memoir of Madness and Martial Arts! I made much-needed changes based on some valuable feedback I’d gotten from an agent last year. While the process took longer than I’d hoped, I feel very satisfied with the end product.
It’s been four years since the events (both taekwondo and non-taekwondo) in the book took place, and I value the objectivity time and distance has given me. Some elements in my personal life that seemed so looming at the time were in the end not relevant to the story. Ultimately my story is my transformation through the vehicle of taekwondo. I think with this new edit I’ve been able to more clearly share the lessons I’ve learned and the challenges I’ve overcome. I think I’ll be able to better strike a chord with readers who have either shared my experience or simply find interest in my story.
The work is far from finished! I now need to rewrite my proposal and begin the process of tracking and contacting editors. While I’m still shying away from self-publishing, I’m expanding my reach to indie and hybrid publishers.
Thank you to those of you both online and in person who have supported me through this process.