Publishing Our Book
While Scott and I walked 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago in the Fall of 2016, I knew we would write about our experience.
I journaled extensively each evening the first week we walked, but by week two, I was too tired to write and needed to elevate my feet. This proved a challenge to try to write while lying down. Luckily, Scott kept good notes and accurate numbers of our miles walked each day.
After we returned home, we turned our trip into a series on the blog. We were thrilled with how it turned out. The next step came naturally, as I began to research our options for self-publishing a book.
Youtube to the Rescue
Thank goodness for Youtube! I found a great video which walked me through each step all the way to publication. Of course, everything didn’t go as smoothly for me, as I had formatting issues along the way. After many format changes, and an exceptional amount of patience on my part, the first paperback proof of our book arrived in the mail.
We were so excited! I quickly found many things to change and so we waited for proof #2 to arrive in the mail. With just a few changes and we were on to proof #3! Finally, we were happy with the end result of our book. It’s a pretty cool feeling to hold a book you have put so much effort into.
Walking the Camino de Santiago
This book encompasses our story of the ups and downs we experienced each day as we walked into the unknown.
I found writing and publishing this book to be a similar process.
Doubts about my ability as a writer gnawed away at my confidence. I wondered if I was even qualified to write a book. I’ve taken online writing classes, belonged to a creative writing group, but wondered if it was enough.
I decided I had a story to tell, no matter what, and Scott was next to me the entire way. Publishing our book was a wonderful learning process and now we have the best keepsake of our trip.
If only one person is inspired to walk the Camino after reading our book, then we will be happy.
To buy a copy of Walking the Camino de Santiago- an Ordinary Couple…On an Extraordinary Journey, please click here and it will direct you to Amazon. The book is available in Ebook or paperback format.