Our road to see Mothering Heights come to publication has taken Keitha and Susan on quite a journey. It all began towards the beginning of 2006 when Keitha got inspired to write a book for mothers, and approached Susan to see whether she would like to be involved. The book was written and honed over a six-month period during that year, a time that Susan and Keitha both look back on with much fondness.
Once the book was ‘finished’ and in a submittable state, we then set about the task of looking for a publisher. As those in the book industry will tell you, this is no small or easy task. However, Susan and Keitha were both encouraged by the idea of ‘set out and see’ following the biblical example of moving forward as God leads without necessarily knowing or understanding the final destination.
This process led us to find a submission service based in the United States called ‘Writer’s Edge’ who offer a manuscript assessment and either send you a report to tell you what needs fixing, or if all is well, put you on a report that is sent to 75 different Christian publishers in the States. Mothering Heights passed the assessment process with flying colours (a huge blessing and relief!) and then we waited to see if any of those 75 publishers might be interested.
We were approached by three different publishers and ended up signing with Judson Press (publishers for the American Baptist Churches USA) in July 2008. Mothering Heights then went through an eight-month editorial process before being released in the States in April 2009.
The journey to publication has had its share of ups and downs but has been a real blessing to both Keitha and Susan. With the release of the book we continue to have the same ‘set out and see’ philosophy and look forward to seeing where the journey takes us next!