With the release of Finding Norm, comes the inception of RWR Press. My own publishing company specifically created for this book. 2014 was the start of Run with Randy, later shortened to RWR. It gained traction over the years, particularly for our family. Logos, apparel, tennis shoes, jewelry, personalized license plates all showing “RWR”. So it all felt appropriate to name my publishing company after the main driving force behind the book.
So how did this happen or maybe more importantly, why a new company?
When I reached the stage that I knew I wanted to take the book to the next level and get it published, I researched the topic. Publishing versus self-publishing. So much to read and decisions to be made. Frankly, it was overwhelming and mind-boggling. It got to the point that I really questioned whether I wanted to take it to the publishing stage or just run down to Kinko’s and make a few copies for the kids, family and me.
I made several inquiries online and even made a few phone calls to learn as much as I could on the choices. When it was all said and done, none of it felt right. Something inside of me felt compelled to keep thinking and praying about it. After all, if God could give me the inspiration and words to write the book, I knew he would see it through to the end.
The final nudge came from my high school friend, Renee. An author herself and someone that had walked this path several times before me. She said, “Jana, you can do it. You can self-publish the book yourself.”
So, there you have it. I can do it. I theme that continues to pop up over and over again these past few years.
As I visit with people about the book, I find as much or even more satisfaction in the self-publishing aspect than almost any other part. Applying for your own business name, ISBN number, Library of Congress number, copyright application and all the legal details needed to get this book in print. Not to mention all the amazing creative work done by my sister, Kathy, and niece, Kate. Cover designer and interior designer. I’m so fortunate to have them with me during this entire creation.
Decisions have typically not been an issue for me. I can make choices quickly and not look back. But this book publishing gig…well that’s a whole new level of decision-making. Choices on steroids!
I’m praying for courage and wisdom on these next steps of getting the book into the hands of those that want to read this message of healing and hope. Written from the lense of one widow but praying for healing for all those that are grieving the loss of a loved one.
In my own quest to find books and materials on grief, this book is written from a place of deep loss. But above all, it’s written from a place of hope. Hope in the future and the thought of being reunited with all my loved ones in heaven.
A bible verse that has become a favorite over the years speaks to this hope that I write about. It’s in Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God’s plan is the perfect plan even though I can’t always see it. He knows the plans he has for me and trusting his plan is a daily quest.