Imagine for a moment that you create a dream or a vision for yourself.
It holds multiple meanings for you, and you toy with the idea of making it a reality. The more you ponder on it, the more you hope and wish it can come true. But then your self-doubt kicks in, and you think, “better put this to the side.”
Now imagine meeting someone who understands you and your dream. They hold your vision and push you, guide you and encourage you to pick it up and make it happen. That is what Our Galaxy did for me.
In a nutshell, these incredibly passionate women held safe space for a therapist like myself who works to maintain a safe space for others. They gave me the tools I needed to make my dream my current reality.
These women understood what it meant to be a working mom, juggling roles and managing schedules. They provided stellar feedback and worked with me through every step. Most importantly, they understood from our first meeting that my vision had to stay as my vision.
They’ve respected that and ensured that every edit and every draft reflects what I want to say and what I want my work to show. Our Galaxy provided me with the support I needed to be able to say, “I’m an author.”
As a seasoned, self-published author, I desired alternate qualities in a publishing company. I wanted to work with women who honored the integrity of my ideas and passion. I was looking for a team willing to fine-tooth the parts of my writing style that I couldn’t see needed growth. At Our Galaxy Publishing, I feel I have found that. They’re businesswomen who appreciate the perfection in imperfection and build from it. Christine and Lindsay have taken me under their wing and have helped me find the confidence I once had as a fresh, budding author.
As a first-time writer, I did not know what to expect in connecting with a publisher. So, when my friend Tricia introduced me to Christine, I was a nervous wreck. Because of my AVM, I tend to lose my words and thoughts when I speak. Knowing that I could not read, I wondered if anyone would want to be part of my story.
Meeting Christine on a zoom call for the first time was fantastic. We had talked on the phone, and when I lost my words or had a hard time expressing myself, Christine was patient. As I apologized, she would say, “Don’t worry. Take your time,” and that alone made me feel at ease. When Christine asked about my story, she wanted details, emotions, feelings, and all the best part was, I felt understood. I even remember us crying together while I told her more about myself. At that moment, I knew she was a woman that loved her job and wants to help people share stories that can help or inspire others.
When we met on another zoom to go over the contract together, she met with my husband John- a man hard to impress. He was amazed by the deep connection and determination she had for my story in such a short time.
When I signed that contract, it changed my life. Christine changed my life. She has been helping me with whatever I may need. I cannot read, so I may require different techniques and ideas for her to assist me. But she does it. There is no stress and I am comfortable, feeling like I am on a cloud. Our Galaxy Publishing is the perfect house to publish my book, and I am blessed to be a part of their press. I am on my way to a wonderful accomplishment that I never in my wildest dreams could ever come true. I would not change or want any other publisher by my side.
When I encountered Our Galaxy Publishing completely by happenstance, I wasn’t expecting to begin the publishing process for my book. I wanted to, of course. But I was afraid that my writing might fall into the wrong hands. I feared losing all creative control over the story that meant so much to me. However, the moment I spoke with Christine Weimer, I knew that “my baby” had found a home. The collaborative philosophy and commitment to honoring the integrity of my work put me at ease right away. Sending my story to her just felt right.
The great Beethoven once said: “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” I could sense Christine’s passion for her work from our very first conversation. I knew then with complete confidence that my book was in the best of hands.
I’m honored to have been offered a place within “Our Galaxy.”