Writing can be a lonely journey at times. I suspect this is why so many writers keep a blog. While our journals and Mac word documents are certainly safer and more forgiving, sometimes we need others’ affirmation to keep going.
I’ve told this to you before, but I’m going to say it again: thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing to return to this space where I create and publish very raw and un-edited material. Knowing you’re out there keeps me disciplined, and gives me motivation to keep writing.
Because of your love and support, I’m really excited to let you in on some exciting news in my writing career. Some of you know I’ve been working diligently on my book and book proposal since late last summer. (Although I never technically wrote a post about “Step 1” of the book writing journey, I mentioned my little writing retreat last October as a key weekend for jumping into the book proposal process. From October-February I spent oodles of time writing and editing the proposal until it seemed ready to go.) After doing a lot of research on literary agents, I sent the proposal out to six people on March 1. And then I waited.
And then, drumroll, earlier this week I signed with a literary agent who will help get my book proposal into publishers’ hands! And, I’m thrilled about who I’ll be working with. Chris was a top choice when I sent out proposals in early March, but I waited almost 8 weeks to hear back from him. I was about to move forward with another agent when Chris contacted me. Talk about perfect timing!
Besides the fact that Chris has worked with some fantastic authors, he also knows more about cancer than the average Joe. His wife was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months before Jonathan. Needless to say, I don’t think I could have found an agent who better understands our cancer journey than one who has walked through it recently in a similar way I have.
If all goes according to plan, I’ll have the proposal and sample chapters finalized before baby boy’s arrival so that Chris can look for a publisher while I learn how to take care of two kiddos. I’m not sure yet how much editing needs to happen but it will certainly get priority over my blogging and nesting. Please forgive me if this space isn’t updated as frequently as you’re used to in the upcoming months.
I have big hopes that with Chris’ help, we can find a publisher sometime by early fall 2013. Signing with an agent is definitely a good sign my dream can happen, but nothing is certain. I appreciate your prayers as I edit the proposal and sample chapters, and as we move forward to this next step. I’m not sure what God’s ultimate plan is for this book or my writing career, but I’m having a ton of fun following Him through the process.