On the 21st of July, I learned that a publishing committee at a reputable publishing house liked my devotional book proposal and wanted to proceed with the project. I was told that the appropriate editor would be in touch. That is all I heard.
It’s only been a week, but my patience muscle is being exercised mightily. I’m not going to nag at the publisher about what and when and how. I don’t want to be that kind of high-maintenance writer.
Since this is my first book, I have no idea what kind of time line we’re working with. I gave them some sample devotions and a list of possible titles for others. I’d like to be working on the content, but I’d like to know if there are specific titles they are interested in. I’d do those first.
Like the over-excited newbie I am, I told a lot of people about this small success. Now I’m fielding questions for which I have no answers.
People are asking how soon it will be available. They are shocked when I tell them probably not until 2011 or 2012.
I’m being teased about the millions I’ll be making from this book (hah). Let’s get real. It’s a modest book for which I expect modest remuneration.
I’m eager to learn more about the project from the publisher’s point of view. This has now become a business proposition, not a creative writing exercise.
In the meantime, I’m preparing for a writers’ conference, working to update another book proposal, and shopping for a possible agent. I’m too old to try to navigate the learning curve of the business end of writing. I need a partner.
Oh, yes. Life goes on as usual – meals, dishes, laundry, job, family. And so I wait.