A lot of people have been asking me questions about my book and the steps I took to get it published, so I’ve decided to dedicate every Monday on my blog to talking about my personal experiences with the publishing process. I, of course, am still learning about the publishing industry, so if you’re looking for more in-depth information, I suggest you check out my agent Rachelle’s blog that is full of great information about submitting, querying and publishing books.
So, here we go…
Post #1: I’m Not a Writer, So Why Am I Writing a Book?
I actually have to give my mother-in-law Nanette credit for putting a bug in my ear about writing a book.
Two years ago, my mother-in-law called me after she had found out that my sister-in-law Mollie was pregnant. My mother-in-law wanted suggestions on a good Christian pregnancy guide that she could buy for her daughter… but I didn’t know of any.
In fact, when I was pregnant, I went to countless bookstores and bought scads of pregnancy books and honestly, I was a bit disappointed with most of them. Some had good information but were a bit boring, which meant I spent more time sleeping while holding them than reading. Others, although entertaining, were slightly offensive. As a Christian mom-to-be, I didn’t want to see the f-word in my pregnancy guide. I wanted something wholesome, informative and fun to read. I couldn’t find anything like that.
My mother-in-law’s response? She told me that I should write one myself.
I, of course, laughed at the idea. I’m not a writer (or, at least I wasn’t at the time). I was a Spanish teacher, with a degree in Psychology and art, not in English.
But, the idea stuck.
I decided to give it a try. Whenever I had a few minutes (which wasn’t often—at that point, I was busy with a one-year-old and a newborn), I jotted down a few thoughts and ideas. I worked on an outline. I got started on a few chapters. And, slowly, a book began to take shape. It took a long time—I’m not kidding, after about a year of writing, I had two chapters and a summary done and that was it. But I just kept plugging along, little by little.
Next week: Writing a Query Letter