In Sandy-Speak, that’s AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Many writers don’t make it past this vital first step. But a first step, it is. The road to publication is a LONG one.
Basically, these three publishers will take my proposal home (along with all the others they accepted) and read it. If they still like it, they will take it to their bosses and their editorial committees, where another group of people will decide if it’s good enough to publish. If I make the cut at the editorial committee, then it will go to the “pub board”—which I’m assuming has absolutely NOTHING to do with beer. If I make the cut there, they will offer me a contract. Then I begin the long process of actually writing and editing the book—which may or may not have something to do with beer.
This entire process takes months…so, by all means, get on with your lives while you’re waiting to hear if I’ve made the next cut. I am seriously getting on with mine in the interim. And I promise to keep you all in the know as information comes available. Just like your local news, I am.
Now on a personal note, Moody was more than excited about the book idea. They loved it. I mean, other than people who know me, I’ve never had someone in “the business” ever be so enthusiastic about my work. I want really badly to believe it is because it is a great book and not because I was the second appointment of the day, and the lady in the first appointment didn’t know what a book proposal was.
Tyndale and Bethany House liked the idea, but warned me against a host of other books by “big name” authors with which I’d be competing. This is the fate that plagues new authors like me. If my book is on the shelf next to the one by Max Lucado and Joyce Meyer, most people will reach for the author they know and trust—and that ain’t me.
Nothing personal, but publishing is a business. Publishers are looking for the next great author. They only want to publish books they think will sell. Fortunately, for them, I had a whole competition section in my proposal where I explain why my book is unlike any other on the market, thankyouverymuch. And I need to keep reminding myself that even Max Lucado and Joyce Meyer started somewhere.
Speaking of Max Lucado, he was one of the many ridiculously talented speakers at this conference.
In between people sharing with me their deep, dark places, God placed me under the most amazing teaching I’ve ever encountered, as far as writing goes. The line up read like a Who’s Who in Christian publishing. I’m still trying to absorb and process everything I heard.
Not only were the Keynote speakers phenomenal (one or two of them could have carried the Keynote responsibilities…but all of them? Are you kidding me?), but I also had the privilege of meeting with mentors in my field. Namely, Virelle Kidder and Suzie Eller. God knew exactly with whom I needed to meet and why. I love these women. I think Virelle may very well be a future version of me. And Suzie…she’s part human, part angel.
Here I am with author/speaker Kendra Smiley.
I met her in the Chicago airport. I recognized her immediately, as I have read and enjoyed her books in the past. She wrote a book on strong willed children that saved me from losing hope in my own strong-willed child.
But folks, the absolute highlight of my conference experience was hearing and meeting Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales.
If you ever get a chance to hear Phil speak in person, you simply must go. Even if every Veggie Tales episode is not permanently encoded into your brain due to repeated exposure, like it is in mine. And even if, when you hear a Bible story, you don’t first think of it in the form of animated talking vegetables , like I do. You will LOVE hearing Phil’s heart.
I was the first one in line at Phil’s signing table, thanks to my good friend Julie who stalked…um, I mean STAKED out our spot. I may have over-done it a bit in the “gushing” department with Phil. He looked a little frightened when I went on and on about how much I love him and how I can sing every Silly Song with Larry and how I’m from Toledo just like Phil Winklestein (The giant, scary celery in Where is God When I’m Scared?) I’m pretty sure he pushed a hidden button under his table signaling security to keep a close watch on Psycho Sandy Cooper.
But he did manage to sign a few things for me, before the nice men in uniforms escorted me away. Namely, a copy of Phil’s book Me, Myself and Bob, which I am giving away to one of YOU! Do you know how much I love you all, that I’m actually giving you one of my signed copies of this book? Do you? DO YOU??????!!!!!!!!
To enter, simply leave a comment telling me your favorite Silly Song With Larry. If you don’t know what a Silly Song with Larry is, chances are you won’t love this book as much as I do. Come to think of it, chances are really good no one will love this book as much as I do.
I’ll announce the winner on Fitness Friday.