I am a great believer in whatever life throws at you, something good will eventually come from it. Every hardship, trauma, happiness or indeed, the simple act of daily living, teaches us something valuable..
Although I tend to gravitate towards science & practicality in making everyday informed decisions, sometimes, something so unexpectedly awesome happens in your life, that despite your own personal insecurities or the enormity of the task to achieve it, you HAVE TO sit up and take notice. This has happened to me…. a veritable beacon is flashing on my horizon.
Last month, completely and totally out of the blue (or rather the virtual grey matter in cyberspace) I received an e-mail. The friendly, chatty, e-mail was from a rather large publishing house in the US, based in New York (I know that because I thought it was someone pulling my leg so I checked everything out before responding).
Part of the e-mail went like this..
QUOTE: I came across your blog via the article in THE AWL and I was wondering if you had ever considered publishing a book. I can think of a lot of women who would be interested in a book like this!
Initially I was very confused, did publishers really plant seeds in this way and actually help germinate them? Of course I responded (I mean we all have a little dream of writing a book one day right?)…
Several e-mails later it seems so..
The publishing house (who shall remain nameless) have been very encouraging indeed. Not only that but they have taken time to answer many questions coming from myself (she who has little clue about book publishing and certainly NO CLUE about book writing!) and now I finally have a plan of action.
They have asked me to take my time and produce a well thought out proposal and have asked me to seek out representation as most major publishing houses only deal with literary agents (This protects the author and works in their best interests). Infact they say they can put me in contact with a couple of literary agents that could well be interested in my project…
As you can imagine my head is spinning somewhat akin to a certain young lady, tied to a bed in the “Exorcist”. And then there is that nagging self-doubt…
“Do I have the dedication and commitment for such a project…”
“What if after all my efforts nothing comes of it…?”
“Would anyone actually buy a book based on the 1940s Experiment?”
But once I had spent many days trying to rationalize things I knew there was absolutely only one option and that was to give it a go! This is my passion! I’ve been writing, living and breathing the 1940s Experiment, on and off, since 2006 and it is my way of life and I know I’ll lose that 100 lbs.
Sometimes life offers us opportunities from the most unexpected places and we should grasp these firmly..
There is always, always HOPE…