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    Thursday
    Jun232011

    Tomorrow, I May Get An Answer

    A large publisher's publishing committee reviewed my book and my book proposal last Friday, June 17. The editor communicating with me told me he'd get back to me with any news and feedback by Friday, June 24. I have ben nervous - more nervous than I have ever been about the book. 

    The original plan was to self-publish. Until an apparently unprecedented and unexpected rejection from Booklocker.com. They only accept less than 5% of the submissions, the owner said. And it took her a surprisingly short amount of time to say so. I thought it was strange. My book coach thought it was strange too. 

    But, as the cliché goes, there is silver lining behind every cloud. The rejection forced me to further evaluate my self-publishing choice, and, I thought, I may be better off with a publisher. 

    A friend of mine put me in touch with a legal organization that occasionally publishes books. The editor and I had a delightful nearly-hour-long chat, and I felt very positive about my prospects. She wasn't sure they'd be able to publish it, but mainly due to budget restraints. She did read the manuscript, and told me that it was "well written and engaging" - I feel my manuscript could not have received a higher compliment, paid by someone with decades of experience in the industry. 

    Then, I went online and found the number to the general editor of one of the biggest legal publishers, and cold called him. To my surprise, his response was quick, professional, warm, and excited - and he quickly put me in touch with the right department.

    The new editor, my main contact, told me he'll bring the manuscript up at the next commitee meeting, together with my book proposal, which turned out to be a 5 page long form attached to the email.

    Boy, was it a detailed form. I basically had to put down all of my thoughts about all aspects of my book. Who's the target audience? Why would they want it? How will I market? What competition exists? How will readers benefit? What's my elevator pitch? Why is now a good time for such a book?

    Fortunately, I have thought of all of these questions a lot, over the years, as I was planning on writing the book. I was thankful that I was not trying to sell my memoirs, or something equally useless - how would I answer the "how would readers benefit" question then?.. 

    Anyways, I filled out the form, updated my resumé, and sent it in. And now I wait. Because I was told the reply would come by Friday June 23, on Monday, if I don't hear anything, I can follow up. And I'm dying to know!!! 

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