I posted my last update on my book dream back in August, when I invited you all to take part in the process. I think it’s time to update you all on what’s happened and how things are going.
First off, I want to thank everyone who responded by entering their details in my handy-dandy form. The fact that so many of you offered to take part means a lot. Even if you haven’t gotten around to it, or changed your mind, or what-have-you. Your enthusiasm feels very encouraging. And encouragement is good.
Now, on to what’s happened since then. Dozens of people entered their details into my spreadsheet, and I sent out a canned response. Sorry for the canned response. I can, however, assure you that I read everything you wrote and that doing so left me with tears in my eyes, because you all rock. Seriously, there are some amazing mamas out there, with some incredible stories.
Some of you have responded by sending in your stories already, and I am totally grateful for that. They are all awesome, and I am so honoured that you chose to share them with me.
At this point, I still need a lot more stories, of all kinds. A lot more. I can see that I am going to be collecting stories for some time. So if you initially entered your info into my form and then ignored my email and are now feeling sheepish, please don’t. I would still love to hear from you! Also, if you somehow think, “She wouldn’t want stories like mine,” please don’t. I really want all kinds of stories. Ordinary, mundane births. Breastfeeding successes. Breastfeeding failures. The awesome nurse you had. The incredibly annoying laugh your nurse had. All of it.
I have not just been sitting around waiting for stories to roll in. No way. In an effort to convince myself that I am a Serious Author, I recently attended BookCamp Vancouver. It was a great day, and I got to meet a lot of published authors. I got some good ideas for how to proceed with my book dream, and that was great.
I am hoping to start working on my book proposal soon. That is going to be a long process, especially because I have never done this before. Once I have that, then I begin the whole process of shopping it around, which frankly terrifies me. I will also be doing things like submitting articles and speaking and generally trying to hone my chops and build my platform. Also kind of terrifying. Writing a book involves a lot of Putting Yourself Out There. And while I do that, as I edit and revise and re-submit and query, I will still be collecting stories.
So, please, if you are a Canadian who has at least one child, and you are interested in sharing your story in a book, read more about my book idea and consider filling out my handy-dandy form. And if you’re not, I still appreciate your support and encouragement, and I will continue to update you on my (excruciatingly slow) progress.
Now, tell me. Do you think that a smoking jacket would make me look more like a Serious Author? Or would it just be silly, as I don’t smoke? I can’t decide.