Four years ago in August 2007, I filled out a Teacher’s Professional Growth Plan at work. My goal was to write. So I joined a writers’ group and read books on writing. And I did something even more radical for me: I wrote.
Fast forward two years to October 2009. My friends Trish and Elena convinced me to go to the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SiWC). After a couple of literary agents told me that I needed to develop an online presence, I pouted and stomped my feet. Two weeks later I started this blog.
Fast forward two more years to October 2011, this past weekend. I’m at SiWC for my third conference. I attend lots of great sessions. I get appointments with three agents who represent non-fiction, and I pitch them my humor/parenting manuscript.
My pitches go well.
But something special happens at one of the pitch appointments.
We laugh . . . a lot. . . and that agent asks for sample pages.
Four hours later, I get an email. The subject is “Representation.”
My heart starts to pound.
I read the email.
Yesterday morning, I faxed my contract to the agency. I am thrilled beyond belief to say that I am now represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency in California. Jill is hilarious, enthusiastic, and experienced. She is the type of woman you want in your corner.
I’ve been doing my happy dance since Friday.
The working title of my manuscript is Get That Train Off Your Penis: Things I Never Thought I’d Say As a Parent.
If you’re wondering what the book is about, feel free to do some sort of sophisticated analysis of the image below. I pasted my book proposal into Wordle and this is what it spat out. The larger the word, the more frequently it occurs.
Finally, thanks to all who are reading this. You’ve helped shape me as a writer.
Here’s to more new chapters.
And to dusting off our dreams.