My Book Deal — It’s Really Happening!

My life goals have never been all that realistic — perform on Broadway and win a Tony, start my own billion dollar company, be the next Warren Buffet, write a book before I’m 30…

Well, I’m certainly not going to belting out Anything Goes as Sutton Foster’s understudy anytime in the near future. But I am going to be writing a book! This is completely freaking me out — me, write a book? Like a real, published-on-paper book? Yes, after nearly a half year of proposals, with a revised table of contents finally getting sign off, I’ll be a published author, before I’m 30. Of course, first I need to actually write the book.

I wouldn’t have thought of pursuing writing a book, but the opportunity came knocking on my door (ok, it came into my inbox.) An acquisitions editor reached out to me per a recommendation from a very respected person in business who I’ve never met. Apparently he had heard of me and made the initial recommendation. One thing led to another, and here I am, with a contract for a book deal in hand, and just a whole bunch of legal mumbo-jumbo to agree to, signing my life way for the next six months to write a real, legit book.

I’m still in a bit of disbelief. And I’m terrified of actually writing this thing. I’ve never written 50 pages at once, let alone 300. I know I could do this book justice if I had the time, but with working 60+ hours a week it’s difficult to imagine how I am going to balance both priorities in my life. The good news is the book only helps my company, so my managers are, for the time being, in support of my writing it — even though it’s a project I’m doing in my “free” time.

I have a call early tomorrow morning to review all the details of the contract, and to move forward with getting this kicked off. I still can’t believe that I will be writing a book. I don’t even want to tell a lot of people until it’s actually written, and published. It will be my secret that devours my life. I just hope I can write something that I’m proud of, and not sacrifice what I want to say in the editing process. Yikes, this is going to be one big adventure. I’m not sure I’m ready for it, but here I go!

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