I used to hate writing. Numbers and equations were more my forte, please.
Both in high school and college, I dreaded any assignment that included writing a paper, even one as short as one page or a 200-word theme. My high school senior English term paper was 24 pages long, and I wanted to shoot myself by the time it was completed. I wrote on the symbolism of the rainbow in D. H. Lawrence's books. Oh yeah, I got an A grade. It's just that I didn't love that kind of writing at all.
I was a mathematician; I loved everything in every high school math class I took. Then I trained in college to be a math teacher.
After raising my kids, I returned to the working world and taught college mathematics for ten years. I loved the odd mix of students at the technical college where I taught, and I thrived in my work. Some say when you love your job, you never work a day in your life. It was just that way for me until I retired from teaching.
But now I write. An odd and unexpected mix of circumstances led me to start writing, and I write about what interests me. I create books that help others. My former hatred of writing has turned to love, and that's a beautiful thing. I can only attribute this new phase in my life to the lovely creativity of my wonderful God. I'm so grateful that He has opened up this new world to me - an exciting and challenging career that can continue into my old age, no matter how physically infirm I may ever become. As long as my mind is clear, I will write. I will write and point to Him in all my writing.
Many of you, my readers, have been cheering me on in my latest writing project, and I appreciate your interest and support. My fifth book is nearly finished, Risking It All: One Woman's Adventure Giving Away Her Income. You've been asking me how soon this book will be "out" and available to purchase. Here's the update: Just a few days ago, I finally submitted the book proposal for this book to my agent. Woohoo!
There was a lot of writing.
Files were organized and combined into one final document.
Then there was a lot of editing on the proposal, both by myself and by a professional editor.
Next there were some sequestered days when I carefully made all the suggested corrections and changes.
I made sure all files were named as the agency required.
One last page through, and then the cover letter and proposal were sent via a carefully labeled email. Most agencies do all by electronic methods these days.
27,000 words and 87 pages. And that's just the proposal! Now I wait until I hear back from the agent as to what happens next. He will pitch it to publishers and hopefully rustle up a contract. I have done my best, I have prayed, and now it is all in God's hands.
Many of my faithful encouragers have asked me why this proposal has taken me three full months to write. I thought I'd answer by explaining here what is involved in writing a non-fiction book proposal.
Every literary agency requires different elements to a proposal, and I'm only going to list the elements that my agency requires. It falls onto the shoulders of each author to research what an agency requir