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Hatred Turned to Love

September 25, 2017

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