My intention in sharing this process with you is to help you know some ins and outs, ups and downs, do’s and don’ts if you either find a publisher or have one approach you to write a book.
You are asking me the questions! So keep bringing them on!
It is a refreshing and enriching relationship. My contact so far is with two different editors: they are cordial, they are accessible even though we have a 5 hour time zone difference and I continue to grow in understanding of cultural differences through email.
For me the experience and relationship better be good and better. Here’s why.
Are you locked into this publisher now?
When I got married to my husband I intended it to be forever. So far it’s been several decades. You know I don’t like showing my age so no specificity here! It is a similar commitment with me for this book. The publisher did after all propose to me. Contractually how locked in we are is covered, for better or for worst.
If for any reason I cannot deliver, while the contract is terminated, I will not be able to just take the book anywhere. They have first right of refusal, or re-refusal as it may be.
My invitation to publish arrived with a topic the publisher had in mind. While it was a topic I could write about with authority, for me it couldn’t yield a book. Not only did I know I might not have my interest for 200 pages, for me it was would it interest my tribe enough?
Are you given a topic?
Someone asked how did I build a tribe. It was in my mind a short answer. Turns out not the case so I will make that first half of next Friday’s blog post. But in relation to finding the interest of my tribe:
I emailed my list, used a poll on my blog, tweeted my polls and put polls on select introvert groups I am in on LinkedIn. My instinct was correct. There were other topics of more interest.
With evidence supporting my opinion, I emailed my thoughts for a different and broader topic.
The publisher liked it. Here I am now as I blog this post, writing Chapter 3 in of a working title of, Communication Toolkit for Introverts: Top Skills for Everyday Business Situations. There are six key skills included as well as what I call, innate foundational skills and one central skill, which has to be heightened in many introverts, if not many people.
How did you build a tribe?
Have they given you a timeline?
How do you and are you disciplining yourself to write a certain amount each day. What is your process?