By Caitlin Kelly
Last spring, Jose and I were chatting about doing a possible book, a sort of guide for fellow freelancers, as millions of people are now eager to try this way of living and working.
Over July and August we worked really hard and, writing it together, produced a full book proposal which we shared with a pal in Toronto who worked for years in book publishing and now teaches it. She liked it a lot but made some very specific suggestions to improve it.
We did that and started submitting it to agents, with a few rejections.
Then — yay! — we found an agent quickly, also in Toronto, my hometown I left decades ago. So we are now officially represented and very excited. She won’t be submitting it to editors until early November after we take a badly needed break, (Jose’s first for 2022), to Quebec and upstate NY.
Then, all digits will be crossed!
It’s a wild notion to be co-authors after 22 years together, and Jose is a photographer and photo editor and photo archivist — not a writer! But he writes very well and has been a good soldier with all my demands for revisions.
I haven’t sold a new book since September 2009, when I sold Malled, so am eager to rejoin the fray. The industry has changed a lot since then, and getting tougher, of course. There’s been a lot of consolidation so fewer places to submit to. Then the nasty fact of payments in 25% increments…the first payment (- 15% to the agent, standard every time) upon signing the deal; the second upon acceptance of the manuscript; the third upon publication — up to a year later then the final one (!) a year after that. Unless you get a huge advance, which few do, it’s not a way to make a lot of money!
But we know for sure there’s a global market for this subject and we’ve read some of the “comps” — comparable books, a must for every non-fiction book proposal. I won’t get specific yet, but ours has at least six very distinctive features that competing books just don’t offer.
Wish us luck!
21 thoughts on “Some very good news”
huge and well-deserved congrats to both of you!
Thanks! Now to find an enthusiastic publisher.
That’s truly great news. Promise us it will be a no-BS guide! Good luck with the agent.
Thanks…and oh yes it is!
A big and hearty mazel tov to you both!
You’re welcome. 😊
Very happy for both of you! I bet your book will be a tremendous contribution to your readers.
Thanks, Ginny. We hope so!
Very excited for you! Good luck!
Thanks! Will update when we have more news.
I always enjoy your dish of practical pizzazz! This is great news and something I would definitely read. In a sea of how-to publish blogs/books/zooms that I mostly feel suffocated by, your voice is one I look forward to here. To you both: Bonne Chance!
Thanks! I really think ours is distinctive, for sure. There is a LOT of advice out there and too much of it, for me, is generic.
Congratulations and best wishes to you both.
How exciting!!!! Good luck!!
Digits crossed for you here as well!
Congrats! I hope it does very well. I always enjoy your blog posts, and I think I actually saw your agent announce this on Instagram.
Thanks! That’s cool…I know she did on Twitter.