Since self-publishing the first edition of Adopt Without Debt nearly two years ago I have been THRILLED with the response. Word of mouth advertising has been great, and I’m always tickled when I see the book pinned on Pinterest or featured on someone’s blog.
But about a year ago I began to wonder if I could, in fact, get a traditional publisher to pick up the book. After all, I’ve got Dave Ramsey’s endorsement and some fairly good traction. I knew that a publisher would help get the book into the hands of even more adoptive families. I sent off the manuscript and an initial summary of the book to an acquaintance who is an acquisitions editor for a literary agent.
And I waited…A few months later we talked on the phone and the agent expressed interest in the book and wanted to see an official book proposal – about a 12 page document that she would use to pitch the book to publishers.
Last summer she gave me some notes on the proposal and the book. The major thing was that I needed to lengthen the manuscript – by almost double – in order for a publisher to consider it.
So, last fall I spent two months writing a much expanded version of Adopt Without Debt. It was actually pretty exciting. The previous 18 months of workshops, speaking and blogging gave me lots of great ideas of content that could be added to the book.
With a revised manuscript and revised proposal, I am now officially signed with The Blythe Daniel Agency. I totally believe that God is all over this partnership for many reasons.
So, my manuscript is starting to make the rounds of publishers. Can you do a couple things to help me?
As always, I love hearing your fundraising stories as well so feel free to comment or e-mail me!