I always that thought that finding the perfect publisher for me would be a more complicated process. Until recently, I was always under the impression that I would need a literary agent and without one, the publishers would just blow me off without a second thought. I also thought that my only other route would be to go and do it on my own. So of course, when I met an owner of a publishing house through networking and realized she was an amazing person, I had this nagging feeling that I needed to "man up" and ask her to work with me. (And if you're looking for an amazing publishing house, check out Tara at Richter Publishing!)
So anyway, there I am a couple weeks ago scheduling a consultation with her. The process was smooth as ever. The only hiccup was that I put my home phone down and our VoIP went down today in my office so it didn't forward the call to my cell. (EEK!) But she handled it so gracefully and made time for me nonetheless. I was planning to talk to her during my drive to and from the school to pick up my son so Mia & Elizabeth wouldn't be loud, but that didn't pan out. So, at one point, there's Mia asking me about bananas and cake (because she really NEEDED her banana and cake!), and yet Tara was so awesome and amazing about it! As work at home parents, we all dread when our kids come in and interrupt a call because they don't understand that's not cool. I vowed long ago to only work with understanding people, so imagine my relief when she met me there with grace!
She loved the working titles of my books, or at least I'm pretty she did because they made her laugh. We chatted about my life and inspiration, what I used to do for a living, and where I see myself in a few months. I asked a ton of questions, and we talked a lot about costs, timelines, and royalties.
As far as publishers go, it's been a long time since I've done the query submission. When I was a teenager, I tried to pitch different publishing houses but never made a deal. The few literary agents that would talk to me wanted a fee, and well, I was smart enough to know that it is standard in the industry for them to get a commission, not a fee. It was so much better talking to the publisher directly on the phone because even though I was frazzled from everything going on around me, she could hear how excited I was to work with her and how truly committed I am to the process of writing these books.
I always said as a child that I was going to grow up and do big things - I wanted to write books, take photographs of beautiful things and people, and live a crazy life that would send me all over the world. While I have always actively worked at it, I never expected it to pay off - it's hard to see the end results in your mind when you're still there eating Ramen for lunch because you're broke. But yet, I always had a plan in mind, and sometimes I didn't know exactly where that plan was going to bring me, but I trusted in God to bring me to where I needed to be - even through my own mistakes. When I express to my friends and family that I never truly expected the success I'm coming upon at this point in my life, they tell me that they all expected for it to happen, that it was only a matter of time. I truly feel so blessed that even though not every single person in my life always believed in me, that I have always been surrounded by people who did truly believe that I could be the person that I am still becoming today.
If you have a dream, I would like to encourage you to go for it. You only have a short time on this earth. When you die, you won't be able to take anything with you. I would rather take a risk and fail - the alternative is wondering for the rest of your life...what if? Do you really want to be 90 years old sometime wondering how different your life could be if you just took a small risk?
I have been taking risks all of my life. In 4th grade, it was a pixie cut. (Spoiler alert - my classmates made fun of me hardcore for that one.) In 6th grade, I rocked braids for a week and loved it. In high school, I tried out for the cheerleading squad and made it...and realized it wasn't for me. (I stayed for the season though, I'm not a quitter!) After college, I joined the Navy, which is how I met my husband. From extremely high-risk pregnancies to driving 2 hours to be with the man I love for just one more night to relocating every few years with our kids, I'm constantly taking leaps of faith. I'm never going to get to live this life again - I need to make the most of it now!
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