Friday, June 27, 2008

The book.

So. The book.

Well, it's a long, long, LONG story. I won't get into the research I've done, the attorney I had reviewing the contract (funny story though...I might tell it at some point), the hours of time I put in making sure that everything was legitimate and real because of all the people out there that try to scam writers and wanna-be writers. It's exhausting and frankly, it doesn't even matter.

But the upshot is I have agreed to write a book about the town I grew up in for a publisher out of Texas who publishes books about cities all over the country.

It will not make me famous.

It will not make me rich.

I will not have lots of book signings all over the country (I will in the town that the book is about though, so if you live there, you might see me).

BUT...

I will have a publishing credit to my name.

I will be able to say, I have published a book. I am a published author. (After I write it, that is)

I will get paid money to do what I love to do.

I will get the satisfaction of having written a book that people can buy in a store, if they so choose.

I will be proud of myself, for seeking something out, going for it, ovaries to the wall, and for getting my big old size 11 foot stuck firmly in the door.


So, it's a start.


My biggest fans, Boy and Girl Child were the first people I told. Girl Child, who reads nearly everything she can get her hands on and who has told me numerous times that she's going to be a writer when she grows up, was so excited she could hardly stand it.

She told me I was her hero.




I think that's enough. Don't you? I don't need the fame. I don't need to be known the world over.


I just need to be Girl Child's hero.



So that's the book. I'll let you know as things progress.

39 comments:

Tiger Lamb Girl said...

I'm so pleased for you Chick! Especially the bit about GC saying you're her hero:):):).

Pgoodness said...

Congrats. And the hero thing? Yep, that's all any of us really need, isn't it?

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Super sweet! I'm so excited for you. It's a real live writing gig, and your first step to becoming a world famous writer. You're my hero too :)

Lara said...

Yup... the hero thing is more than enough.

But world fame does have its points too.

simonsays said...

OMG!!!! YEA---YOU!!!


:)

Suzy said...

Congrats dude!

~Sheryl said...

"She told me I was her hero."

Seriously... could it get any better?

Kimberly said...

I can so see how you'd be hugely excited and not so much excited about a project like that all in the same moment. Girl child's love sure pushes it towards the incredibly exciting end of things though. Yay!

Stephanie said...

I think it's too cool!

AndreAnna said...

I'm proud of you!

Sorry I suck at commenting lately. I'm still here and reading though.

Dawn~a~Bon said...

Girl Child's comment just made my day, that's wonderful!

giants fan said...

so excited for you!!

Jana said...

That totally rocks! Every last piece of it, from you getting a book deal to being girl child's hero... And of course, you just rock. period.
I'm still LMAO over "ovaries to the wall"....

Allie Bear said...

So first, a big, giant congratulations! That's awesome, I'm so happy for you and how wonderful to know that you are such an outstanding role model for your daughter, you rock!

Second, I wear a size 11, how weird is that? It's like destiny telling us we are meant to be together...tee hee!

Kim said...

Girl Child and I have much in common...you're my hero as well!

I love that you haven't let life keep you down.

Jennifer said...

Yes, we need to be our children's hero, then everything else will fall into place.
That's so sweet. Thanks for sharing and reminding us of that.

Congrats on the book! ;o)

Heather said...

Awesome!

J said...

Awww! I think that must feel like heaven to hear that you are her hero. I know that when Princess looks up to me about something it feels wonderful.

Yay for you Chick, we are all so proud.

Meagan said...

Awesome! I hope, for your sake, that it's an interesting town!

Tulip Girl said...

You Rock! It is so awesome that you are Girl Child's hero! I don't think she could have chosen better!

Captain Steve said...

It is cool if you're my hero too? Because that is badass! Congrats!

Sugar said...

I swear to D-O-G I am sitting here with tears in my eyes.

This is just the beginning for you, I can feel it. Your foot is in the door and I will be waiting to read anything you write.

Your Girl Child ROCKS! Give her extra big hug and know it is from me. Nothing better in the world than to have that kind of reverence from your kid. Internet
admirers are great but your own kid WOW!

Smilf said...

Congratulations on this!!! Everyone starts somewhere and I think you are fantabulous :)

KrustyLynn said...

I may never visit that town/city/whatever as long as I live...but you HAD BETTER BET I'll buy your book!


Way to GO!!!

Catwoman said...

Word! Times a million!

http://anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Being your daughter's hero is fame enough! Wonderful. Congrats.

Angie said...

So freaking excited.

KiKi said...

I'd buy it. Woot!

Meagan said...

This post on The Simple Dollar today reminded me of you... you might find this guy's book-writing experience interesting.

http://tinyurl.com/46mtn8

Twisted Cinderella said...

That's wonderful! congrats!!!

I am Trish Marie said...

Hero in your child's eye's? Yep. I think that is pretty damn good.

Jake said...

Doing what you love is great. Doing what you love and getting paid for it is amazing. Congrats!

Morgan said...

I'm so excited for you! Like you said- it may not make you famous, but it'll be getting your foot in the door, and that's a wonderful start!

Go Chick!

EE said...

Congrats, Chick!!!
You go, girl!!!

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

That is just awesome. You know? Girl Child is going to make it as a writer because her mom inspired her. You do what you love and at the same time your daughter is getting her socks knocked off by her mom. I think it's great!

Congrats, hon! Can't wait to say, "I knew her when she would comment on my humble blog." :)

kittyconcerto.com said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. Good for you my friend! That is so awesome. An author AND a hero! What could be better?

Emma in Canada said...

I hope i can order it online. You know, since i don't see myself hopping down to the states anytime soon.

I am so glad this has happened for you.

squishytushy said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

And the hero part?

You've just given me a new reason for being.

Rachel said...

I would take that too.