I finished a draft of my book proposal. Hallelujah! I will be editing it for surface errors this Wednesday evening and then giving it to my partner, Griffin, for the last going over. By the second week in November, the proposal, which includes a sample chapter, will be in the mail to an agent! I am more than thrilled.
A little background: I began the memoir, The Autobiography of a Sea Creature, back in 2001, I believe. I completed an entire draft by 2002, got feedback from my writing group, and rewrote it. I added more material and probably cut back some—it’s been so long, I can’t remember. I only know that the book was revised at least twice before 2005 when I had to move my mother out to California.
At that point the manuscript sat, and I focused on caring for my mother (she had dementia and needed attention) and writing poetry (short poems were all I could manage to write). My mother died in December, 2007, so it was probably the summer of 2008 when I finally began working on Sea Creature again. Two drafts later and here I am perfecting the book proposal. See how long it can take to cook a book? I’ll keep you posted.
For a sample from each chapter, see my memoir page above. Also, see my newly created my poetry page.