As promised, we plan on keeping you in the loop on our journey to publishing a cookbook. Today we are sharing all about the conversations with interested editors and what it looked like to land a book deal. If you haven’t already read the first post in this series, The Very Beginning Steps, make sure to catch up before diving into this post.
As we perviously mentioned, Rachel and I worked for almost 6 months creating a book proposal to send out to editors. It was at this point in the process that we really saw the value of having a literary agent. Even if we were able to create an amazing proposal on our own (which we wouldn’t have been able to), we wouldn’t even know who to send it to. Without direct connections to editors, our proposal would have been likely lost in the shuffle. Our agent, Maria, used her mad connections to get our proposal into the hands of lots of potential editors. She told us that things would be quiet for a few weeks while the editors talked the proposal over with their teams.
So, imagine our surprise when we started to hear back from interested editors within a week! In fact, we had four editors that indicated that they wanted to chat with us more. With some major schedule juggling, we lined up four conference calls with the interested editors.
My favs on the menu this week? It has to be Chicken Piccata and the Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas. Here comes the broken record part: These are both totally freezable! So, be wise with your time, double the batch, and eat a delicious pre-made meal another time.
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Do you know what one extensive study shows to be the three crucial factors in teenagers retaining their faith through high school and beyond?
The first and second of those three factors are two things that you and I can start doing when our kids are young. The #1 factor is parents who model a genuine Christian faith. And #2 is teenagers who establish the pattern of praying and reading the Bible for themselves are much more likely to continue the practice into adulthood. By spending intentional time each week helping our children (and ourselves!) read and learn more about the Bible, we are influencing our kids’ faith for a lifetime. (Read more about the study and about the third factor here.)