So now that I have signed the contract and made it all official, I can let the cat out of the bag. I AM WRITING A BOOK!
I was first approached by a publishing company about a year and a half ago. Maybe a little longer. I was flattered that they had asked and it has been a lifelong dream of mine. At first I was excited. Well, to be honest, I was excited/scared. I really wanted to say yes. But when I thought about it and prayed about it I did not have a peaceful feeling. I only had anxiety. I didn’t feel like the timing was right. So I left the door open a bit with the company, so to speak, but essentially walked away from the deal.
Fast forward to the first of this year. I was approached by another publishing company. I still felt hesitant. I have small kids at home and I NEVER want to take on too much and have it affect me being a mom. I don’t want to go meet my Maker and have to say “Yeah, my relationship suffered a little with my kids but hey, I wrote a book!” So I once again dragged my feet.
I am not sure what happened, but a few weeks ago I started to think about the book idea again. I felt excited. I felt like it was something I could do now even though nothing major had changed in my situation other than my kids are a little older now. I started to discuss it with my husband. I prayed. I fasted. And I went to the temple for some quiet time to ponder. After a week of this I still felt really good about it. So I contacted to publisher again (the second one) and started the ball rolling.
I presented my idea for the topic of the book. I sent my husband and the kids fishing one day and I wrote out the outline of the book and brainstormed ideas for projects.
The publishing company approved the topic and sent over a contract. I felt like I should have some kind of signing ceremony with candles or confetti. But really I just sat at the kitchen table and signed it with the only pen I could find. I didn’t think crayon would be very professional :)
So I am writing a book.
I used to write and illustrate books when I was a little girl starting about the age of five. I still have a ton of them. I would use cardboard for the cover and I would cover the cardboard in construction paper. I typed the books out on my mom’s old typewriter because I liked the look of the font and the sound it made. I always thought I would write children’s books and maybe I still will one day. But for now, I will be writing about my passion. I will be writing about decorating and DIYing :)
Part of the reason I am telling you this is because it might affect my blog. I have never done this before and I am not sure how easy it will be to keep the blog going with 3-4 posts per week while also making and photographing projects for the book. I will do my best. It might be 2 posts per week. But I will keep blogging and sharing. I still have a family room to finish, outdoors projects, and a bathroom to finish and share. In other words, I will not be sleeping much.
I also wanted to ask if you want to see behind the scenes type pictures on instagram about my book. I am not sure if that would be interesting or if you would eventually be like “I get it! You are writing a book.” But since the projects for the book will not be on the blog, I thought it might be fun to see sneak peeks.
Let me know what you think.
And thank you for always being so supportive in all that I do. This blogging community we have is the BEST!