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Happy Thanksgiving Friends!! I truly have so much gratitude in my heart right now. For the last few weeks I have been thinking so much about this topic, and all of the ways choosing to focus on gratitude impacts our days and our lives. I wanted to write a post about all of that. And I tried. (Of course many people have written on the topic before, but you can never say too much, right?) I was wrestling with putting my thoughts into words, and as I sat there staring at the screen, a notification popped up in the right corner (I know writers are supposed to turn off notifications, oops.) This one caught my eye. And it gave me even more reason to be grateful. The subject line said: “Your Book Contract!”
This is what I’ve been waiting for…And also my green light to (finally!) share some really good news with you!!!
(You have no idea how hard it’s been for me to keep this secret!)
You guys!! I’M WRITING A BOOK! I GOT A BOOK CONTRACT! It’s a book for boy moms (though girl moms will love it too! 🙂 ) Seriously my friends: This is such a dream come true for me!
(insert jumping up and down and maybe peeing my pants just a little bit and all kinds of excitement.)
This ^^ was the cover of the Book Proposal we sent to Publishers. (Not the actual book cover.)
Here’s a bit of the back-story (because I hated not telling you every step of the way!
HOW I GOT HERE: It’s been on my heart for a few years to go deeper into some of the parenting topics I have shared on my blog. After my Teenage Boy post went viral (and then this one and this one and a few others) I wanted so badly to share more. My passion for parenting, and raising my own four sons (one who is an adult now!) is just more than can fit into a blog post, and there is so much more I wanted to write about. So, last summer, (while I was supposedly “taking a break from writing”, *wink wink*) I began to pour my heart into the first chapters of a book, and then a full book proposal (which, by the way, is in itself a ginormous task.)
By September, the Proposal was ready, and my agents (I’ll tell you about them below) pitched it to publishers. Publishers had a month to get back to us, so I began doing some phone interviews and sure enough, contract offers started coming in. It was very exciting.
Then, on my birthday, (can you believe the timing!?) I accepted a publishing offer! (more about the publisher below.) It was the best birthday ever!
Then, because contracts require time (and a team of people in New York City, I have learned) nearly four weeks later, the official contract just came in. Just in time for Thanksgiving!
So here I am, making things official. And so happy to share the news with you!
Details about the book:
TITLE: “BOY MOM”. (subject to change, but we’re all pretty much in love with it!)
BASIC IDEA: Great men do not happen by chance. This book walks readers through 12 things boys need most to grow up to be great young men. It’s not about adding a burden on parents, but helping them narrow their focus on the things that really matter.
HEART OF THE BOOK: Boy Mom will be a handbook for moms who want to be intentional about raising great sons. I hope to equip and encourage all moms–whether married or single, working outside the home, or in-the-home…whether raising little boys or teenagers. This book will offer support and inspiration, but most of all give sound advice and wisdom. Boy Mom will be very practical, with many examples, as well as lists/resources in each chapter. (It’s going to be packed. And no-fluff.) Also, the book is being published by a Christian publisher, and I will very naturally share how our faith has shaped our parenting. But my heart is for this book to be useful for all moms, and I think the practical (and friendly 🙂 ) nature will reach a wide audience.
What about Dads? (I love dads. They are SO important!) And though Dad’s are welcome to read Boy Mom, it is written to encourage and support moms. ALSO — (not sure if it’s ok to announce this but why not…) There is talk of following this book up with a shorter/cliff-notes version book for the dads, written with my husband’s help! Wouldn’t that be awesome!?
OTHER FEATURES: I will be meeting with editors early in the new year, and everything could change over time, but I’m hoping to include Boy-Approved recipes for each section of the book. Food is a major connecting point between moms and sons and we feed our sons around 20,000 meals while raising them, so I’d love to share some great food in this book! There are also a few other surprises that will make this book absolutely unique from anything out there. (I have to keep a few secrets!)
MY AWESOME AGENTS:
The Bindery. Alexander Fields began this agency after years working as the VP of a Publishing House. He has been in the book world for a very long time and is super well-respected in the book world. He has been incredible to work with and I thank God that he came alongside me.
Teaming up with Alex, my friend (and fellow author) Roger Thompson is acting as my coach and co-agent on this book. Roger is just beginning to work with a small handful of authors to help develop concepts and hone their writing skills. I’m so thankful to get to work with him.
THE PUBLISHER: I am honored to be publishing with Waterbrook , an imprint of Penguin Random House! I’ve met the team over the phone and look forward to a personal visit in the New Year. (Good news is: They’re based out of Colorado Springs, so how much fun will that be!?) I feel that I am in very good hands, and if you click HERE you can see a list of authors that they have published. Seriously can’t believe I’ll be on their list!
TIMELINE: So…books take a long time! 🙂 I will turn in my final manuscript in April, and the book is set to launch sometime in (hopefully the spring of) 2019. That sounds like a long time, but there is a lot that has to happen between now and then. (Also: Time flies!)
WHERE YOU FIT IN: Over the next year I’ll definitely be looking for a crew of you who would like to walk with me through this journey. I would so appreciate prayers for every step (especially the writing!) and eventually I’ll need a team to bounce ideas off of, maybe help me choose a cover, or any number of details. AND THEN, when it is closer to launch, I’ll need a team who will receive advanced copies of the book and be willing to help me spread the word. I’m new to this, so I’ll find out more, but of course you’re welcome to comment or email me to say you’d like to be considered for the team! (I love you guys so much!)
I’M SO THANKFUL: To God, who not only gave me my four sons, but led me each step of the way to this day. To YOU GUYS, for reading my posts, sharing them, and being a part of this community. To my husband, for partnering with me in raising our boys, and for believing in me with this book!
And to these 4…
…who have made me a Boy Mom…Who have allowed me to tell their stories, share their photos and been the kind of boys that give me confidence that I have something to say about parenting. They have also been: my technical assistants, graphic designers, photographers, and even proof-readers. The list goes on and on. I have so much to say about these four, I think I could write a book…
…Oh yeah. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving! I do hope you and your family can focus on gratitude now, and every single day! And truly, thank you for sharing in my joy.