The book proposal is done!!! I printed out all sixty-one pages just so I could fawn over it. Pick it up, cradle it in my hands, wistfully thumb through the pages and think about how many times I reworked a particular sentence. How many times I kicked the wall trying to come up with the right word, how many times I tugged at my hair or gritted my teeth when words failed me—or it may be more accurate to say, when I failed the words.
It took one year. Twelve months. Fifty-two weeks. 365 days. Hours and hours and hours, lots and lots of support, (thank you Donna and Kate), a good deal of discipline and perseverance and a larger than life commitment to slowing climate change!
For those of you who just joined in, I’m writing a book—working title, Unlikely Climate Heroes. It is a collection of stories about the personal and collective transformation of people working with Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
I’ve been working on this “project” since March, 2015. After interviewing nearly one hundred people from almost twenty states, the next step was write a book proposal. The proposal is the golden key that gets me an agent. The agent works her magic and hooks me up with a publisher, and the publisher ushers the book into the world (one step at a time, breathe).
A book proposal is a big deal—it lays out the everything of the book. Why people will buy it, how it will change the world and why you’ll never be the same after having read it. A good proposal will make an agent salivate, make her eyes bug out, get her pulse revved. She will jump up from her desk and proclaim—”the world needs to read this book and needs to read it now!” (Big times call for big dreams, right?)
All this is to say—the proposal is done!!!! And I’m taking a moment to raise my glass and pat myself on the back. Good job, Davia. Good job. And to thank my editors. First Kate, who got me going and then Donna, who raised the bar several notches!
Take a moment, raise your glass with me. Celebrate small victories. Celebrate all victories. Pause. Breathe. Then keep on keeping on.