An unlikely book of questions … well received, nonetheless
For the next 15 days, we’ll be taking a little detour from the traditional marketing posts you’ve come to know and love on the Marcie Brock blog as I lead by example and follow my own writing prompts for the Author Blog Challenge.
Day 14 writing prompt:
What has been the biggest surprise about writing/publishing your book? What has been the most enjoyable or most memorable aspect?
Although I always thought I’d write a book, the book I did write got the strangest start. It was by complete accident that 1,001 Real-Life Questions for Women came to be; it definitely was not planned. As question after question came to me and I started writing them down, the book concept began to take shape.
I knew very little about publishing at the time the book idea first presented itself. Figured I’d compile it, pitch the idea, find someone who saw its promise and wanted to publish it, make my millions, become a household name, and retire early. OK – so maybe the household name part is a stretch.
Little did I know it would take 10 years to finish the book – and even after all this time, I’m not sure when it will really be finished. The amount of time this has taken has been one of the biggest things that surprised me about the process.
The question book concept is not new. Gregory Stock’s The Book of Questions was published in 1987and is still ranked in the top 8,300 titles on Amazon – a pretty significant achievement. Event knowing that, I’ve been amazed at the immensely positive reception the book has received from all the various people I’ve shown it to. To a woman, all are intrigued and inspired by the questions – and the possibilities they create for conversations with both partners and other women.
The goal is to reach a whole bunch more of them. Implementing my own book marketing plan is the next step.
We welcome and encourage your thoughtful, courteous comments below.
In honor of our 1-year anniversary (May 2, 2012), we’re hosting the Author Blog Challenge! It started June 2 and is open to published authors, authors-in-progress, and would-be authors. Come check us out!