When the Stars Don’t Align, Even with a Good Idea!

Blogged under writing by Tammy on Saturday 12 November 2011 at 5:21 pm

A few summers ago, I pulled out my sewing machine and reawakened my love of stitching. I also started to become a lot more active with crafting for charity, and as a result, I ended up creating a book proposal that sort of married the two ideas together. Actually, it was not just sewing as part of the book, but that was an element of it.

After working up the proposal, I sent it to an editor, and the reaction was kind of luke warm. She asked me to rework the proposal and send her three sample projects from it, which I did. Then she told me she would “get back to me,” which she didn’t. I tried contacting her a number of times and eventually just gave up because, well, who would want to work on a book with someone like that as your editor? Not me!

So I shelved the proposal, and I never sent it to another publisher. Today, as I was surfing around the net, I learned of a new charity crafting book coming out, and actually, this is just one of a number of them that I have seen lately. It kind of bakes my noodle for a few different reasons. First of all, the editor was very unprofessional and really wasted my time. Secondly, I allowed her to waste my time! And thirdly, I should have listened to my inner voice that knew I had a good idea, and I should have sent that darn proposal off to another publisher, but I didn’t.

School is working me over big time right now, so between that and other freelance obligations, I could not write a book right now even if I wanted to. Sending it to another publisher tomorrow is not really something I can do, at least not for a few more months. Even then, I will probably need to revisit it since it is two years old. Obviously, the idea is good, but now it may be too late since there are already so many books out related to the topic. ARgh!


  1. Comment by Margot — November 14, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    I hate when that happens. I proposed a title to a publisher several years ago that I thought was really smart. They soundly rejected it and asked me to do a bland and safe book, which I did. Surprisingly the safe book did not sell well, go figure. I was really peeved when I saw they’d taken a very similar concept to mine and published it the following year and it did really well.

    Sigh. We just keep moving forward! The good news is that you have an endless stream of great ideas!


  2. Comment by Tammy — November 14, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    That is exactly right. We have the ideas!

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