Unless you live under a large rock, you have most likely realized that I have a mild obsession with writing. Ever since I was able to form letters into words I've been fascinated with composing stories, articles, and unrequested love letters. As an elementary school student, I won several writing competitions and was vice principal for a day because of a "Say No to Drugs" essay I wrote at the age of 12. In 4th grade I won a small tree because of my essay explaining how well I would care for it. The tree ultimately died 3 months later, but my writing was superb.
All of my teachers believed I would someday become a professional writer, but until now blogging has satisfied my itch (and the 20 completely filled journals in my basement). However, I now find myself wanting something more; I want to write a book. No, I don't want to compose the Great American Novel, nor do I need to be as famous as James Patterson. I'd probably settle for a well-written article in Playboy. Most people subscribe for the articles, you know.
This weekend I checked out several books on getting published and have busied myself with reading them while Brad is in Vegas. Today I got all kinds of excited reading about the "how to's" of getting published. But as I read further, I began to get discouraged. The book I'm writing is a sassy, snarky memoir/non-fictional book about wedding planning. A "Bitches Guide" to planning a wedding, if you will. Based loosely (meaning completely) on my wedding experience a year ago, it's funny, kind of dirty and I'd buy it if I saw it on the shelf. Unfortunately, most of these "expert" books explain that in order to get non-fiction published, you must first be an expert in your field (i.e. a published author with credentials coming out your nether regions in spades). I do not fit this mold. To my knowledge, I have only been published once. My story "Anyway" was published in the Kansas Young Authors annual book in 1989. The story was approximately 150 words long. Not exactly a qualified credential.
So, do I send out some query letters and book proposals anyway just to see what happens? I believe I will. The worst that can happen is a rejection letter, right? And besides, if "Everybody Poops" can get published, I'm pretty certain my little book deserves a chance. I wonder what kind of credentials that author had....