I am ever-so-happy to say that my proposal is DONE. It is twenty-nine pages long and includes two chapter samples. If anyone is interested in reading what goes into a non-fiction book proposal, check out How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal.

Another place I’ve been spending a lot of time lately is Agent Query. And if you want a beautifully written blog that covers many, many aspects of being a professional writer, do not miss Ann Mini’s blog. If you, like me, find writing interesting, you will get caught here for hours. SO helpful!

The next step in my process includes sending various combinations of my query letter, sample chapters, and book proposal to agents. (Each has different preferences of what they want to receive first). Since I have been assured over and over that a scatter-shot approach is NOT best, I have been going cross-eyed at Agent Query and Publisher’s Marketplace this week searching for the agents most likely to be interested in my type of book.

I am really pleased to have gotten this far in less than three weeks. But here is where the process will slow down a LOT. First of all, many agents take 3 months to respond, from what I hear. And secondly, most agents reject 95-98% of what they receive. It is going to take some patience, time and good fortune to catch an agent’s eye. The golden rule, according to the wonderful Ann Mini, is to not give up till you have been rejected ONE HUNDRED times. Staggering, isn’t it?

Wish me luck. As always, I’ll keep you posted!


  1. WOW!!! I’m so PROUD of you!!!! Congrats!!!! That’s a HUGE accomplishment…..ESP. being a mom to EIGHT (including 2 toddlers!!!). YES, I’m impressed! Praise God! : )

  2. Congratulations! That’s amazing! And– even though I’ve never ever used this phrase before and it’s already so overused it’s cliche’– I just have to say, YOU GO, GIRL!! ; – )

  3. Good luck! And tell me honestly, how long has it taken me to notice that you changed your subtitle? Very cute–although I always loved the “van-parker extrodinaire”

  4. Congratulations Mary– I will be sending lots of prayers your way! What you have started is a huge undertaking and I know that God will guide each and every step as you follow His leading!

  5. Congrats Mary!!! What an amazing undertaking and completion (in three weeks!). Amazing!

    My parents used to read some of the chicken soup stories (I noticed when I read your 100 things that you have one in there -cool!) prior to publishing and give feedback but I remember them saying that those guys were rejected over 100 times before their idea was published…now how many millions of times.

  6. I bet you feel like you finished your last final. Of course everyone knows that an adoptive mother has patience and perseverance. Good luck. I can’t wait to hear about the book (unless I’ve missed that) and your success.

  7. i can’t wait to get my signed copy!

  8. I just know that your proposal will lead to an actual book! 🙂 You have a gift for writing, Mary!

  9. I am so excited to hear when you are published!

  10. Congratulations!