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Images of America: Woodlake, Step One

 

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There I was, minding my own WordPress and Blogger blogs, trying to Twitter, connecting to LinkedIn, finding friends on Facebook, and deleting hundreds of emails that I signed up to get.  Everyone had an offer for me to make me better at all those things.  It was offer overload.  I’m not sure why I didn’t delete Ginny’s Wednesday, May 28, 2014 email asking me if I wanted to write a book about Woodlake.

My name is Ginny and I am the California acquisitions editor for Arcadia Publishing. We publish local or regional pictorial history books as part of our Images of America series. I’m interested in starting a similar project about Woodlake and came across your blog while researching potential authors. You’ve got a great style and voice and your experience and knowledge of the area would make you an excellent candidate to author the book. Is this something you might be interested in?

I fell for it almost as hard as I did for my first my spammer compliment on WP.  She sent some attachments about the company, so I wrote her back.

Hi Ginny,
That would be so fun!  Let me look this over, and I’d love to talk to you!
And my friends say I’m shallow!!! hahaha
She called me the next day, and I remember talking to her for quite a while.  She gave me a six-day deadline to complete a 10 page proposal including a book outline with 10-20 sample pictures and captions.   Only she forgot to send me the proposal form!  On Monday she wrote,

Hi Marsha!

I just realized I had not gotten the proposal to you last week as promised! It is attached to this email. The most important sections are the Author Information, Book Information, and Schedule – everything else can come later (including sample images/captions). Please let me know if you have any questions! I look forward to speaking to you soon!

The due date was still Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Among other things the proposal application asked about my background, community involvement, businesses that might carry the book, and dates that might affect the release of the book.
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Woah!  Intensive!  I guessed a lot! So I sent her one picture I had scanned from a neighbor, and wrote a caption for it. (This wasn’t it, but it’s awesome, don’t you think?) I wrote a 200 word summary of what I thought I might write, and spent the rest of the day completing the form.  Looking back over the proposal as I write this, I see I missed a question.
Business name Contact person and affiliation to business (if known) Address/City/State/Zip

Phone ###.###.###

Local insight and personal connection
Joe’s Drugs

(pharmacy)

Joe Smith, owner

 

321 S. Main Street

Anytown, DC 98765

(123) 456-7890

Town pharmacy that carries local themed products. Owner Joe is my brother-in-law.

I made my June 4th deadline.  On June 12, 2014 I received this reply along with  450 more words and two attachments of instructions.

Hi Marsha,

I hope you are doing well! I am pleased to inform you that your proposal,Woodlake, has been approved. I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with you in adding Woodlake to our Images of America series!

I had my first opportunity to publish history, starting with 4 scanned pictures out of over 200 necessary.

I hope I won’t bore you, but I want to spend a few posts outlining the steps I took from start to finish to write this book so I don’t forget it.  I sent my final draft in with all the pictures on Monday.  I need something else to do!  hehehe!!!  Along the way, I hope it will help some of you in your writing journey.

Thanks for all your support and encouragement along the journey. NOW, I write histories!  🙂

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  1. I think I would have been totally daunted by the very first requirement. You’ve done so well. Congratulations on finishing this mammoth project. I’ll be looking forward to reading future instalments. As for needing something else to do, you can start planning your trip to Australia now! Start researching!

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    • No kidding! There was enough bulk in the email, that hers stood out. She obviously knew something about me and wanted something specific that I was in a unique position to provide. That is why I think they are so successful. They find local people, and those folks spur the selling of the book. Communities get involved in the process.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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