I’ve been devouring a particular book lately: My Life in France, by Julia Child. I love reading about her early years of marriage, including the struggles they endure while living abroad.
What I really love is that, in spite of everything, Julia has this awesome attitude that shines through the book. Life is like a great adventure for her.
She works on a cookbook for TEN years, testing recipes 10-15 times each, only to get rejected by two publishers who’d previously promised to publish it.
Her timing on the book wasn’t right–in other words, her topic wasn’t “hot” (read my post on hot topics over here: http://juliecave.nlpgblogs.com/2012/03/26/who-cares-whats-hot/. She wanted to teach the art of French cooking to working moms who were enjoying the speed of Jello and TV meals.
Finally, they found a publisher who recognized the detailed research that had gone into the book, as well as the culinary standard it set. As Julia and her co-author were checking over their 700-page galley of their cookbook, they started discovering many mistakes. This was Julia’s chipper, yet sobering take-away for her author friend:
“I’m afraid that surprise, shock, and regret is the fate of authors when they finally see themselves on the page.”
****How about you? Are you writing a book that might not be “hot” right now? Have you written a book and freaked out when you saw the galley?****