Sunday, February 19, 2006

Why I Write...

Last month I took a weekend writing workshop and was totally amazed by the talent
in our baker's dozen group. I knew I needed to "put myself where I want to be" and
that is exactly what happened.

Many months ago, I submitted a query letter to a few book agents and two
invited me to submit a book proposal. I had read and followed advice that it is best to
write a proposal and sell one's book before completing it--that way you get "paid"
during the writing process and remain necessarily flexible about publishing input.

My "book" is about happiness--are you or aren't you, and what if you are but don't know it because you're using the wrong standards?! It's kind of a serious book, including research about who is really happy and why. It's also about myself, my clients, shared hopes, and what matters most. Anyway,

Long story short, I am still trying to polish up the book proposal to my agent's
satisfaction. In the meantime, I am not sure that the actual form of the book will be what
I would have written if let to my own devices. S0---I decided to write a second book--
from start to finish--before I compromised too much on my first book.

Today I have just about finished book # 2, tentatively titled, "Good Work! Straight Up
Advice on Finding a Career and Building a Life". Since my background includes
helping people start businesses and choose careers, it will be interesting to see how I do
in selling myself. I will start this process in a matter of days.....

Am I explaining why I write? It's pretty simple: It matters.

Best wishes...


  1. Hi, KJ! Welcome to blogging :) I started to keep up with our Big Yellow pals. I hear I'll be seeing you on Monday nights this spring--I'm thrilled! I'm looking forward to hearing more of your writing.

    btw, either click on my name or go to

  2. YAY! Welcome to the wonderful world of Blogging!! Nice to see you here!!

    I am envious of your Monday Nights, I'll be honest, but somehow, in a tiny way, I will be there- because you two will be!

    Have some tea for me, ladies!!



  3. I wish you luck on your book project.