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I had to get about as far as our patio was to these cars to get from our building to the coffee shop across the street.
I was quite a sight trying to push my walker while carrying the pretty pink umbrella Debbie had loaned me, in the pounding deluge, with only one arm that was truly strong enough to do either job well. I repeatedly tried switching arms back and forth to see what combination worked most effectively.
Great news. She [the editor, not my walker] loved my writing.
Bad news, I don't have a big enough "platform" or general name recognition yet (outside of infertility and loss circles) that her publishing house is ready to invest in me.
In 100 years of history, there were 40,000 books published in the English language.
In the NEXT 10 years, as personal computing took hold of our culture, there were 40,000 books published in the English language.
Every single year since then, with the mainline useage of self publication methods, there have been between 1 to 2 MILLION books published in the English language EACH YEAR.
When Hannah's Hope first went to press, 11 years ago, you wrote a book and that became your platform, your credit to start doing public speaking on the topic in which you had already proven your expertise.
Now, you must build a large platform in order for a traditional publisher to even seriously consider looking at your work, no matter how much merit your story holds. Looks like I have a lot of work to do!