“It’s almost ready!”
“What’s almost ready?”
“Why, the book, of course!”
“Bernie and Me-A Paris Love Story!”
After ten years of traveling to Paris and one LONG year of writing, editing, fretting, struggling in a steel brace for ten weeks with a broken patella, and getting my life back, our book is almost ready! Bernie has taken the manuscript of 160 pages, almost 60,000 words, and during the next few months will add select photos from Paris. The editing has been arduous based partly on readers’ input and partly on a professional editor from Vermont who made tremendously helpful suggestions. Editing never ends, and if I ever truly see this book in print, I’m quite sure I will wish I had edited out a word or added a comma or just totally struck a paragraph. Maddening!
“Bernie and Me” is for first-time travelers to Paris or for seasoned travelers who’ve already fallen in love with the City of Light. It’s a primer, an unsophisticated travel guide but without all the particulars. It’s more heart and soul than it is addresses, metro stops and hours of operation. It’s our story of growing our relationship and the changes that being in Paris can have on your life. We have discovered our best selves there!
Writing is the easy step, and now comes the hard part: finding an agent/publisher. It begins with a squirrely little device called a query letter which is akin to hitting a grand slam homerun on your first time at bat. It is a perferctly crafted one-page letter designed to so enthrall an agent that they are hooked and left crying for more. It’s truly a needle in a haystack and why Stephen King often says that he has a wall plastered in rejection letters. I’m sure I will soon understand.
It takes courage to write and even more courage to submit your writing for consideration. The whole darn world, it seems, is writing a book and Paris is a well-worn topic. Finding a unique story line is the key. I can only hope I have one since not everybody dates a Parisian!
If you’d like to be a reader for me, just leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a chapter or two. In just a few weeks, the most updated Table of Contents and first chapter will be on this web site under “Bernie and Me” in the menu. Check it out.
Watch for “Bernie and Me-A Paris Love Story”…coming soon…we hope.