I sent an email to the agent, then submitted a bio and some writing samples. A week later, I received the good news. The publisher, Alpha Books, wanted me to write The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving. The bad news--a FIVE month deadline. ACK!!!! The book will include other losses besides bereavement.
I was (and am) so excited about this opportunity. I'm also stressed to get it done (WELL) in time.
Since then, I've been frantically researching, taking notes, jotting down ideas, interviewing people, trying to organize an outline, and write some chapters. I'm talking to some wonderful people whose stories bring me to tears. I hope I can do them justice and write a book that really helps people.