After four years of writing this blog on widowhood and other sometimes crazy events I have experienced as a single woman, a friend who is dating a widower suggested we put our heads and writing chops together and co-author a book on dating after widowhood.
Almost two years ago, we began planning for the book and commenced to write — me from my house in the Midwest while recuperating from a cancer diagnosis and her from her house in Washington, D.C. We have a 9 am conference call each Thursday and catch up on what we’ve done to move the book along. We also find out what else is going on in our lives. It has been therapeutic for me during my recuperation, and now that I am feeling better, I still enjoy it.
The book is nearly done and we are now pitching it to agents. This is no small feat as each agent has a varying set of requirements for the pitches. My friend recently attended an afternoon class on how to get your book published. It was full of useful information. We learned what we have done right and what we are doing wrong.
Ultimately, we learned we have to do more work, especially with our involvement in social media. We set up Twitter and Facebook accounts for the book named “Death Did Us Part.” We recently hired someone to help us design a web site. With those three pieces in place, we hope to go back to a couple agents who expressed interest in the book but were disappointed with our “platform.”
A platform is imperative to get an agent interested in a nonfiction book, we learned. We were taken aback as we thought it was the agent’s job to sell the book, but our personalized social media plays a large role. So check out our twitter page: https://twitter.com/DeathDidUsPart1 and our facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BenedettiDempsey. And wish us luck.