More "Success as a Mediator for Dummies"-Part III
As I wrote in Part I of this series, you can find an agent to submit a for Dummies book proposal from scratch. What I didn’t know at the time is that you can also directly propose a for Dummies title and yourself as the author by clicking here.
Any topic whatsoever is up for grabs so long as it’s not already the subject of a for Dummies title.
In my case, for Dummies had already tentatively decided to launch a for Dummies mediation title when they contacted me and a dozen other possible authors for the book.
Not one to ever count my chickens before they hatch (Counting Chickens for Dummies?) I didn’t believe I’d be writing this for Dummies title even after I’d been put in contact with an expert Dummies writer (the brilliant Joe Kraynak) and we’d together written a sample chapter and the table of contents – the TOC to which the oars in my hands would be tied – pulling the ship of the book along – for the next nine months.
My agent, the dogged Susan Lee Cohen, was still negotiating the terms of the book deal after Joe and I had delivered the incredibly detailed TOC and first sample chapter to Wiley.
And though for Dummies had approached me, the title – with Joe and me as authors – still had to be sold to “editorial.”
Before the Editorial Board
I’m pretty well assuming that the book will be given the green light, but absent a contract and approval from the Editorial Board, I’m assured by nothing. After all, the only book proposal I’d ever submitted – for the Grownups’ ABCs of Conflict Resolution – had been to a friend of a friend who had a very small ADR publishing company. And by the time I’d completed that book – the publisher was out of business!
My editor at Wiley needed something more than the market research already conducted by the Dummies people before I and my colleagues were contacted about possibly writing it. Still, the TOC will never be identical to the original idea for the book. So he needed to know if our vision was still the same.