I have GRRRRRREAT news!
(please read that in your best Tony the Tiger voice).
Before I spill the beans, I do want to just take you on a quick journey back through this project. The entire goal with Dear Book Publisher was to live the ethos of the book I've spent a year and a half writing. Oh, that book is titled Do It Differently, in case you missed that memo.
I came up with the idea for Dear Book Publisher one evening at dinner with my wife and it felt like a great way to dip my toes into the world of traditional book publishing. A world I'd only ever heard about from friends who are authors, and of course following well-known authors who have movies made from their books and drive DeLoreans. Granted, I wasn't making any assumptions that my story would be movie-worthy, I simply wanted to stretch myself and not do the easy/comfortable thing with Do It Differently which would have been to self publish the book.
This Dear Book Publisher project was my public book proposal to any companies or people who were in this space and wanted to also think about doing things a bit differently. There were no guarantees this project would succeed, and truthfully, what does "success" really mean anyway??
Alright, alright, enough with the banter. I know you just want me to get to the good stuff. Well, after 31 days, multiple phone calls, a bunch of emails, and even some DMs on social media, I'm proud to announce that I've signed with a literary agent!
My (awesome) agent is Leila Campoli from Stonesong. I knew we'd be a good fit when in her first email she told me how much she loved the idea of Roy (the little alien character that accompanies my journey in the book). Leila and I traded a few emails back and forth and hopped on a few calls. She understood what I was trying to do with this project/book, and better yet, appreciated how weird I think and write.
So, where do things go from here?
Well, Do It Differently starts a whole new adventure. I'll be working with Leila to position Do It Differently as an enticing opportunity for the right book publishing company. As soon as I get the green light, I'll be sure to update you on any new announcements or party-emoji-worthy things.
I can't thank you enough if you shared the Dear Book Publisher project with a friend or on social media. Without you, the person reading this text right now, these crazy projects just disappear in the ether of the Internet. I'm extremely grateful for your attention and your support!
Now, the fun begins.
- Jason Zook
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