Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I have 3 Chapters written for my new book and started on the 4th but still need to get them to my Daughter Nellie (we will be sharing on Google documents) for her to use her writing skills to re write them for me. I went through my books and found one of my favorites written by Robert Leeds (books about Dogs) and after doing a lot of research I was able to find a phone number.... sooo I thought I would try and call it and I got very Lucky....He answered.
After 33 minutes I was able to gather quite a bit of information and help (I call him another one of my Angels on Earth)
I visited his Pet Motel in Lincolnshire,IL in 1992 and he took me on a tour and then he gave me 2 autographed copies of the books he had written at that time. He has written more since then which I will be buying soon.
That same day I gave him an autographed copy of the cook book my DD and I had published that year. Well...he did remember me even though he is in his late 70's now and having problems with his short term memory.
We discussed my new story and he gave me some good info on where to go and find a publisher. We also discussed my cook book and I told him I was planning on doing a second edition..That is when he got excited and told me that Cook Books (recipes) were the number 1 sellers. He said I should just go ahead and finish the second edition and then I would be a successful publisher.
He told me who to contact and also told me I may have to do it many times to get a publisher to publish it.
Well since I am not a patient person I have decided to do the second edition myself and then try and find an agent. As you can see in the photo on here I do have quite a few ready to finish so I might as well just finish them with a few tweaks here and there.
So today (and probably for the rest of the week) I will be mailing out letters to some more celebrities. I am positive I will obtain enough to get my second edition finished.
I have a new goal and some of you may think I am crazy but the new goal is to move back up to N IL where my family and friends are.
I still have NO friends to speak of here and there are issues with this house....Wet basement and causing mold that even comes up in our kitchen cabinets. I also have a lot of Dust coming in from somewhere and I know it is sucking it from outside and through every crack in the house and furnace vents. I have the BEST LL there ever was but I really need to be closer to friends and family. If ANYTHING ever happened to Billy .. I would not have to help with all the things he does (which is way more than most DH do on a daily basis ) I would not have help from anyone.
I do not wish to live next door to any of my kids but 30 min to an hour would make me feel better than 4+ hours away.
With that being said I have set my goals for moving this July and I will have to be able to raise the funds once again for a U Haul and other expenses and the sales from the cook book will help. I do have tons of ways to promote it.
I will also be going through the MANY bins of my hand made items and will be listing them for cost or less and that will help with more income plus lighten the load.
So now that I have told you all about my goals please leave a comment with any other ideas you may know of and maybe just some encouragement.
Thank you to all of you that have read this very long post :)


Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Well congratulations kiddo...guess I missed something way back about you writing a book....guess I need to do some digging.

Loretta said...

I hope you all the success! Your things to do, although challenging, can be done if determined. I'm so proud of the fact that you are doing so well...great Job! I wish you all the best and will be visiting to see how you are doing!
You are awesome! Hugs

annie said...

Well my goodness, you have been busy. I have nothing of help to offer, I have no experience with any of it! But I am in your corner cheering you on! I hope all your dreams come true!

Angie Berry said...

That's awesome Nancy! You have a detailed plan and that's more than most people so I'm sure you will do help. Just stick with it even if it gets hard. I wish you much success with it!

OldeAnniePrimitives said...

Hi Nancy...sounds like a VERY busy year ahead for you! Hope this move goes well. Who knows, if you're closer to Chicago, I may actually get to visit you next time I'm out there visiting family! Good luck with your book(s). ~~Annie

Denise said...

You go girl and follow that dream....

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Good for you! I love seeing someone follow their heart!


prims by olde lady morgan said...

Nancy, How exciting, love hear about your progress! OLM

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Nancy, you should be so proud of yourself. I KNOW you will DO IT!!!!!!
I also want to let you know that I just found your blog and I joined it and I want to invite you to my blog and join and make a comment because I am having a giveaway, there will be 2 lucky winner's and then in each giveaway there will be some extra goodies in each box, some things that you can keep out all year! Also it is in the honor of my Grandma who is in heaven, I will pick the 2 lucky names on her Birthday, Jan. 17th!!!
I put your blog under my favorites!
I love your blog and I have been thinking about writing a book but you are doing it, YOU GO GIRL!!
You ROCK!!!!!!!
Tricia XO

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Morning Nancy... Good Luck with the two books you are writting.. I wish you all the success in the world..
I know what it's like to live so far from family & friends so I pray you can reach your goal and find your way back home so to speak...


ByLightOfMoon said...

Wow, I love the new look of your blog Nancy, but it may just be new to me. I haven't wandered on the computer like I used too but I do mean to spend more time with friends like you.

I love the cookbook idea and I agree, Go for it!

Good things will happen! I hate your mold problem, seems you have a problem in AL also with soot. We are still trying to get the hot water heater to be repaired at this rental house, 6 months now of rotten eggs smell, the owner has no idea how bad it is. We will have to call the realty company again.

I'll be keeping in touch! Facebook is a good friend to both of us and Dani too.

Smiles, Cyndi