A letter to my book

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Once Upon a Wish Book / Wish. Write. Inspire. / A letter to my book

Dear “Once Upon A Wish: True Stories of Make-A-Wish Children,”

I can’t believe it’s been a year since you made your appearance on the shelves of Barnes & Noble. I dreamt up the idea of you nearly eight years ago, …

Filed Under: Wish. Write. Inspire. by rachellesparks March 5, 2014, 11:03 pm

Dear “Once Upon A Wish: True Stories of Make-A-Wish Children,”

I can’t believe it’s been a year since you made your appearance on the shelves of Barnes & Noble. I dreamt up the idea of you nearly eight years ago, and you were a seven year labor of love. I cried over you, I spilled tea on your drafts, I wrote you into corners that took ridiculous amounts of creativity to write you out of. I thought about you day and night, obsessed over how you were doing, dreamed of the day you would come to life.

You were my dream and you came true. You hold the dreams of the families written about in your 300 pages. You saw me cry as I wrote your words. You watched me struggle to perfect every thought, every sentence, every emotion. I carried notebooks of your drafts to coffee shops and spilled more tea on your pages. I carried your early versions in my laptop on airplanes around the country.

I thought about you often for seven years. I wondered about and worried if your drafts would ever become published pages. I wondered if you would become my shattered dream. We were rejected. The idea of you was not appealing to endless agents and publishers. But one agent finally believed in you, and one publisher, too. That’s all you needed.

I fell asleep while writing you. You exhausted my thoughts constantly as I obsessed about getting you just right. I read you over and over to anyone who would listen. I printed your pages and marked them with red ink hundreds, probably thousands, of times. Now I leave you alone because you are complete. Now you sit on shelves, in warehouses, online, waiting to be bought. You are a beautiful book, and I am proud to call you my own. Happy one-year birthday.

Sincerely,

Your Author, Rachelle

 

Reader Comments

Barbara Anne Waite says March 5, 2014,11:14 pm

It is a story that needs to be told. Good to know you are made of strong stuff and hung in there. It is very well done and I can see the tears you shed were worth it. Blessings on the next project.

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