Last year as I started to think about what would happen to this site after the wedding, I listened to my friends and family members and their many suggestions for the future of PlanetGordon.com. The number one suggestion, of course, was that I write a book.
But what book? What would it be?
I did a little homework and eventually got in touch with a fantastic agent at ICM. With her help and patience, I was able to put together a proposal for a groom's guide to getting married. For those of you who were recently married or who are currently engaged, you'll know that the resources available to grooms are insulting at best. Much like this website, my proposal spoke of grooms who want to get involved, who have opinions and who recognize that a wedding is supposed to be a celebration of two people's love, not just the realized fantasy of a bride and her mother.
Cut to only a few weeks ago. My agent emailed me telling me to call her ASAP. On the phone, she gave me the good news: a division of HarperCollins bought the proposal. So, come this winter, you'll be able to find my words, advice and opinions on a bookshelf near you. PlanetGordon has begotten a book.
What does this mean? For starters, it means that words printed on paper will be bound into an easy-to-carry volume suitable for reading or displaying on a shelf, but that's not important right now.
What it really means is that I have my work cut out for me. The manuscript is due June 15th and while some material will be culled from this site, much more has to be written from scratch and organized into a form that makes sense on paper. My proposal included a full outline, chapter summary and sample chapter, but there's still a lot to be done. I want to give this my all and will have to devote a considerable amount of time over the next six weeks to getting it right.
It also means that I'll be asking for your help from time to time. I'd like to include real-life stories from grooms about their experience with everything from addressing invitations and picking a band to dealing with sensitive and opinionated in-laws and relatives.
Additionally, I'll be able to give this site a new focus as there will be plenty of details I'll want to share. There will be book jacket designs, sections that need to be edited, publicity ideas and much more information that I'll share with you as it comes up. (I met with my editor and brainstormed titles. We may have settled on one, but I'm reluctant to reveal it now until I have an official word from the publisher.)
Thank you for all that you have done to make this possible. PlanetGordon.com became bigger than I ever expected thanks to your readership. I will be hunkered down in the library tapping away on my laptop for the next six weeks because your support proved that there was an audience for this kind of material.
Let the writing begin.Posted by Doug at April 26, 2005 01:24 PM