You won’t believe this. I got an email from my contact at the big non-fiction publishing house. She said that they liked the book proposal, and it has got the go-ahead to go onto the next stage. But, she added, there were some things they didn’t like. They didn’t like the title. And they thought the contents were off-target: too self-helpish and not businessy enough.
In other words, they liked everything except the title and the contents page – but the only things I sent were the title and the contents page! It’s like telling a songwriter: “I love your songs, except the words and the music.”
Still, I am taking this as good news and wrote back an ingratiating letter immediately, telling the publisher that I also felt the title was all wrong and I was in the midst of re-doing the contents page.