It pays to keep your ears open!

This morning after church, I was making myself a cup of hot chocolate, and somewhere nearby, I heard a conversation going.  At first I thought it was someone describing a movie they’d seen or a book they’d read, and I wasn’t paying a lot of attention.  But then I heard something that made my ears perk up.  I turned and looked at the young speaker.  There was a trio standing there:  the young speaker, his wife, and the young listener.  All appeared to be in their early 20’s.

As I perceived the conversation was winding down, I made eye contact with the speaker.  I went over to him and said, “I didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but were you saying you’ve written a book?”

He said, “Yeah.  But I’m not completely finished with it yet.  I need to get it edited and get a book cover designed for it.”

I told him I’m a freelance proofreader and editor and suggested he send me 10 pages (2500 words) which I could edit for free and give him an estimate on what it would cost.  Then I asked what type of book cover he had in mind.  He said he either wanted an illustration or a photograph.  I recommended he contact Jared Souza to talk about an illustration.  I said, “Everything you need is right here at church!”

I’ve read the 10 pages he sent me already, and they’re good!  I hope he hires me.  I’d like to read the rest of the story!

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