After the initial interest came something I wasn’t really expecting, but I was actually pleasantly surprised about when it happened. Essentially, the next steps involved going backwards and forwards with the publishers as they pushed and probed to test the validity of what I was saying. It was clear that they wanted to identify a couple of main things; firstly, they wanted to double check that I was the real deal and really knew what I was talking about. Secondly, they wanted to probe and delve more into my CV writing methodology, and find out just why my method works over and above the methods of other companies, and those presented in other CV books.
As someone who has a lot of experience improving the CVs written by other professional companies I found this a very straightforward task. It essentially involved identifying weaknesses of CVs written by other professional companies, and logically and rationally explaining ways to dramatically improve them.
I think this was the main turning point, because at this stage I think that the penny dropped for the publishers that they had something on their hands which not only looked like it was more useful than typical CV books, but it was written by someone who had vast genuine hands-on experience, who clearly understood CVs, and who had given the subject of CV writing a great deal more thought than typical authors. If that wasn’t enough, the initial samples demonstrated that it was written in a way that suggested that the book had the potential to entertain rather than bore readers. Again, this wasn’t insignificant given the writing style of other books in the genre.