Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I was a Door to Door Insurance Salesman

My first job out of college was with a large and well established insurance company. They specialized in supplemental insurance, but for many it was their only insurance. It was, and after a quick look at their web-site I believe still is, sold door to door.
That's right - I was a door to door insurance salesman. We were given a list of current clients and then let loose on a territory, to which we'd traveled. And then we went door to door on "cold" calls, explaining why this policy was a good idea. We worked in mid to lower economic situations, because they were often the folks who needed this type of insurance.
Sales is fun when you honestly believe what you have to offer is what someone needs or wants. I know folks were helped when they at some point had to use the insurance policy I sold them. But selling is not for the faint of heart.
Today I'll get a look at the proposal for my book Next Stop, Chancey. This is the proposal which will be sent out to several publishers by my agent. It will tell about me and include the first three chapters of my book. Wow.
Kinda feels like those days pulling into a long drive way and then walking up to the door after an entire morning of "No's". Scary - but the only way to get a "Yes" is to knock on the door.
Here's to knocking.


Jeff said...

I believe your proposal will interest publishers as I know how hard you've worked on your book. My prayers will be with you as your agent sends it out!

Melony Brown

Kay Dew Shostak said...

Thanks much, Melony. Means alot coming from someone who works as hard as you do. Your prayers are so appreciated!

Jodie said...

Woo Hoo, Kay!!!!!!! Cheering you on!

Cindy said...

Yay for knocking on doors! You deserve the best.

Kay Dew Shostak said...

Thanks Cindy and Jodie - with cheerleaders like you how can I loose!

wilmaswanson said...

Hi Kay....I'm now your newest follower...So glad you found me...and anxious to hear more about your book...You go girl!

Kay Dew Shostak said...

Hey, Thanks Wilma - I'm so glad we reconnected also! thanks for following!