Woohoo! That’s amazing progress, Mary.
Just keep the conversation going. It’s not about pushing them to hire you.
It’s about helping them dream up the possibilities that a book can make happen.
Help them see that you would be a great partner to help them get the book done.
Remember the gaps between what they want and where they are now:
They don’t have time
They don’t know how
They didn’t know they could hire an expert to help them.
SO proud of you!
Keep it up.