Insecure Writers Want to Know
Envying authors? [Is anyone reading this?]
Unfortunately, I do envy the authors I enjoy reading. [Sorry, God!] However, I can’t pinpoint a single line or plot twist, per se. I envy the authors’ successes. They found their niche, their sweet spot. They have the ability to finish their books, become published, and market their books well. Bravo!
All while I play around with my college memoir and struggle to create essays on the themes from the memoir. All while I fuss with creating more short stories for my middle grade series.
Still…I need to remember that each person, each writer, creates and moves forward in his or her writing life differently. Just as no two stories are the same, no two writers are the same. We all have different lives. Different obligations. Different abilities. I need to be satisfied with the blessings God has granted me.
This doesn’t mean we stop learning or reaching for that next completed work of art. We always strive to become better at our craft. To move forward in our writing lives.
To that end, I’m finalizing my cover letter to Zibby Books Press for the memoir, using my logline and book jacket copy. A logline gives the gist of your book in a sentence. It tells something about the main character, the conflict, and the stakes. So, the WHO, the WHAT, and the WHY of your story.
Logline: A South Jersey mom of five begins an arduous journey through college to help herself and her special-needs daughter achieve the dream of college.
Book Jacket Copy: At 40, Victoria Marie Lees finally begins her dream of attending college. Instead of being thrilled, she’s terrified. Terrified she’d fail, just as her father had predicted all those years ago. But she can’t. Not in front of her five children. What sparks Victoria’s journey at this time is someone trying to take the dream of college away from her special-needs daughter for the same reason.
What follows is a roller coaster ride for Victoria and her family. She begins at a community college and earns scholarship to the Ivy League. Victoria’s journey reveals that time, plus effort counts. Perseverance matters and can make success happen, even for those who learn differently.
Determination: Mother of Five Conquers College is for parents and those who struggled in school for sure. But it’s also for anyone who’s trapped in a fear of failure, stuck in a belief that she’s not smart enough to succeed. This memoir shows it’s never too late to go after that dream, whatever it may be. And succeed.
I’m explaining why Zibby Books are a good fit for this story. Zibby publishes the struggles of women, whether in memoir or fiction.
I’ll be sending the cover letter and manuscript out soon. [Are you listening, God?]
Then I can return to creating essays with themes from my memoir. A few ideas are:
College as a rite of passage, even for the non-traditional, older student.
Raising a child with a learning disability.
Parents as first teachers of their children.
And five steps to parenting kids while you are attending college.
Please feel free to offer any comment on my cover letter or the essay topics I plan to write. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Now I’m off to see how you’ve tackled this month’s question. I am extremely thankful for all of you for being my sounding board and advisors on this scary writing and publishing journey.
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This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I’d like to thank our co-hosts for March: Diedre Knight, Tonya Drecker, Bish Denham, Olga Godim, and JQ Rose! Please visit them if you can.
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