OVERVIEW OF FIFTH CHILD

We can fool ourselves into thinking that we have our lives well planned out. It was that way for me, being a product of the 1950/60’s: I’d go to college, meet my prince, get married, have children and live happily ever after. As much as I thought I knew what to expect, my life was riddled with surprises. But the last was the most unexpected, compelling me to write Fifth Child, a non-fiction book about the anguish and consequences of a drug-addicted child, which resulted in parenting her child almost since birth.

My husband and I are cast into a shockingly large demographic. Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing phenomenon in our country because of our shifting economy, unmarried teen mothers, alcohol abuse and illegal drug use. Close to 10 million grandparents comprise the club. We had already raised four children. Jaime was our third child, and Brady is her son, who began calling us Mommy and Daddy when he was three. Readers may be amazed to find calamity overcoming a so seemingly traditional family. But as events and family history unfold, disturbing pitfalls and unfortunate genetic vulnerability reveal fault lines that can sabotage people from any walk of life.

"The Addict's Mom Sharing Without Shame" Video is so important whether addiction has touched your life or not. It's powerful. Please click on the link below to watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHNZbbePiKg

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

While most agents just want a Query letter, some ask for a Synopsis or Overview, some ask for your first 3 Chapters and some ask for your Proposal. Before you send out your Query letter, have your Proposal completed and a your first 3 Chapters in excellent form. "Good enough" won't cut it. Remember, it's all they see of you and your work is one of hundreds submitted. Google Query Letters to Agents and Book Proposals and you'll get a good idea of what's required. Again, some agents want you to fill in their own form so a lot of this goes out the window. Being prepared is important, especially if an agent is interested.

I had the interest of an agent who liked my Query, but my chapters weren't as good as they could be and lost that agent. Please learn from my mistake.

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