Now that the kids are back in school I have more free time and, more importantly, fewer distractions and I have been working on my book proposal. Not one to go off half-cocked my ‘working’ so far has consisted of researching the elements of a good proposal. I’m reading a book called “Bulletproof Book Proposals” which purports to both provide clear instructions on how to write a book proposal and to provide ‘insider secrets’ that will make your proposal a shoo-in! The exercises require you to focus in on the mainnidea of the book, write ‘hooks’ and come up with catchy titles, and to think through things like who makes up the audience and why anyone would want to buy your book. I like the concrete approach.
Originally I thought to just tell our story within the context of the Great Recession – sort of a focused snapshot of the difficulties millions of families have experienced. Now I’m not certain whether that is worthy of a book – perhaps a blog is the best venue. Or maybe our story needs just to be a smaller part of a more extensive discussion of the larger topic – the damages that the Great Recession has wrought on many members of the middle class and what I believe will be lingering costs to a way of life taken for granted by many of us. Ideas to mull over.
One thing I do know – if this story were fiction it would be easier for me to write! Of course if this were fiction the dangers would loom larger and more menacing – fending off robbers instead of fighting ant infestations, dealing with earthquakes or fires instead of the hassles of having to change RV parks! And the heroism wouldn’t consist of keeping the kids fed, clothed and in school and involved in extracurricular activities, tirelessly sending out resumes or putting together a week’s menu with grocery items purchased at the .99 cents store! And there would be an END to the story – a grand finale in which we are reunited as a family, regain our status in society and win back the respect of friends and neighbors, where life at least returns to ‘normal’ (although the kids prefer the ‘we win the lottery and live happily ever after’ ending)! In a non-fiction book, as in life, the ending stymies me.