Last week I sent my book off to a professional editor to have a constructive critique. I paid extra for a quick turnaround and it will be back by next Monday (hopefully sooner!) so I will fill you in on what he has said in my update next week.
Looks like this was a good move, because one of the agencies I sent my first three chapters to have requested I send them the full manuscript. I’ve been pretty chuffed – it came at the perfect time and was a very welcome boost that I’d been in need of. I’m crossing fingers now that I don’t have to rewrite the whole thing once it’s back from the editor!
In last week’s post I shared the synopsis of my self-help book, which is essentially a condensed version of the full intro page (as below). I had some great feedback on it, and some of you asked for more details, so here it is:
Intro: Why Should You Read This Book?
There are tons of self-help books out there telling you how to think, what to wear and how to behave. Loads of people are desperate to give you their views on any subject matter you require some guidance on. What’s so special about me? I’m just a regular mum. I don’t even have fancy qualifications or a rags to riches story I’m afraid. So why should you bother reading this book?
After having a dysfunctional childhood, and self-destructive young adulthood, I broke away from my past and created a much brighter future. Rather than just talk about my children never having to experience what I went through myself (like my parents did) I worked damn hard to change my destiny and ensure it was the case. Throughout this book I will share stories from my life and insights on how I overcame the many obstacles I have faced over the years.
I’ll tell you how I broke the cycle of dysfunction, and hopefully it will inspire you to go off and do the same. Getting passed my past wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t impossible. I promise not to delve into matters of which I have no personal experience, and I won’t pretend to have all the answers. I might just have the ones you are looking for though.
If you can identify with this list of demons I had to conquer then this book is for you!
– raised by parents who’d had dysfunctional childhoods and subsequently had one myself
– grew up on the poverty line
– moved house numerous times
– went to many schools and suffered bullying in several
– suffered sexual abuse as a child
– always felt like I was different from my family and wanted more out of life
– left home at 15
– struggled with depression
– got into a lot of debt
– had very little self-respect
– used to sleep around
– used to abuse drugs and alcohol
– used to put myself into dangerous situations
– was taken advantage of by older men
What do I hope you will achieve by reading this book?
– the ability to make peace with your past
– the ability to look in the mirror and like what you see
– for you to find your inner strength and start respecting yourself
– the courage to re-define the rules of a relationship that has become toxic
– the courage to cut ties with people who make you miserable
– the courage to BREAK THE CYCLE and keep it broken
Stay tuned folks…