Remember Just to Love book proposal
It's more about the total number of donations than the goal, to convince a publisher I have a lot of readers willing to buy the book. So any amount, however small, is appreciated.
My story: Many of you know that my son, Dylan, died of brain cancer three years ago.
I kept a blog of his six-year struggle that drew thousands of readers, inspired by his story and his message to "remember just to love." I wrote 175,000 words.
Now, I am emotionally ready to tell his story. I have started converting those words into a memoir of Dylan's short life, and I need your help.
A successful campaign on here will help a publisher say "yes" to this book, because it indicates I have an audience willing to buy it and share it. So please, even if you can only give a little bit, it's more about the number of donors than the amount I raise.
I have an editor I'm working with who is certain the proposal will win me an advance, which will allow me to complete the work. However, even if I do not attract a publisher, I'll self-publish, and I'll need to pay her and others (Amazon publishing, cover art, reviews, blurbs, renting a place to write, web design, marketing, travel, etc.).
In addition to spreading Dylan's inspirational life and message to a wider audience, I'll be writing about what wasn't in the blog: the transformation of my relationships with my wife and sons; the growth I went through personally and psychologically; and the evolution of my views on the meaning of life, religion, medicine, healthcare, science and God.
If I exceed my crowdfunding goal, that will go toward promoting the book (which an author has to do with or without a publisher).
As I make progress on the proposal, I'll be posting updates here and on my Facebook profile. I'm using the book Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write as a guide. Proposals have 12 sections and I'll be working on at least one section per week.
People have told me how powerful a writer I am. This will be the most important thing I'll ever write. It will bring inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people.
Dylan's journey taught me life is precious, and we need to make the most of the time we have.
I appreciate your donating what you can.
I am so thankful!
A few links:
RJTL Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RememberJustToLove/
My personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ericjdavid/
Sample chapter (the day Dylan died): https://www.facebook.com/ericjdavid/posts/10154627675031754
The 175,000-word blog I kept about Dylan: http://dylan.ericdavid.info/
The proposal guide: https://www.amazon.com/Nonfiction-Proposals-Anybody-Revised-Updated/dp/039952827X
Remember just to love,
I finished reading through, and marking up, the blog I kept for the six years of Dylan's journey. What a rollercoaster weekend.
I also got back comments from my editor on the book proposal. It's much closer to the mark, but still not focused enough. I'll be going through her comments this week, and making the easier changes. It's not easy to write a proposal for a book that doesn't exist, so I may work on writing a complete chapter, before sending her back a revision. Having re-read the blog should also help me narrow down what kind of memoir I will write.
Also, I'm taking a memoir class at the Skirball Center in the new year, with a highly-recommended teacher, which will help me get through a first draft.
Thanks, as always, for your support!
Remember just to love,
As I await my editor's comments, I want to re-read the whole thing, in order. So I spent about five hours yesterday copy/pasting them into a Google Doc, chunk by chunk, reversing the order, so it would be chronological.
The total comes to 240 pages, 700+ posts and about 175,000 words over the six years of our journey.
Now to find a place to print it out inexpensively!
Stay tuned for an update soon when I get my editor's comments on the book proposal, and THANKS for your support!
My editor had a busy schedule earlier in the month, so she asked me to turn my latest draft of my book proposal in today, which gave me more time to work on it, and to include a link to my appearance, with Jana, on the KTLA news!!!
If you haven't seen it yet, click here to watch (5 min)
I made some great progress getting the proposal to more accurately depict the book I want to write. I know I have more work to do on chapter writing (I plan to take a memoir writing class next semester at UCLA extension to keep me accountable).
I thought I'd share the first paragraph, that poetically describes Dylan (my editor really loves it):
He shot across the night sky of our lives like a meteor, a falling star, losing parts of himself as he entered the atmosphere, lighting up our world, striving against the friction, wanting not simply to endure, but to prevail. He wanted to be a hero and, as he sailed through the constellations, thousands of us lauded him as one. When he landed, he left behind some gems, forged under the excruciating pressure of his strife, diamonds we who remain cling to for dear life. The most precious of these stones is Dylan’s message he begged me, his father, to share with the world: Remember Just to Love!
I feel the publisher shld see by u hitting goal even that people wld love to read it!! Ask for comments maybe as well?? Just a thought. I'm not able to donate today--and while I have good intentions of doin it on Tuesday, payday, I will forget. So I'm at least leaving this comment to wish u well and pray that u get to publish your book!!! The title says it all!!!!! Absolutely!!!!!.