Monday, October 24, 2011

Sorry I haven't posted... but I finished my memoir!

Sorry this blog is being neglected... again.

But I am happy to report that I have finished the third draft of my memoir and compiled a list of agents to query for representation. These next few days I hope to complete my book proposal and then, God willing, I plan to begin the process of finding an agent to help sell my book.

Here's a little blurb about my memoir:

The day I was told my daughter had Down syndrome, I was alone, holding my baby’s heel in the former Soviet Union. My book entitled KRASATA (beauty in Russian), A Memoir of Motherhood, Down syndrome and Unexpected Beauty, starts with a mother whose faith nearly bottoms out by the birth of her daughter with special needs. With humor, poignancy, and honesty, spanning two continents, the story ends with the unexpected beauty of an unwanted child who points out the benefit of brokenness and helps position her mother’s heart closer to God.

Oh, and I need a favor. Not only do agents want proof that you can actually write, but fore non-fiction, they want proof that people will buy your book. If you haven't done so already, please click over to my author page on facebook and "like" me. I have a goal to get to 1,000 likes. I am currently at 885. Also, subscribe here on Pocket Lint, or through network blogs on facebook. I promise I won't bug you too much with new content, even though I probably should.

I have been working on this book project for three years. Now that I am close to actually showing it to people, I'm a little freaked out.  Edna St. Vincent Millay said that a person who publishes a book appears willfully in the public eye with his pants down. I get that. There are parts of my story about having Polly that aren't pretty. There are pages in the book that are down right embarrassing. Nonetheless, I think that God wants me to get my story out there.

So I will forge ahead and perhaps, invest in a good belt.


  1. As an encouragement, an agent or publisher will look at the number of friends you have on facebook as much as they will look at your writer page followers ;)
    (or so I have been told by a couple of editors)

  2. Praying for your new endeavors with your story. I am excited to read it. I love the "blurb".

  3. Hip! Hip! Well done! So, SO proud of you! Can't wait to read it.


  4. Gillian- your story needs to be told and I can't wait to read it!!!! Praying for you as I know these next few weeks are going to be pretty stressful!

  5. I just can't wait to read it!!! Love you friend!!!


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