A literary editor told me while I was writing my to-be-published memoir that I have to hook the reader on Page 1, Chapter 1. Otherwise, they’ll never flip through the pages that follow. And, even before cracking open the book, most will check out its back cover to see if it’s been endorsed by someone noteworthy and to read a synopsis. In essence, a great deal hinges on the backside!
Today, I’d like to share the brief overview of how I’m pitching my manuscript to potential agents and publishers. These are the types of phrases that could find a place on the book’s rear jacket.
“Boy-next-door” Tony Morris was living a good life in Atlanta with a fast-paced corporate communications career, a loving relationship, great friends and a beautiful home – or so it appeared. Then, everything capsized and he found himself struggling through a tempestuous mid-life meltdown. Now in his mid-40s, he knew he needed to reconnect with his original self, the one from his Alabama childhood, and relive the treasured and troubled moments of his youth, as those were factors that had made him the man that he’d become. In his quest to connect the two eras – childhood and mid-life – together, Morris experienced an amazing spiritual awakening. What he didn’t expect were the bizarre events in Palm Springs and Louisville that mentally, physically and emotionally challenged him like something out of his wildest dreams and nightmares. His life would never be the same again.
Thanks for reading and being a sounding board. I’d love to hear your initial thoughts as to whether or not you’d want to read the entire story. Interested? Bored? Or, perhaps, hooked?
Love and light,