Grabbing A Literary Agent’s Attention

So I wrote a query letter to a literary agent requesting representation, and she requested a full book proposal for my memoir surrounding my employment at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. I had no idea what goes into a book proposal, but I quickly found out from author Nina Amir, author of How To Blog A Book. Coming up with about 80 pages of material is time consuming. I intend to finish in the next two weeks.

So the untitled work is a hybrid memoir about the effects of sexual harassment in the workplace and how the hostile work environment transfers to your private life. It serves to caution women about what happens when you report or complain about sexual harassment. It also details the ways in which fair employment agencies like the EEOC and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission interferes with your life and continues a fact-finding investigation long after it should be over.

With the book, I discovered I wasn’t writing it to exact revenge, but I was writing it to prevent other women and men from experiencing the same horrors I experienced. I mention men because this group also experiences sexual harassment and continuous retaliation that turns their work area into a hostile environment.

My hybrid memoir includes interviews from a human resources officer, an industrial psychologist, and an attorney. From their perspective, my readers will learn how I handled the situation–for better or for worse and what if anything I could have done to improve my situation. The benefits of this memoir are enormous for my target audience. Until the next time . . .

Mourning The G.O.A.T.: The Death Of Muhammad Ali

Just as Ali shocked the world after becoming the youngest heavyweight champion ever, the champ shocked the world with his death. Yes, everyone dies, but Ali appeared invincible after living with Parkinson’s Disease as long as he did. He fought the disease with humor and good spirit–just as he fought opponents in the ring and just as Ali embraced racial pride.

As a kid, my male friends sang Ali’s praises, but I did not agree with people paying grown men to beat each other half to death. I detested Ali’s excessive bragging and taunting. The Gorilla in Manila comes to mind. But despite this, I came to love Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer–and perhaps athlete–of all time.

An advocate, Ali confronted race relations in America, and he opposed the Vietnam Conflict. Fearless, Ali made statements by not fighting in the war and appealing his draft-evasion conviction then prevailing after the Supreme Court overturned the conviction. As they say: “he shook up the world.” Most important, Ali became a global hero who made Americans proud. He fearlessly flew to Iraq to negotiate the release of American soldiers from Saddam Hussein. God Bless The Ali Family. Until the next time . . .