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Do you remember the movie Juno? It was that YA movie about teenage pregnancy loaded with sarcasm and smiles, even though the protagonist was facing a serious event. I remember seeing that movie and laughing. But I wasn’t laughing because Ellen Page made something terrible funny; I was laughing because four years before the movie had released, I was a pregnant teenager and there was nothing funny about it at all.  

Book Synopsis

In my 100,000-word memoir titled Before the Baby Comes, a sixteen-year-old girl discovers that she’s pregnant. When she secretly goes to get an abortion from her mother’s OBGYN, it turns out that she’s over five months pregnant. After the girl drops the secret on her parents (and her boyfriend!), they decide to set up a private adoption, and so long as the girl can hide her belly under sweaters, she thinks that nobody will ever discover that she’s pregnant. Just when everybody feels like it’s all going to work out for the best, an ultrasound turns up devastating news. The baby’s brain isn’t growing. Faced with the news, she only does what she feels is best: deliver the baby at 8-months old and say goodbye to everything she ever knew about herself.

How It's Gonna Go Down

Traditionally, I would seek publication through a big house, but I wanted to try something new and push a book out myself. I've planned to accomplish this tasks in the following steps:

  • I will finish the novel during NaNoWriMo. You can keep track of my progress by looking up my username: rebelwriter28
  • After finishing the novel, I will hire an editor to help me get the book in order. 
  • During this time, I will begin marketing the book by contacting book reviewers, media outlets, etc.
  • I will consult with a PR firm.
  • A professional cover will be designed. 
  • A book tour will be set up.
  • An offset printer will be selected. 
  • The book will be properly set up and listed with Ingram for distribution.
  • Book release will be Mother's Day 2018

Of course, each of these steps has tons of mini steps, but my experience in the publishing world guarantees that I will successfully launch this book. I am asking for your support to help cover extraneous costs and my time to see it through.

Risks and challenges

--The initial risk is the cost. Publishing a book is a lot of money, and I plan to invest 50% of my own money into the project with the other half coming from supporters.

--Publishing is a long project and I am giving myself 7 months to prepare and launch the book. Usually, it takes 15-18 months to prepare, but I am the managing editor of a small press and know what it takes to get this to the finish line. I have a Rolodex full of contacts and people willing to do me favors. It will happen, so long as I have the financial capital to work with.

--Of course, financial risk is one thing, but the bigger risk I am taking is writing a book that incorporates facts from my life into a story. But to me, it's worth it because teenage pregnancy is wither looked at with hilarity (Juno) or as a toxic liferuiner (Teen Mom 2). I want to share what it looks like to deal with an unusual teen pregnancy in the hopes that mothers, fathers, and young girls read this book and take something invaluable away from it.

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