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By Amy
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About

This project is ultimately a message of healing and hope for those that have been victimized by bullies. 

Have you been bullied? Do you know someone who has been? Do you want to help a new author spread healing through a transformational "Mean Girls Meets Cinderella" story? If so, I'd love to share this journey with you.

Two years ago, I realized my life's purpose while attending a writing retreat in Northern California led by a New York Times bestselling author and book midwife with nearly 20 years as a respected member of the publishing community. I read an early draft of the first chapter of my fledgling book to a group of highly successful women in attendance. It was the first time I'd spoken my story out loud to anyone outside of a therapy office, and when I looked up from the last page, every face in the room was streaming with tears. I knew then my story was powerful, not just for me, but for others who have suffered at the hands of bullies, and doubted their self worth well into adulthood. Violence, taunting, humiliations, numerous falls from innocence, promiscuity, mis-marriage, substance abuse and two near death medical experiences are all part of my story. Along with how my eventual meeting with my current partner who taught me how to love again, to begin again, and forgive the world that wounded me. 

I have been working with a developmental editor/storysmith on my Memoir manuscript and she will also assist with my traditional publishing book proposal and query. We are roughly half-way through the editing process, and $10,000 in Kickstarter funding will help me reach my goal of finalizing an agent ready manuscript, proposal and query letter by January 2016. 

There are many books that cover bullying to individuals by individuals or small groups, but there are none (to my knowledge) that revolve around systematic bullying by an entire school along with other members of the outside community. My book will also focus on my long-term psychological and emotional consequences of bullying well into adulthood. A recent study in May 2015 by CNN points to over 40 years of research on bullying and reveals it's affect on mental health and the fact that "adolescents who are bullied by their peers face worse mental health effects into adulthood than children who are maltreated by adults." http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/17/living/feat-bullying-schools-decline-40-years-research/

I want to use my story to serve as a cautionary tale for all adults and students so they can learn compassion for peers and colleagues they may bully. But also to provide hope for healing to those who are being bullied presently, or are in recovery. 

When I was young, bullying was dismissed as a right of passage. The magnitude and scope of this problem and its effect on our nations adult mental health is a new area of examination.  I hope my story will continue to shine the light on this topic and extend the conversation beyond its initial impact on childhood, and prove it can and it does impact one psychologically throughout a lifetime. 

Aside from book publication, I will be working closely with a 'creativity catalyst and transformational speaker' coach and partner who is helping me develop a larger platform for my message to reach and empower those who have been bullied and also those that are at risk to bully or be bullied. 

Risks and challenges

Though I have a full story arc and outline and over 12 chapters professionally edited, it is hard to force creative output when it comes to writing. While ideally I hope to have a complete manuscript by January 2016, I cannot predict how quickly the material will flow, and how many rewrites with my current editor and other collaborators such as Beta Readers and additional editors this project will require when it's all said and done. My current estimate is 25-30 total chapters.

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