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1985: AIDS education in our kids' high school? Most parents in this affluent Orange County Ca. coastal community scream "No Way!"
1985: AIDS education in our kids' high school? Most parents in this affluent Orange County Ca. coastal community scream "No Way!"
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Deadly Little Secrets, a novel, zooms in on the early years of the AIDS epidemic when more than a few folks in this country believed it was their God's answer to sin The novel is in solid form. In 2000, my literary agent liked it. However, she wouldn't take it on because she believed 'AIDS is passe' - her exact words. Though she was wrong, our country's politics at that time probably fed into this view. I'm revising portions of the story that features a 'big mouth' school nurse, activist teenagers, angry parents, an ambitious school board member seeking higher office, shady business dealings involving the Camen Islands and a physician who does not do the right thing. 

Money raised here will pay the cost of editing Deadly Little Secrets. Back when I wrote this novel, I workshopped it quite a bit, but I'm revising and need an editor's eagle eye on the manuscript. Any left over funds will be channeled into marketing, book cover design, a book trailer and online publication costs.

Good editors cost about $1500.00. This gives supporters some idea of how the $3,000.00 will be parsed out.

Risks and challenges

None. I have total control over publication. Here's my plan: sell the hell out of it, which could get the attention of 'traditional' publishing. Should that happen, it will only increase my distribution. With or without traditional publishing's help, I will sell this story to my network. The LGBT community knows that I'm a friend and have been for a long time. My friendship/support is easily traced through the many articles I penned and got published in newspapers back when very few writers were focused about this plague. I also have a very visible presence in social media. I'm quite opinionated. The contentious politics of our times have offered many opportunities to share my opinions about the bigotry spewed by the extreme religious right wing...and I have.

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    For $100.00 donation, backers will receive an autographed print copy of Deadly Little Secrets and will be listed on the Deadly Little Secrets website-your name & URL.

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    Deadly Little Secrets is a dialogue driven novel and in my humble, quite film-able. Backers willing to invest/donate will be rewarded with an autographed print copy & an option to be part of the screen writing process. I have some solid contacts in the film/actor community. Turning Deadly Little Secrets into a film is quite possible.
    Should a supporter consider this reward level, I'm glad to send the first two chapters for review.

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