My first rejection letter for my memoir came, but it was personalized, which I’ve heard is a sign that you’re close to being accepted for publication. The compassionate editor wrote that my book was very well written and edited and conveyed my character and voice effectively but had little commercial potential. (To the unnamed editor: thanks for the positive feedback!) I know publishers are concerned about profits. Here’s how I respond: My book is for chronically ill patients ages 18-30 and for medical school students, an audience of more than 1 million readers, according to 2014 Census Bureau data and a story about the rising number of medical school students.
I’m not giving up. My story and lessons learned need telling. Young patients must know how to live lives of value to them and society, and physicians must know how to work with patients compassionately.
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Darla Nagel is an editor and writing tutor who has an invisible chronic illness. She wants to help other patients and enlighten health care professionals about our experiences. If you’d like to be alerted whenever she writes a new post, sign up by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darla copyedits books and tutors writing while living with an invisible chronic illness.