Book Proposal – Part Eight “Chapter-by-Chapter Summaries”

13 Jan
A false start is a learning experience, not a failure

A false start is a learning experience, not a failure

Here is where we are in the rough “industry standard” format that I adopted to write the proposal for ONE:

– Overview

– Sales Objective

– Marketing / Promotion / Platform

– Competing or Reference Books

– About the Author

– List of Book’s Chapters

Chapter-by-Chapter Summaries

– Sample Chapter

By this point, I’ve given the the big picture sales pitch (Overview), showed a prospective publisher that I understand that publishing is a business (Sales Objective, Marketing, Competing/Reference Books), told them a bit about me (About the Author), and what my book’s structure is (List of Book’s Chapters).

So what will be in those chapters I am planning to write?

As per my previous posts in this series, this proposal, my first, was never really considered by the one traditional publisher to whom it was given. The book it described turned out to be significantly different in some regards from the book it eventually evolved into. Yet had it not been for this proposal, I never would have made it to the point where I now find myself: within a couple of months of book release.

For those who have read the manuscript, it may be a bit interesting to see what my original thoughts were as to what I intended to write. Note that I included epitaphs, which are those quotes you sometimes see at the start of chapters. I use epitaphs in the current book, although not necessarily the same ones. I’ve found them apropos given the nature of the book.

With apology for this slightly long post, here is what I envisioned two years before things really started clicking and I began the first draft in earnest:

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Chapter-by-Chapter Summaries

Author’s Forward

Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it.
Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held.
Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books.
Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin.
Believe nothing just because someone else believes it.
Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.

– Buddha [paraphrased]

1. Was Someone Trying to Tell Me Something?

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. – Andre Gide

This introductory chapter lays the foundation for reader’s the journey of discovery. It introduces the tale of Narcissus in a unique manner, by juxtaposing it against the concept (Hamlet’s Mill) that ancient myth encodes factual knowledge of fundamental importance. Was someone trying to tell us something so important that they embedded it into the very fabric of human culture?

2. Glancing in the Rear View Mirror

Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream. – Kahlil Gibran

The foundation to the author’s journey of discovery: spiritual, introspective, a life destined to ponder the question why? An earnest retrospective on those aspects of the author’s life – e.g. beatings at the hands of bullies – which left him vulnerable to a narcissist.

3. Living a Myth Isn’t Living the Dream

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. – Carl Jung

The author’s life married to a narcissist. Having to walk on eggshells and teaching the kids to do the same, thus laying the foundation for events to follow, the insidious poisoning of relationships, the disturbing relationship between mother and daughter that he didn’t recognize until too late, the not-quite-right things about the wife’s sisters and mother, all which never made sense until the author could put a name to it: narcissism.

4. A Maelstrom Is a Poor Place for Swimming Lessons

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true. – Demosthenes

How events began to spiral down, too slowly for the author to understand until it was too late. The true beginning of the narcissistic destruction of the author’s relationship with his daughter, the escalation of what might have been Munchausen By Proxy, and the two year progression of his wife’s addiction that destroyed the marriage. Dealing with a rabid campaign to destroy his relationships with their children, and a serious concern that Munchausen By Proxy was about to get deadly.

5. Thanks for Planning my Funeral – How Rude of Me Not to Die

If you wish to strengthen a lie, mix a little truth in with it. – Zohar

As things spiraled out of control, the author made the huge mistake of contacting the XXXX Children’s Aid Society, who not only refused to investigate his claims, but actually assisted his wife in alienating the children. When they couldn’t bully him from his home, they insidiously fabricated a non-existent child protection “concern” that contradicted their own mandatory regulations. They effortlessly succeeded in having a judge, without trial, order him out of his own home and issue a de facto no contact order against him, giving his wife unrestricted license to abuse the kids. What they didn’t realize was that what they were doing had a special name: abduction, as defined in the Criminal Code. They also badly underestimated the author’s love for his children and his resolve to protect them from abuse.

6. Sigmund Freud Sipping Coffee at a Paris Café

The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is “What does a woman want?” – Sigmund Freud

There is a second type of narcissism, which is only documented in academic literature as ‘covert” narcissism. What experts haven’t realized is that it is a feminine form of narcissism, and that the two narcissisms can be intuitively equated to the corruption of male and female socialization behaviours as per Men Are From Mars, Women From Venus. The chapter title is an allusion to the French emphasis on gender in thought and language, especially their employment of the gender-based definite articles le and la. This chapter will explain the sad affliction of narcissism in a way that men and women everywhere can relate to, and in a way that has never been done before.

7. When an English Monk Serves Duck for Geometry Class

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. – Galileo Galilei

There is a saying that if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, then it’s a duck. The author had the realization that what he encountered in terms of child protection workers, lawyers, judges and even senior elected officials contributing to the child abuse, either by commission or omission, shared the same attributes as the feminine form of narcissism. This implies the rather staggering possibility that people can collectively display “personality” dysfunctions, which poses the fundamental question of whether or not societies are a form of collective human organism. This chapter gently exposes the gender feminist portrayal of woman as a perpetual victim for what it truly is: the narcissistic corruption of truth in support of pathological emotional needs.

8. What Mrs. Crocodile Thinks Every Good Mother Should Know

The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds. – Will Durant

Women, including many learned professionals, complain that they have and are being betrayed by feminism. This chapter builds a logical, intuitive and common sense foundation of how and why this happened, and how men and women can approach one another with respect for both the gender and the individual. It’s emphasis on the feminine gender will particularly resonate with female readers. It will be written with sensitivity and gentleness.

9. What’s Good for the Gander is Good for the Goose, so Long as Mine Doesn’t Get Cooked

The dogma of woman’s complete historical subjection to men must be rated as one of the most fantastic myths ever created by the human mind. – Mary Ritter Beard (1876-1958).

Based upon the previous two chapters – that contemporary gender feminism is in fact a narcissistic phenomenon (and not about equality) and how to recognize what is actually true from what gender feminism pathologically needs to be true -, this chapter identifies how gender feminism has harmed women, men, children, and society. It will expose with a simple eloquence of thought that is intuitive to even the more humble of readers.

10. ONE

Our lack of compassion stems from our inability to see deeply into the nature of things. – Lama Surya Das

What the author learned throughout his journey of discovery and how it has forever changed how he perceives himself and how he understands the world. It will be written as the final portion of his life’s spiritual journey of understanding and wisdom, and with the hope that both genders can learn to live in a state of harmony based upon mutual respect and appreciation, and in particular be freed of ideology and stereotype. In the death of Narcissus, something beautiful will bloom.

11. Epilogue

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you. — Unknown

A traveler’s things must be put away after every journey. This chapter, in so doing, will complete the journey of understanding for both author and reader.

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Since ONE eventually evolved to become The Mirror, Book One and the future sequel Book Two, there are concepts here that are yet to be covered, and which await Book Two.

21 Responses to “Book Proposal – Part Eight “Chapter-by-Chapter Summaries””

  1. KG January 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Loved all the quotes. Very appropriate.
    Enjoying this journey too.

  2. bethbyrnes January 14, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    I particularly like the title for Chapter 4. This must be a healing experience. A complex treatment of a mysterious syndrome.

    • navigator1965 January 20, 2014 at 5:30 am #

      Beth, WordPress appears to have nuked my original response. Apology for the delay. Writing the book has been cathartic, without exaggeration.

  3. idiotwriter January 14, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    I love number ten ~ but I think the way you have NOW gone about it will have more impact. (well I have to say this don’t I 😉 ) NO turning back now chap!!! Balls to the wall – in a manner of speaking. LORD – and it is only the 14th..:/
    It is great seeing the development.

    • navigator1965 January 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

      Thanks, Belinda. I won’t turn back, and once the book comes out next month *Nav crosses fingers*, there will be no turning back. I will have crossed a Rubicon, so to speak.

      It is a bit fun seeing the development, looking back.

  4. Aussa Lorens January 16, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    Crazy to see how things morph and change throughout the process… I’ve definitely seen that in my own work.

    • navigator1965 January 20, 2014 at 5:32 am #

      WordPress ate my original response here too, it would appear. Yes, so plan survives first contact with reality, and this includes writing. It’s an evolutionary process.

  5. Susan Irene Fox January 16, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Sheesh. How did I only now discover I have not been following you??? Sorry about that, Nav! The titles are absolute dessert, but the Epilogue is truth. Whew, so glad I’m here now. Bless you, my friend.

    • navigator1965 January 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

      Thank you, Susan. No worries about the delayed follow. I think you may like the planned Epilogue at the end of Book Two even more, although I’ll be mysterious and leave it at that for the moment.

      Bless you too, Susan. You’re a treasure.

      • Susan Irene Fox January 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

        So looking forward to both. Absolutely love Book One. You captured my interest, my support and my heart, my dear.

        • navigator1965 January 20, 2014 at 5:34 am #

          Thanks, Susan. So dear of you to provide such nice feedback. Mind if I use this? From S.F., USA?

        • Susan Irene Fox January 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

          Use away!

        • navigator1965 January 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

          Thank you, my dear lady.

  6. Susan Lattwein January 18, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Our lack of compassion stems from our inability to see deeply into the nature of things. – Lama Surya Das. I like that.
    Sometimes it is hard to see deeply into the nature of manipulation from too much compassion too, I wonder.

    • navigator1965 January 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      I think there’s an element of truth to this. We raise our kids to be virtuous and moral individuals, but in doing so perhaps we leave them vulnerable to manipulative people. Perhaps we should place a greater emphasis on the virtue of wisdom in our children’s education.

  7. KraftedKhaos March 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds. – Will Durant

    This one almost jumped off my screen and slapped me in the face.

    If no one has suggested it to you yet, may I be the first to request that once you finish your two book series (or while you’re still working on it, when you need a break) that you compile a book of nothing but quotes. Separated by subject, or any which way you choose, but lord-a-mighty, you seem to have a knack for being able to fire them like bullets with an accuracy and precision that is, frankly, astounding.

    I changed my mind. I don’t want to wait for you to finish a book. Can we have Favorite Quote Fridays… and Meaningful Quote Mondays… and Sensational Quote Sundays… and, well, I think you get the idea. ^_^

    • navigator1965 March 12, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      Confession time: I regret that I am not so learned and well-read that I can just whip these quotes off the top of my head.

      Since narcissism (IMO) is a far more common and universal phenomenon than is typically recognized, I wanted to show how so much can be rationally interpreted from this perspective. Thus, for each chapter I wanted to pull in a really meaningful quote that sort of summed things up, or at least oriented the readers mind to align with the essence of the chapter about to be read.

      With a single word concept in mind, I then went about looking at famous quote websites. Sometimes I recalled who had made a quote that might be relevant, so I could narrow my initial search.

      Some of the quotes–technically epigraphs, “a short quotation or saying at the beginning of a book or chapter, intended to suggest its theme”– are different in the actual book. Interestingly, you are the 2nd person who seems to have zoned in on this. The other was a local university professor of English, and she, too, liked them and thought they were rather effective.

      We’ll see about a future post on quotes.

      • KraftedKhaos March 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

        Yay! And I didn’t figure you had an encyclopedia of awesome-sauce quotes floating around in your brain, LOL… I figured you had looked them up… I was mainly referring to the way you seem to be able to find a quote that pierces straight through to the heart of a matter. It’s like a super secret ninja skill 😉

        • navigator1965 March 12, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

          Thanks. I do have a slight advantage in having written the chapters, and so I do have an innate feel for the essence of them. It’s merely a matter of finding the essential search word for the quote websites, and then finding the famous person quote that best sums things up or orients the reader.


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