The Elder Rage Success Saga

July 2001
by Jacqueline Marcell

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When I recently wrote my first book Elder Rage or Take My Father… Please! How To Survive Caring For Aging Parents, I didn’t have a clue about publishing. I had just barely lived through an incredible year with my elderly parents and solved the gargantuan problem of getting my extremely difficult father to accept help. Once I turned my parents’ lives around (at 81 and 87 with the onset of dementia), I felt beyond passionate that I had to get the word out to others about how to manage their elderly loved ones.

I had never written much beyond a postcard, and didn’t have a degree in any aspect of medicine, but I was sure I’d find a publisher for my “Elder War & Peace” masterwork right away. What I did have was many years as a sales and marketing television executive, university level teaching experience, and lots of persistence and na├»ve chutzpa.

By looking through Literary Market Place and Writer’s Market and researching the Health/Aging sections of bookstores, I located 130 publishers that had released something about eldercare. I called them all up and left a riveting Voice-Mail pitch. Sixty responded with “Yes, send it right away.” (Even without an agent!)

I happily sent off my manuscript and then… unhappily received 57 glowing-with-praise rejection notices. A typical response was “Very well written, but does anyone want to read about it?” But then… finally, three offers! I was thrilled out of my mind… until I got the contracts. As a new,…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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