Thursday, April 17, 2008

My Top Ten

I am searching for heartfelt and inspirational stories about mother-daughter relationships, stories that share wisdom and teach important moral and life lessons, stories from which daughters and moms might derive hope and guidance after reading them.

What did you learn from this unique parent-child relationship, how it has changed over the years, how you two dealt with conflict, etc? The stories can be about good or bad times, as long as the result is something others can learn from. There are no format or length requirements.

For more information about submitting your story, please visit my website,, and click the red corner on the home page, just beneath the “Projects” tab.

I’m also conducting recorded telephone interviews for those who prefer to tell rather than write their story. Just send me an email with your phone number and dates/times you are available. Interviews typically last 30-45 minutes.

If you’d like to submit a daughter-mom photo to display on this blog, please email it to

If this is your first visit to my blog, please read the Frequently Asked Questions posted on March 20, 2008.

The deadline for submitting your story or participating in an interview is August 1, 2008.

Now on to today’s post~

Today’s wonderful photograph was loaned to me by Tess Haddon. That is she with her second daughter growing inside against the sunset somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

I received these questions the other day and thought it best share the answers with all of you:

“Would I receive credit for my contribution (i.e. my name with my story)? Could you also explain the term “non-exclusive rights”? I understand the piece will be edited by you but what sort of length are you looking for? Is there a particular theme you want?”

There is no credit given for each story-teller because the story is not published as submitted. I retell all the stories in the voice of a single narrator, one who is combining similar stories and making observations about mother-daughter relationships in order to uncover an inspirational moral. It is best to think you are telling me a story over coffee that I will later use as an anecdote in a presentation about mother-daughter relationships. Do not approach this like a writing project, and keep in mind that you may elect to be interviewed to tell me about rather than write down your story.

Non-exclusive rights means I don't control your story at large as my intellectual property, just in the case of its use in my book. You remain free to use your story elsewhere in any manner of your choosing.

There are no length requirements. I've received great stories that were as few as 500 words, others exceeded 2000. Interviews have lasted anywhere from 10-60 minutes. I find the golden egg and work with it; you don’t need to try to make the story fit a theme. In fact, in a few cases the story that ends up in the book may not be the one you intended to tell, but instead the one I helped you discover along the way (it’s the old counselor in me, can’t shake it). My only request is that your story has a motivational and inspirational direction.

And to close this post with something just for fun, here are The Ten Things I Didn’t Know About Being a Fulltime (Male) Author:

1. All the sitting makes your arse flat.
2. The women in your neighborhood will think you’re the househusband of a well paid woman.
3. Your neighbors will harass you to run for President of the Homeowners Board because “you have the time.”
4. Your kids will leave you a To Do list, too.
5. Eventually one of the LOLs (Little Old Ladies) in the neighborhood will ask someone if you are gay, disabled or just out of work.
6. One afternoon you will think the postwoman has a crush on you.
7. Your wife will expect you to greet her at the door and have dinner on the table when she comes home from work.
8. You’ll get lots of “emergency” phone calls from friends and neighbors asking you to do something that “will just take a minute.”
9. You discover folding laundry is a welcome break from sitting at the desk staring at the keyboard.
10. Someone will eventually give you a tee shirt with the nickname (undeservingly, I must interject) “Gladys Kravitz” printed on the back.

Well, I guess that’s enough for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Now go out and hug somebody!


Melanie said...

Great blog and top ten list, thank you very much for contacting me Greg! I am very busy getting ready for my latest stamp release but I will defintely read over the guidleines for submitting a story, would be wonderful to be included in oyur project! Blogging these last few months has reminded me how much I love writing, had dream for a long time of writing a book, an now that I'm designing stamps, I've been wanting to illustrate one as well. I have been working on a children's book actually, maybe at some point you could give me some feedback or point me towards a publisher to approach. :)

LOVE the post below of your daughters pics, and the projects you have done/are working on! Bravo, best wishes!

Lord, I want to be whole said...

Greetings from Nova Scotia!

I loved your top ten list! I appreciate your comment on my blog. I am very interested in being involved in this project! The idea of writing on the relationship between my mother and I touches my heart!

I will read over the guidelines and submit to you as soon as possible, my inspirational story!