Do You Know Anybody Getting Older? Former Caregiver Becomes Book Author - AMA
Do you know anybody getting older? Aging is the natural course of life, yet many people are vastly unprepared. Aging brings with it any number of medical conditions which can slow a senior down and result in family members stepping in to provide help and support as a caregiver.
My name is Rick Lauber and I am a former co-caregiver for both my own aging parents (Mom had Parkinson’s disease and Leukemia while Dad had Alzheimer’s disease). Teaming up with my two sisters, I provided help for my parents at various levels: moving them (repeatedly), overseeing their savings and investment accounts, paying their bills, driving them to doctor’s appointments, advocating for them, and serving as Dad’s Alternate Guardian and Trustee.
Watching Mom and Dad decline wasn’t easy. Dad – eventually – forgot me as his only son. Needing a coping mechanism, I turned to writing as something I knew and loved to do. Many of my stories were published in local newspapers and magazines while others remained saved on my computer’s desktop.
Mom and Dad eventually passed away and I continued to write. I knew that I was certainly not the only person alive that was or would be dealing with aging parents and I began to think about writing a book. This thought simmered on the back burner for some time as I wasn’t completely confident that I could find a publisher and/or complete the task.
As things turned out, I did find a publisher; I nervously reached out with my book’s “pitch”. This included a suggested Table of Contents, an analysis of my intended readers, my own reasons for wanting to write this book (and why I would be the best person to do this), my CV, a number of writing samples, professional references, several promotional ideas for marketing the book, and so on. After what seemed like endless reads and rereads, I finally screwed up my courage to send all of this via e-mail.
In due course, the publisher replied with a “Yes, this is what we’re looking for” and a promised contract! I had a publishing lawyer review the contract to ensure that everything was acceptable and then sat down to write. My first book, Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians, began to take shape. A number of months later, this book was published and led to a “sister book” – The Successful Caregiver’s Guide (for American readers).
Since publication of my two books, I have turned from an author to a book promoter and have had many opportunities to showcase them (through booksigning events, media interviews, working with like-minded businesses to sell my books on a consignment basis, writing a regular caregiving column in a local senior’s newspaper, and more).
Whether you’re a prospective, new, or current caregiver or a writer looking for marketing ideas or recommendations on finding a publisher, please ask me anything … I’ll do my best to answer!
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