UPDATED: Would this Silent Sorority book description (distilled with reader input) lead you to pick up the book and crack open the spine? And is the book something you might pass along or refer to relatives or friends who are not steeped in the infertility experience?
Silent Sorority explores a topic that has been virtually overlooked since the dawn of the infertility industry (now $3 billion in the U.S. alone): what happens when miraculous conception and delivery do not occur. For 7.4 million Americans infertility will thwart their attempts at parenthood. The narrative is based on the author’s experience arriving at the little discussed and difficult fourth path out of infertility. While three of the four well-trod paths — successful fertility treatments, adoption, and donor eggs or sperm — have been covered at length, the journey that ends child free is no less easy to navigate. This outcome has been obscured further by the most recent books published under the “infertility banner” (Embryo Culture, Waiting for Daisy, The Baby Business), all of which have been authored, paradoxically, by mothers.
The book relates how a couple who did not allow family building to take a backseat to career motivations moves beyond the dogged pursuit, the go-for-broke efforts to try to make a baby driven by love-stoked primal urges and compounded by the seductive marketing of fertility clinics and the well-meaning but empty platitudes of friends and family. Their experience is further complicated by a pervasive and generally celebrated “cult of Mommy.” Through this book readers will see up close and personal infertility’s collateral damage. Nothing is ever the same once a couple learns their branch of the family tree ends with them. Relationships at all levels are thrown into turmoil and the fragile female and male egos shatter. It is only through the understanding, compassion and fellowship of women who are also in treatment that the author finally begins to come to terms with her condition.
Original post: Ah, the wonders of the Internet. With your valuable feedback and comments I see how I was giving my book the inadvertent shaft. I see my initial book jacket copy was too antiseptic in one way or abrasive to the other extreme. I had lost much of the personal aspect of the story. The very real drama didn’t come through. I’m going to take a page from MLO’s proposed punchier copy and go back to the drawing board. After devoting the past 26 months to getting the manuscript polished I don’t want to hamper it out of the box with the wrong synopsis language or tone.
As Beagle and others pointed out the audience outside of those in the infertility community is, in many ways, the more important one. I don’t want to alienate or give these important folks reason to pass on the topic. It’s their very understanding and interest in the topic that’s needed. I want them to want to learn more.
I have a very simple question associated with this post. I’m working on my book jacket copy as part of my efforts to pull together materials for agent representation. My objective is to reach a wide audience — those who don’t have any firsthand knowledge of infertility as well as those who do. Many thanks … I’m off to refine the jacket copy to better reflect the story.