QUERYING BOOK PROJECTS

For Agents & Editors

When my kids were little, I published five books on parenting. The three-book series came when an editor who had been following my blog approached me to write guides for parenting babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. I wound up with two deals for four books in one year--the year I had cancer. Somehow, I hit my slightly extended deadlines and the books hit the shelves as planned. I appeared on major TV and radio programs, blogged for GoodHousekeeping.com, and placed essays in Parents, Parenting, American Baby, and even The Wall Street Journal to build my brand. 
 
After my divorce, I needed regular freelance work, so I reinvented myself as a medical writer. (Hey, I can describe a PET scan from inside the machine.) I left book publishing for a few years, and my agent and I parted amicably while I wrote about arrhythmias and brain tumors. 
 
When I came back to book publishing, I ghostwrote, coached, and edited for other authors. I still do. But I had something to say, too, and now I'm seeking literary representation for two book projects.
 
Both of my new projects focus on the effects of "little t" traumas, the small but insidious things that can actually be more difficult to treat that the "big t" traumas. As a cancer survivor and now, a Covid long hauler, I've endured my fair share of both kinds, learning along the way how to be with the bad feelings to get to the good.
 
My books in the parenting genre include:
  • The Stop Second-Guessing Yourself Guides (Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers) (HCI)
  • You're a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren't So Bad Either) (Sourcebooks)
  • 14 Hours Til Bedtime (Wyatt-McKenzie)

My newest projects:

Prescriptive Memoir

IF THERE'S ANYTHING I CAN DO: AND OTHER THINGS PEOPLE SAY THAT DON'T REALLY HELP.

Cancer survivor and Covid long-hauler Jen Singer has discovered the secret to cheering people up, and it has nothing to do with actually trying to cheer them up. She shares how she got through her second death-is-ringing-the-doorbell experience and a year of heartache and heart failure by demonstrating how to be with the bad to get to the good, when everyone else just wants you to smile already.

A full proposal with sample chapter for the 50,000-word book is available.

 

Memoir

MY BEHAVIOR OF LATE HAS NOT BEEN THE BEST: FINDING FORGIVENESS FOR THE LITTLE TRAUMAS

The best bad thing ever to happen to me was watching my father die. I don’t mean that in a Johnny Cash kind of way. This isn’t a story about crime and punishment. It’s about love and forgiveness, though for the longest time, I didn’t know I was capable of either.

“Witty and wise, Jen Singer opens the reader’s heart with laughter and unpacks profound insights with a compelling, well-delivered story. I love this book. It’s a gift to every reader who’s struggling to outgrow their quirky family, make sense of their body, and evolve to fully human happiness.”

– Joni Rodgers, bestselling author of “Bald in Land of Big Hair”

A full 50,000-word manuscript and proposal are available.

 

jen singer's memoirs