Here is a post I sent out a few days ago. The responses have been very encouraging but they have all come from women. I'm not being sexist here; I just want a good cross section of ACEs survivors. Yes, it's a long shot but long shots have had a way of coming true in my life. So here it is:
Having only this year read about the ACEs Study, I am new to this website. Originally, I came here to find personal stories, similar to mine, to see how others with seven ACEs have fared in life. Now I am looking for ACEs survivors to contribute their stories to a book I am proposing. It would include a primer on the ACEs Study and subsequent movement, a brief autobiographical section from each author (15-20 pages), and a discussion of how the two external forces, trauma and resilience, influenced the academic, professional, social, and medical outcomes in our lives so far. Internal factors, such as genetic predispositions should also be considered. Finally, I would like to include a discussion of the relief I have experienced since learning what a qualified success I have become.
My hope is to share with other ACEs survivors the good news that, if they feel they have fallen short in life, they are a much bigger success than they realize. My first thought was to approach a prestigious University Press with a book proposal. But it could take years for me, a retired marine biologist, to reach the level of expertise Ivy League Editors expect and, this may not be the best way to reach my intended audience. I have decided that a better format would be a collection of personal stories with chapters on ACEs and Resilience. Multiple contributors would avoid the appearance of a single author fishing for sympathy, advancing a personal agenda, or boasting. Rough calculations indicate that there are only about two million Americans over age 18 with 7 or more ACES, fewer than that if you factor in shortened longevity. Finding interested writers may be a real challenge. I thought perhaps with all your ACEs connections, someone here might be or might recommend a good prospect or prospects.
If this site has private messaging, I would be glad to provide anyone interested with more details about my experience. I will look forward to hearing from you.