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Who Can I Trust With My Memoir?

by Jessica Solsona
(Valljo, CA)

My name is Jessica Solsona and I was molested for years by my step dad and my mom knew and did nothing. In fact she was mad because she said she thought he paid more attention to me. I was beat by her everyday.


Someone found out what my step dad was doing to me every night and called the police. I was told It was my fault we were living on the streets and if it was not for me she would still be with him. She hated me, beat me, and went crazy every day.

I married at the age 14 to get away from the house but to only be in another abusive life. I was held hostage with my two kids with this man in Costa Rica.

One year past and I had to fight my way back to USA. I made it back with both of my kids and with out him. I had to work really hard to get on my feet but I made it.

I have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and I have to struggle with it. I want to sell my book to somehow help someone who has been in the same abuse.

I do not know who to trust to publish my book and not rip me off. I have four kids and I need to support them and want to heal and make money because I am not able to work because of my PTSD.

I am so excited about my book and feel it could change our lives. I do not want to hide any more or protect those who hurt me. If you know of someone who would look over my memoir and publish it. I want to be free from being alone and feeling no justice of what they did to me.

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May 08, 2012
ideas for your book
by: Desktop Documentaries

Hi Jessica,

First of all let me say I'm sorry about your horrible childhood and terrible experiences. You are definitely on the right track to use your story to help others -- turning a negative into a positive.

We here at Desktop Documentaries are filmmakers, not book publishers so our knowledge on book publishing is limited.

Perhaps others who read this will have additional advice for you.

What I can tell you is that there are many ways to "self publish" these days. You do not need to rely on someone else to publish for you. (What a publisher can help you with is promotion/marketing which is often the hardest part of any artistic endeavor including books and documentaries.)

Check out self-publishing sites like Lulu.com or smashwords.com.

Another idea is to contact the PTSD association or another group who would benefit from your story being told. If you can make a friend inside the organization, maybe they can help you promote it or offer some advice. Those folks would probably be your most trusted advisors.

Good luck with your project.

Anyone else have advice for Jesssica? Comments/feedback below.

May 08, 2012
Thank you for your comment!
by: Jessica solsona

Each comment is so helpful! It helps me get one step closer to my dream of being free and help others! I want to succeed in something and make what happen to me worth it! Again thank you!

Jessica Solsona :)

May 09, 2016
success
by: William DeMilo

dear jessica... you have already done the most important part... survived and persevered until now so remain confident in your abilities...secondly it may behoove you to work with a videographer to produce a YouTube documentary to bring your own personal touch to it's presentation... perhaps a crowd funding attempt to publish a followup book or distribute the video for instructional purposes.. oh and include the kids expressing how it all affected them as well... best to you..heal well

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