I have finally gotten off my duff and started my proposal. I have already changed it many times based on what I understood in Mark Larsen's book of how to do it. It's funny, but I completely understand what he says goes into the Overview and how it applies to many things, but I am completely lost when it comes to a memoir! His book makes perfect sense if I wanted to do a "How To" style book - but memoirs? I'm completely lost.

I have gotten such good feedback on how to word things and make them sound better and I am VERY grateful for all the help.
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Introduction
Overview

The Armed Forces of the United States is the largest work force in America. There are approximately three million men and women currently serving in the military and the numbers continues to rise. The average person joining the military is between eighteen and twenty-four, fresh out of high school or college.
Our military personnel take an oath to protect our country against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, and to follow orders to ensure the safety and security of the nation. Our military does its job well. However, in 1968 with the massacre of men, women, and children at My Lai, the media brought attention to problems in the Armed Forces. In 1991, the media reported the scandal of Tailhook. Then came the mistreatment of prisoners of war at Abu Grabin in 2004. Since then the news media, CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS, have reported about military women being raped, sexually assaulted, and sexually harassed in the service.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2008 reported that (within the civilian sector) one in eight females age twelve and over are raped. According to the Bureau, when alcohol was removed from the equation, this number fell to one in eight females.
In 2008, the Department of Defense reported that one in three women are raped in the military.
Silent No More: A Soldier's Story of Surviving Military Sexual Trauma is the first book written by a female soldier. I spent twelve years in the United States Army. I speak of my good times, my husband, children, the multiple rapes and the journey in learning to overcome my past. The manuscript is complete in draft form at _____ pages. The names have been changed for safety reasons.
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I don't know why Larsen says to use number of pages as opposed to number of words. The changed names, he says to use for liabilities that publishers worry about.

I'm also still editing so it's not really complete yet, but I'm kind of working on everything at the same time and I swear things are constantly changing.

Thanks again for all the help.
Candy