Hi everyone! As I mentioned on the newbie forum, I'm a long-time spectator who's finally ready to suit up and play.

My memoir project, CAN I GET A WITNESS, chronicles my itinerant upbringing as the daughter of a tent evangelist. My proposal and sample chapters are almost ready for submission. (Can I hear an amen?) First, though, I have a couple of questions....

1) I know that the Chapter Summaries section chronicles key events, but should it also trace the author's (i.e. my) transformation? (I'll touch on both in the Overview.)

2) Should the Competition section compare a memoir to top titles on the general topic, to successful books in the genre, or both?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!