For Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents

Thanks for visiting my website accompanying my forthcoming memoir and critical study of adoption in the United States of America. I have prepared a detailed business plan for my forthcoming book, You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are. That plan includes a case study of my brand, my likely readers, my marketing analysis, proposed distribution channels, a review of comparable authors and works, and a summary of trends and opportunities. A copy of my business plan for my book can be shared upon request.

Contacting Rudy Owens:
To contact the author, Rudy Owens, please visit the Contact Rudy page on the You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are website.

Mission Statement:
I am an adoptee who proudly owns his birth heritage as a bastard and a life-long advocate for the full civil and legal rights for all adoptees in the United States. My personal story about discovering my biological identity as an adoptee ultimately offers a deeper meditation on finding meaning from one of life’s most profound experiences. By asking life’s most essential question, “Who am I,” and telling my adoptee’s journey of discovery, my writing sheds light on how adoption profoundly impacted the lives of millions of Americans. It is an experience shaped by historic prejudice, legal discrimination, and outcomes best understood as a public health issue. Ultimately, my story on finding myself and challenging authorities who control critical identity records for millions of Americans who were adopted is as old and as powerful as that Moses—an abandoned baby, famed prophet, and universally known adoptee.

Chapter Summary:
I am providing a summary of each chapter as well as excerpts from the opening pages of the chapters of You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are.