What doesn’t kill you?

What doesn’t kill you?

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Yeah, yeah Kelly Clarkson.  It might make you stronger but I doubt she was doing her own book marketing when she wrote her recent children’s book.

I’m in full book proposal writing mode and working through the marketing portion of it. There is so much to manage and consider! How are you going to market? Do you have a press kit?  What’s your editorial contact list like?  Where will you speak? What’s your blog and website look like? Are you on Twitter?  Facebook? Instagram?  Will you be available to be on TV?  Willing to sell your first born?

Ok, they’re not asking for that last one.  Yet.  But man, getting published today requires some WORK beyond the writing.  (If ya got any tips, comments, thoughts or shortcuts leave ’em in the comments because Lord can I use ’em!)

I think I spent more hours on my marketing plan this week than my job!  But it’s moving along and I am slowly inching closer to being ready to send out agent queries. Which I’m sure will bring its own kind of pain. 🙂

Since I wrote my last post about the need for more mental health resources I came across this article about the need for more child psychiatrists which I couldn’t agree with more. Some great ideas in it that could go a long way to helping children with mental illness get resources started early where they are needed.  Again, a win win for all involved.

 

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Writing is the Easy Part

Writing is the Easy Part

Editing

Editing is not my favorite part.  Slow, tedious, and an opportunity to really second guess what you wrote during that first round.  I’m wondering if I was drunk when I wrote parts of it (?!) and I’m grateful for the opportunity to fix that mess!

But then there are parts I know I got right because those chapters bring back vivid memories that make me feel like I’m right back in the thick of it.  I’m mentally tired after editing those chapters because it’s exhausting reliving what was a very stressful time in our lives. I think it’s clear in my day-to-day accounts how chaotic it was but I don’t really address in the book about the isolation we felt. We couldn’t adequately explain to anyone what was going on and no one really understood what we were dealing with.  I read an article recently referring to childhood mental illness as the “no casserole” illness that hit the nail on the head.  If your child has cancer or is born with a physical defect it’s automatic for others to sympathize and offer support (as they should!) but when your kiddo has a mental illness there seems to be more of a blame game and an unspoken rule not to address it.  In our case they would have had to bring casseroles for a very long time (ha!) since our drama went on for years until we found a manageable solution and adequate treatment for him.

For anyone struggling day-to-day with children experiencing symptoms of mental illness there is a great support group on Facebook Oppositional Defiant Disorder – O.D.D. that is a good reminder you are not alone.  I see daily posts on this page of people at the end of their rope ready to give up and just plain worn out from trying to manage the chaos.  It helps to read those posts on days when you can’t imagine anyone else is dealing with the same issues.

Ok, enough procrastinating on my part.  Back.To.Editing!  Thank goodness for the Creative PENN and Writers Digest  – both great resources as I slog through this new publishing adventure. Great insights and tools. Let me in the comments if you have a good resource for new authors, editing, or just surviving the publishing process.

 

 

Book Written. Check!

Book Written. Check!

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It apparently took being unemployed to motivate me into finally writing a book.  I’d been thinking about it for a very long time.  After 19 years (yikes!) working as a Marketing Communications Manager my position was eliminated during a re-organization which left me more time on my hands than I’d had in a long time.

Part of those 19 years were spent raising two boys who are now 15 and 12. The oldest  is Autistic and Bipolar which brought its own challenges.  Not sure how I even managed my job all of those years since most of the time while he was young I was running from work to the school, or a psychiatrist, or another therapist to manage the “drama of the day”.

I kept a lot of notes during those years.  Lots and lots of notes. I had to keep notes to keep track of the constantly changing medications and doctors and appointments but it was also therapeutic in some ways to be able to write down what was happening and scream at paper instead of people.

So those notes have now worked their way into a book.  But, it seems writing the book is the easy part! Next hurdles – editing, marketing, publishing.

This is going to be interesting, but not half as interesting as the book.  🙂