Getting a book published is the quickest way for a mental health professional to become known as an expert, which can lead to more attention, more referrals, more business and more money. This is a step-by-step guide for therapists to make their book idea into a completed manuscript.
Why don’t more mental health professionals write books? Sure, many do, but so many don’t – and that’s a shame because they have so much knowledge in their heads that could help other people cope with life, which is often tricky.
As a therapist writer, my mission is to inspire more of my colleagues to get published. Put what you know, think and feel on paper and publish it so the rest of us can benefit from your many years of experience and expertise.
The Therapist Writer helps therapists pick topics to write about, determine if their book idea is a good one, scope out the competition, nail down their ”niche,” and decide which publishing option is best for them – paper or E-Book? traditional or self-publishing? The book also helps authors deal with such issues as writing about patients or people you know, issues of confidentiality, and “self-disclosure.”
What others are saying about The Therapist Writer:
"Now, finally, here's a step-by-step guide for therapists to make their book idea into a completed manuscript." – Marti Laney, Ph.D., author of The Introvert Advantage
"Well-researched and well-written . . . Ms. Cary has created a wonderful product that will meet the needs of psychologists, social workers, and other psychotherapists who wish to publish a book or ebook. Her experience in the field through publishing herself is evident, and she provides practical guidelines and . . . tips for readers . . . (A)ny therapist who wishes to publish someday (should) obtain a copy of this book! . . . I highly recommend it! " – Dr. Nicole Petzolt, New York
"This book covers it all. Cary encourages the shy therapist who may feel she has nothing to offer. She injects a dose of reality to those who are sure that creating a book is a snap . . . She covers publishing options, query letters, media kits, books proposals, agents and marketing." – Sharon A. Mitchell (Canada)
"Every therapist trying to express all the nuances of their work needs to follow the guidelines from Sylvia Cary to make sure the message gets out clearly and easily." – Judi Hollis, Ph.D., author of From Bagels to Buddha: How I Found My Soul and Lost My Fat, and, Fat is a Family Affair.
"'The Therapist Writer is an invaluable ally in the process of helping writers stick with the challenge of bringing a book to print." – Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D., author of The Sacred Path: The Way of the Spiritual Warrior.
"The Alcoholic Man consists of in-depth interviews with men of varying lengths of sobriety and the obstacles they must overcome . . . to make it down the road of recovery. It's a Passages for the recovering alcoholic men . . . and the people in his life . . . Staying sober allows men to identify their feelings, accept responsibility, and make a difference in the world . . . establish(ing) the recovering alcoholic man as a new kind of hero for out time." – Lowell House Booklist
It's an open secret, known by thousands of recovering alcoholics, drug addicts, over-eaters, smokers, gamblers, sex addicts, debtors, and those with other obsessions, that healing happens not in a step-by-step process over time – but in a flash, an instant, a single eye-opening moment – an ”Aha!" It's what members of 12-step recovery groups commonly refer to as a ”moment of clarity” experience. Usually, this is triggered by some internal experience (a thought) or an external experience (somebody makes a remark, or an event occurs) and the chains that have been binding you and preventing you from reaching your goal or intention suddenly drop away. Recovery in some ways follows the stages of the creative process: Preparation, insulation, illumination and then – creation. So learn how to trigger an addiction-curing Aha! moment in yourself and others – how to romance it, recognize it, have it, and hold onto it.
What others are saying about the Jolted Sober:
"In this concise, clearly written book licensed psychotherapist and author Sylvia Cary, she describes the shift in awareness that signals and solidifies abstinent behavior.." – The Therapist (bi-monthly magazine sent to 30,000 California Marriage and Family Therapists)
"Jolter Sober is a handbook on how to find the 'jolt' cure and then on how to begin a new life...and claim the right of every human being to live joyously and productively." – The Counselor, a publication of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
"Triggering and maintaining the desire to quit (drinking) – eliminating all the excuses – rests at the base of the success ladder…Cary's (book) holds out the hope of instant cure..." – Pasadena Star-News
”Sylvia Cary had her own 'jolted sober' experience . . . and wants to tell others there's hope…the possibility of an almost instant 'cure” . . . She discusses the seven main ways to help bring about the experience and how to maintain it afterwards." – MENSA Bulletin
It Must Be Five O’Clock Somewhere:
If You’re in the Happiness Business,
Nothing Can Go Wrong, Can It?
The title comes from a common phrase drinkers use to justify taking a drink early in the day. Some give credit Hemingway for the expressions, others credit F. Scott Fitzgerald, W.C. Fields, Robert Benchley, Truman Capote, or even their old uncle. The book is about the search for happiness and the various things we do, misguided and otherwise, to try to find it. It focuses on a woman who carries this search to the limits and details what happens to her. It's also a love story – actually two love stories – one that went wrong because of drinking; the second that didn't go wrong because of sobriety. The book is also about the mental health profession and the people in it who, being in the 'happiness business,' are supposed to teach other how to cope but can't cope themselves. Knowing the right answers doesn't help them. This is a funny, page-turning book at a serious topic
At the end of the book, Cary comments, ”Sobriety helps people join the human race, not transcend it. Sober, we get to handle the things that other people have been out there handling all along, the good stuff as well as th bad stuff." – Alcohol & Addiction magazine
What people are saying about It Must Be Five O'Clock Somewhere:
”Sylvia Cary has written a fine book, a witty and urbane tale of lif with a constant hangover, and it should be a must for the 'impaired professional,” or anybody who has a highly educated loved one who is uncorking the jug a bit goo often and liking it a bit too muvh."– Robert M Williams, The Washington Post
”Sylvia Cary's book is a must read for anyone…an engrossing account of personal growth and the discovery of real relationships." – Manual Smith, Ph.D., author of ”When I Say No I Feel Guilty."
”Sylvia Cary's autobiographical story of life as an alcoholic treats the subject with a dry humor and literary touch absent in most books about the illness…" – Dallas Times Herald
”A fun book to read on alcoholism…you'll feel richer for having accompanied Sylvia on her journey." – Woman magazine
This is the first book to deal with long-term sobriety in women. Here, twenty-one women with a combined 406 years of total abstinence from all mind-altering chemicals tell you what's ahead should you just be starting your own journey. ”Sobriety is not a stand-still deal," says Cary. "Changes keep happening. As the years of sobriety go by, the recovering woman realizes that she thinks differently, feels differently, works differently, loves differently, parents differently, spends differently, handles troubles differently, and relates to the world in a whole new way. They didn't do it alone, and you don't have to either." – book jacket flap
"This book applies even to non-alcoholics – to anyone who is experiencing severe life stresses and problems."– from the Foreword by Muriel M. Zink, author of Step-by-Step
”The book divides the wise words of 21 women into chapters that deal with seven important life areas: feelings, work, love, family, finances, troubles and citizenship….This book is a kind of portable support group, something you can pick up and carry around with you to help you out. …(It) will inspire you and motivate you at every stage of recovery. It is proof that there is a life after sobriety – in fact, the best life." – book jacket flap