About Sylvia Cary

Sylvia Cary, LMFT, at the Book Loft Bookstore in Solvang, a Danish village in California.

From Head Doctor to Book Doctor  

A funny thing happened while I was working at my career as a licensed psychotherapist in the field of addiction:  I wrote a book. It was published by a small, traditional publisher in California (this was way before Amazon and self-publishing). Over the next couple of years I published three more books with another small, traditional publisher. The books all dealt with my specialty, addiction, and even though they didn’t set the world on fire, some of my therapist colleagues heard about them and began coming to me with questions: “How did you do that? How did you get published?”  I told them what I knew, helped them brainstorm their book ideas, read their drafts, and even helped a few of them with their editing, book proposals and query letters.

Hey. This is Fun!

When one of the writers I’d helped ended up getting published by a major New York publisher and it became a best-seller, I thought, “Hey, this is fun!”  It inspired me to take my “book-doctoring” to a new level. I began educating myself, started giving talks and workshops for other therapists, and even did a couple of “How to Get Published” presentations at mental health conferences. When the self-publishing phenomenon burst upon the scene (and changed the whole publishing industry), I self-published a book on writing, The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published. I gave myself a proper business name, “Cary Editorial & Book Consulting,” got a DBA, got a business bank account, a website, and some business cards―and I was in the business!

For years, I juggled head-doctoring with book-doctoring―until book-doctoring finally took over (writing and editing have always been my passions; I come from a writing family). Today, I guide authors writing on all topics (not just mental health), through all the phases of the publishing process, from brainstorming the germ of an idea to seeing the book up on Amazon.  — Sylvia Cary

 About Sylvia Cary – Official Bios (short, medium, long)

Sylvia Cary, LMFT

Short Bio: (75 Words)

Sylvia Cary, licensed psychotherapist and award-winning author, has traditionally published four books (on addiction) and “indie” published one book on writing: The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published. She has an editorial business, Cary Editorial & Book Consulting (www.sylviacary.com) and has “book-doctored” 26 books by other authors (on many topics) through to publication. She is currently working on a second book about writing as well as a historical novel — her first.

Medium Bio:

Sylvia Cary, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and the author of 5 published books — 4 traditionally published and one “indie” published, so she knows both worlds. She has an editorial business, CARY EDITORIAL & BOOK CONSULTING at www.sylviacary.com, and is herself a small publisher (www.TimberlakePress.com), focusing on addiction-related books. Cary gives frequent publishing workshops.

Her latest book, The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published (available on Amazon.com, BN.com, and Kindle) won the “GOLD” in the 2013 Dan Poynter Global E-book Awards; was named a winner in the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards; and was a Finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA). In October 2015 she was given the Irwin Award from the Book Publicists of Southern California for “best marketing campaign” for TheTherapist Writer. Her mission is to help other writers get their books out into the big world. “The publishing world changes daily. Publishing today is easier than ever before,” Cary says. “So why not do it?”

Longer Bio

Sylvia Cary, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist in Los Angeles specializing in addiction and creative issues. She is the author of four traditionally published books and her most recent, The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published, which won the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Award, was a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Award (NIEA), and won the 2013 Global Ebook Award for the Kindle E-Book version. She won the Irwin Award from the Book Publicists of Southern California in 2015.

Cary has written five produced educational videos and dozens of articles which have appeared in national magazines (mostly on addiction and other mental health topics).  She was given the Clark Vincent Award by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to honor her literary contributions to the mental health profession. Also a screenwriter, Sylvia served as the Director of Marketing for the Scriptwriters Network, won first prize (for features) in the Carl Sautter Memorial Scriptwriting Competition for her historical script, THE LADIES WAR, which was optioned by a Los Angeles production company. (Unfortunately,it was never made). For about a decade she wrote screenplay analysis (“coverage”) for a Los Angeles movie distribution company.

Cary has taught classes on psychology, writing, and addiction, has been a repeat guest lecturer at the Betty Ford Center, and was on the Advisory Board of Men’s Fitness magazine as a specialist in addictive behavior. She wrote over twenty articles for Men’s Fitness on mental health topics. 

She was married for 28 years to a Danish-born computer programmer, Lance Henrik Wolstrup, who died in January of 2013. She has two adult daughters and two young grandchildren and three rescue cats, each with a unique personality so they could be characters in a book.

Awards and Recognition

Sylvia Cary received the Irwin Award for her book, The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published, from the Book Publicists of Southern California (BPSC), in the category of “Best Niche Campaign.”SylviaIrwinAward2015

The Award was named for the organization’s publicist founder, Irwin Zucker, as a way to formally and publicly recognize BPSC members who conducted the best book sales/ promotion campaigns. The honorees shared with the audience the steps they took that led to the success of their book promotion campaigns. The event took place at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California.
Cary's book, "The Therapist Writer," won the GOLD in the 2013 Global Ebook AwardsSylvia Cary, LMFT, a Los Angeles area author and licensed psychotherapist, has won a Gold Medal in the 2013 Global eBook Awards for the digital version of her latest book, The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published.

For the paper version of "The Therapist Writer," Cary won the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Award for non-fiction / referenceThe Global eBook Awards, now in its third year, brings attention to the prediction that in the next five or ten years, over 90% of new books will be eBooks. Cary’s win, which was in the category of writing and publishing, is the third such honor for The Therapist Writer. The book was also named a Winner in the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards, and a Finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) – these last two were for the paper version.

“She Speaks!”

Sylvia Cary, LMFT, addressing the Book Publicists of Los Angeles at the monthly meeting at the Sportsmen's Lodge

Sylvia Cary, LMFT, addressing the Book Publicists of Los Angeles at the monthly meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge

Sylvia Cary lives in the Los Angeles area and is available for talks, panels and interviews on topics related to self-publishing. She speaks on such topics as:

Speaking Topics Include:

  • Why Getting Published is Good for Business
  • Publishing for Mental Health Professionals: Special  Considerations
  • The 10 Perks of Gett ing Published
  • Publishing for Your Inner Circle (for those who hate book marketing)

Memberships:

  • Sylvia Cary is a member of a number of a number of organizations:
  • The Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC)
  • Book Publicists of Southern California (BPSC)
  • Independent Book Publishers Association
  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists

To contact Sylvia Cary by email:

Teaching Classes, Writing Groups & Workshops

Sylvia Cary teaching a workshop on self-publishing at OfficeSlice Coworking in Sherman Oaks. A Power Point demonstrations lets attendees SEE the whole process on the screen.

The Writing Group is a must for writers everywhere — a place to get feedback, ask publishing questions, support each others projects, and feel you are not out there writing all ALONE. This is a monthly, free drop-in writing group at Crown Books in Woodland Hills, California. Sylvia Cary (left in green top) has been the facilitator for this group over a decade. It is one of a number of satellite writing groups sponsored by the Independent Writers of Southern California (iwosc.org).

 

Things I Love

My self-appointed mentor, the late Dan Poynter,, self-publishing guru. He didn’t know he was my mentor, but I’d attend his talks whenever he was in town. He inspired me.

Photography — Was the “class photographer” even in grade school. This is “the lake” in Calabasas, California

Yes, the grandchildren! Lily and Lyle.

Rescue Cats – This is Diamond, adopted from the Agora Animal Shelter, sick and feeble and now all grown-up and a princess.

Decorating, French Country and Victorian. This was from an old blog I wrote called “Decorating for Writing.:

Adirondak Chairs on green lawns

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