Since September, I've written a 120,000-word memoir (and a second book, a 40,000-word mental health how-to book) and shepherded the output through the neverending, Bataan Death March-like book production process (which I've been writing about at Author-Zone.com), and today, finally, the results are live. (I'm half dead, but the books are live!)
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Before long, the manuscript was over 100,000 words (with 300 footnotes) and I realized this crazy style of giving scientific background info interwoven with deeply personal, often poignant narratives was actually working; this thing was really turning into a book. (I refused to believe it for the first six weeks.) It's the kind of tome that isn't exactly smiled upon by major publishers these days, because mental illness memoirs are seen as a "downer" (and thus to be avoided) unless you won a Nobel Prize or made a major motion picture, or you have a famous father, or your uncle discovered gravy, or whatever. I'm none of that, and this isn't a fairy tale. Of Two Minds is a gritty, real-world memoir that just happens to contain a lot of interesting science. (You can see the Index and TOC, plus 30,000 words' worth of sample chapters, at HackYourDepression.com right now.)
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That's not to say Of Two Minds isn't packed with practical advice (for patients, care-givers, and clinicians). It is. It's just that the topics covered in Hack Your Depression deserve to "live under their own roof," so to speak.
I've tried to keep the prices of both books low, rather than play games with pricing (e.g., set the price high so you can discount it later). Compared to an hour of therapy, the books are a bargain. The 120,000-word colossus is $24.95 and its smaller brother is $12.95. When I regain my sanity, I'll probably raise both of those prices, but that won't happen any time soon, don't worry.
In the meantime: Please head over to HackYourDepression.com to claim your free, unlocked PDF samples of the books. And let me know what you think. My e-mail address is in the Introduction to Of Two Minds, which you can download here.
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Before I forget, I want to thank the following
I hope I didn't leave anyone out. If so, I'll get you next time!