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WOODLAND HILLS, CALIFORNIA. Thousands of mental health professionals have years of valuable experience and expertise packed in their heads -- enough to fill a dozen books – but they never write down all they know. When it comes to actually putting their knowledge on paper and getting published, most mental health professionals are at a total loss. They are clueless about the mechanics of how it’s done, and are too busy being therapists to find out. They need a little help from a publishing expert who also knows their business. And when it comes to all the new publishing options, they throw their hands and run for the nearest therapist’s couch.
Well, help is finally here in the recently published, “The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published” by Sylvia Cary, LMFT, a licensed psychotherapist and the author of five books. The Therapist Writer is jam-packed with writing information on how to pick topics, how to decide on genres, zero in on salable angles, and factor in on what’s already been written about. There are chapters on how to structure a query letter, write a book proposal, find an agent, pick a publisher, and even become a small “indie” publisher themselves.
Of particular value to mental health professionals who want to write are the chapters on:
· the perks of get published for therapists
· how therapists can start building a platform
· special issues such as maintaining client confidentiality
· legal issues, such as trademarks and copyrights
· finding the right audience for their book
· how to market the book once it’s published – the hardest job of all
“Getting a book published is the quickest way for a mental health professional -- or anyone in any profession -- to become known as an expert,” says Cary. “I did it. Others have done it. You can do it.”
The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published (Timberlake Press, 2012), 216 pages. #ISBN 97809828847-