LA Psychotherapist Wins Gold in 2013 Global E-book Awards

When author / therapist Sylvia Cary, LMFT, first got published, her colleagues came to her to ask how she did it. She wrote the award-winning, "The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published," mainly to teach them the ropes.
By: Timberlake Press, Sylvia Cary, President
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - Sept. 9, 2013 - PRLog -- LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, September 9, 2013 – Sylvia 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.” (Timberlake Press). The 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. Writers need to start preparing for this change now.

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) – the last two were for the paper version.

Back in the 1990's after Cary had published four books on her specialty as a therapist, alcoholism, her colleagues began contacting her to find out how she did it. They wanted to get published, too. That triggered Cary’s decision to start an editorial business (Cary Editorial & Book Consulting), and then a publishing company (Timberlake Press). While editing the books of other professionals, it was clear to Cary that there was a need in the marketplace for a book on writing aimed at mental health professionals. “Most mental health professionals need help!” she jokes. "At least when it comes to getting published. They are clueless about the publishing process and don’t see themselves as authors so they don’t read books on publishing." In order to help her colleagues get their books out into the world, Cary wrote and “indie” published The Therapist Writer, both in paper and as an Ebook.  “At present, authors should have both paper and digital versions of their books,” Cary says. "In a decade it's going to be a different story."

The Therapist Writer covers all the basics for the therapist author, including chapters on the publishing industry and all the changes that have happened as the result of the Internet, digital printing, and, of course, Ebooks. Other chapters include how to pick the best publishing option, legal issues (such as registering a copyright and client confidentiality), and additional chapters on how a therapist can nail their niche and find a book in it, how to find a book’s audience, how to become a publishing company, and forty-five pages on book marketing A-Z. “Some therapists have spent decades on their specialty but they don't write down all they know on paper. I consider it my mission to encourage them to write down what they know before they get hit by a bus! The world needs their knowledge in order to cope with their often difficult daily lives.” She adds, “Writing a book or an eBook is the quickest way for a therapist to share the wealth of their experience and become known as an expert. In fact, getting published is good for business – no matter what business you’re in.”

The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published. Timberlake Press, 2012. 216 pages. $17.95 (paper); $9.99 (Kindle version). ISBN 9780982884799.  A media kit is available on the book’s website:

Sylvia Cary, LMFT, a licensed psychotherapist in the Los Angeles area, specializes in addiction and creative issues. She has a “book-doctor” business, Cary Editorial and Book Consulting, and is also available for speaking, solo or on panels. In addition to the three awards for The Therapist Writer, she was the recipient of the Clark Vincent Award by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist to honor her literary contributions to the mental health profession. Her publishing company is Timberlake Press, P.O. Box 129, Woodland Hills, CA, 91365, USA.
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