After I let my most recent book (Managing the Depression Puzzle) out into the world in February, it was time to start working on book #4. I thought I’d give all of you a writing update on how it’s coming along.
I haven’t settled on a title yet, but the book is going to be about mental illness stigma. It will cover what stigma is, what contributes to it, the various different contexts in which it gets applied, what’s known about the different strategies that are used to try to decrease stigma, and what we can do about it.
I haven’t done any actual writing yet, but I’ve got the structure laid out and done loads of research. I’ve read about things like universities that kicked students out of residence because of suicide attempts, states that allow parents to lose custody of children because of mental illness, and police forces that release information about Mental Health Act apprehensions as part of routine background checks that are often required for employment.
The research has been fascinating to do, so hopefully that will translate into an interesting book.
I’ve got some research left to do in specific focus areas, but it shouldn’t be all that long before I start pulling it all together and getting some real writing done. I have no timeline set for this book at all. I’ll probably have it ready to release sometime next year, but it’ll be ready when it’s ready; for now, I’m quite content to work on it at a leisurely pace.
This book, like my previous books, will be self-published. I like the freedom and control that gives, and pitching a book to agents or publishers isn’t my idea of fun. I don’t like the marketing aspect and i’m not good at it, but I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with ads on Amazon as a way of getting books in front of eyeballs.
It’s nice having a book a as a longer-term project outside the blog. I’ve got a few more ideas for when this book is done, so I’m not going to stop writing anytime soon.
Do you have writing projects underway outside of your blog? How are those coming along?
A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing is a mini e-book containing all the knowledge and tricks that I’ve picked up from self-publishing two books. It’s available from the MH@H Store.