In February, 2020, I published my third book, Managing the Depression Puzzle. It followed pretty rapid fire after Psych Meds Made Simple in Feb/19 and then Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis in Sept/19.
The timing wasn’t great for my latest book, coming out shortly before the COVID train plowed over everything. It didn’t manage to pick up any steam from advertising, and I’m guessing at this point that it probably just won’t, especially with a couple of low ratings. So what I’ve decided to do is revamp and expand it, adapting content that’s already on my blog, create a new cover, and release a 2nd edition to basically start over with it.
Releasing Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis last year was cool because it was a collaborative effort. It’s gotten into a groove with an ad campaign that’s generating regular sales, usually 2-3 copies a day. It’s gotten over 50 ratings/reviews on Amazon. Financially, it’s bringing in enough to cover the cost of advertising and not much more, but I’m okay with that; I’m just glad that people’s stories are getting out there.
The big surprise has been my first book, Psych Meds Made Simple. After not selling much last year, it took off this year. It now has over 300 ratings/reviews on Amazon. I guess it was a niche that was in need of filling, because it’s sold a lot of copies, which I certainly wasn’t expecting.
For anyone who’s interested in different book-selling platforms, I had by far the vast majority of my sales on Amazon, and advertising was a major driver of those sales. I had a few sales directly through my blog, and a handful through Google Play, Apple Books, and Kobo. After a year and a half being on Barnes & Noble and having no sales, I decided to just take down my listings there.
Shortly after I released book #3 in February, I started book #4, which will be about stigma. This book has involved far more background research than any of my others, and it was only in the last couple of months I started moving from researching to actual writing. Being the geek that I am, I’ve liked tracking down all the bits of information. I have no timeline with it at all; it’ll be done whenever it’s done.
There will definitely be a book #5 after that one, although I don’t know yet what it will be about. It won’t be a memoir, though; that’s not off the table entirely for the future, but I’m just not feeling it right now.
Goodbye 2020, don’t let the door hit you on the way out!
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