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2020 Year in Review: Books

Year in review: Books

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!

Do you have any writing plans for 2021?

Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis and Psych Meds Made Simple book covers with snowy background

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25 thoughts on “2020 Year in Review: Books”

  1. Wow! I am super impressed with your tenacity and stick-to-it-ness and the clarity of your writing (and research). Congrats on the sale of the first book – may there be many more for that one and other ones to come….!

  2. I just ordered Managing the Depression Puzzle. I can’t wait to read it! Well, I plan to write a book. I’ve started writing notes for it already, and have a lot of work ahead of me.

  3. My third book took it square in the nuts this year too, but my second continues to sell. I think for those of us who are recluses, we probably don’t appreciate how rough it was on those strange extroverts.

  4. I’m thrilled to be featured in your diagnosis book!! I’m glad people are reading my story, and everyone else’s, too!! I’m super pumped about your stigma book!!

    Amen to shoving 2020 out the door already!! In my time zone, we have ten hours and 18 minutes and counting!!

    I hope to cook up some good writing projects in 2021!! I’ll keep you posted! I’m turning some ideas over!!

  5. I was inspired by your musings in writing your books. I started the other day to research how to get started. I found a site called “Book Baby” after I used “Amazon publishing” as a search term.
    I have been thinking about writing for some time now. Someone on Twitter years ago thought that my style would lend itself to a Devotional. She loved the way I would use personal things and weave around them some Spiritual thought.
    So, yes, I am thinking about exploring the Devotional idea.

  6. That’s amazing! Right now writing a book is only a dream but I’m hoping 2021 is the year I finally get serious about it. Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks! It was sheer good luck that I happened to write something that there was a hole in the market for. I wouldn’t have the slightest clue how to market research that ahead of time, though.

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