It’s Independence Day! July 4th. A Big Day here in the U.S. What a perfect time to launch my blog (The Therapist Writer), aimed at scribes who also happen to be mental health professionals. The purpose of this blog is to celebrate (and benefit from) the many changes that have taken place in the book business over the past decade, making it easier than ever for writers of all stripes (including therapist writers) to get published.
Some of the factors that have combined to bring about this perfect storm favoring writers include: The economic downturn of the traditional (New York) publishing industry; the explosion of the Internet; the digital revolution; the diminishing powers of the gatekeepers (agents, publishers, publicists, reviewers); the ease and affordability of indie authorship; the lessening of the stigma about being self-publishing; the success of eBooks and the expanding opportunities for online book distribution and marketing.
All these things have freed writers to achieve their mission of getting their work out into the world. There’s also a wealth of material (including other blogs!) to guide, teach and encourage writers through this process. Because I’m a psychotherapist as well as a published author (see my profile), my focus in this blog will be helping my fellow mental health professionals get published. But even if you’re not a therapist, I can promise you that the information, advice, hints, tips, stories, resources and others goodies you’ll find here will facilitate your creative independence so you can continue to practice (and hopefully profit from) your craft. So, writers — start your computers! I hope you enjoy this blog. Happy Independence Day!