I remember the day I sent in my submission. It was the first time I had ever sent away my words to be scrutinized, read by an editor, and looked at by someone in a professional manner. I was nervous, excited, and felt sick to my stomach.
What if they told me it was terrible?
What if they laughed?
What if this was the end of my writing career and I hadn’t even started yet?
I hit send with the belief that I was putting myself out there in order to change someone’s life. I wanted them to read my words and know that they weren’t alone. I wanted to make a difference.
And then one day, when I was least expecting it, an email came from Alyson Rennick Herzig and Jessica McNeill Azar telling me my words would be included in their book, Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor!
To say I was thrilled would be an understatement.
To be included along with so many other talented writers who have shared their stories?
This book is about bringing people with mental illness, their families, and their friends together and understanding what the struggle is all about. It’s about educating, hearing the stories of those who have been there, and supporting one another.
It’s about “Laughing Stigma into Submission!”
The official launch date of the book is April 7, 2015 and it can be purchased in stores or on Amazon.
Thank you to all of you who encouraged me to put my writing out there. I’m so glad I listened. I couldn’t have done this without you.