Saturday, 17 September 2016

We Wrote a Book!

Writing a book—a book like ours at least—isn’t about the book itself. Not really. It’s about connections. I have my copy of High Tide, Low Tide beside me this morning as I sit at my favourite table at CaffĂ© Nero, and thus far I’ve had two conversations sparked by it.

Neither conversation resulted in a sale, but each resulted in an opening of heart between me and the other person. And it’s not just since the book has been published, although that certainly helps. Throughout its four year journey from inception to realisation, our book has brought me and Fran into contact—into connection—with folk we simply would not otherwise have met.

Some call it networking. Some call it platform building. It is both these things, and much more. It is what happens when you find your feet on the right road (what Spock described to Kirk as one’s “first, best destiny”) and open oneself to what the journey may bring. I have learned a few things.

  • Not everyone you meet is supportive. Most are.
  • Not everyone is open to the changes the journey brings in you. Most are.
  • Not everyone can see that your dreams do not threaten them. Most can.
  • Not everyone in your life at the start of the journey will stay the distance. Most will (and how many more!)

We wrote a book! If you are reading this (whether you buy a copy or not!) we’re glad you stuck with us, or found us along the way, or were here all along. Whatever, we are glad you are here!

High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend's Guide to Bipolar Disorder is available at: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, and Barnes & Noble.

Marty

 

2 comments:

  1. What a fascinating post. I'm glad I came across it.

    Your book is such an awesome accomplishment. Congratulations to the two of you! I have tremendous admiration for you both. My husband co-wrote his book with his friend, and it took them seven years to get it out into the world. I called their book the "other woman"! ;) She, I mean the book, has done tremendously well.

    I'm a writer with bipolar disorder, peripartum onset (postpartum bipolar disorder) and I've been slammed by this mood disorder since 2007. Before that, I watched my father struggle with bipolar disorder. Sadly he died in 2009, so he's unable to be here for the 2017 release of my memoir "Birth of a New Brain - Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder", but I feel he's with me in spirit.

    You have a great atttitude in terms of your message and promoting your book; that's refreshing. I'm so glad you shared what you've learned because your hard-won lessons will help me. Take care and best of luck to you both!

    Dyane

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    1. Hi Dyane - thank you so much for commenting, I am really glad you found us! It is responses like yours that mean so much because it means we must be doing something right!

      Our book is available now, but we would love to invite you to our official Facebook launch event on October 1, if you are interested. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/events/310992162588420/

      We'd love to hear more about your personal journey, and your book. If you'd like to guest on our blog, that would be awesome - we have a few guidelines on our Contact Page (http://www.gumonmyshoe.com/p/contact.html).

      Would also love to connect on fb, twitter etc -- our links are on that same Contact page.

      ~Marty

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