Turning a difficult story into a positive book
I’ve worked with a lot of authors with difficult stories to tell. Stories of abuse, stories of mental and physical illness, and stories that have taken their writers to some dark places. But I know that telling your story can be an extraordinarily cathartic process.
It’s not an easy thing to do, but many people feel better for speaking their truth, knowing that it has the capacity to help so many others.
My experience working on mental health memoirs
Some people call them misery memoirs, but I think that’s disingenuous. Some of the mental health memoirs that I’ve worked on have been amazingly powerful and transformative books. Yes, there’s misery, but there is so much more to these stories.
I spent several years working at a publishing house dedicated to mental health books and memoirs, and I’ve helped many people turn their amazing real-life stories into compelling books.
You might be wondering whether I have worked with anyone who has had a similar experience to you, or how I can distinguish between your story and somebody else’s. We can talk about all of that. Feel free to ask me about the books I’ve worked on, and, if you like, I can send you some examples.
Wanted to pass on my thanks with Another Peak. Even being my second book, getting my hands on a real copy is always a great feeling and makes everything worthwhile. It looks great and I’m pleased with how it turned out. Thanks again for all your work in bringing it together – the feedback so far has been fantastic and I’m looking forward to hearing more.Alex Staniforth – author of Another Peak
The advantages of having someone objective working on your mental health memoir
Working with somebody entirely independent and objective on your memoir can be incredibly helpful. Because I come to your story with no preconceptions, and no knowledge about your experience, I will make sure your manuscript answers all the questions your readers would want to ask.
My objectivity will help me to challenge you in different ways. I will want to dig into the feelings you describe so that your reader can feel some of what you felt. By the time we’ve finished, your story will be accessible to a wider audience.
We can also talk about the reasons why you want to tell your story, and that will help us write the kind of book that does justice to you and your experience. Together we can turn the key events of your life into a compelling narrative that will take your readers on a journey, and leave them changed by the experience.
Telling your own mental health story
Whether you’re looking to publish or self-publish your mental health memoir, I can help you. I’ll start by talking though the ways in which the ghostwriting or editing process can work. (It’s all very flexible, so we can find a way of working that suits you.)
If you have a difficult story to tell, and you feel ready to tell it, let me know.
If you’re keen to write your own mental health story but need help on specific aspects of your writing, working with a writing mentor could also be a good option.