17 Years and Counting

Imagine my surprise when I ran across this group.  Teaching people about Manic Depression (Bipolar Disorder) has been my personal mission for 17 years.  In 1990, sitting in the smoldering remains of what had been my life, I began Invisible Driving, an unprecedented memoir of manic depression that actually takes readers inside a manic episode and lets them experience it for themselves.  Yes, 17 years of writing, rewriting, getting jerked around by agents, publishers, and producers until I finally decided to publish it myself.  Today it's available on Amazon, but that's not where the story ends.  Because without a powerhouse publishing company behind me I must rely on my ingenuity to draw attention to this book, which, in addition to being a hilarious, rip-roaring roller coaster of a read, can play an instrumental role in shedding light on this accursed illness, the illness that nearly cost me my life and has claimed the lives of so many.  Whatever shall I do?
ElLagarto ElLagarto
56-60, M
4 Responses Jul 11, 2007

Or at least take your ghosts out for a nice day at the park! ;- )<br />
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I encourage you to write. Even if you don't end up chatting with Oprah, the process of reviewing and writing about your experiences will be very, very rewarding for you.<br />
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God luck my fellow Bipolar Bear!! :- )

Keep up the fight to educate the dumb my friend, I am a female 44rys wise and have had bipolar for as long as I care to remember, I also thought of writing of my experiences but as yet the demands from my family have held me back, one day maybe I will be able to express my emotions onto paper and lay to rest my ghosts. x

These are good suggestions, and part of my strategy. The book is good. Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, the nation's leading specialist in Bipolar Disorder, called Invisible Driving "one of the best autobiographical descriptions of the illness I have ever read." He will be including a review of it when he reprints his book, Surving Manic Depression.

I wish there were more people willing to share their stories. Since we are all different, it is sometimes hard to find a story that resembles our own. Thus, it's hard to find hope, sometimes. <br />
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Suggestion: Send a copy of your book to the local chapters of support groups, if the "heads" like it they will recommend it. Also, see if there are therapy associations, and contact them to see if they are interested in showcasing your book. If it's good, they may just do that.