Publish and Follow Your Dreams

January 2001
by Leanne Chilton

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I’ll tell you what it’s like to publish a book. You write it, you read and study The Self-Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter, you hire a printer, you publish your book under your company name, and then you wonder why you did all this. You have 1,000 books in print on how to survive epilepsy and brain surgery, but who cares? How will you get people to read your book when you’re doing all you can to forget about it?
When I was first diagnosed with epilepsy, I didn’t want to believe it! I was also having grand mal seizures in my sleep about every couple of weeks. I’d wake up with blood on my pillow from biting my tongue, a really bad headache, a short-term memory that didn’t work very well, and some really sore muscles. They were seizures all right, and they were as real as they get. But I didn’t want to be categorized as a disabled person. At the time, it seemed like a social stigma that I didn’t want to be associated with.
I had brain surgery five and a half years ago to get my life back. And it worked! After surgery, I decided to write and publish my book because I felt there was a need for it. I just knew people would come flocking out of the woodwork to hear about this exciting miracle. How could I be well? How could I be alive? Didn’t the world want to know?
The answer is “yes” and “no.” Everyone has their own mountains to climb and their own reasons for climbing. When you keep this in mind, it will make marketing your book a much easie…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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