Finally an Update I Will Love- My Memoir

It has been a long process. Seriously. There were so many days where I wanted to quit it all and give up my dreams of sharing my experiences with mental illness through a memoir.

My memoir— The Bipolar Writer, a dream that will become a reality in the coming weeks!

An Update on my Memoir – The Bipolar Writer

I had this goal at the start of writing my memoir. To show the many sides of my various diagnosis’ over the years— Bipolar One, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety & Insomnia. Just to name the various issues that I cover in my book. It’s finally almost done!

It has been a long, arduous process to edit/proofread my memoir. So many chapters and I wanted to keep them all. I struggled internally with how to structure the memoir. To I tell a chronological story? Well, that would make sense except my story covers the first ten years of my diagnosis. There are points where I remember things, but it is never in order in the way that my story unfolded. So I chose to do something different— at least in my mind. Just tell parts of my story— no particular order.

I am so close to the final draft which has hit many speed bumps along the way. I still need a cover artist (if anyone is interested, please email me @ jamesedgarskye22@gmail.com with some samples and a price.)

Which leads me to self-publishing. I have been reading about different ways to publish my memoir. I can go the digital book route at first and see where that takes me. I can self-publish with a company and sell physical copies of my book, but I am not sure that I have enough money for that quite yet. I have raised a lot from this blog— but not enough. The digital route seems my best chance at getting my first non-fiction work to the general public.

It will be one year in September since starting my memoir. It’s been an amazing journey, but one I am ready to finish.

With that said, I am opening up to all of my followers for the best publishing advice that you have, it would mean the world to me to finally publish The Bipolar Writer.

As always— Always keep fighting (AFK).

James Edgar Skye

Photo Credit: Thought Catalog

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23 Replies to “Finally an Update I Will Love- My Memoir”

      1. Yes! You should be. I’m excited for you! All the ups and downs, the roller coaster of emotions, of events that you’re going through, even the disappointments, will all be worth the final product.

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  1. Online self publishing isn’t too difficult… formatting is a pain, but there are a lot of sites on the internet that can help with that… the big thing about being published though is exposure… same as it is for the major publishers… only they have money and a network… that will honestly be the hardest part of all of this… finding ways to get the word out… just be prepared for that… and know it has nothing to do with your story or your writing… hopefully someone or a lot of someones will find your book… it will take off… and then you can write the next one… either way… be ready to write the next one… because it is all about the stories… best of luck on your journey…

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  2. Wishing you all the best in publishing. Maybe one day we will collaborate on a work. ❤

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  3. Reading parts of your memoir, this is going to help, motivate and inspire so many people. Congratulations!
    I hope you have found an editor for your blog by now and I wish you all the best on your future endeavors. I dare to say ‘future’, because I have a feeling you found your purpose. What better reason to keep on going step by step, day by day 😉
    Sending a big hug! XxX

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  4. Congrats.
    Digital route would seem to be best at the moment I’d say if you don’t have quite enough to self publish physically

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