Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Get My Bibliotherapy Book on Kindle! Tolstoy Therapy: A Fiction Prescription

Tolstoy Therapy: A Fiction Prescription -
my ebook on bibliotherapy and the joy of
The project that I've been working on since the start of summer has finally come to a close: I've published my ebook! I could have spent another ten years editing it, I'm sure, but I decided to silence my perfectionism and simply get on with it.

I finally decided on the title "Tolstoy Therapy: A Fiction Prescription", although my boyfriend was certain that his suggestion of a subtitle ("Beautiful Books for Beating Beastly Bad Thoughts") would guarantee a bestseller. I've also decided to publish under my Mum's surname, as I'm still a little uncomfortable with employers, friends and family knowing about such personal issues. Some of you may not agree with this, but perhaps my decision will change with time. What do you think about having a pen name?

What's in my bibliotherapy book

There are ten chapters on specific issues, feelings and situations - for instance anxiety, making choices, and spending time alone - followed by a guide to how rereading, memorising poetry, and forming a reading habit can help you. There are also some lists in the appendix to help readers get closer to finding the perfect book for them.

My experience of using bibliotherapy for my PTSD and anxiety does provide a backbone to the book, but I wanted to largely focus on the reader and show how it is possible for anyone to find their perfect fiction prescription.

The book couldn't have been completed without the stories that so many of you have contributed, and for this I am so grateful. Thank you!

It would be great if you could give the book a read and let me know what you think. I'm planning to offer it as a free Kindle ebook this Friday, so remember to log in to Amazon then if you'd like a free copy! I'll also keep it at the lowest price I can for the first week or so.

I'd like to make sure that everyone who contributed gets a free copy - alongside all of you kind enough to comment on the blog regularly - so if you are one of these people and you won't be able to download it on Friday (or if you want it sooner!) get in touch.

It's been such a great experience writing this ebook, and it's really inspired me to think more about how I can spend my time writing in the future. November is coming up, but I'm not sure if starting NaNoWriMo will be a little too soon for me!

Here's the link to the book on Amazon UK
Here's the link to the book on Amazon US


Fionaing said...

I am impatient and bought it. :)

Well done on publishing your first book. In regards to your use of pen name - I agree to an extent and were I ever to write anything to be published I doubt I'd use my own surname either. It's a matter of the public, the personal and the professional. An author I consider a public sort of career. You're putting yourself out there in a way you might not do in your own personal life, or at work.

It may come in handy with potential employers but then at least you could let them know about it on your own terms rather than letting the power of Google do the work for you. The same goes I suppose for family and friends.

Brian Joseph said...

Congratulations on the publication! That is awesome!

I totally get the pen name thing. There are certain views and discussions that really lend themselves to compartmentalization.

Riv said...

Congratulations, Lucy! How wonderful :)

I definitely want to read it! I don't have electronic reader yet, but my birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I've heard words "e-reader" and "gift" being used in our household lately, so maybe, maybe - and maybe your book will be the first one I get for it :)

Maria @ A bookworm's life said...

Congratulations Lucy! This is really exciting!
Just thought to let you know, there's a "t" missing from "Tolstoy" on the cover.

tolstoytherapy said...

Thanks Maria, you're a lifesaver! I've uploaded the correct versions of the cover now - that's clearly evidence I haven't been resting enough lately! Let me know if you decide to read it :) I hope you're well and having lots of time for reading. All the best, Lucy.

tolstoytherapy said...

Thanks Riv! You'll have to let me know if you do get an e-reader :) Otherwise let me know and I'll email you the manuscript to have a flick through! Or I'll get a print copy especially for you! Hope you're well, Lucy.

tolstoytherapy said...

Thanks Brian, it's been such an exciting project! I'm glad you think the same about the pen name thing - it was a tricky decision but I think it was the best one for me. Thanks for all your support while I was writing it! Best wishes, Lucy

tolstoytherapy said...

I hope you gain something from reading it, Fiona! You'll have to let me know what you think :)

I'm glad you think the same as me about the pen name thing. I think I made the right decision, and if I ever want to let employers know about it I can always explain the details of the pseudonym on my CV.

Again, thank you so much for all you contributed to the book! I really appreciate it.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts,

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Michelle said...

Hello, I would be really interested in buying your book. however I don't have any electronic reader. Would it be possible to buy you a printed copy or a pdf? Thank you.