Writing and Publishing a Book: A Guide for Therapists

Writing and publishing your book: A guide for therapists


I’m excited to announce that my new book, The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism: Evidence-Based Skills to Help You Let Go of Self-Criticism, Build Self-Esteem, and Find Balance,  has just been published by New Harbinger Publications!

The writing and publishing process

From start to finish, the process of writing and publishing my book took about two years.

The actual writing took a solid year, which was the timeline the publisher suggested. This turned out to be a reasonable pace for me since I was seeing clients part-time and I’ve got three kids keeping me busy at home.

We spent several months on the front-end solidifying the topic for the book and negotiating the contract. This including writing an outline for the book and submitting sample chapters for the publisher to review. And after the manuscript was submitted, it took about six months for editing, cover design, marketing, printing, and so forth.

From blogging to writing a book

Finding a publisher that’s interested in your book idea or manuscript can be a bit of a mysterious process. I was fortunate to be approached by New Harbinger to write The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism because of my blogging in this niche.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog and newsletter, you already know that I’m a big proponent of blogging as a way to market your private practice or wellness business. Blogging was instrumental in building my private practice by creating that magic SEO that your website needs to show up in Google searches. Blogging also helped me establish my expertise and credibility as an expert in my niche. This, in turn, helped me attract clients – and publishers!

Blogging worked so well for me that I began running a blogging class for therapists about two years ago, to help others master blogging and create an online presence.

who to write and publish your self-help book

Are you interested in writing a book?

There are so many ways to go about publishing a book these days. Self-publishing is a popular option and I know multiple therapists who have successfully done this. I also wrote two short e-books that I sell directly from my website and there has definitely been a decent return on the time I invested in creating them. And, of course, many people write a book first and then go about finding a traditional publisher.

No matter how you go about it, writing a book takes time, discipline, organization, patience, and the ability to tolerate criticism! And you’re probably not going to get rich doing (most of us aren’t going to be the next Brene Brown). But I’m glad I rose to this challenge. It’s extremely gratifying to have colleagues, clients, and total strangers tell me what a helpful resource my book is. So, if you’re thinking about writing a book, don’t let fear, or anything else, stand in your way!

If you’ve got a question about writing or publishing a book, feel free to leave it in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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Sharon Martin has a passion for clinical supervision, mentoring new social workers, blogging, and reading all things social work related. She is a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years in the field. Sharon has worked extensively in Bay Area non-profits and successfully runs a private counseling practice in San Jose. Sharon writes regularly for PsychCentral and the Good Men Project. She's also the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism.

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