“Don’t be dependent on anyone – this is my sentiment. We each have to strengthen and develop ourselves through our own efforts. We must never surrender to any foe or difficulty. We must be fearless. This is the true spirit of self-reliance.”
– SGI President Daisaku Ikeda
After reading this quote yesterday, I realized that I don’t want to wait any longer to publish my memoir. It seems as if I’ve been waiting a long time – too long – for many things. I’ve been waiting for the mafia voices and everyone else who has been stalking and harassing me to go away and leave me alone forever. I’ve been waiting for a publishing offer from an editor or agent. I’ve been waiting for this entire ordeal to be over. I don’t have the patience to wait any longer. I believe I am only wasting my time.
Instead, I have decided to self-publish my memoir using Amazon’s Create Space self-publishing program. It’s free, and all I need to do is format my manuscript according to their specifications. I even found a beautiful cover already designed by Create Space! Perfect. In addition to the quote above, I was very inspired by Ashley Smith’s book, What’s On My Mind. I ordered her book and started reading it a few days ago. I discovered Ashley’s blog, Overcoming Schizophrenia, a few years ago when I was still connecting online with other women and organizations dealing with schizophrenia. I’ve discontinued this, but I am still very inspired by Ashley Smith and her new book. Ashley self-published her book using Create Space and it looks great, and is incredibly encouraging for anyone managing mental health challenges.
I hope to continue working on my manuscript over the next week or two, after which it will be available for sale on Amazon as a paperback. I will also include a link to purchase my memoir on this website.
Thanks for reading!