Publishing for a Change, LLC presents Gail Dickert, author of #RecoveryInRealTime as shares more about the writing process behind her "Anti-workbook" for surviving multiple traumas.
"Did I really write a book about trauma?"
I've asked myself this for almost a year. Releasing #RecoveryInRealTime was one of the bravest things I've ever done, but failing to put a marketing plan behind it until now was not simply out of lack of resources. It costs a lot to let people know you created something...
But the resources I needed weren't financial or creative.
This was purely a lack of emotional and psychological resources - if you're going to publish a resource for survivor of trauma, you must make sure you are ready for the attention that comes with it.
I was not ready to tell more of my story. After participating in the Our America segment in 2013 for survivors of conversion therapy, I thought I would never do another interview about that trauma. After participating in some advocacy work for conversion therapy survivors in January 2014, I did a few interviews and testified in the Virginia Assembly and once again, walked away from the attention that comes with being a survivor.
Why have I continued to have a false start every time I decide to participate in an open conversation about being a survivor?
Even after publishing #RecoveryInRealTime, I stepped back from interviews or public discussions about the book.
I hoped that the book itself would break silence...
I hoped that it would quietly catch fire and I could know I was helping survivors without actually speaking more about my experiences.
I hoped that I wouldn't need to put myself out there directly...
But that's not how activism works.
I need to talk about what it's like to grow up with an addict.
I need to talk about what it's like to grow up with a neighbor who can't keep his hands off of you.
I need to talk about what it's like to have trusted pastors, youth ministers, and teachers preying upon your innocence in the name of god.
I need to talk about what it's like to be trapped in a young man's car, terrified of what he might do to you next.
I need to talk about what it's like to stand at a burning car as a man dies from his own decision to end his chances of hope.
I can't hide the stories behind the skills that the book represents.
It has taken me almost a year since publishing the book, but I'm ready...
To explain why I'm an expert when it comes to surviving trauma.
So get your print or e-book copy of #RecoveryInRealTime and be prepared to follow along as I post some specifics behind each of the hashtags.
It's going to be an intense process...
But I'm ready.
And so are you!