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Don’t Mistake the Middle for the End

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books.jpgI realize the more professional thing to do would be to keep this to myself, but, since I’ve always vowed to be as truthful as possible in my blog, here it is …
I’ve been in the process of mourning an end to my book writing career.
In the publishing business, you are only as good as your last book, and, well, for some reasons that I couldn’t control, my last book was a stillborn, dead at birth. It got lost in the shuffle from editorial to publicity to sales, and resulted in really bad numbers … the kind that put an end to a book writing career.
I always knew that you were at the mercy of numbers, but I forgot that you can’t control things, situations, that work against you. And sometimes you just have to go on living with the circumstances.
“It’s the end. God, I’ve reached the end,” I cried to a good friend yesterday, trying to brainstorm about where to go next, what other careers I could do: teaching high school religion, publicity for the Naval Academy, driving the water taxi downtown.
“It’s the middle,” she said back to me. “Don’t mistake the end for the middle. You don’t know what God has in store for you.”
I suppose she’s right. I mean, the last time I said, “This is the end,” I was hospitalized, listening to a guy bang his head against the wall as I cried to my mentor over the phone. I had absolutely no reason to believe that my future involved anything promising. I mean, I wasn’t able to drive myself at that point. How would I get to an office? Becoming a mental health advocate through writing and speaking? No one could have convinced me of that.
And now, as I mourn the death of what has been an important arm of my career, I must not lose sight that sometimes there are surprising beginnings in what we deem ends, and that we don’t always understand God’s plans as they unfold.
I can’t thank my readers enough for all the affirmations you’ve sent lately. I have printed all of them and stuck them in my self-esteem file, because, as you well know, when a door slams shut in your face, it is so very tempting to abandon everything that involves putting yourself out there.
So thank you.

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  • Michelle

    Therese,
    I don’t believe it’s the end of your book writing career. But if it is, there will be compensations; we just don’t know what they are yet. You are such an authentic, transparent, beautiful soul with such generosity of spirit and an incredible writing talent. I’m not convinced that anything will be able to keep you down…not even a botched job of publishing. You are in my prayers, for regardless of the outcome, this is truly a time of mourning.

  • Anya

    Therese,
    Your friend is absolutely right! Remember the quote “Everything will be ok in the end, and if it’s not ok, then it’s not the end”? You are not even in the middle, you are at the beginning of something unknown, and it’s a very uncomfortable feeling. Stay strong, ride the wave, it will bring you up soon!
    Anya
    P.S. By the way, your books are very good!

  • Mike

    “Nothing is over!” — Rambo

  • Mary

    Therese, your post prompted me to finally stop procrastinating and get around to ordering your latest book–something I had been meaning to do.
    I don’t know the publishing world like you do, but your conclusions seem like an example of black and white thinking, which I seem to remember you warning your readers against. I believe it’s premature to pronounce your book writing career dead. You are too talented and tenacious a writer to allow your voice to be stilled. Even Doris Lessing, who some regard as the queen of British letters, had trouble getting a book accepted for publication when she left her famous name off the manuscript.
    Think like a phoenix, and you will rise again. As you should.

  • Jarrod@ Optimistic Journey

    I believe you said it best at the very end, Therese, when one door slams shut in your face another opens. We don’t always know what the future has in store for us. Sometimes the death of a career could be the birth of an even greater career. I believe that your friend’s advice is some of the best advice we can get and I thank you for sharing, because it reminds us that just when we think the end has come we’ve only covered half of the bout. Stay encouraged, Therese, you’re in my prayers.
    Jarrod
    http://www.OptimisticJourney.com

  • http://mandymoves.blogspot.com Amanda

    I adored your last book. I read it in two sittings and couldn’t put it down. It came at such a good time, I felt so stagnant emotionally. I especially liked the chapter about yoga-friends who are anti medications, it finally got me to stop questioning if I was being weak or looking for a quick fix by being on them.
    I study literature and usually don’t like how self-help books are written, but the writing style is as authentic as your words. Your book helped me so much, and I ever bought a copy for a friend who is Bipolar.
    Thank you, and I really hope it isn’t your last–I just hope you find a better publisher and I’ll keep spreading word by mouth.

  • donna potts

    You book beyond blue was incredible. I read it in 2 days and sent it to my sister. We both have suffered our entire life of depression. It was laugh out loud funny and I related in so many ways. I posted on facebook the title and recommended to all my friends to read it. I also bought your new book you wrote about therapists guide. Anyway, you are so talented and I hope you continue to write!!

  • Keri

    I had never heard of you until the middle of the night last night. I was in the depths of despair and weirded out by the mental health chat forums I randomly clicked on. So I ended up on Amazon, searched “depression” and “suicide” and sorted the self help book results by the strongest reader reviews. Right near the very top was your book Beyond Blue. I read the reader reviews and there was something that called out to me in the middle of serious total darkness..your emphasis on both faith and therapy/meds. I’m Catholic too and when I bring it up in therapy I just get blank stares or vague questions about how I think my faith might be able to help me. So I downloaded your book, I’m almost finished reading it, and it is literally serving as my own personal Titanic lifeboat right now.
    Sales schmales. Go back and read your reviews. Your brave, smart writing has and will continue to save actual lives. Actual lives. Rock on and God bless you.

  • Nancy Coffman

    This is the first time I have visited your site. I probably should read more before posting but I can’t. I want you to know that it’s not the end! It simply can’t be! Ok maybe it is for book writing but I pray to God it isn’t!!! I hope this is the place to do this, if not forgive me! I must tell you my story, the short version anyway. I have suffered from depression my whole life! My latest episode has been going on for a while but this past week I began to give up and started thinking my family would be better off without me (again). I prayed for God to do something quick because I was tired of waiting to get better. Blah blah, you know how it goes. Tuesday, my son and I went to turn in an overdue book at the library and had a little time to spare so we looked around. At our library there is a display at the front that contains books of all different subjects. (I’ve never once made it past the children’s section of the library because I homeschool and there are so many exciting things to find I just can’t help myself.) So I enjoy glancing at this display briefly each time we are in there. Well that day my life changed!!!!!!! I was attracted first by an art book about Avatar but when I turned around there was your book, Beyond Blue. It was absolutely a God thing that I picked it up. I don’t usually read books on depression but I felt God moving me to “just do it”. The minute we got home I began reading and I stayed up until 5:00 a.m. Wed. morning and Thurs. morning, and until 2:00 a.m. Fri. morning when I finally finished it! It saved my life! Your honesty, humor, well everything about your writing is superb! Like I said I haven’t read much on this site and finding this book was the first time I’ve ever heard of you. While I want to beg you to write more, who am I to say what you should do. Actually, I take that back. : ) I’m alive because of you so in my book (haha) I say that qualifies me to “urge” you to keep writing!! I don’t know what happened with your book but I know for sure, 100 percent, without a doubt, absolutely, positively, God has a plan that will involve writing someway somehow because your talent is God given. You haven’t been through all you have been through to keep it private! Nope you are inspiring, uplifting, life-saving! I may not be able to function well most of the time but during my life God has shown me that His timing is perfect, His plan is perfect and never forget He has a plan to use you if you allow Him to. Personally I hope it’s writing more books (which he may be saying just not right now) ! I also hope it encourages you to know when I finished your book I emailed my closest friend who’s story is more like yours and told her she is gonna die well not die die but be so encouraged and happy and excited and ok I did say it isn’t a cure but the next best thing when she reads your book. I was actually going to Borders to get each of us a copy so I can refer to it to take some notes. So see, there are two more sales coming, hehe! Ok, I guess you get the picture by now so let me end by saying THANK YOU for keepin’ on keepin’ on! There’s a world full of smiles waiting to happen! God Bless you even more!

  • Elizabeth Partridge Conquer

    Therese
    As you know I love Beyond Blue and I am now reading your Pocket Therapist that I am thoroughly enjoying.
    It is the middle not the end.
    Your books and your blog have changed my life for the better. I feel like you have helped me find a new path towards sanity.
    This is what my cousin says – she is like my sister and dearest friend and suffers from depression too.
    “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
    It’s not the end, Therese, it’s the middle and it going to be okay.
    You’re a great person and a fantastic writer. I admire you so much.
    God bless you.
    Elizabeth

  • Kay Cardona

    Dear therese….i have bought both your books and think they are both great. Feels lke i finally found a kindred spirit in you. Do continue writing and dont deprive us of your great gift.

  • Christina W

    Maybe you just need to change publishers or consider publishing your books yourself. It doesn’t sound like your book was the problem – it sounds like it was the people handling your book – you help so many people – if you don’t want to write anymore that’s one thing – but don’t base your worth as a writer on what someone else thinks that’s “in the business” – certainly they know some things but in the end what drives them to publish your book is not what is driving you.
    Your blogs, this site, has helped me as well – many times I have fwd something from here to someone else. And for all of us who post here, think of those you are helping/have helped that aren’t posting..so..you, your writing..have a fan club – keep at it if you can – as far as teaching..if the beckons you, why not a class in depression/self esteem/ways to take care of yourself mentally/recongize when you need help? Be guest speaker?? There aren’t any classes like that out there for kids/teenagers or college students that I know of – there are “health” classes which are general and “psych” classes but nothing, that I know of, that speaks directly to the students. Good luck and don’t give up – just readjust.

  • Larry Parker

    Quite the contrary, Therese, I think you’ve been very professional in describing the situation if this is in fact what has happened — you literally poured your heart and soul into the book, you’ve shown the willingness and ability to promote it, the results haven’t been what you or the publisher wanted, but you believe to your marrow that the writing was your best ever. (And why not — anyone who has read the book knows that.)
    But I take your larger point as well. Having gone through a radical and radically lower earning career change recently (writing to real estate!) after moving 1,000 miles away, I’ve felt some of that same frustration. It’s, well, depressing at times.
    But I genuinely like my new job, for all that. It’s hugely challenging. I’m learning a lot of new skills, most of which are transferable to other, better jobs in the future. And, most importantly, it reminds me that simply having a job, even one out of left field and perhaps not as lucrative, still contributes to the twin goals everyone who reads Beyond Blue (or writes it, smile) shares:
    To stay integrated in our support network of family and friends, and most importantly to STAY HEALTHY.
    Anything that helps us do that is not the end.

  • La

    Einstein. Patent Office. Is all I will say on the matter
    God bless you Therese
    x x x

  • Cathy CH

    Just wanted to let you know that your blog is wonderful. So your book didn’t sell as you had hoped. So many factors go into the marketing of books, and the market is saturated with books about depression and self help.
    You are helping people by giving them a forum and letting them know that they are not alone in their struggle. What is more important than that? You are my hero.

  • Sheryl

    I so enjoy your blog and colume do not give up! I was trying to get my career started after a job loss and went back to school. I had one year and two internships under my belt toward my bs in Human services. I was in a terrible auto accident and someone died. I was wiped clean off the slate. I was kicked out of school, I lost my job, and the system put me in jail. I was not drinking i was coming home from a funeral and took a different route. I am still not allowed to drive and the isolation can be overwhelming. I am working on getting everything back in line. There is hope and maybe I may not do the grand things I hoped for but if I can help one person I have done something. You are one of my sources for hope. Don’t quit!!

  • http://www.annwidner.com Ann Widner

    Your blog has practically saved my life… and I love your books. I still carry The Pocket Therapist with me in my purse. You are an absolutely amazing woman, Therese, with so many gifts to share. You are my role model for living a sane life with mental illness. Keep following your bliss… listen to your insides. You will be led where you’re supposed to go. And, as you’ve taught me, just enjoy the journey.

  • http://www.charismatacoaching.com Anne Costa

    Therese, Therese, it’s not the end… just bend in the road and it is a sharp curve so you can’t see what is up ahead. Maybe God is leading you to another publishing house ( are you with a Catholic press?) I didn’t even know you wrote a book but now I will definitely get a copy!! Your honesty and experience are so helpful… the blog and videos have become a lifeline for me. Keep your heart open to the possibilities of what lies ahead… You are God’s instrument!

  • http://Fran Fran Michalek

    I read your book before you blog and I have probably underlined most of it. Success is measured in varied ways. Please know that your book was extremely validating and helpful to me and my family. For the first time I felt that there was someone putting into words the unique pain, frustration, craziness and, yes, humorous reality of living with mental illness. It was written for a purpose. And it will remain in my reference collection forever. Thank you for your honesty.
    Blessings to you!

  • Jill

    How ironic this was your post for today! I came in to write to you about how much I loved your Portable Therapist (as I did Beyond Blue) and how I was reading it slowly – to savor it. A few items each night, sometimes journaling about the topic, often laughing out loud. Then to read that the book isn’t successful?!?!?! (I know – by publishing standards…..). But still……….I beg to differ. For those of us that the book has reached, it is successful. And I hope there are many more of us that it gets to. I will certainly do my part in getting the word out. I hear your disappointment and hurt and do understand that but just want to point out that you’re judging it by only one set of standards. There are plenty of us out here that would urge you to judge it by another…..and that many of us THINK THE BOOK IS TERRIFIC AND A GREAT SUCCESS!! We appreciate you Therese and all that you do. Maybe the book will just be a late bloomer?!?!
    :) Much love and good wishes in the above statement – it just was so odd to have my sentiments in mind to send to you and then read your blog.

  • Ruby McGill

    I just want you to know that your writing has been very helpful and inspirational to me (as I am sure to many, many people). Despite all the talk to the contrary, there are still huge barriers faced by those with a mental health problem. My daughter, when I began reading your book “Beyond Blue” to her, cried and said “Someone understands how I feel.” Those are very powerful words; I cannot truly understand how she feels, even though I feel empathy with her, because I have not walked in her shoes. Don’t give up doing what God has laid on your heart. You will not know, until we meet in heaven, how valuable has been your input to so many lives. God bless.

  • Jeanne

    Therese, Your book Beyond Blue has meant the world to me and I plan to get your others. You are an extraordinary writer on an extraordinary topic. Your writing has kept me going and helped me to begin healing. You are not at the end. In this rapidly evolving world of new treatments, discoveries of causes, and hopefully, one day, cures, there will be much more to write and I believe you will be one of the successful authors writing about it. Keep the faith. You are absolutely irreplaceable. Thank you a million times for what you have done for so many of us. May God bless you and your family as you start on the this new part of your journey.

  • Margaret

    We will pray you through this.
    I love your book and passed it on to our daughter, who loves it also.
    God has a plan, it just hasn’t been revealed yet.
    Love,
    M

  • Samantha

    Therese,
    Please do not give up! You have touched my life in ways I cannot express. I recently purchased The Pocket Therapist after reading your first book. I am not familiar with the publishing business, but it seems your book has not been out long enough to accurately measure sales. As far as content and writing style, it is superb! You are a gifted writer. I am undergoing tremendous personal challenges.
    I look forward to your blog everyday. Please don’t go away!!
    S.

  • barb quester

    oh therese, your friend is right! don’t mistake the end for the middle. how wise are those words?? we all should take them to heart. i loved your book, but most people in America (and the world?) have enough problems of their own and don’t want to hear ours. did you see that? OURS. the depressives. the chronically ill. etc. don’t give up. i loved your book, and i believe most of your readers did too. because we UNDERSTAND. and just because we don’t have casts on our arms or bandaids on our foreheads, people think we’re fine, when we are far from fine. but they’ll never understand. i learned that a long time ago with CFS. if they aren’t ill with depression, bipolar, CFS, anything mental or unseen, they’ll never get it. hang in there. you are such a strong and wise woman and a lot of us depend on your writings. i am about to lose my therapist of 14 years because she is moving. am i scared? hell yeah. but God has a plan. for me. for her. and for YOU. you are in my prayers, barb

  • Adam

    Therese –
    I bought your book and I’m no idiot. I’m glad I did, and I read it and loved it. I would not look at your blog, have read your book, or bothered to type in these comments (which I NEVER do on any website) if it were not for the fact that the things you write have had a positive and meaningful effect in my life. Your courage, wits, and charm have made you one of my heroes, and I’m happy to be on your side. Thank you for your honest post.
    Adam

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Therese-
    I am sorry you will not be writing any more books but please don’t stop blogging! My morning routine would not be the same without my daily dose of Beyond Blue.
    Have you thought about going the self publishing route and privatly selling your books thru your website?! I would buy them!
    Your book Beyond Blue has changed my life. It really really has. It gave me the courage to finally take meds for my OCD and anxiety and I am doing so much better now!
    I identify so much with your story and found so much strength, courage and inspiration in your book.
    I also love The Pocket Therapist and have read thru that a few times already and highlighted my favorite passages.
    Don’t stop writing :-)
    Elizabeth-

  • Marie Miller

    Wow – I am shocked to hear your book didn’t sell well. I heard about it through various other sources and thought it would do well.
    As a lifetime depression sufferer who has found few answers, your blog has made an enormous difference to my life.
    Marie

  • calicali

    Thank you for this post Therese ~ I really needed it. My ‘career’ recently ended, and it is very scary, but, the beginning of something must always start w/ the end of something else. So, we don’t know if this is ‘the end’ of your writing. The hard part is, like a previous poster said, God only reveals the next step, not the next mile, which is what I want to know. What is next?

  • http://blog.psychlinks.ca djbaxter

    I agree with the others. I’m assuming that you’re talking about your Beyond Blue book? I’ve read it and liked it, and the feedback I’m getting says that others also appreciate it.
    I think you need to remember that (1) the world is still in a recession and I would guess that book sales are generally down at the moment, and (2) a lot of people, especially younger people in the YouTube and mp3 generation, look to alternate formats like Kindle and the iPad or plain old spoken word books they can play while driving. I’m not sure if Beyond Blue is even available in those formats but it might be something to explore.
    In any case, I’m a practising psychologist who of necessity has to read a lot of books in a year. Your’s was light and funny and at the same time profound, poignant, and hope-inspiring. There aren’t too many books that can lay claim to that sort of description.

  • Julie

    Therese –
    I have battled depression and anxiety since I was a young teenager. I’ve barely survived several severe episodes including one that I’m recovering from now. As my family and friends gathered for support, my psychiatrist worked with me on medication adjustments, and I just tried to survive each day, I asked someone to go to the bookstore and buy your book. It was the only thing I could read. Everything else overwhelmed me and I am an avid reader. I found your book immensely helpful to me throughout this episode. It reminded me that there are others who have experienced the depths that I have and brought me comfort and hope that I, too, would see better days. Thank you. Please continue your blog… it is a lifeline.

  • A Friend

    Elizabeth has a good point, ebooks are quick, convenient, profitable and cost effective, it may serve you well to use that method of distribution and marketing. Your friend is right, the middle is often mistaken for “the end”. Every end I’ve ever experienced, no matter how painful at the time, has brought me to a new and beautiful beginning and interesting opportunities. Keep your eyes open, when God shuts a door, He opens a new and better one, if He didn’t shut the old door, many of us would never see or experience the better options in front of us. I too love your blog and hope that you will continue to write it. Your writing career may not be over, it may simply be leading you into new avenues of writing that you haven’t yet experienced, new ways of marketing, different areas to write about.
    Hang in there, things really will get better, remember that a new dawn always comes when things look darkest and it comes, beautiful and brilliant, in the blink of an eye. Watch for the path opening before you, because open it will.
    Blessings to you!

  • Jill

    Therese,
    Gosh, I don’t where to start… You have saved my life, actually it was last week. I have battled depression since I was a child and now have been battling with bipolar very recently. Your book was a God send to me. I read sections of it daily and also your blogs. I have read many, many books on depression and no one has ever reached me like you do! I feel like I’m not alone when I read your books and your blog. I really don’t know what I would without your books and blog. God is always at your side. I know God is looking at you and smiling because of all the people you have helped. You are a treasure. Please take that in, because it is true

  • Elizabeth Judy

    I am very sorry that you feel you have to give up writing, as you have a wonderful talent. I completely agree with djbaxter that Beyond Blue is light and funny and at the same time profound, poignant, and hope-inspiring. When I bought it for me, I was in pretty bad shape, and grabbing onto anything that I though might keep me afloat. Since then I have spent 4 months desparately trying to help my family understand what it is like to be inside my head.
    So I bought 3 more copies of Beyond Blue (1 for my mother and sister to share, one for my brother and his wife in Pennsylvania, and one for my father in Virginia). They each made the same comment about how lucky I was to be so much better off than you, and it felt so good to say, “You don’t understand, Therese is living my life and visa versa.” To let them know that I too have spent days in bed unable to get up, hours in the fetal postion of my closet, crying to the point of hysteria, and a great deal of time researching the easiest, quickest, and least painful way to find what I hope would be eternal peace.
    So if you do choose to quit writing (which I think would be a huge loss), know that at least in my case, Beyond Blue managed to open the eyes of an entire family, embarrassed and in denial, and for that I will always be indebted to you. And PLEASE do keep up your wonderful blog. Elizabeth

  • Sue

    Therese, I suspect you’re going to have a lot of unhappy people reading your posting about giving up your writing. You talk about “publishing” so I hope at the least you are only talking about printed books, not your blog, etc. which I look forward to every day (and I am not the depressed one in my family!) – they are SO helpful to me. It troubles me to think that you’re referencing either Beyond Blue or your Pocket Therapist book, as they have both been invaluable in our home. Don’t forget there are other publishers – and perhaps other venues – or other topics (tho I think you have a vast audience for this work, and don’t want to see it stop). Regardless, you have much support from your virtual family. And I can tell you that, even without suffering from depression, I have had many instances where I felt “it was over,” such as when my family business blew up and we were all dragged through the mud, left “unemployable” through court orders and I thought my young family would be homeless and starving (my husband was in school) …. it was awful…. but I am in a place today I never expected to be with such wonderful learning and experiences… they never would have happened without that forced turning point. I’m feeling myself coming up against another imposed major life change… and I’m taking your words to heart and remembering I’m still very much in the middle…. and will look to see where the next chapter leads. For the story of my life isn’t over yet – and neither is yours!! Keep writing…for you and for us….

  • http://budurl.com/ynfr Megan Zuniga

    I’m so sorry to hear about your book. When a door closes, God opens a window. Maybe this only means you need a break. It’s not the end. You have always loved writing. And so if a publisher doesn’t want to publish your book, that doesn’t mean you stop writing. This is what the internet is for. So people wouldn’t have to go to publishers and you can just write what you want. No pressure added.
    PS…Sharing a lovely story http://budurl.com/7jdf about a guy who never gave up. Enjoy!

  • Deb from NJ

    Therese,
    I really don’t think you’ve written your last book. If there are more books inside of you that have to come out, then they will come out. When I was at a low, low point these past months, I don’t remember what I put into Google, probably something like “I want to kill myself” and I found your blog, and now, your books. “Beyond Blue” was great and I have already recommended it to people, as well as your blog. I highly identify with you as I am a practicing Catholic (who loves God but vents at Him, yes), an ACOA, and have suffered from bouts of depression all of my life. You made me not want to die, to try to get help yet one more time (I’ve been trying all of my life); you need to know that. I’ve thought about posting comments on your blog entries from time to time, but didn’t, but when I read this entry, I HAD to. DON’T FRET about your books; they are good books; they are NEEDED books. I’m thankful you wrote them, and I’m sure that more and more people will discover them in the coming months.

  • blanche

    Ditto. Hang in there, Therese. You are very much loved.

  • shut-eye doll

    Therese, “to the world you may be one person but to one person you may mean the world.”
    I believe I learned this the hard way.
    In your case there are so many people you have reached out to, that “to thousands of people you mean the world.”
    Hang in there kiddo!:)
    And this holds for everybody.

  • Shay Christopherson

    I truly believe you have been called to write and if your book ONLY changes one life, then THAT is what God intended… if it changed 10 and you are just unaware…. God is doing his work through you even more. Feel blessed and know that God does have a plan and it may not include selling a million of these books. I means, he chose YOU to make a difference and from reading this blog, YOU have been an instrument of peace. THAT is what GOD intended!

  • Barb

    There are so many people out there, like myself, that are unemployed right now and have to choose between buying a book and buying a something that is needed in the home. So don’t beat yourself up too much over your book not selling well.

  • Julia Martinez

    “Don’t Mistake the Middle for the End” thanks for this words, I thought that I was at the end of my life, because after 23 years living in USA I was deported, to a country where everything is different, without a job and without my family, but I think maybe God have other plans for me, maybe I can do more here, maybe I can help more people than really need help. You are so good and you are going to be better after this little stumble in you life.

  • Pamela

    I am feeling like this about whether or not to have another baby. I know God will increase my family, if he feels that is the right thing for us and for the world.

  • Kazy

    I’m a writer and my last book was an award-winning picture book and
    for a brief period there was a lot of excitement around my writing with the next book eagerly anticipated…it was passed after a year of consideraion… and then MORE …rejection rejection which turned into over ten years..while I watched newcomers afternewcomer publish 1,2,& 10 books as I sat despairing.Some of those debut books wit huge contracts.
    This post gives me hope that the next book WILL be published and the next and the next because my first instinct is tell you it ain’t over till God says it’s over…
    It’s not over…you will not only have more books published..you will be able to be a blessing and a miracle to people like me who are also waiting for enouragement about their next or even the First book.
    God bless

  • Janet McMahan

    You are beautiful and inspiring. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you.

  • Penny Mckenna

    Dear Therese, I found your blog recently and love it. I always come away with something to consider. I am a therapist-in-the-making getting ready for internship. Your blog is educational for me and has wisdom I will incorporate into my future career. I am approaching 60 and have embarked on this new career arc after 30 years in public education so certainly I too believe that the middle is not the end. I’d like to offer a suggestion or 2 for rumination.
    You sound a bit sad in the blog so I’ll assume that you might not feel
    ready to stop authoring books. Perhaps it’s the middle of your literary career. Perhaps God is telling you not to stop but to branch out or broaden your writing into other areas or levels – a creative mid-career evaluation so to speak. Maybe you’ve got a lousy publisher? It might be helpful to go to Amazon and read your reviews. How wonderful they are and how much you have helped others! Maybe it is time to stop…but maybe not.
    Namaste.
    Penny Mckenna

  • Your Name

    I live my life in everyday,so i also give and recieve blessing everyday,this is how simple and humble my life is,but when God’s presence is felt,i fear nothing,God is my shepherd,i shall not be afraid.
    thanks.

  • Michael Wilkinson

    Therese I am 54. I have been up against things that felt like The End – several times! I found that as dark as those days were that I not only came out of the other side – I came out better than ever! That built my Faith in a Big Way!
    Each time I get gifted with a new and improved Now something comes along and knocks it all down. Now I know that this is just preparation for building something bigger and better so I Just Keep Smiling! I KNOW there is a pony in the stable somewhere (if you know hat story).
    So Never, Ever Give Up! It is, after all, just the middle! And for what it is worth you already have and continue to make a Difference in many, many lives! Thank You Therese!

  • Connie Warner

    Never Ever give up! Today is only today… Tomorrow has all new things to do and try. =)

  • Dee

    Sometimes its seems we live “one day at a time.” When we do, remember, each day is a Gift from God. And remember, if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
    Deep breath and move forward! A new chapter in your life begins…Best of luck!

  • Dee

    Sometimes we live “one day at a time.” When we do remember that each day is a Gift from God. And also remember that if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Another chapter begins…all the best.

  • Pamylla

    You have too much to offer for this to be “the end.” Your friend is SO right – this IS just the middle for you, Therese! You will prevail.

  • Sherry

    Terese,
    God is the Master Artist and holds the divine brush to the canvas of our lives. Just because a color doesn’t blend or a line is incongruent does not mean that He’s finished with the painting. It’s not over until He says it’s over. Your future is so much brighter than your past and what God has in store for you is great! He does all things well. Trust Him and He will work it all out for you. :-)

  • LORI SIKORSKI

    HI, MY NAME IS LORI AND DO I HAVE A STORY TO TELL GOING FROM BEING IN THE SECOND GRADE IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL AT SAINT PHILOMINA IN CARSON CA WELL THE NUN USED TO WSAT MY FINGERS WITH A RULER NOT USING THE PART WITHOUT THE MEDAL PIECE SHE ALWAYS USED THE PART OF THE RULER THAT HAD THE MEDAL PIECE WELL HECK BEING AS YOUNG AS I WAS I JUST KNEW THAT SHE WAS GONNA ONE DAY CHOP OFF MY FINGERS SO I STARTED DITCHING SCHOOL AND RIDING THOSE PLASTIC PONY’S THAT WERE IN FRONT OF STORES ALL DAY WITH MY LUNCH MONEY WE AS DAYS WENT ON I STILL CONTINUDE TO DITCH SCHOOL JUST SO A SCARED WELL ONE DAY MY HOLY SOMEONE WHO EVER IT WAS SAID TO ME TURN AROUND WOW HOW I WANTED THAT PONY TO BECOME REAL AND RUN LIKE THE DICKENS THAT DID’NT HAPPEN THERE COMING UP THE WALK WAY WAS MY MOM MY DAD MY BABYSITTER THE FATHER AND THAT NUN WELL THEY TOOK ME BACK TO SCHOOL AND MY DAD WHT I WAS DOING THIS AND I TOLD HIM HE BLEW HIS CORK OUT TOOK ME OUT OF THAT SCHOOL AND ALL WAS WELL THEN HAVING MY SECOND OLDEST SISTER PASS AWAY IN MY ARMS AT SEVEN SHE WAS NINE TO HAVING MY FATHER TELL ME AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 12 YEARS OLD THAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME WHO DIED INSTEAD OF PEGGY AT THAT AS FAR AS HE WAS CONCERNED I WAS DEAD TO HIM WELL LET ME TELL YOU AT THAT YOUNG AGE MY DADDY ROCKED MY WORLD BUT NEEDLESS TO SAY I YES WAS HURTING VERY BAD BUT I KNEW IN MY YOUNG AGE THAT I COULD NOT KNOW WAY SHAPE OR LET THOSE WORDS DESTORYD ME . SO AT AROUND 131/2 YEARS OLD I RAN AWAY FROM HOME LOO KING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES I MET THIS MAN WHO WAS7 YEARS OLDER THEN I WAS GOT MARRIED ON 11/14/75 AND THEN HAD MY DAUGHTER ON 11/24/75 YES TEN DAYS LATTER COULD YOU TELL I DID NOT WANT TO MARRY HIM , WOW I FOUND OUT ABOUT OH 2 MONTHS LATER THAT I WAS PREGNATE AGAIN . AND THEN I COME TO FIND OUT THAT I MARRIED INTO THE MEXICAN MAFIA AND THAT MY HUSBAND WAS HERON ADDICT BEING THAT HE WAS REALLY THE ONLY PERSON IN MY LIFE AT THAT TIME OH MY WONDERFUL MOTHER HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR ME BUT . I CANNOT GO ANY FURTHER RAN OUT OF ROOM.BUT I WILL TELL THE IF I AM ALLOWED TO BY YOU ALL

  • Michael P

    Therese,
    Been a fan for awhile now, and enjoy your “gift” of honesty. I have benefitted, so time for a little “give back” sharing. This sounds like a very familiar story of mine.
    I took Penny’s suggestion and looked up your book on amazon. I happen to find all my reading from the review section, and careful keyword searches. I was very impressed with how you have impacted the lives of others, I wasn’t too surprised either. I love your column…many many people have Therese in thier corner.
    Reminding you of what you are already probably aware of: publishing has the success satisfaction that rivals that of a telemarketing job. Rejection is the biggest issue for all authors. It is a major accomplishment to do what you have done. Yet, the numbers realities of that industry are difficult for even the healthiest minds to tolerate. Those of us with shame spirals in our heads would be crazy to try to risk it. You did, and you blessed others while reaping a wonderful feeling of accomplishment, and financial gain.
    I have been published (technical articles) and know the work involved. I also know it is not work, it is passion. So I hope you won’t be giving it up, at least emotionally (mourning). But diversifying yourself is an excellent choice to make, especially people like us.
    Behind your words, i think I hear, “I have failed”, or “I don’t have what it takes”, or “I don’t deserve anything this good”. Breathe. The shame spirals have nothing on your talent. I have learned, at least on a cognitive level, how many lies are in my head. Yet in print:
    http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Blue-Surviving-Depression-Anxiety/product-reviews/1599951568/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_5?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addFiveStar
    You may never publish another book again, but at the end of the day, these testimonies are the legacy spoken at the end of ourlives. You fought hard, and have inspired many of us, in our darkest of hours, to brave the dark. I am in Therapy of one form or another every day of the week, for 5 months now. I just joined a Celebrate Recovery group and will be hitting it’s 12-step program this week. I am 49, and am a work in process/progress, as you have encouraged me to be.
    You will get an “inspiration” some day, sooner or later. I would be sad if that happened, and you passed on it, because you had mourned. Please continue to passionately devote yourself to what you are passionate about. At the same time, love what you have. Those comments, are like children walking for the first time. Amazing fullfilment, and pride is the gift that comes with that territory.

  • Lynelle

    Thank you so much for sharing this.
    I keep telling myself that where I am now is not the end of the story, though it sure feels like it.
    (I have to keep ignoring the feelings and believe in the bigger picture)
    This story helps me sometimes.
    There is a story about a poor peasant who woke up one morning to find that his best horse had somehow gotten loose and run away. He needed that horse to work with the cattle.
    “What a curse,” said his wife.
    “I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse,” said her husband. “All I know is I had a horse, and now I don’t have a horse. I only see one page, God sees the whole book.”
    Sure enough the very next day the horse returned followed by a fine new horse. Two beautiful horses instead of one. What a blessing!
    “It is surely a blessing,” said his wife.
    “What seems like a blessing might be a curse,” said her husband. “I only know I had no horses, now I have two. I see only one page, God sees the whole book.
    Well, they turned the new horse over to their fine sturdy son for training. He was soon after thrown from the horse and broke his leg.
    “What a curse,” said the wife.
    “What seems like a curse might be a blessing,” said her husband. I only see one page, God sees the whole book.
    A week or two later an officer from the king’s army came to draft all able-bodied young men into service for twenty years, but since he had a broken leg, the young man was exempt. The curse had indeed turned into a blessing.
    . . . we try to understand what’s happening and why. we can’t. we can only hang on and hope and trust. and hang on some more.

  • LORI SIKORSKI

    STARTING OFF WHERE I LEFT OFF SO WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT MY HUSBAND WAS A ADDICT I BEING SO YOUNG DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO I YES JOINED HIM PREGNATE AND ALL I BECAME A BONNIFIED JUNKY , FOR 10 LONG YEARS I HIT ROCK BOTTOM I WAS METHEDONE AND SLAMMING 200.00 A DAY I LEFT MY HUSBAND I MY MOM HAD MY DAUGHTER BECAUSE I WAS IN NO SHAPE TO CARE FOR HER HERON IS A PHYSICAL ADDICTION SO I HAD TO RESORT TO STEALING FROM THE STORES TO GET WELL THAT IS WHERE MY PRISON LIFE STARTED I GOT CAUGHT NEVER WENT TO COURT NOW I WAS ON THE RUN FROM THE LAW ONE DAY IN MY LITTLE ROOM I LIVED ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF A FLEE BAG MOTEL ALL OF A SUDDEN AI HEARD BANG BANG I KNEW THAT WAS THE LAW SOBEING SO HIGH I JUMP OUT OFF THE WINDOW LANDED ON MY HEALS MY FEET BLEW UP AND I WENT PARRALIZED ON MY RIGHT SIDE WELL I FOUND MY SELF FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE STATE PRISON C.I.W. IN FRONTERA CALIF PARARLIZED AND ALL ALONE SO SITTING IN MY SINGLE CELL CROTCHEING A BLANKET I NOTICES MY RIGHT LITTLE TOE TINGELING NOT REALLY THINKING TO MUCH OF IT AND THEN THE NEXT (8) LONG MONTH LATER GOD RESTORED MY LEGS BACK TO ME I PAROLED STILL USING HERON AND ONE DAY IN MY ROOM WITH NO BED NO NOTHING JUST THE FLOOR A PHONE And ME I SURVIVED ON LUCKY CHARM CEREAL AND BANANANA’S AND MILK WELL ONE DAY 10 YEARS LATER I WAS SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED SO BECAME A PIG DID ALL MY DRUGS WOKE UP THE NEXT MORNING SICKER THEN A DOG KNOWING GOOD AND WELL THAT I WAS GONNA BE ONE SICK PERSON SO AS I AWOKE I COULD NOT EVEN PICK MY HEAD OFF THE PILLOW I DIALED TORRANCE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL THEY CAME IN A AMBULANCE AND GOT ME I WAS TOLD THAT AS MUCH DRUGS I WAS ON FOR SO MANY YEARS THAT HAD I NOT CALLED I WOULD HAVE DIED FROM HICKING SO HARD I LEFT THE HOSPITAL OH ABOUT (2) WEEKS LATER IT HAS BEEN 32 YEARS SINCE I HAVE USED HERON BUT THAT WAS NOT ALL I STARTED USING ROCK COACCAIN FOR OH ABOUT 6 YEARS ALL THE WHILE GOING IN AND OUT OF PRISON NOW I’AM USING SPEED STILL GOING IN AND OUT OF PRISON FOR 31 YEARS OF MY LIFE WELL TODAY I AM IN ONE PIECE I STILL HAVE MY MIND AND MY BODY IS NOT ALL MESSED UP TO DAY 51 YEARS OLD I FINALLY GOT MY HAED OUT OF THWE SAND AND BY THE GRACE OF GOD IM ALIVE TODAY I JUST COMPLETED COLLEGE AS A VET TECHNICIAN I LIVE IN BIG BEAR CALIF WHERE TODAY LIFE IS WONDERFUL BUT I DO NOT REGRET ANY THING THAT I HAVE GONE THROUGH GOD CAME TO ME YEARS AGO WHEN I STARTED USING DRUGS AND SAID TO ME LORI YOU ARE GONNA GO THROUGH TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW ONE THINE I BEING THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE I WILL BRING EVERY THING FULL CIRCLE IN YOUR LIFE I BEING IN TUNED TO MY OWN INNER BEING I HEARS HIM MY LIFE IS ALL MOST A FULL CIRCLE HE HAS RESTORED MY CHILDREN THE TWO YOUNGEST I HAVE NOT SEEN IN 22 YEARS IT HAS BEEN 3 YEARS SINCE OUR REUNION. WHAT THE MOREL OF MY STORY IS DON’T WORRY ABOUT YESTERDAY AS WE WILL NEVER SEE MAY 2ND 2010 NEVER AGAIN INTHIS LIFE AND GUESS WHAT TOMMAROW IS NOT PROMISE TO US SO IF YOU LEARN TO STAY FOCUSED AND LIVE IN THE HERE AND NOW AND ENJOY TODAY THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO GET OUT OF BED AND YOU HAVE AIR IN YOUR LUNGS WELL GUESS WHAT YOUR ALIVE TODAY DON’T WORRY ABOUT TOMMARROW WILL TAKE CARE OF IT’S SELF AMEN WELL I HOPE I DID NOT BORE YOU ALL BUT I HOPE TO ONE DAY BE ABLE TO TELL MY WHOLE STORY AND IF I CAN CHANGE ONE LIFE I KNOW IN MY HEARTV IM HERE TO TELL WHAT I HAVE BEEN THROUGH AND TO STILL BE HERE WOW DO I HAVE A STORY TO WELL GOD BLESS YOU AL

  • cb

    So much rejection. My 25 yr. old son is an accomplished theatre actor who is now living in L.A. pursuing film acting. Good luck with that son. Plenty of refection up ahead. I believe he is a dynamic young actor who just needs that first break. But he knows that a thick skin is mandatory when attempting such a feat.
    I experienced my first break, of a different sort. In ’89 I had a psychotic break that landed me in the hospital. I was diagnosed bipolar. At the time while dark imagery ran through my mind and I was certain voices were calling to me, I remember feeling that this was the end. The end of me anyway. But it wasn’t. So, that served as my personal “middle”. And like the one contributor said, tenacity is key to weathering the rejections, the setbacks, the psych ward!
    Upon my college graduation (at 53) with my Bachelors degree in tow I was reminded by a friend as to just what made me continue all these many years. Perseverance. She said I had persevered! Amen.

  • Nita

    I have felt so lost lately wondering what is going to become of me. I have been getting beliefnet for months, but this is the first time that I’ve actually read the comments. They have really touched me. By reading these, I realize that I am not alone. When the time is right, I will get a job. I will be able to live on my own, in my own home, instead of living with my daughter. I have been married three times and after each divorce I’ve felt like a failure. Gradually I’m coming to the realization that the marriages ending were not all of my fault. I spend too much time blaming myself for things that have happened in the past. I am going to believe and have faith that my life will take a turn for the better. Thank you so much for sharing all of these inspiring comments. I know now that I am truly blessed.

  • Ella

    Are you referring to “The Pocket Therapist”, which was only
    published a month ago? It’s wonderful! I already bought two
    copies – one for myself, the other for a friend. Surely the
    numbers are not all in yet. What does your book say about this?
    “Keep Saying Yes” (#12, page 15)!
    May you continue to be blessed and a blessing,
    Ella

  • Tony the cretin

    I have your books “Beyond Blue” and “A Pocket Therapist”. I read the former and recommended it on Facebook. The other is waiting when I have time from my other reading duties (both work related and personal). I have thumbed through it and I really like what I have read. I really can’t see why they didn’t catch on with the public. But that happens for many of the best books. Sorry that was the case for you. Hang in there. I admire your courage to be out there with this illness. It is very encouraging to me. On top of reading your books, I visit this site every day. It definitely helps.

  • ANN BECKER

    My name is ann. I am 64 YOA. I have read your “Beyond Blues” for the past three years because of my need to uplift and get back on track. Many choices that I have made led to disappointment, feelings of abandonment, and an overwhelming sense of insignificance. Yet, as a professional woman I have moved forward because of messages like yours.
    What you give to people cannot be measured just by a book or an article or a quote. What you give to people is your heart, your truth, and your life. These gifts are immeasureable.
    Please do not belittle your life by one rejection.
    I know you will learn from this experience.
    Before closing I want to thank you…. and to Thank creator for YOU.

  • laike

    Is it possible that maybe you are over-reacting a bit?
    I value your blogs … I value your ability to “get out there…”
    I dreamt of writing a book for the last 32 years … but have not.
    I wrote a few short stories, but didn’t share them with others.
    You have ventured into the unknown more than many. Perhaps it is time to give yourself a pat on the back for doing so.
    Regardless of the “numbers” you have touched others.
    So, maybe you might redefine “success” from a spiritual view.
    It is not always the definition that the world uses.

  • http://ifyouregoingthoughhellkeepgoing.blogspot.com/ susan schechter

    Therese,
    I think the book industry is going though a whole transformation with Kindle and iPad and ebooks. Your writing has touched many many readers- look at the comments, look at the stats your blog has and your work on other sites you write for. Don’t let it get you down. Right now even the A listers who were the bread and butter of bricks and mortar book stores cannot sell what they use to. People aren’t buying books. But they are reading on line!
    I think the book industry is going through the most glorious revolution since Guttenberg invented the printing press. When it dies down in a year or two, you will be back and running, you are a good writer, and your last two books have their place of honor on my bookshelf.
    Don’t give up.

  • Kelly

    Therese,
    You have achieved so much. How many people ever write a book? While I understand your disappointment at this moment, you clearly have a voice in today’s media. I eagerly read your book, “Beyond Blue” and felt like I found a kindred spirit. Your story is my story. Your ability to write has validated so many of us– and enabled us to point out certain passages to friends & family and say “see, I’m not the only one!”
    If you never write another book, may you have the joy of knowing how powerfully your writing has helped others, including myself.
    PS – You’re a publicist’s dream. You are far from done!!!!!

  • Kate

    Therese don’t ever ever give up! Your friend is absolutely right, and your writing is wonderful. Thankyou for all that you give and all that you have left in you! Xx

  • David Stein

    I concur with what Susan said. What you have done with your blog has been amazing. The fact that you have touched so many lives and been able to keep people discussing about mental illness is a testament to your writing and your ability to relate with others. Don’t give up hope as new ventures most likely will arise. Maybe you were not meant to go that route, as God might have a different plan for you. All you can do is just enjoy the ride and be thankful for what you have.
    Dave.
    http://planb-publishing.com/MoralPhilosophy

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  • susan cox

    Everything you have said is true. God does have a plan and it is hard to see that in our little picture. Only he sees the BIG picture. You write because you enjoy writing. Keep on keep it on. What have you got to lose? They can’t take away your birthday!

  • Phaedrus

    Your bad numbers put an end to your book writing career? Here’s my thing: this implies that having good sales numbers is a necessary condition for the existence of your book writing career. If that’s the case, I say good riddance to your book writing career. Being a writer is like being a musician: you do it because you’re incomplete without it, because you can’t do anything else. You write because you need to, not because you’re validated for it. If bad numbers and no sales are enough to convince you to throw in the towel, then you never needed to write books to begin with. Which fact suggests to me that you never had much business writing them in the first place.

  • http://loveysplace.blogspot.com/ Cheryl

    Hi, Im so glad I found you..I have a 28 year old son that sufferes from a mental disability as well as depression..He needs lots of support..His biggest obstacle is people but God is his biggest alli. He loves the Lord and when he learns that the Lord is his biggest fan then maybe he can move on…My son also knows that God has a plan for him, he just doesnt know what that plan is. So in the meantime my son is learning patience and maybe just a little bit of forgiveness towards himself..anyway, thanks for listening..put my son in your prayers…God Bless..Cheryl

  • Brenda

    Hebrews 10:35; says, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.” If you always believe in God you will believe in yourself because no matter what the situation we have to endure to the end. Not the end of the day or the end of the book but beyond our finite end to God’s end. That is where the reward is. Her we are disciples walking out a path that has been set before us and there is new scenery every step of the way. You are blessed. Brenda

  • Su Hodgson

    So perfectly timely for me. Thank you for braving out the truth, as you never know who’s life it may touch. After a 25 year career in teaching middle school, I was laid off this week. I spent all night, literally, I did not go to bed, all night scanning the University programs. I came to the decision this morning, that at age 51, I am going back for an MA in a joint program in English/Library science. Not sure how all the details, funds, attention span, acceptance will work out, I just know that I am going for it, with ALL I have, regardless!
    Thanks again
    Su

  • daytimer

    Hi Therese — I got a B&N gift card that I’ve never used so I ordered Beyond Blue and Pocket Therapist to hopefully lift your spirits and put some change in your pocket. You’ve got a really cool collection of books you’ve written and co-written! It’s not good to be “proud” but you can at least be happy that you’ve lifted a lot people’s spirits yourself. Keep it up. I love your blog.

  • Cris Robins

    I, too, am a writer.
    I’m not boasting, it’s one of two ways I make my living; the other is as a college professor. I was deleting some old emails and I found this one; I couldn’t agree with you more. Not about your writing, but about thinking the middle is the end.
    Let me show you … middles.
    January: I lost my well-loved teaching position.
    February: I lost my beloved cat of 20 years.
    March: I lost my cherished mother.
    April: I thought I had dodged another loss …
    May: My lease on my apartment came due with a price increase I couldn’t handle … so … I lost my apartment, my friends, my beloved place of worship, and my lifestyle.
    June: Happy Birthday to me — my ex b/f sent me the good bye I’ve been waiting 28 months for.
    And through it all, I had faith that G-d knew what He was doing; knew what I didn’t. And I’ve finished three full length books; one CD; and one more book will be done within the next week.
    It doesn’t matter what the numbers are; if you are a writer — you write. If you’re publisher doesn’t like it — ya get a NEW publisher. Writers don’t quit writing because their sales are down; writers quit writing when they have nothing more to say.

  • Kelly T

    Hi, I just ran across this post of yours and I’m shocked your book sales were not where you hoped them to be. I’m on this blog because of just finishing your great book! I have been in a very deep depression for a year. I to am a mother of young children and your book has made me feel so much more accepting of myself and this chronic illness I have not been able to get a grip on in years. Reading your book and now reading your blog helps me see that high functioning people are out there living a productive meaningful life. My shame has lessened and my hope has increased immensely! Thank you for your honesty, faith and humor! Our lives are very similar and I feel I’m able to finally have a place to go I connect with. I just become a part of depression group therapy in my therapist office and told all of them about your book and this blog! Best wishes and God bless!

  • http://www.156things.blogspot.com Joy

    I’m so sorry to hear about your disappointing book sales. I rarely buy books new, but I bought yours and am glad I did. I appreciate your honesty and the fact that you lay it all on the line. I’m a writer too, and though I dream of publishing a book all the writing conferences I go to offer so much discouragement in that direction that it feels impossible. Only time will tell, but I agree with your friend, you’re definitely “in the middle.”
    Take much care.

  • Cynthia

    Therese, I must admit to being both stunned and baffled at your disappointing book sales. I’m a true book lover and constantly have a stack of various books on my nightstand that I’m reading at any given time. Your book was a TREASURE to me and I’ve shared it with so many dear friends and family!!! I also loved The Pocket Therapist equally as much. I’ve purchased copies for people and given them as gifts – which they are. Please don’t see this as an end. The economy has made people stop spending money on many things they think are not necessary for survival – books included. Barnes & Noble is going out of business, for heaven’s sake! I have NO doubt you will continue to publish books at some point in your burgeoning literary career. You are the voice for so many of us. You are a comfort to me every day. Best of luck on your new endeavor and don’t forget to BREATHE during that long commute! Blessings to you and your beautiful family! xo

  • Deb

    Dear Therese,
    I was led to your book, Beyond Blue, on a day I had no where to go and no one to talk to. I found myself in the bookstore, which is often where I end up on really bad days. I read two pages in your book and related to you immediately. I bought the book, read it that night and finally stopped crying. It lives by my bedside, available for those times I feel most alone. Why your numbers weren’t “where they should be” is a mystery and has nothing to do with the quality of your writing. You have an abundance of courage and I admire you greatly. Best of luck on your new career path. I’ll continue to read your posts and all the other books that you will write in the future. You still have much to tell and a faithful following who are now ALL a part of you. Strength and peace to you and your family.

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