Why I Choose to be an #Indie #Author #RRBC #RWISA

Great reasons why I also choose to be an indie author!

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The main reason is INDEPENDENCE.  I remember as a child dreaming of becoming a writer.  As I got older with a bit more knowledge under my belt, I dreamed of one day becoming a published author.  After having read many stories of how authors were rejected over and over again, and how hard it was to break into the publishing business, after a while, the thought completely left my mind.

Then one day (later in my life), I read an article about a self-published author who had become a New York Times Bestseller.  I’ve told the story before of how I reached out to her, how we communicated back and forth until I got to the part about her sharing with me her secrets, then all conversation came to a screeching halt (another reason there is now RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, where support and non-competition are both high priorities)…that’s…

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Stories of Hope: Your Life is Worth Fighting For

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by psychologist David Susman for his series, Stories of Hope, which features individuals sharing their experiences with mental illness and recovery.

Here are my words of encouragement to anyone out there fighting a battle:

“Don’t give up. No matter how horrible, how hopeless, or how dark life seems right now, never, ever stop fighting. You are a beautiful person, inside and out. Even if you don’t think anyone cares — I do. We may never meet, but I do care. I know your pain and your chaos. I know how awful it feels, how much you wish you could just go to sleep and never wake up. But take it one day at a time, one hour, one minute, one second — whatever it takes to get through. Just promise me you won’t give up, okay? Your battle is worth fighting, and your life is worth fighting for. There are wonderful things ahead of you, but you have to be alive for them. Stay strong.”

You can check out the entire interview here!

Moving on!

Hey, all. I’m migrating all writing-related stuff over to my new blog, The Sentranced Writer. I’ll mostly be keeping personal posts about mental health and about my own writing here. I hope you’ll check out my new site!

I’m also looking for writers to join or guest post! You can check out the About page for more information.

Looking for Reviews?

All authors, especially those of us of the independent persuasion, understand the importance of reviews and building one’s platform. Readers are less likely to check out an unknown author whose work has zero reviews and ratings.

While just getting reviews are great, what if you could you could also be a part of an awesome community of authors, who all work to propel each other forward? It’s hard enough, stumbling through figuring out how to build your platform and promote your work.

Rave Reviews Book Club has been nothing but superb. It’s exactly that — a community of authors, all working together. I’ve connected with so many writers on Twitter, and not just as authors, but also making friends.

Definitely check it out! Tell ’em Allison Williford sent you. 🙂

Blogger wanted!

I’m going to just put it out there: I’m looking for a partner in crime. I mean…blogging buddy.

Most of my posts here on my personal blog bounce back and forth between writing and mental health. I’m hoping to separate the two — one for writing, one for mental health issues.

I’d like to keep my own personal blog for mental health, and team up with one or two other writers to start a blog geared towards writing, grammar, book reviews, etc.

If you’re interested in teaming up, please leave me a comment or email me at allisonwilliford@icloud.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Review ~ Jessica: The Autobiography of an Infant

I was immediately intrigued by the premise of this book. As a mental health advocate and with first-hand experience as someone living with mental illness, I have a soft spot for memoirs involving psychology. The idea of someone being able to recall one’s own birth and infancy was something new I had not heard of, and it definitely piqued my interest.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Von Ghlan’s memoir about Jessica. I found myself empathetic and  saddened by her anxiety and unique ways of seeking help — something I can definitely relate to. I also found myself cheering for her throughout her recovery and at each breakthrough. At the beginning of this story(and, in a way, joining Jessica on her journey into her own psyche), I was touched at how much Jessica’s first appointment reminded me of my own first attempt in therapy; I relived that anxious feeling of not knowing how to express myself.

There were a few parts, sparsely, that I found myself fighting to not skim through. One particular scene is most prominent in that aspect. It is an early scene that describes Jessica’s morning routine, down to eating breakfast, brushing her hair, moving quietly through the house. I somewhat understood, later on in reading, how this scene shows Jessica’s pre-therapy personality; but at that point in the story, I didn’t really feel like I understood or felt like I knew her well enough at that point to care (for lack of a better word) about being walked through every step she took. I felt like I was being lulled along by her backstory as a teenager until the part in which she went to the movies, came home, and didn’t not speak to anyone for several days.

In the end, however, I was glad to have picked up Von Glahn’s memoir. I am all too familiar with being on the other side of the psychology fence as a patient, so I enjoyed reading it from his point of view as the psychologist. His first-person POV felt genuine, and I discovered myself feeling and thinking some of the same things during Jessica’s therapy sessions — wishing I could shout at her, “Why?! What do you mean you don’t want your ‘me’ back!” or wanting to cry for her.

All in all, a very good read. I highly recommend Von Glahn’s memoir if you have any interest in psychology, whether as a patient or an expert.

You can check out Jeffrey Von Ghlan’s memoir on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

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