Hello world!

Wow.  Where do I start?

I’ve often been told that I have a knack for explaining things in ways that everyone can grasp, so for a few years now I’ve been thinking about writing a book to explain to other people the things I’ve learned from my recovery program.  It’s something I’d like to do to give back.

When I was laid off last year in October I decided I would take the rest of the year off, write my book, and start looking for work again come January.  I did just that, and since then I’ve made some slow progress towards getting the book published.  The title of the book will be A Guide To The Recovery Toolbox, and I hope to have it out in electronic format by the end of the year (if all goes well I’ll start work to make it a paperback after that).

That year-end goal may be optimistic though. First I need to get permission to reprint some things in my book that other people have written.  It’s been very difficult tracking down the people and organizations that hold the reprint rights, and that’s the #1 reason I’ve decided to work on building the internet presence for my book right now.  Aside from general updates about the publication process, I’m also going to post information on the works I want to reprint.  I’m hoping one of you out there will help me find out who I need to contact.

I’ll also be posting excerpts from the book so you can get a glimpse of what’s to come, and eventually I’d like to use this blog as a wider space to expand on topics touched on in the book.  The book itself isn’t meant to be all-encompassing, but more of an introduction for newcomers.  Maybe I’ll cull some of my writings from this blog and create them to publish another book picking up where A Guide To The Recovery Toolbox leaves off … but that’s far down the road.

For now I’d just like to say that A Guide To The Recovery Toolbox came back from the copy editor last week, and the needed changes have been made.  I’ve created this website and registered on Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter (clicking the links will open the page in new tab):

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/RecoveryToolBox

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/recoverybookpress

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Recovery-Book-Press/202822993077561

Please add these pages if you’re involved with any of those sites.  Feel free to share this page on Facebook and/or Twitter.  Below this should be links to Twitter and Facebook, if you can’t see them you may have to click the link that says “Leave a Comment”.  Also feel free to suggest other social networking sites you think I should join.

My next steps are to track down the rights owners of the works I mentioned above, contact them, and obtain permission to reprint some of their material.  Tomorrow evening I’ll put up a post with information on those works.  I’ve spent the better part of a Saturday working on this stuff today, now it’s time to go do something relaxing.


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