Fourth draft and ready for my first reader

All boxed up and ready to go to my first reader. But I don’t yet have her address! I also made copies for Randy and Richard to read at the beach. Both said they wanted to read it.

I worked through a lot of pain, revisited a lot of pain, while writing it. This is one heck of a process. Next step is working on finding a publisher.  No easy task because I have to create other documents for this step.

Co-authored by my deceased son, Charles, it includes brilliant rap lyrics from his notebooks I call his “Rap Diaries” that reveal a lot of the “why” of his suicide. So it’s my story (a memoir) and a window into the soul of someone who suffered from depression and addiction and died by suicide.

What an emotional labor of love.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

6 thoughts on “Fourth draft and ready for my first reader”

  1. Anne Moss,
    Ray McAllister is now helping other authors get published, and with promoting, etc.
    Let me know if you want to know more.

    1. Certainly worth a conversation. I was plotting strategies last night. I don’t think I am going directly to publishers. I was thinking agent and was researching consultants.

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