Writing as healing therapy … and an exciting announcement!

Yay, I'm officially a published author!

 

On Sept. 11, 2009, I wrote my first blog post. At the time, my goal was to establish a platform and find stories for my book, From Incurable to Incredible. It became much more.  It helped lift the nagging depression I was fighting since learning I had an incurable and terminal diagnosis. It gave me an avenue to use my writing skills after I stopped working in public relations. Most important, it built a sense of community, not just for me, but for my readers. I no longer felt alone.

It’s been a little more than four years since I that first post titled, “This blog has landed!” I sometimes have trouble coming up with topics week after week, but it is always therapeutic for me … especially when I hear from you that a post has helped or touched you in a way. I’ve developed friendships with a lot of you, even if I haven’t met you in person. Even if you don’t blog, there is a healing component of writing about your experiences. (Cure Magazine shared a very informative article about the subject. Click HERE to read).

So I kept writing blog posts for Miracle Survivors as I was interviewing amazing survivors for my book. And I shared their stories here from people who have contacted me through the blog. From Incurable to Incredible finally launched in June 2010. It was amazing to hear story after story from people who beat the odds of terminal cancer. It gave me hope and a whole other support group. It took a while to complete the book because I was savoring the process. If it weren’t for my husband pressuring me to crank stories out at a faster pace, it would have taken a lot longer.

Like many first-time authors, I self-published the book, paying for an editor, proofreader and designer to make it all happen. I was blessed that my dear friend Jami Elliott generously covered these expenses. For the years since, I’ve traveled around the country, speaking to groups and signing books. The book has received a great response, but I wanted to take its message to a broader audience. I found some bookstores didn’t accept self-published titles and that national media outlets seemed to have a bias against them.

Again, with my husband’s urging, I thought about writing another book. Then a turn of events led me to a literary agent. It took a while, but she found Skyhorse Publishing, a company headquartered in New York City. They liked my book proposal and my book! Today, I sent them a signed contract. I am a published author! The book, tentatively titled, Miracle Survivors, will contain all new stories of amazing people who are beating the odds of advanced cancer every day. Like From Incurable to Incredible, the stories will represent a variety of cancers and circumstances. As an added bonus, featured individuals will share lessons they learned from their harrowing journeys and the hope they have for the future.

The book is scheduled to be released in Fall 2014. Right now, I’m busy setting up interviews and finding more stories. I’m seeking people who were told they were going to die, but outlived their prognosis and improved their lives in the process. They don’t necessarily have to be free of cancer, but are living well with cancer … like me! Simply contact me by clicking on the “Share Your Story” tab.

 

15 Comments

  1. tamilb
    Sep 24, 2013

    As are you, Elizabeth!

  2. tamilb
    Sep 24, 2013

    Thanks Debby! That’s a great idea! I’ll run it by my publisher!

  3. tamilb
    Sep 24, 2013

    Thank you for being there for my journey, Jackie!

  4. tamilb
    Sep 24, 2013

    So are you, Beth! Thanks for your ongoing support!

  5. tamilb
    Sep 24, 2013

    Thanks Laurie!

  6. tamilb
    Sep 24, 2013

    Thanks so much Marie for all of your support!

  7. tamilb
    Sep 24, 2013

    Keep it going Caroline! Thanks for sharing!

  8. tamilb
    Sep 24, 2013

    Would you mind asking her if she’d like to share her story, Catherine?

  9. So excited to hear that you have another book coming out Tami – you really are such an inspiration!

  10. Facing Cancer Together
    Sep 21, 2013

    Congratulations on your book deal! That’s so exciting :) I’ll keep an eye out for miracle survivors. Our Sherry Abbott has a remarkable story of survival in the face of literally being on her death bed and instead putting on her wig and makeup, going out to party with friends. Today she’s a 20+ year ovarian cancer survivor. :) ~Catherine

  11. Debby
    Sep 21, 2013

    Congrats!! You have come a long way baby. I have a suggestion for #3. Publish your blog posts. They tell a great story of navigating the crazy world of metastatic cancer.

  12. Jackie D
    Sep 21, 2013

    SO thrilled for you! This is awesome news. You are a living example of someone who is always seeking a way to allow their experiences – good and bad – to benefit others. Thank you so much for bringing us all on the journey with you!

  13. Beth
    Sep 21, 2013

    Congratulations Tami – a book contract is hard earned and you deserve every accolade it brings! You are a true survivor in every sense of the word.

  14. laurie o'neil
    Sep 21, 2013

    Congratulations Tami!!! Can’t wait to buy it!

  15. Caroline
    Sep 21, 2013

    I started blogging in June 2007. Now I can’t stop. It helps me cope. I don’t care as much if people read it but it allows me to express my many opinions.

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