My Memoir about Postpartum Anxiety, Depression & OCD: A Book Update

Endings and Beginnings

I’ve always liked endings and new beginnings.  They give us an opportunity to take a moment, look back and think about what we’ve done.  At the same time, I like to look forward, set some reasonable goals and contemplate the journey ahead.

Hunched over my notebook as I write here in my son’s playroom while he pushes cars and trains across the floor, over my legs and up my back, I can’t help but recognize that 2013 was a year of multitasking.  It had to be for there was so much to do!  My son, who turned two in March, is probably like most toddlers. He’s very active. On top of being a mom, I am a teacher, an education instruction leader, a fitness instructor, and I am working on publishing a memoir.  Like so many other parents of young children, I am quite busy.  There were many nights this past year that ended with me plopping my head on my pillow, wondering how I managed to keep all my balls up in the air at the same time.  It’s still a mystery to me.

The manuscript! One of many drafts I poured over in the spring of 2013.

The manuscript! One of many drafts I poured over in the spring of 2013.

2013: Summary of Writing Progress

In any case, on this glorious first day of the new year, I would like to share the progress I’ve made with my ever so important project.  In March 2013, I wrote the last sentence in my memoir. (Spoiler Alert! “John turned out to be fine, just like his mom.”)  I spent the next month revising and editing the 300 plus pages that tell the story of not only my encounter with postpartum anxiety, but also my struggle to find appropriate treatment and my determination-fueled recovery.  It came to a point in which I was deleting a word one day only to add it back the next day.  It was time to put the memoir in someone else’s hands, so I sent the book to a professional copy editor.  The editing process continued on for the next few months.  Meanwhile, I worked with a design team to create the book’s interior layout and exterior design.

In the fall of 2013, the first proof arrived. My book was bound, formatted and looked like a real book!

In the fall of 2013, the first proof arrived. My book was bound, formatted and looked like a real book!

The design team created a few cover images for me, but I just didn't like them. I made this drawing for the cover myself.

The design team created a few cover images for me, but I just didn’t like them. I made this drawing for the cover myself.

2014: Current Reality and Future Steps

I had hoped to have the memoir available for public consumption in 2013, but that didn’t happen.  There are so many small steps and processes that must come together in order to publish a book.  I’m learning more each day about this process and taking my time so that I do it well.  Currently, the book is complete; I don’t plan to revise or edit anymore.  I’m waiting to approve my author’s copy with its exterior design.  Once I’ve approved that copy, I plan to send FREE digital or hard copies to anyone who is interested in writing a review or an endorsement.  (Contact me at anac.rouds@yahoo.com if you want more information.)  I plan to add these reviews to the book which means I’ll have to go through the author’s proof and approval stage again after I’ve made the additions.

After carefully considering the work ahead, I decided on a publication date for Dancing On the Edge of Sanity: May 1, 2014.  May is a special month for moms and it also happens to be Maternal Mental Health Month, so the timing seemed fitting. I’m hoping my story will reach the people who need to hear it in 2014, but I also have some other related aspirations for the near future.  I can’t share all of my plans yet, but hopefully, I’ll:

  • organize a local Zumbathon to raise awareness of PPD and PPA.
  • speak publicly about PPD and PPA.
  • meet and get to know more Warrior moms.
  • take a trip to Chapel Hill, NC to attend the annual Postpartum Support International conference.
  • bring my experience in Atlanta back to VT so I can continue to raise awareness on a local level.

Thank you for your readership and support. Best wishes for you in the new year!

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