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A Successful Book Launch for Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery!
Written by
Janet Singer
March 2015
Written by
Janet Singer
March 2015

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We weren't off to the best start. The event planner had previously told me that the bookstore typically orders 20 books for their author events. I told her I didn't think that would be enough. So they ordered 10. No chairs were set up, and there was literally a rain shower in the event room from water leaking through the ceiling. I had been worried all along about what the weather outside would be, with all the snow we've been having in New England, but I never thought I'd have to worry about the weather inside! The cookies we had ordered from the cafe were still warm when the bakers piled them on top of each other, so they all stuck together. And while I'd been given the impression that the local Cable TV people would be videotaping the event, there was not a videographer in sight.

Luckily, my husband and I, along with our close friend, arrived an hour early. The two of them got to work rearranging the room and setting up chairs away from the leaks. I tried to unstick the cookies. My friend brought her own video camera and set that up. Thankfully, at the last minute I had thrown a box of my own books that I had ordered into the car, and we brought those in.

We scrambled around for 45 minutes, and just as everything was falling into place, it happened. People arrived. Long-time friends, relatives, blog followers, and quite a few people I didn't know. All 50 chairs that had been set up were taken. So many people had come to support us and our book. I felt deeply grateful at that moment, and the book launch hadn't even started yet

Dr. Seth Gillihan, my co-author, spoke first about what obsessive-compulsive disorder really is, using examples from his own practice. He then gave me an amazing introduction which truly overwhelmed me. I spoke about the importance of us all sharing the stories of our lives, of really connecting with one another, and also gave a brief history of how our book came to be. I then read an excerpt from the book.We ended with a lively 40 minute Q&A session, and Seth and I spent the remaining time signing books. By all accounts, it was a success.

Now that my book has been published, people ask me what my plans are, as if the book was the main goal - an ending of sorts. But that's not how I see it. To me, it's more of a beginning. I see Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery as a powerful tool to help me continue to raise awareness of OCD and its proper treatment. So the answer to the question "What are your plans now?" is plain and simple. I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing all along; spreading the word that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable and there truly is hope for all those whose lives have been touched by this horrible disorder. I hope you'll join me!

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