Memoirs: Fear to Launch
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Alice Graves
December 2019
Publishing
Contributor
Written by
Alice Graves
December 2019
Publishing

I recently self-published my memoir, Don't Tell Anyone, about being involved with a group of people that evolved into a cult with a charismatic leader who imposed rules on us. Disobedience resulted in banishment. The leadership acquired real estate that we, the members, were expected to finance. After I pressed the "publish" button, I was afraid to promote the book. I announced it on Facebook to a limited audience. I have sold about 40 copies. My friends encourage me to promote my book--send it to Oprah, call bookstores and libraries--but I am afraid. I am afraid that people will think there is something wrong with me. I am gullible, naive, even stupid.  In the memoir I talk about my abusive childhood, and, how after college, I craved community. I am afraid people will think the writing is bad. I wonder how many other women who self-published were afraid to promote their books.

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