I’m excited! Yesterday I received my proof copy of the paperback version of our book. I think it looks great! I approved it and today it is already available on Amazon.com. I have added a link to this website at the top of the sidebar that takes you right to the listing on Amazon. There is also a Kindle version, which is currently listed separately. I’ve asked the publisher to combine the paperback and Kindle versions in one listing if possible. For those of you who live in Europe, the book will also be available on Amazon in Europe soon.

I appreciate, so much, those of you who’ve followed the journey Robin and I have taken over the past three years to write and publish this book. And, I am sensitive to the possibility that the cost of the book may be prohibitive for some. If cost is a barrier, I will gladly send a copy of the book, free of charge, to anyone who has “liked” or commented on our blog. Just email me at sedvy@aol.com, identify yourself with your WordPress site, and let me know an address where I can send the book.

For anyone who actually reads the book and is willing to write a positive review about it on Amazon and Kirkus, this would be much appreciated. Also, please pass the word to anyone you think might enjoy or benefit from reading it. We need all the help we can get, and we want anyone who might be helped by the book to read it. Helping people has been our main goal from the beginning of this project.

It is important for me to say that I don’t ever want to be accused of exploiting Robin, my former client, in any way. I have no intention of profiting from the sales of this book, which is Robin’s story. It’s hard for me to imagine it will sell enough copies to even pay for the expenses of self-publishing it, as marketing is not a strength for either Robin or I. We’ve agreed all along that the important thing has been the process of writing it, and we are thrilled to have it done. We have no idea how many people will actually want to buy it. But, if we are surprised and enough copies are sold to actually break even, Robin will be the recipient of any subsequent profits.

The reward for me has been learning how to write better, and learning the actual publishing process (I have more books to write). It has also been rewarding to see the positive effect on Robin to tell her story and receive so much support from people. When I think about where our journey together started in 1993 and how bleak things looked in 2003, it continues to amaze me that Robin is now so stable and content. As I’ve said, she recently made a major life change and moved to a different state. I was concerned about how she would do with so much change all at once, but she has done great. Soon, Robin will post an update on how she made the decision to move and how she is doing now. Stay tuned…



About Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D.

Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D. completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Purdue University. She spent ten years doing full-time clinical practice at a community mental health center with primarily adults. She then spent eight years working as an administrator at that same community mental health center while continuing to maintain a small caseload of therapy clients. She now provides clinical services in long-term care facilities in addition to writing, consulting and spending as much time as possible with the people she loves.
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23 Responses to WE HAVE A BOOK!

  1. Sending you and Robin an enthusiastic, jumping up and down, ‘Congratulations!’ What an accomplishment! I can’t wait to read and share in your journey โ™ฅ

  2. lisaslarsen says:

    Congratulations! This is quite an accomplishment for both of you. I hope it was healing to write it.

    • Lisa…I know you have been one of our loyal followers, and we are so grateful. Yes, I think it was very healing for both Robin and I to write the book. She went from being unwilling to even let her parents know she was in the hospital in 2003, to being willing to tell her story in detail to the world. It’s been amazing for me to be a part of it. For me, to get clearer about how I was impacted by that awful year was helpful. Thanks again for all your support!

  3. oceanswater says:

    I’ll get a copy. I love the jacket design. Congratulations to you both! ?

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Thanks so much. I love it too. My nephew designed it, and I am so proud of him! I bought a copy of Madness last night on my Kindle at your suggestion. It’s next on my reading list! Robin told me she has read that book twice and found it to be very compelling. Thanks again for the recommendation, and for all your support!

  4. Sirena says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait until it hits Europe ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Rayne says:

    This is so great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. dyane says:

    I’m finally back to say I’m SO PROUD of you & Robin!
    ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ“–

    What an amazing accomplishment! You know I appreciate how huge a deal this is! ๐Ÿ˜›
    I’ll definitely buy “Despair to Deliverance” & review it for you on Amazon & Goodreads as soon as I can!

    Once again, congrats dear Sharon – you’ve done a truly remarkable and wonderful feat. By the way, it never once occurred to me that you were exploiting Robin; you never, ever gave off that “vibe.” No worries!

    I look forward to reading Robin’s update, and learning about your Book #2 when the time comes! ๐Ÿ‘€

    Lots of ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’–,

    • Dyane, I do know you understand more than most people what a big deal this is. Thanks for the support as always. I will, of course, return the favor and buy and review your book when it comes out. You rock! โค๏ธ

  7. oldpoet56 says:

    Congratulations to you, excellent accomplishment.

  8. dyane says:

    I finally bought your incredible book and posted a teview! :))))) so proud of you both!

  9. dyane says:

    I knew it would be great from page one….you got me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Dyane–Thank you SO much for your amazing Amazon review. I saw it last night and was planning to message you today to thank you. We are so appreciative of all your support through the process. I value your feedback…so much.

  10. bipolarbarbieq says:

    HOLY CRAP I JUST GOT TINGLES EVERYWHERE THIS IS GREAT NEWS! When I have a moment I plan on reading it as I have planned on all along!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hey! So glad you are back, loyal follower!! Would love to know your thoughts about the book! Robin is still stable, having moved to Florida last spring. I’m trying to get her to write about the move and how she’s doing, to update readers. She’s working on it, but I think the sunny Florida weather is too inviting! Hope you are doing well. I’ve taken a break from writing, but will definitely be back! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  11. Congratulations! The road to publication is a long and hard one. I’m so happy for you both for successfully navigating it. Despair to Deliverance seems like a fantastic work of art!

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