Therapeutic values in publishing my story

It was tremendously therapeutic to write and publish my story.

I’ve been through lots of ups and downs in my life and the story I published, primarily about my travels, gave me so many amazing experiences that I could not stop talking about them. It got to the point where I think people started to get a little annoyed or bored because I would often turn a conversation to speak about my travels; it was on my heart and mind that much.

The story was very painful to write at times because of the choices I had made in my life and the things that happened to me as a result. When I finished writing the story though, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted.

It took me several years to write the story and I did not publish it at first, only sending it to friends and family to read. Later on some friends suggested I should publish it which felt like the right thing to do, so I focussed on that.

I had met Ann Hobbs through business networking and heard that she was starting a publishing company. We met and Ann was of great help in getting my story published.  I had other help too from a friend who edited my story and I found a graphic designer on the internet who designed the cover – a picture that I had in mind but did not have the skills to design it. Finally I needed the story converted into a format ready for publishing and once again I found someone on the internet to help with this.

After publishing the story I ordered some printed copies of my book. I had great satisfaction in giving signed copies to family and friends. The reaction I had from people has been surprising; some have been full of admiration, others have been stunned into silence.

Then I had the excitement of checking the availability of my book in bookshops and online.

It has certainly been a thrilling experience publishing my story. I have given my story to the world and it feels extremely satisfying.

Neil Hillier author of The Travellers Guide To The Holographic Universe.