Well, we didn’t get off to the best start. The event planner had previously told me the bookstore typically orders twenty books for their author events. I told her I didn’t think that would be enough. So they ordered ten. No chairs were set up, and there was an actual rain shower in the event room from water leaking through the ceiling. I’d been worried all along about the weather outside, given 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 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 Sheara, 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. Sheara 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 forty-five 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 fifty chairs that had been set up were taken. I felt deeply grateful at that moment, and the book launch hadn’t even started yet! Thank you to each and every one of you who was there, and to the so many other people who have supported me along the road to publication.
Seth spoke first about what obsessive-compulsive disorder really is, using some examples from his own practice. He then gave me a moving introduction. 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. I’ll be posting video clips from the event in the near future, for anyone who might be interested.
Now that our 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!