Gillian Atack |Student with The Writers Bureau – become a published writer
Gillian Atack – writing abut Alzheimer’s Disease.
Two years ago my mum died as a result of Alzheimer’s and writing about my experience was something I felt compelled to do. So I enrolled on The Writers Bureau’s Biographies, Memoirs and Family Histories Course to help write my first book which, as well as being a memoir, gives a valuable insight into the world of Alzheimer’s.
“The course has helped me write a story that evokes strong emotions; the constructive but motivational feedback I received from The Writers Bureau has helped me knock down the barriers to self-doubt.
“I used a self-publishing company to publish my book ‘The Storm Within The Rose: My Family And Alzheimer’s’, formatting it and designing the cover myself. After deducting printing costs, I have earned around £360 from sales generated locally and on Amazon and also raised £95 so far for the Alzheimer’s Society. But my success is perhaps best measured by what I achieved coming from a non-writing background. The best payment has been the reaction of family, friends and people I don’t know.
“Recently, I held my first book launch where I talked about how and why I wrote my story. Being a quiet, thoughtful person, I had to well and truly leave my comfort zone to do this but knowing that people actually thought my writing was good gave me the confidence to do this. I have also inspired a lady who attended my launch to write about her own experiences.
“The Alzheimer’s Society bought two books to put in their knowledge centre library and my book became their Book of the Month for December 2016. It is such an honour that healthcare professionals hold it in such high regard.
“I was recently asked to write a blog for the Reading Well Books On Prescription website and it will be published shortly. My own website with blog, which I built myself, is almost ready to be revealed to the world!
“Already my readers are asking when my next book will be ready; I have some ideas brewing. I hope my story shows others with no experience of writing what is possible.”