I began writing to make sense of my own life when it seemed that everything was going from bad to worse. It was 1979 and for me it was not a good year. My marriage had fallen apart after ten years. The courts gave my ex-wife custody of our two children and I was now a part-time father and felt like a full-time failure. I was angry, stressed, and depressed and though I never thought seriously of taking my own life, there were times I just wanted to sleep forever and never wake up.
In my anguish and despair, I began to keep a journal. Friends told me I should write a book, but I insisted I wasn’t a writer. Yet, I knew I had to keep writing in order to save my own life. What began as a personal journal turned into a full-length book, Inside Out: Becoming My Own Man. Psychologist Herb Goldberg, author of The Hazards of Being Male, said, “For me this is the best kind of ‘Men’s Liberation’ book—a personal, honest, expressive account of the inner life of a man in the process of search and change.”
Psychotherapist Natalie Rogers, author of Emerging Woman, said, “We know that the personal is political—feminists have proved that point—yet few (if any) men have had the courage to be as vulnerable as Jed Diamond. Women and men will find this book provocative and illuminating.”
The responses I got from the average person told me that my book helped them. “Thank you, Dr. Diamond,” one woman wrote. “Your book helped me understand my husband and I believe turned things around and saved our marriage.” A man wrote to me saying, “I was depressed, alone, and suicidal. Your book literally saved my life.”
I was moved and humbled to know how powerful writing can be in helping people. I know reading other people’s books helped me. I still remember reading Kay Redfield Jamison’s book, An Unquiet Mind: Memoir of Moods and Madness. She shared her own challenges with depression and mania and helped me see I was not alone. When I read her words describing her own depression I broke down and wept:
“You’re irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re ‘not at all like yourself but will be soon,’ but you know you won’t.”
That was absolutely my own experience. Her words offered hope. If she can get through this and write about it, maybe I can too.
Since writing Inside Out, I’ve written sixteen other books, including, international best-sellers Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Surviving Male Menopause, The Irritable Male Syndrome, and my most recent book, 12 Rules for Good Men. I’ve also written more than 1,000 articles including: Why is My Husband So Angry, The 5 Stages of Love and Why Too Many Stop at Stage 3, and The One Thing That Men Want More Than Sex.
Like many writers, including my fellow writers who are featured on The Good Men Project, Medium, and The Huffington Post, my writing is all over the web. I didn’t even know where all my articles had been posted until I joined Authory. This is a wonderful site where readers can easily find all the articles a favorite author has written and get notified when a new article is posted. I found out that my articles had appeared in more than fifty places, websites I didn’t even know had published an article of mine.
Now you can find all my articles easily and read everything I’ve written about men, women, sex, and love as well as articles about how to survive and thrive in these challenging times. Just check out my writer’s page on Authory. It’s free and easy.
If you’re a writer who wants to make it easy for your readers to find all your work, you can join Authory for free for one month. It’s easy to get started. You simply let them know where your work appears. They search the sites where you have a by-line and within 48 hours you can see all your articles in one place.
But that is just the beginning of what you get. Authory helps you to take control of your articles, build your own audience and advance your career, regardless of where you publish. In a world where you never know when a website may go out of business, Authory backs up all your articles automatically.
It also allows you to turn your readers into subscribers. I love Authory because it makes it easy for my readers to find me and learn about new articles and read the ones they want right away. And here’s a really helpful feature of Authory. They let me know how my articles are doing on social media. I can quickly see which articles are being shared widely.
For instance, I just looked up my article, “The One Thing Men Want More Than Sex.” I found it has been shared on Facebook more than 120,000 times. It is clearly my most popular, well read, and widely shared article. And Authory gives me the data to proves it.
One final feature that I love is that I can create collections of articles on various topics. I’ve created collections of the different places my articles appear. I’ve created other collections based on topic areas such as Male Anger, Stages of Love, How to Survive in the Post-Covid World. I can share them with my readers or keep them private so I can organize my writing and create new ebooks and articles.
In sum: Authory a great resource for readers and writers alike.
If you are a writer who would like to check out Authory, you can do so here. If you want to visit my home site, it’s www.MenAlive.com.
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