Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thursday Review—My Book Therapy

This week I want to bring an amazing resource to your attention—especially if you’re trying to connect with those who write fiction or creative non-fiction.

My Book Therapy is a website started by award-winning, best-selling novelist, Susan May Warren. Susie has a heart to help others achieve their publishing dreams, and I was fortunate enough to stumble on this group in 2009 at the ACFWAnnual Conference. This group has become my go-to place for a lot of my online, fiction writing and community needs.

This group has also become my community. It's where I go when I need support or sympathy. These men and women share much more than just a love of writing. They care about each other's successes, struggles and triumphs no matter what the arena. As a writer, community is vitally important and I can't imagine a better one than what I've found at My Book Therapy.

It’s so simple to get plugged in here, to become a part of the group—you just have to sign up to become a voice. As of December 1, 2011, there will be a tiered membership option, with the higher levels requiring a small monthly fee. But general membership will still be free. So what advantage is there to becoming a Voice? 
  • An amazing bi-monthly writing e-zine, called, appropriately enough, Voices.
  • A weekly Monday night chat with experts to help you develop your story and your writing skills.
  • A daily blog, covering fiction writing techniques, editing, social networking and the business side of writing.
  • A place to connect with other writers who share your passion for excellence and genre.
  • Special events, online and in person, some open only to Voices. 
  • An active, confidential, prayer team.

I know a lot of you who follow this blog are also members of My Book Therapy and I’d love for you to share what it’s done for you.

In the meantime…
Don’t forget to join the conversation!


  1. I love MBT and all it offers. Thanks for sharing it with me. :-)

  2. Boy, I could sure use help. I write Bible studies and I struggle to present the truth in a way that's fresh and creative. Is MBT a good fit for me?

  3. Vonda, thanks for dropping by!
    Sherry, absolutely! I also write devotions and Bible studies and the fiction techniques that help readers connect, have also helped my writing to come alive to my non-fiction readers.

  4. Although I haven't participated in the community very often, I am a member, and I do follow the blog. I love the amount of information I can find on writing. Help is always available there!

  5. People have often said to me, "Karen, you need therapy." Going to My Book Therapy now.

  6. Thanks, I will check that out!

  7. I keep saying MBT is why I was able to get published. I believe in Susie's vision and admire her obedient heart. It's an amazing community where I've learned to take my craft to the next level.

  8. Like Karen, I'm going to check it out now. Thanks for always offering great writing info.

  9. I'm not sure what it's all about but I'm subscribed to the blog and I applied to be in something. : ) Can't wait to find out more.

  10. Alycia, you're right, you can always find the help you need at My Book Therapy.
    Karen E, believe me, it's my kind of therapy. Way better than chocolate, even!
    Karen, I look forward to seeing you there!
    Lisa, you're right, Susie rocks. But your heart and wisdom are a HUGE part of why I find My Book Therapy so special!!!
    Kim, Be sure to check out the Monday night chats. I have learned more from those than almost anything else I've ever done. It's like a different, free online class every week.

  11. thanks for the kind words about MBT!! We're a team here - and everyone brings their Voice to encourage others. We are starting a Creative Non-Fiction discussion on the forum to help people bring storytelling techniques to devotionals and non-fiction...stay tuned. You can read the blog, and join the free level at

    I bookmark Edie's blog - such great stuff here!! She's brilliant!