Helping Writers Get Published


Sylvia Cary


This website is still in the process of being built, with a number of sections (such as the Blog) just unfinished placeholders. Welcome anyway!   Sylvia Cary

 Head Doc to Book Doc

About Cary Editorial & Book Consulting


From Head Doctor to Book Doctor

Licensed California psychotherapist, Sylvia Cary, is the author of six published books — four traditionally published and two self-published so she knows both worlds which is useful when it comes to helping other authors get published. She started out as a  magazine writer with articles, mostly on mental health topics, appearing in such national magazines as Men’s Fitness, Shape, New Woman, McCall’s, Mademoiselle, Realities, The Therapist: Magazine of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Screenwriters Guild magazine, and the  the Sscriptwriter’s Network publication, with a number of article reprints in the UK and Denmark. For a dozen years Sylvia and her late husband Lance Henrik Wolstrup,  a computer programmer, jointly produced a mental health newsletter, Sylvia was the recipient of the Clark Vincent Award from the California Assocciation of Marriage and Family Therapists to honor her literary contributions to the mental health profession.  


SHORT BIO: Sylvia Cary, LMFT, licensed psychotherapist and award-winning author, has both traditionally and “indie” published and has an editorial business helping other authors, especially (but not exclusively) mental health professional get published.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Born into a writing family in Connecticut, Sylvia’s father was a historian and published author, her mother and step-father were magazine editors on the Reader’s Dogest (where they met), her sister, an attorney, wrote a nujmber of law-related books, her aunt published children’s books through Random House, and her grandfather, a gun expert, regularly wrote articles for True magazine as well as writing a produced movie about boxing. She has two adult daughters and two grandchildren. It remains to be seen whether any of them will also be bitten by the writing bug. She lives in Sherman Oaks, California. 




To help with the overwhelm that many  “newbie” self-publishers feel when they realize self-publishing has many bits and pieces to it. This short little guide has pictures for people who hate reading directions, and you can see where to CLICK which makes it all so much easier.



“Helping authors get their books published is what I do and love to do,” says Sylvia Cary, who coaches writers through the editing, interior design, formatting, producing and bool launching stages. To date I’ve shepparded some 30 authors get their books — both fiction and non-fiction — published and out into the big world. (See the whole list of then under Client Books below. It’s quite a variety.


“Sylvia is an invaluable ally in the process of helping writers stick with the challenge of bringing a book to print.” — Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D


  1. it gives you instant credibility
  2. it makes you an “expert” in your field.
  3. it’s a calling card to help you achieve other things
  4. it’s a marketing tool to help you build your business
  5. it offers potential financial gain
  6. it entertains and informs readers
  7. it allows you to share with your inner circle
  8. it brings you a little immortality
  9. it’s psychologically satisfying
  10. it helps those who really need to read  what you have to say
  12. “Getting my book published made me feel more confident abut my abilities and showed me that the naysayers were wrong.” – Flossie Allen, author of The Ladder of Life

Books By Sylvia Cary . . .

THE THERAPIST WRITER: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published, Sylvia Cary, LMFT.

Getting a book published is one of the quickest ways for a mental health professional to become known as an expert? It can lead to more attention, more referrals, more business and more money. This is a step-by-step guide for therapists (and others) to make their book idea into a completed manuscript. 


THE ALCOHOLIC MAN: What You Can Learn From the Heroic Journeys of Recovering Alcoholics

!8 alcoholic men interviewed about their experiences during that critical first year of sobriety of of alcohol and/or drugs, how things change month to months, what dangers lurk, what working with a sponsor is like. 

Lorem WOMEN and LONG-TERM SOBRIETY by Sylvia Cary, LMFT. 

There are a lot of perks to becoming sober, and even more for staying sober over the long haul. Wouldn’t you like to know what it is like to have 10 years free of alcohol or drugs? 25 years. 50 years! The women in this book tell you in their own words what it will be like being sober for decades – and they tell you much more.The book is divided into chapters that deal with 7 important life areas: feelings, work, love, family, finances, troubles, and community. Each chapter concludes with a Sober Tips List, 

JOLTED SOBER; Getting to the moment of Clarity in the Recovery From Addiction by Sylvia Cary, LMFT 


“In this concise, clearly written book, Sylvia Cary describes the shift of awareness that signals and solidifies abstinent behavior.” — The California Therapist

“Sylvia Cary, a Mensan, a recovering alcoholic, and a psychotherapist…wants to tell others about the possibility of an almost instantaneous cure…and the seven ways to help bring the experience about.” –MENSA Bulletin

From the Inside Flap

“In medicine, as in life, until the mind has been prepared to see something, it will pass unnoticed, as invisible as though it did not exist.” – Ovid

LIT MUST BE FIVE O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE by Sylvia Cary. In narrative non-fiction style, this is the story of a couple in the “happiness business,” a therapist married to a psychiatrist, and alcoholism (hers) ruins everything. Sobriety turns it around.

Review in The Washington Post


 by Sylvia Cary (Work in Progress). A novel based on a true story set in Washington D. C. in the 1830s during the Andrew Jackson administration. It centers on a distant relative of the author who married a beautiful young widow only to find himself caught up in a love scandal that turnswho turns the administration on its ear with a love scndal.

SERVICES Offered By Sylvia Cary. . . 

Get a Written Book Evaluation

A 4-5 page written evaluation of your completed and edited book. I'll look at such things as, what's the main idea? Is the idea viable? Well-executed? properly structured? Well-organized. What could make it even better? What is the best publishing option for your book? (If you pau for a book eval and then sign up for self-publishing help, the cost is deducted from self-pub total).

“Getting published is good for business, no matter what business you’re in.” – Sylvia Cary

Publish Your Book on Amazon

The whole deal starting with the finished and self-edited draft of your book to professional editing (three passes through the boo plus section editing, interior design (drop caps if desired, headers, footers), formatting to proper trim size, covers, formatting for Kindle version, detailed instructions on how to fill oit the kdp required forms, including author bio, 4000-character (not word) book description, keywords, categories, and onscreen Previewer. NOTE: If you purchased a book evaluation from me then that amount is deducted from the book-publishing fee.

Have Your Newsletter Article or Blog Edited

Here's something I do that you perhaps didn't know you could get help with, Do you by any chance write short articles for a newsletter in you field , or for an organization you belong to? I can help here to do your editing or cut it down if you've overshot your word limit. As someone said, it takes more time to write something short than something long. Your words have to be well-chosen and that' time-consuming.


Other Services Offered by Sylvia Cary . . .

Free Monthly (Zoom) drop-in writing group (Los Angeles area) sponsored by

These FREE LA-area monthly drop in groups are sponsored by the Independent Writers of Southern California ( Check this website for times and locations. Some have speakers; other are for feedback on writing and discussion. Still on Zoom so pick out a cool background from a free photo site and join us.

Panel Presenter on Self-Publishing

I’ve done a lot of “in person” publishing and writing workshops and presentations (before the pandemic) and have always loved being on love panels –  Zoom for the moment. I’ve helped more than 30 authors gets their books published (see CLIENT BOOKS below), and it’s fun talking about it and answering questions. If you need a friendly panelist, email me at this address:

Movie Script coverage

10 years experience writing screenplay coverage for an LA movie distribution company; covered scripts for Bette Midler’s All Girl Production Company. Two year bi-weekly screenwriting group reading and critiquing scripts.


The Therapist Writer Blog


THE THERAPIST WRITER BLOG is primarily focused on mental health professionals who write — no matter what they write about — their work or maybe a mystery thriller or book of poetry. Whatever it is, let’s talk about it. This blog (a reincarnation of my previous blog) will hopefully be a balance of posts in 5 or t areas: News & Events, Hints & Tips (such as getting photos for your blog), Reviews, Interviews, Personal Opinions, & Serendipity.


June 2021:


How to Reinvent Your Aging Blog

Has your blogging life ground to a halt? Did you start out with good intentions (as I did in 2012) and then lose your mojo and find yourself posting less and less often?  Did you lose focus and forget what your blog is supposed to be about?…

Click Here to Continue to Blog 


THE SACRED PATH: The WAY of the SPIRITUAL WARRIOR, Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D. Foreword by LeVar Burton. For men and fathers. A concrete roadmap for the journey to and through mindful manhood…a vivid opportunity to learn what’s in men’s hearts.

THE UNMAKING OF A HOLLYWOOD THERAPIST, Annie Coe Toor. A psychotherapist’s memoir. At the zenith of  a successful career as a specialist in the area of stress in the entertainment industry, a therapist gets a ticket for drunk driving and the fallout derails her life. A true story.

CHARLIE & ME: A MEMOIR, Harriett Bronson. The  story of the author’s 16-year marriage & divorce from iconic movie actor Charles Bronson, and her post-dirovce journey going from being “the ex Mrs. Famous” to being a popular radio talk show host. 

HEARING VOICES: 15 SHORT PLAYS BY A PSYCHOTHERAPIST, Paul Richard Surace, LMFT.  The collection is broken down into 4 sections — Family, Friendship, Love, and Redemption, and offer roles for actors from their early twenties to their fifties.

THE INTROVERT ADVANTAGE: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World, Marti Olsen Laney. Dr. Laney shows how to help millions of introverts understand  why they are misunderstood, learn to appreciate who they are, and develop a just-right life in a world where extroverts once ruled.

THE END OF LIVING LARGE: Weight Loss in Microsteps When You Have a Lot to lose,e Speake, LMFT. Taking back your power over food without going on a diet.  Lose weight in Microsteps. Practical and doable.

ACT IT OUT: 25 Expressive Ways to Heal from Childhood Abuse, Stefanie Auerbach Stolinsky, Ph.D. Foreword by Trudy Moss, Ph.D. A safe,  a safe, self-guided recovery method for adult survivors of sexual, physical, and emotional trauma. New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

CONFESSIONS OF A GERIATRIC PROM QUEEN, Lila Lee Silvern. Fiction. A collection of wry, funny, sophisticated stories about love in the later years.

ANGER MANAGEMENT ESSENTIALS, Anita Avedian. Self-help workbook by a psychotherapist. 50 lesson plans. Learn about your anger and about how to manage your emotions more effectively. It can change your life. 

NEW YORK GUNS, KANSAS NUNS, BIRTH CONTROL, Carole H. Field, Crime Fiction: A New York drug runner turned psychologist is hired to run a birth control clinic in ultra-conservative Kansas.

CHALKBOARD CONFIDENTIAL: A Teacher’s Memoir, Lila Lee Silvern. The author brings theatre, wry humor, and a sense of romance to this collection of teacher stories that follow her long and successful career teaching in a Los Angeles barrio.

Fiction/Political Thriller – A stolen election, domestic terrorism,  and extortion. Once in power, and consumed by greed, Pete Reeeves will stop at nothing to get more of both.

THE LADDER OF LIFE, Flossie Phelps Allen. The true story of a strong and resilient family whose pilgrimage took them from a farm as sharecroppers in Southeast Texas to the bright lights of the city.

LEAN ON YOU, Gretchen Havens. A Recovery Memoir. Accustomed to there always being someone to lean on who’ll catch her and bail her out, a Daddy’s girl learns to lean on herself. Laugh-out-loud funny.

FALSE PRETENSES, Scott R. Kramer. A political thriller  involving a stolen election, domestic terrorism, and extortion. Once in power, and consumed by greed, Pete Reeves will stop at nothing to have more of both.

DEAD WRONG: How Medicare-for-All could kill more than America’s Healthcare system, David Paul Lyday.

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IT STARTED IN ROSWELL, P. N. Haberman. LAPD cop Mike Sands trades the chaos of Los Angeles for a job with the Police Dept. in the quiet desert community of Roswell, New Mexico, hoping to finally have time to work on his sci fi novel. His plan is interrupted when a local eccentric brings him an “alien” blue plant found out in the barren desert and asks Sands to investigate it.

SAVAGE BEAUTY: Heart-Pounding Journeys Through Africa with a Camera, Carol Neafcy Wlliamette. Brooklyn-born author’s itch for adventure and talent for photography take her to thrilling and beautiful places. 

TONGUE OF FIRE, Ernest Frankel  The story of an American demagogue. Set in Washington, D.C. during the 1950s.


GATEWAY TO EVERYWHERE, Ernest Frankel. Historical Fiction. A love story as big as California, and, a Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

THE RECOVERY WORKBOOK, Ruth White, LMFT. A book to familiarize alcoholics and addicts with the tools necessary to stop drinking and using and, of most importance, teach them how to enjoy their lives once again.


HOW TO DRAG THE MEDIA BACK TO THE MAINSREAM, David Paul Lyday. An instruction manual for dragging “mainstream media,” movies, pop culture and education, back into the real American mainstream.


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Sylvia Cary, LMFT
Cary Editorial & Book Consulting
Box 5037
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413


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