About Timberlake Press
Timberlake Press was established in 2011. In many ways, it is a kind of “poster child” for what was going on at that time in the publishing industry: Traditional publishers were tanking, bookstores were closing, publishing gatekeepers were losing their clout, established authors were being “fired” by their publishing houses and were looking for new homes for their manuscripts, and wanna-be authors, tired of being told “No” by agents and other gatekeepers, suddenly got a break. Thanks to the Internet, digital printing, and print-on-demand (POD), there was an exciting new self-publishing revolution going on, and suddenly getting a book out was cheap, doable, and nearly stigma-free. All of these elements, when put together, gave rise to thousands of small presses, such as Timberlake Press, and gave a whole new class of “indie” publishers an opportunity to see the kinds of books they love, including narrow specialties and neglected niche topics, in print at last. While initially Timberlake Press was eclectic, it has now reinvented itself (including this new website) and will focus on this publisher’s mission — progress in helping to shed some light on the problem of alcoholism and drug addiction. — Sylvia Cary, Publisher
About Sylvia Cary, LMFT, President
Sylvia Cary, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist in Los Angeles specializing in addiction and writing/publishing coaching. She is the author of four traditionally published books (It Must Be Five O’Clock Somewhere; Jolted Sober; The Alcoholic Man; and Women Celebrate Long-Term Sobriety). Her most recent book, The Therapist Writer: Helping Mental Health Professionals Get Published, is “indie” published. It won the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Award, was a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Award (NIEA), and won the 2013 Global Ebook Award for the Kindle E-Book version. She was given the Clark Vincent Award by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to honor her literary contributions to the mental health profession. In 2015, she received an “Irwin Award” from the Book Publicists of Southern California for the best “niche marketing” campaign for The Therapist Writer. She has an editorial business (Cary Editorial and Book Consulting) and it is from there that she selects the books to be published by Timberlake Press.
About Addiction: Standing Up to the Great Destroyer
“Among all these sources of disease, alcohol stands preeminent as a destroyer. I never knew a person (to) become insane who was not in the habit of taking a portion of alcohol daily.” — Reverend Benjamin Parsons in “Anti-Bacchus: An Essay on the Evils Connected with the Use of Intoxicating Drinks” — 1804
When you look on the Amazon.com website and see that there are, to date, 40,000 books (not to mention nearly 150,000 blogs) on the subject of “addiction,” you might wonder why my little publishing company, Timberlake Press, has decided to redirect its mission to specialize in publishing books on — addiction. Aren’t there enough of them already?
The answer is yes, there are probably enough books out there in terms of numbers, but the addiction problem is still with us. It hasn’t been fixed. Addiction has been an “issue” since about 158,000 BC and it’s an issue today. Billions have been poured into creating and studying treatments, but no matter how much is spent, and no matter which treatment approach is used, the age-old universal recovery numbers seem to kick in and hold firm: 1/3 improve; 1/3 stay the same; 1/3 get worse. Many people with a vested interest in “their” addiction treatment method fudge with the recovery numbers, but the reality stays the same: Addiction is a problem.
For the record, I hate addiction. I have my reasons. Addiction wrecks individuals, relationships, families, communities, even whole countries. Addiction screws up your thinking, messes with your soul, cuts you off from your common sense and freezes your heart. Just think how many of the horrors and atrocities that have been inflicted on humanity over the centuries, as well as today, have probably been spearheaded by addicted perpetrators.
So, getting back to Timberlake Press, I know I can’t personally solve the Big Picture addiction problem worldwide, but I can do something about what is put in front of me. If for example, a book on addiction comes along that says something fresh that moves things forward, then maybe I can publish it through Timberlake Press. I think Lean on You, the memoir currently featured on this site, is such a book. The author presents a unique look at addiction as one (deadly) facet of an overarching dependency problem; she shows how futile and heartbreaking it is to perpetually rescue the addict; and she offers special hope to treatment retreads and their loved ones through recounting her own double-digit stays in hospitals and institutions.
There are myriad viewpoints on this ancient scourge, and as many stories about it as there are addicts. My commitment is to impart contemporary thinking about the topic through both fiction and nonfiction books, even if the information they reveal advances understanding of addiction by just a hair. In that way, I’ll be doing my part in standing up to the great destroyer. — Sylvia Cary