Client News: APA LifeTools

In one way or another, I’ve worked with the book publishing house of the American Psychological Association (APA) for almost twelve years. June marks the anniversary of my 2003 interview with APA Books to be their editorial assistant. In late 2004 I was promoted to Developmental Editor. Just before Thanksgiving in 2006 I left Washington, DC and my in-house job with APA to move with my family to Memphis, Tennessee and later to California. I went freelance, but I’ve stayed in touch with APA Books editors over the years and done many projects with them.

The LifeTools imprint comprises self-help books for the general public. APA LifeTools books cover much the same territory as APA’s clinical books, but in a style that non-specialists can understand. Let me introduce you to some of the books I worked on as developmental editor.

This one is hot off the press (click the image for a link to purchase):

Happy Together book cover, by Sharon Rostosky and Ellen D. B. Riggle

Happy Together is now available for purchase–or I should say, it’s OUT.

This book is about how to be “out” with your same-sex partner, and includes advice for many aspects of life together, from dodging microaggressions while simply walking in the neighborhood with your partner to parenting and finding allies with other families. Well, here’s the official marketing copy from APA LifeTools:

Same-sex relationships are becoming more visible and more socially accepted. Nevertheless, most couples still experience significant stress because of their same-sex status. In every life context—family, work, neighborhood, government, religious community—same-sex couples have to make decisions about disclosure, how to respond to prejudice, and how to cope with negative feelings about themselves and their experiences. This book helps couples work together to identify, develop, and use their strengths and skills to navigate these issues and thrive. Confronting prejudice is never easy, but the stories, tools, and resources presented in this book will help readers learn to manage such situations in a positive way.

Learning activities in each chapter guide couples to become more aware of the causes of stress in their relationship and to take positive actions to strengthen their commitment. Readers will learn how to cultivate the strengths of their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer identities; assert appropriate boundaries; create supportive relationships with others; and contribute authentically to their families and communities.

Here are some of the other APA LifeTools titles I’ve edited:

Write it Up: Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles, by Paul J. Silvia

Taking Control of Anxiety: Small Steps for Getting the Best of Worry, Stress, and Fear, by Bret A. Moore

Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach, 2nd edition, by Vincent J. Monastra

Succeeding with Adult ADHD: Daily Strategies to Help You Achieve Your Goals and Manage Your Life, by Abigail Levrini and Frances Prevatt

The Forgiving Life: A Pathway to Overcoming Resentment and Creating a Legacy of Love, by Robert Enright

Becoming a Calm Mom: How to Manage Stress and Enjoy the First Year of Motherhood, by Deborah Roth Ledley

Do you read self-help books? What are some of your favorites?