Irvine, California (PressExposure) August 03, 2009 -- You'd think that a psychologist and sex therapist could easily get a book published. Especially if, like Dr. Stephanie Buehler, that sex therapist also held a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California and worked many years for an educational publishing company for which she wrote dozens of books.
But Dr. Buehler found that not to be the case. After having several unsatisfying encounters with agents that flaked out and publishers that rejected manuscript ideas that appeared to be ahead of their time, such as on sexuality and chronic illness, Dr. Buehler decided to take matters into her own hands and published Sex and Passion: The Essential Guide, Now and Forever.
Dr. Buehler knew she was taking a chance of undermining her credibility by self-publishing a book, especially an e-book. E-books have become somewhat stigmatized by authors selling get-rich-quick schemes at exorbitant prices. But Dr. Buehler decided that many people might find anonymously downloading an e-book about passionate sex appealing and decided to give it a try.
"Besides," Dr. Buehler said, "I knew there was a need for a book on sex that didn't have titillating photos of people with buff bods having sex, or that didn't have slang words. I wanted to write a book that I could recommend to my clients without worrying about whether they would find the material embarrassing."
Dr. Buehler, a former editor and writer for Teacher Created Materials, believes that as major bookstores begin to offer more and more ways to download books (Barnes & Noble just released its E-Reader software), more and more professionals will turn to self-publishing.
"E-books may seem a little shady now, but credible people will definitely find them to be a good alternative to mainstream publishing."