Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Mark. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?
I chose the self-publishing path and I have no regrets in doing so. The biggest bonus is that you can get your work out there and available so much quicker than any other way.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
Relief was my first emotion. I am a doctor who treats chronic pain through non mainstream methods. The Art and Science of Healing – with Light is the result of my life’s work in this field. I felt if I got hit by a bus my work is done. It is empowering to know that my work can now be shared with everyone.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
I went to Washington to attend a World medical conference in my field and I gave away copies of the book in lieu of business cards. It was one way of making sure all the experts in my field had a copy of my book in their hands. I since learnt that most indeed did read it and some left me very good reviews.
Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?
Let’s such say that the second book has begun. With the first book I was keen on getting the facts out about how chronic pain develops and how mainstream medicine makes it worse, and of course how you can heal. In this second book I feel I can relax more. Facts are still important but I feel that I can have a little more fun this time.
Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?
That writing the book is only half the work, selling and promoting is more difficult.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?
The peace of having my years of research complied into an easy to read work that will change the lives of chronic pain patients. It has brought me great inner peace to know that anyone can now have access to this knowledge.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Make it happen. Don’t be that person who always says, ‘One day I’ll write a book.’ Do it. Sit down, plot it out, think it through, and then write as if you have demons chasing you, because in a way most writers do. At the end of it you can proudly say, I wrote a book. It’s a great feeling.
About the Author:
Dr. Mark Rogers has been a general practitioner for thirty years and developed his expertise in soft tissue injuries, chronic pain, and laser over the last twenty. A former migraine and back patient himself, he saw the need for a book specifically for patients and how to heal their pain. He has presented papers on his methods all over the world and lectures to post graduate Masters students. Three times nominated for Australian of the Year he lives in Adelaide, Australia, is married and has five children.
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About the Book:
Chronic pain has reached epidemic proportions but it is not a disease. Chronic pain is a genuine physical problem and its epidemic is being spread by the very treatments the doctors are prescribing. Over thirty percent of patients across the world present with back, neck, or head pain, the majority of whom are in chronic pain, but all doctors offer is a prescription for painkillers and a referral for intensive physical therapy. The patients never improve, in fact they get worse. Instead of receiving empathy and understanding they are often accused of being dishonest about the severity of their pain. Some are even sent for psychotherapy. ‘The Art and Science of Healing – with Light’ breaks that vicious cycle. Within it is explained to patients how they developed chronic pain in the first place and how to begin to heal their migraines, back pain, neck pain, tinnitus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and all forms of chronic pain in general.
Doctor Mark Rogers bases the healing process on his 7 Principles of Healing Chronic Pain. His methods are all based in science, are common sense, pain free, drug free, have no painful exercises, and no ‘mind over matter’ meditations for coping because the problem is not in the mind of the patients, it is in their bodies at a deep cellular level. The 7 Principles have a conservative efficacy of eighty-five percent. As long as the Principles are followed the patient will heal. It is the medical system that is keeping patients in pain through ignoring the origin of the pain. Pain is not a mystery, it is not a disease, it means you are being hurt. Chronic pain means you are still being hurt. Written in a clear easy to read style with minimal medical jargon it is designed for patients to finally give them understand what happened to them and gain control over their healing processes so they can start healing today.