"Readers will find the short format and personal approach immediately accessible and appealing. How Not to Kill Yourself was written with no age range in mind, simply for the depressed. It will fill a great need in school and public libraries serving pre-teens to adults." —Laura DeGroft, Voices of Youth Advocates Magazine
"Sytes uses humor and blunt speech to help shake the reader out of their funk. He doesn’t try to gloss over people’s pain with fluffy words about seeing the brighter side. He is gritty, real, and tells it like it is. ... The advice offered will also help people live a better life, even if they aren’t truly suicidal." —Paige Lovitt, ReaderViews
“The best piece of literature I have ever read about depression...and I’ve read A LOT.” —Nicole Schultz, Little Shallon
Are you imaginative, unconventional, and inclined to escape the crumminess of everyday life into fantasy worlds? Are you definitely misunderstood, likely angry, and almost certainly depressed? Set Sytes, hailing from the UK, would prefer you stay alive and sort things out rather than the alternative, thanks. He figures there are better opportunities for you out there and lays it all out in a way that's compelling, funny, sharp, and useful. This book (please don't call it a self-help guide, asks the author) is ultimately about how to be a person in the world. It can be done non-miserably, we promise.
SUBJECT: Wellness / Relationships / Microcosm Published / Mental Health / 5-Minute Therapy / Creativity / Trauma
PUBLICATION: Mar 8, 2022
FORMAT: 128 pages, paperback
ART: b&w illustrations throughout
Set Sytes was born in the misty, Arthurian woods of England and was raised by bears. He grew up learning how to do and be many things at the same time, including slaying monsters, rescuing damsels in distress, and commanding great armies. He has authored many stories of darkness and weirdness and flights of fancy, including the sci-fi/fantasy/western novel WULF, the YA pirate fantasy India Bones and the Ship of the Dead, the thoroughly twisted dystopian thriller Moral Zero, and the fantasy/horror short story collections of Faces in the Dark and Born to be Weird.
A small, innovative publishing house, Microcosm Publishing specializes in work designed to make the reader feel good about being alive, take an active role in bettering their life, and impact the world around them. Microcosm has developed a reputation for teaching self-empowerment, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom with books and zines about DIY skills, food, politics, and art. Our books are printed in the USA.