So…this is really happening!
Three copies of my book arrived on my doorstep two weeks ago. Holding one in my hands for the first time was more than a little exciting, and proof positive that dreams do come true.
Years ago, I got it into my head that I wanted to write a book. My idea was to write about how small lifestyle changes can lead to big improvements in health and well being. I had a background in naturopathic medicine, but I had no writing experience (and I certainly did not have a “platform”).
I am very much rooted in reality, so I knew full well this was probably just a crazy dream. I knew the likelihood of ever being published was probably nonexistent. But I am determined, so I set about seeing if there was any way I could make my crazy dream come true.
In 2008, I started a website about health and wellness. Managing it for a year nearly sucked the life out of me and the website itself…IT sucked. I decided to give blogging a try and I shifted my focus to food and recipes. I did not give up on my dream to write a book but I decided it was a cookbook I wanted to write instead.
By the beginning of 2012, I was starting to think it was time to give up on the book writing dream. It’s just not going to happen, I told myself. Some things simply are not meant to be. Right around the same time, I decided to start a series here on the blog called One Simple Change. I figured it was a way for me to put those lifestyle change ideas I’d come up with years earlier to use.
I loved writing One Simple Change. The response from my readers was really positive, and about two months after my first post, I found myself in talks with an editor to write a book based on the series. The rest, as they say, is history. Now my dream has come true, and my book will be out in a couple of months.
The strange thing is this: I have oddly mixed emotions right now. Some days I am elated, but some days I am pretty anxious. Thoughts like What if no one reads my book? or What if lots of people read it, but everyone hates it? creep into my head. I also feel like there are a few parts of the book I might choose to write a bit differently if I had the opportunity to revise them right now.
I’ve read that it’s pretty common for a writer to feel terrified in the months before their book is published, and to long for some sort of “do over”. So I think my feelings are “normal”…that’s comforting…and I’m trying to relax and enjoy the whole process. It’s been tremendously helpful to reflect on something my friend Shauna once told me. It was along the lines of: “Your book is an offering. Your job is to put it out into the world, but you don’t have to be attached to what happens next.” (Forgive me, Shauna, if I’ve butchered your words.)
So I am trying to do that…trying to think of my book as an offering…trying not to be attached to what happens next. Emotional rollercoaster aside, I am immensely proud of what I’ve accomplished and I love how my publisher, Chronicle Books, has packaged the book. I’m really so grateful to everyone who helped me make this happen, including you all: my readers.
I truly hope the book will inspire others to lead happier, healthier lives, and I am pretty thrilled by some of the early reviews:
I absolutely love love love it.
Can’t put it down.
I can really see that it can change my life.
So packed with facts yet easy to understand.
I love the stress and gratitude chapters. I need them.
It is really wonderful.
Ok, so it was my dad who texted all of these comments to me, but still…I am thrilled :)
If you’d like to pre-order the book, you can do so here!