An Update on My Book About Happiness

A couple of months ago I submitted my book to a publisher.

I heard back from them. They liked it. They wanted to publish it.

They would just need $12,000 to design the cover, do some editing, and set up the distribution.

I decided to self publish.

I’m not going to lie: it was a blow to my ego to find out that this publisher that “wanted to talk to me about the project” was really more of an author services company. When someone asks you for $12,000, it’s hard to know what they really think of your work, and that’s the biggest reason for wanting to work with a publisher — to be told by experts that you’re good enough.

But in the process of hitting submit, of putting myself out there for what I thought was going to be industry judgment, this book became real for me. This project became crucial.

I decided to trust myself.

(And all the other experts that are talking about how great self publishing is right now.)

So, I’m finishing up the publishing part of the book right now. I’ve hired a cover designer. The last of the edits are being made. A little formatting needs to be done here and there. I’ve scheduled speaking appearances in Pittsburgh, and I’m planning a book tour around the country for this fall.

It’s real.

It’s almost here.

It even has a name.

An Amateur’s Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness

I keep telling you this stuff because it makes it more real. It blows up the bridges behind me so I can’t turn around and go back when I get nervous. And yes, I’m nervous.

I was meeting with a couple friends recently and I told them I was scared that people might say bad things about me and/or the book when it comes out.

“Well, don’t you think that’s for sure going to happen? I mean, that’s definitely going to happen,” Caanan said.

People are going to say bad things.

Some people will hate the book. Some people will hate me for writing it. It is inevitable when you put yourself out there that you will encounter critics, and somehow knowing that is actually less scary than thinking there might be critics.

But it’s still good to have the safeguard of telling you all what I’m doing so that I do, in fact, keep doing it.

So I’m publishing a book later this summer.

And I can’t wait.

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  1. Megan says:

    I’m so, so, so very proud of you and so, so, very happy for you! I can’t wait to see you soar!

    And then when I’m ready to release my novel you’ll be able to give me some tips. :)
    Megan’s most recent post: Fifty-Two, Week 46: Stop & Go

  2. Saying it out loud makes it so!

  3. Dawn says:

    Congratulations!!! That’s awesome! YOU are awesome!

  4. Lisa says:

    Yay!!! I admire your courage
    Lisa’s most recent post: This Isn’t Pink Floyd’s Wall

  5. Lisa says:

    Yay! I admire your courage so much! It’s helped me make my own leaps lately!

    Now about that book tour….
    Lisa’s most recent post: This Isn’t Pink Floyd’s Wall

  6. i’m so thankful that you kept on keeping on. proud of you for doing what you wanted to do.

    and for anyone who doesn’t like it, who cares? no skin off your nose if they don’t! stay true to you and ignore the haters. there will always be haters, but they can’t hurt you.
    hello haha harf’s most recent post: Adventure in Tahn

  7. Naomi says:

    So proud of you! Can I host / be involved with your Orlando stop on the book tour? There IS an Orlando stop, right?
    Naomi’s most recent post: Weekend Whimsy : 21 – 22 June 2013

  8. Akirah says:

    You’re right. Trolls are lurking everywhere. But you are accomplishing a BIG thing and should be really proud. I can totally relate; I’m experiencing a lot of apprehension about my new website and writing projects. But! I would rather fear regret than failure. So I move forward. I’m glad you’re moving forward too.
    Akirah’s most recent post: Why We Don’t Talk About Abuse (Part 1)

  9. Mona Darling says:

    Congrats!! Self publishing is awesome and fun and addictive! You, and your book will do fabulously! I would love to talk self publishing some time!

  10. Oh Britt, that’s awesome! I’m so excited for you (and can’t wait to read it).
    Elizabeth Barone’s most recent post: Creating a Business Plan for Your Writing

  11. Jb says:

    You GO girl! I am so proud of you. I feel like you have inspired me a bit – and we are moving from near SF to Durham, NH. That’s near Portsmouth, NH. We are moving to what I think of as a giant house – and we will have a guest room – I would love to host you if you do a reading up there. It’s an hour train (Amtrak) to Boston, and drivable to Portland, Me. Email me – we aren’t moving in until end of August so perhaps sometime in the fall? And we are driving cross country – though just 2 weeks…anyway, please email as you pull your book tour together!

  12. If you need any advice or help just ask. I just started my own publishing company. Btw I am recommending people stay away from amazon/createspace. My last proof was horrible so I switched to Lightning Source for printing. It’s more up front but you can make more.
    Corey Feldman’s most recent post: Tie a bloody knot

  13. And you will get some bad reviews, part of the business. Most of mine have been great but I have gotten a couple bad ones. Look at any top selling or classic book and you will see plenty of bad reviews. You look at them, see if there is any kernel of truth or merit that you can learn from, if not you shrug it off.

    Btw I can’t offer advances on my fledgling company, nor promise brick and mortar store deals, but I’m happy to publish your book. I would never charge a client. Email me if you don’t want to deal with the editing, cover design and publishing part.
    Corey Feldman’s most recent post: Tie a bloody knot

  14. martymankins says:

    This is very very awesome. Of course, I am already a fan of your work, so this book should be no exception when it comes to praise. Who doesn’t want to be more happy in life?

    Congrats on this accomplishment. Also, for taking the self publishing path, which if all goes well here, i will be doing later this year or early next year.
    martymankins’s most recent post: Depeche Mode 25 Years Ago

  15. Good for you! I self published my memoir after becoming jaded with the publishing industry and how freaking long they take to put a book out. I LOVED self publishing. At a hard time in my life, it gave me a sense of control over my creativity, plus it gave me a fun project to work on to take my mind off of things. I had a really positive experience with it. Good luck with your book. I will absolutely be buying it.
    Victoria Fedden’s most recent post: No Crabbing on Wednesdays!! I Mean it!

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