I have a very exciting announcement (drum roll please): I wrote a book. It was just released a few days ago. The title is “Mom’s Had A Rough Day” and it is available for purchase now on Amazon. It is an oversized, 240-page paperback with a slick cover, and it retails for $15. I am very, very proud of it.
The book is a compilation of my favorite and funniest blog posts from the past year and a half. The book has a nice structure, and the essays are organized into a cohesive order that makes sense. The essays are polished and edited from how they first appeared in my blog.
I spent several months shopping my book proposal around to various agents and publishers in New York, to no avail. I became intimately acquainted with email rejection letters and their warm and fuzzy wording (“Thank you for your submission, but we regret to inform you that your project is not right for us. It might be right for someone else, but please do not ever contact us again.”). Then, being the obstinate person that I am, I said, “Ha! I don’t need them!” The Husband, being the realist that he is, said, “Uh, Hon? You kinda do need them. We don’t have any sort of printing press or anything, and I am not moving the canoe out of the garage to accommodate one you buy off Craig’s List.”
I was used to naysaying (see above: agents and publishers), so I didn’t let it get to me. Instead, I did what I always do when obstacles present themselves: poured myself a glass of wine and typed in “Google.”
Turns out, Amazon has a wonderful and affordable self-publishing program based in the USA called Create Space. I clicked the magic “select” key, and within minutes some hunky guy named Travis was on the phone with me explaining the services I’d just bought and how to submit my book.
Travis had a thick Southern drawl. “It’s already written, right? I mean, you’re ready to go?”
“Sure! I have a blog!” I squealed naively, as if a blog and book are exactly the same thing. “The essays are all written. I’ll give you the website.” I’m sure that Travis had never dealt with someone as organized as myself.
“Umm, Miss MOV, we can’t just copy and paste it in from your blog. You need to submit your manuscript in book form, with chapters and everything.”
I was getting the feeling that Travis was not going to be my new best friend, and in fact, might actually be in cahoots with The Husband.
I took lengthy and detailed notes on what Travis told me (“Format it”) and got right to work. My self-imposed deadline was to have the book available to sell by Christmas. Queen Virgo made sure that happened.
Click Amazon to be magically transported to Amazon, then type in “Mom’s Had A Rough Day” to read the description and buy my book. (As an added bonus, you finally get to find out my real name—my birth certificate doesn’t actually read “MOV”). I only need to sell 160 copies to break even on my initial investment. The books make wonderful Christmas presents, or doorstops for when you’re carrying in heavy groceries. Buy one for yourself, and maybe a couple extra for everyone you ever met.
Thank you for your support! I am excited to see what you think.
P.S. A book signing/ book launch party is scheduled for January 21 at a bookstore near me. I will announce details as we get closer, in case you happen to live in my area and want to attend. There might be cookies there.