As a self-published author, I keep an eye on several newsletters from fellow self-published authors or various people in the industry.
Alinka Rutkowska is one of those people.
I’ve known her for a few years now, ever since she was proudly writing about her success in the kids books business. Since then, she has expanded into becoming an authors’ coach, a publisher and a woman of many other talents – and businesses.
So when she recommends something, I tend to listen.
The other night I received an email from her about a website, called Publishizer, that crowdfunds book projects – and a new contest for Mind/Body books.
As “luck” would have it, I have been writing notes (and more than a few chapters) on a new book.
After receiving questions and feedback from readers, I decided that a book on specific good feelings to cultivate to heal anxiety would be a good idea.
Not only that, but those good feelings would need to be grounded in day-to-day life. Because, as I say in “The Happiness Switch” and other places, it is not enough to feel good once in a while (on the therapist’s couch, at a workshop or at the spa) and be completely overwhelmed the rest of the time.
Those moments are wonderful, of course – and can be full of insights and growth. But after having gone that route so many times (and waking up lil’ old me some not-so-sunny day after that), I realized that I needed to find a way to feel good consistently.
So I started cultivating good feelings. On purpose.
My new book is called “Apples and Joy: The 21-Day Anti-Anxiety Diet of Good Feelings and Day-to-Day Wonders”.
It is a working title – and I wasn’t expecting to reveal it at this particular time. Or the cover for that matter, which is why it has a slightly different title.
But after reading Alinka’s email a couple of days ago and checking out Publishizer, I decided that the time is now and this is a true sign from the Universe :). There is a contest there, the Mind/Body category contest, in which my new book fits really well.
No, there was not much time to think. So I went for it.
For a couple of nights, after I put the kids to bed, I worked on the book proposal.
Last night I stayed up until 5 in the morning to finish the video trailer. The gremlins had their way with me so I only finished it this afternoon.
My head is spinning and in the old days of overwhelm, insecurity and fear, I would have bailed out at the first read of “deadline” and gremlin chuckle at my expense.
These days though, I know what to do.
It’s not that I don’t feel overwhelmed at times, or insecure or afraid (of many, many, many things…); it’s just that they don’t have that much sway. I know how to bounce into calming myself, into feeling excited for new possibilities, into feeling inspired by other people’s vision and into the extraordinarily good sensation of being in the flow.
I have created a campain on Publishizer and if you preorder the book in the next 30 days, you will receive all kinds of great bonuses!
For me, this is a chance to meet potential publishers. The more preorders, the more chances I have.
Please visit the campaign page on Publishizer and don’t forget to share with others!
You can watch the trailer here: