Isn’t this a wonderful day? When I awoke this morning, a flock of plump bluebirds circled merrily around me and cute enchanted mice fetched my morning slippers. Metaphorically speaking of course. There are no bluebirds in California, we have raucous scrub jays instead, and Viva doesn’t allow mice in the home.
Even a lack of enchanted mice can’t dim my fantastic mood, because NOW I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL BOOK! And it feels great. Sublime and satisfying.
Last weekend I published a non-fiction ebook based on a recent blog post. The Fat Chick’s Guide To Physical Fitness was a hit and my good friend Anne-Rae Vasquez encouraged me to expand upon it and publish. I’ve never viewed myself as a non-fiction writer, at first I was reluctant. But Anne-Rae made many good and valid points so I decided to experiment.
You know how I love experiments. All science would languish without my incessant meddling.
Quietly, I published last weekend. It was so quiet that even Holly Jahangiri didn’t know of my plans. Frankly, I didn’t want to make a big thing of it because I was pretty sure nothing would come of it.
Happily, I was wrong. Yesterday, for the first time in my publishing career, I was actually on some top seller lists on Amazon!! Let me give a big bunch of credit to Anne-Rae for that too. After she saw the really crappy cover I put together, she generously made this:
Isn’t that beautiful? Sales took off the next day, another lesson learned about the value of a good book cover.
The response to my book has been phenomenal. Apparently fit and fat is an idea whose time has come. Many people reached out to tell me how much they liked the book, how you don’t have to be fat to embrace the ideas I put forth. In fact, tonight I’m being interviewed on Lette’s Chat, an internet radio show.
This is the first interview I’ll be doing with someone I don’t know, it’s slightly nerve wracking. Still, it’s good experience for the inevitable Barbara Walters Oscar night special 😛
As excited and delighted as I am for this unexpected success, what I feel most today is gratitude. A big thank you again to Anne-Rae, because none of this would have happened without her. Thanks to Holly Jahangiri because I wouldn’t have gotten this far in my online life without her guidance. Thanks to my husband for letting me pursue this crazy dream of writing. The hugest thanks go to my readers, all of you who bought the book and have said such nice things about it.
Plus, there are two honorable mentions today. First is to Ollie Creutzner. If he hadn’t thought up the title for today’s blog post, I’d still be sitting in front of a flashing cursor. Please visit his blog, because the internet needs more blogs and that one is his. The other is for S.E. Lehenbauer, because she names stray blog posts Bob and that pleases me. She also has a blog, where she posts blogs potentially named Bob.
As always, a big thank you to the Travellers for visiting my little home on the ‘net and supporting me. You are all fine people who deserve only great things.