Today is a big day for me — my paperback comes out today.
If you’re inclined to buy the paperback, I would very much appreciate it if you’d consider buying it right away — today, or this week. Initial sales are very important for building buzz and enthusiasm for a book among booksellers, retailers, the press, and my publisher. Thank you!
I know that many book groups have been waiting for the paperback. If you’d like the one-page discussion guide for book groups, or the one-page discussion guide for spirituality book groups, Bible study groups, and the like, just drop me a note at gretchenrubin1 at gmail dot com.
You may be thinking, “Well, Gretchen, you say your book is good, but why should I believe you?” Consider: The Happiness Project is a #1 New York Times bestseller, is being translated into more than thirty-one languages — and was even a question on Jeopardy! (Which I still can’t quite believe, I must admit.)
If you read the blog, you may be thinking, “Well, I don’t want to be rude, but I can read your stuff here for free, so why should I buy the book? Paperback or not? Now or ever?” I’m glad you raised that point! Consider these reasons…
1. One friend who has read both said she thought the blog was process, the book was conclusion. The ideas in the book are presented in a more distilled, thoughtful way, and the book framework allows me to tell longer stories and explain more complicated ideas. I’m able to show how different ideas fit together, which can be tough to do in one blog post. The book goes deeper.
2. On the blog, I write about whatever subject interests me that day, so it skips from topic to topic. The book is organized by subject matter: Energy, Parenthood, Work, Marriage, Play, Spirituality, Mindfulness, etc. If you’re interested in particular subjects, you can focus there.
3. If you’ve been enjoying the blog, and you’d like to share it with a friend, you can give the book as a gift. You can’t give the experience of reading a blog as a gift, but you can give a book. (Email me at gretchenrubin1 at gmail dot com if you’d like a free, personalized bookplate for your gift.)
4. In a book, you can more easily underline and take notes. (You can do this electronically, but many people still find it easier to do with old-fashioned pen and paper.)
5. I’m more forthcoming in my book. I call my family members by their true names. I talk about juicy episodes that I’ve never mentioned on my blog. I reveal a very major fact about my life that I’ve never discussed on my blog.
6. Many of my readers have written that they want to buy the book to show their support — a “thank you” for everything I’ve done for free. Which I very much appreciate.
The enthusiasm of blog readers has made such a difference to the success of The Happiness Project. I know it would never have hit #1 — something that made me very happy — if it weren’t for the support of readers here. I so appreciate it. Thank you!