Good morning, friends! And what a beautiful morning it is, even with all the rain we are expecting here. No amount of precipitation will get me down, because today will always be the day my first book was released into the world! January 16, 2018 felt so far away . . . but now The Year of Less is finally here!
The early response to the book has been incredible. And when I say early, I mean early. Random copies started to pop-up all over the world in mid-December. I heard from readers in Australia, Ireland, Ohio, Indiana, Ontario, and BC who had picked up copies from their local library or bookstore. It made me a little anxious, at first, because I didn’t feel “ready” for it to be out in the world. But I have learned that I am probably never going to feel ready! I just have to be ready enough, and that’s where I am now. What helps me feel ready enough is seeing it in your hands, hearing what it has stirred up inside of you, which parts you’ve related with and why. I’ve seen a bit of this start to show up on Instagram, but I want to hear more.
Aside from the pictures you’ve shared, I’ve also seen some amazing reviews published on Goodreads. And the most exciting news I can share right now is that Vogue Magazine has listed The Year of Less as one of the nonfiction books that will help you change your life in 2018 + CBC Books has listed it as a work of Canadian nonfiction to watch out for in 2018!
I can honestly say I am totally overwhelmed in the best way possible right now. Part of me wants to say something sentimental, like how I’ve always dreamt of writing a book and seeing it in stores—and that’s true! But I’m just going to spend the day celebrating. I’m not usually very good at that, but this is a milestone I want to remember forever. Here are some ways you can celebrate with me. :)
1. Get a copy of the book!
It’s currently available in hardcover, e-book and audiobook! You can also ask your local bookstore or library to carry it. It would make me extra happy to know it’s in more libraries. :)
2. Write a review on Amazon!
For inspiration, you can read some of the things written by the people who read + endorsed the book, but I want to hear what YOU thought of it. Why did you buy the book? What was your favourite part or the most surprising thing about it? What did you learn or gain from reading The Year of Less? Did it inspire any ideas for ways you want to change your life or your habits as a consumer? Whatever comes to mind, I would greatly appreciate you sharing it in a review on Amazon. This helps authors more than I ever realized. <3
Note: When you visit the Amazon page, scroll down and click on “Write a customer review”! Thank you, friend!
3. Share your story on Instagram!
Here comes the fun part. Ever since I started writing it, one of my dreams has been to see The Year of Less out in the wild. I thought about this when I completed the proposal in Squamish in May 2016, and when I was scribbling notes down on the side of the road during my huge solo road trip around the US, and again when I finished the first draft in Squamish last January. The ideas for this book have come from all over North America—and I would love to see where the final product goes around the world.
But I don’t just want to see the book on Instagram. I want to read your story. Maybe you include some of what you put in your review. Or maybe it’s a story that is much more personal, but one that will help you connect with other readers who are on similar journeys. I have always believed that the more we share, the more we can all learn—and the more we can inspire each other, too! When you’re ready, we’d love to see where you are and learn more about you. Add the hashtag #theyearofless to the end and we will find you. :)
Fun fact! So far, I know people have placed orders in 21 countries: Canada, USA, Mexico, Ireland, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. How cool is that!?
Before I finish this post, I want to acknowledge everyone who has helped bring this book to life. On top of the people you’ll read about in the acknowledgments, I want to thank Tantor Media for turning it into an audiobook (which I narrated!), Raincoast Books for helping me share it with more Canadian readers, and everyone who has taken the time to interview me and share my story with their audiences. I have learned so many things about the publishing industry, especially in these last few weeks leading up to the launch. Being a first-time author, I am continually surprised and delighted to hear just how many people are working on making the book a success. It takes a village, friends, and I am grateful for mine—and for all of you. <3