Hi friends! Most mornings, I take things really slow. I lay in bed for a while. Stretch. Then grab a book, make a coffee, and curl up and read on the couch with Cooey. I love this little ritual. It’s the calmest way I can start my day. And yet, I couldn’t do that today. Because when I opened my eyes, I knew what day it was. September 15th! My second book’s birthday! ADVENTURES IN OPTING OUT IS FINALLY HERE!
I’ve already told you all about this book, so I won’t go on about it again. The only thing I want to repeat is that I hope it feels like you’re having a conversation with a friend, which you can return to anytime you need to. And I hope you enjoy meeting a few of my friends along the way!
To celebrate the “birth” of my new book, and any book you read in the future, here are a few ways you can support an author whose work you love:
Buy a copy!
AIOO is available as a hardcover/ebook/audiobook—online/in local bookstores/at all the usual retailers. Asking your local library to order it is incredibly helpful too!
Write a review
After reading it, this is the second-most important thing we can do for the authors we love: because it shows the world that people are actually reading your work! For authors, the best places you can leave your review are on Amazon or Goodreads. (I hangout there!) Reviews are often personal. Whenever I don’t know what to say, I just pull out my favourite quote and share that. <3
If you enjoy the book, I would love to hear about the creative ways you’re sharing it! Not just on social media (though that’s helpful for me, of course!). But where did you read it? Who did you give your copy to after? Who did you have to buy their own copy for, because you weren’t ready to give yours up? Or where will you leave it after, perhaps for a stranger to find and enjoy? :)
Reach out for an interview
If you are a podcaster or journalist, and want a copy to read/review/run excerpts from/do an interview, let me know! I’d love to have a virtual coffee date and chat with you.
A few days ago, I woke up to an email from MJ, a buyer for Powell’s Books in Portland. She said some kind words about the book, then told me she had included it as one of her picks for fall 2020. Here is the generous review she shared in that blog post:
“Cait Flanders follows up The Year of Less with Adventures in Opting Out, a guide to navigating the road less traveled. I always feel better after I read Cait Flanders; there’s something about her mix of practicality and truth-telling that both soothes and inspires me. Interviews with fellow travelers, anecdotes, and sound wisdom make this a fast and inspirational read. 2020 has been filled with all sorts of intentional and unintentional adventures in opting out, and Flanders offers a sturdy and flexible framework to navigate whatever path you are currently on.”
I will leave it there, my friends! Thank you for all of your support!
PS – This beautiful picture was taken by the so very talented Amanda Sandlin. She also designed the cover! <3