Well guys, I won't lie. I'm pinching myself. This is a very cool, crazy feeling, holding a real book in my hands that I wrote myself. Yes, I've written e-books before, but this one I can touch.
(Note that now–in 2020–I have revised and expanded my book!)
It was a long and often painful process. It was “almost done” and even “done” so many times that I lost count. One setback was when Mom was diagnosed with cancer last summer and passed away about 8 weeks later–I knew when she was sick that taking care of her was my priority, and as much as it still hurts having her gone, I'm SO thankful for that time and it feels great not having any regrets. Besides that, it was the whole full time blogger and homeschooling Mom “thing” that made it tricky to FINISH. My publisher (and friend) was SO patient, ever ready to encourage me and get me to relax by saying things like, “God's timing is always perfect.” The story of how I found my publishers, or really how they found ME, is another whole amazing story, which I tell a little about in the book. Let's just say it was a “God thing” for sure.
Sometimes I'd lie in bed thinking about it, though, and the negative talk would sneak through, “It's really not very good, no one will buy it, let alone be helped by it…” Then I'd wake up the next day, pick up the manuscript, look it over, and say to Kent, “You know, it actually IS pretty good!” Not that I haven't already found a few things that I'd change or add in for the next edition, but overall I'm so happy with it and excited to put it out there, because I really do think this will help so many to get their family on track or to feel better again. Even if you may be solid in the real foodie department, I hope you'll share it with your friends and loved ones who are still struggling to get there.
Ask at your local library
If you're unable to snag a book right now, put in a request at your local library! I've requested many books through the years (most I've ended up buying, but I wanted to check them out first) and they've never turned me down.
To all of my faithful reader friends…
Thanks for your support through the years!