Countdown to Publication -- THE HAPPINESS PROJECT.

Days remaining to publication date – 1 (!)
The Happiness Project is an account of the year I spent testing the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. This is my fourth book (or my fifth book, if you include a book I did in collaboration with an artist).

Yippeee, I got a starred review from Publishers Weekly! Okay, I couldn’t help myself. Now that that’s off my chest…

It seemed like this day would never come. Tomorrow is the pub date for The Happiness Project.

I’ve thrown away the huge stack of marked-up manuscripts that I kept in a corner. I’ve crossed off all the months on my two-year countdown-to-publication calendar. I’ve deleted many of the now-unnecessary files that clogged up the “Happiness Project” folder on my computer.

What’s done is done. I can’t edit anymore. I can’t urge people to pre-order anymore. I can’t contact any more of my journalist connections. It’s a relief to be at this stage.

Of course, I still have a long to-do list. I’m writing my blog. I’m urging people to sign up for the 2010 Happiness Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year. I’m spreading the word about my book tour (if you live in NYC, please come to the B&N on 86th and Lex on January 7 or to the 92nd Street Y on February 9). I’m doing whatever I can do to help raise awareness of the book online. I’m eagerly cooperating with any press that comes my way.

But for the most part, everything is finished.

I comfort myself with the realization that no matter what happens with the book at this point, for good or for ill, I had a vision for what I wanted to write, and I did it. I feel incredibly fortunate that I was able to spend the time the way I did, and to write the book that I got to write, and now it’s done.

And that makes me very happy.

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Comment by B. Lynn Goodwin on January 8, 2010 at 3:23pm
Congratulations! Your excitement leaps off the page.

Lynn
www.writeradvice.com
Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers
Comment by Jessica Keenan Smith on January 8, 2010 at 11:38am
Let the Philly/South Jersey contingent know if you plan to work your way down the east coast from Boston. And I'll encourage folks back "home" in Boston to go see you in one of my favorite bookstores.

Best of luck!,
Jessica Keenan Smith
The Light Daughter
Comment by Dr. Barbara Sinor on January 8, 2010 at 11:31am
Whew!! Congrats Gretchen!! I live out here in California but I'll watch for you if you drop by the Bay area.. :)
I just hope my new book launch goes as smoothly as yours seemed to do! Please visit my "countdown" Blog Inspiration for Recovery at www.drsinor.blogspot.com and give me some tips and encouragement.
Barbara~
www.drsinor.com
Comment by Gretchen Rubin on December 30, 2009 at 7:19am
Wonderful! I look forward to meeting you in Boston in a few weeks!
Comment by Randy Susan Meyers on December 30, 2009 at 7:17am
Happy Launch Day! I have put January 13th in my calender, so I can come hear you at Brookline Booksmith in Boston.
Comment by Gretchen Rubin on December 29, 2009 at 10:31am
Thanks so much! I really appreciate the support of the She Writes team!
Comment by Deborah Siegel on December 29, 2009 at 9:59am
CONGRATULATIONS, GRETCHEN! All of us here behind the scenes at She Writes are sooo excited for you!!!! GO GO GO!!!
Comment by Gretchen Rubin on December 29, 2009 at 7:38am
Wonderful! Good luck with your book and blog! I so appreciate your good wishes.
Comment by Debby Carroll on December 29, 2009 at 7:30am
I've been enjoying following your "happy" escapades on the Huffington Post. I'm definitely signing up for the challenge. Hey, who wouldn't want to be happier? I hope 2010 is a great year for all. I'm just beginning a new book/blog. It's been a while, I last had books published in the 90s and then ran out of interesting thoughts, I guess. But, I've decided to wade back into those daunting waters with my grown daughters. (Check us out at http://raisingamazingdaughters.wordpress.com) So, good luck. I hope "Happiness" is a best seller!

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