Drops of Awesome – The Book – Coming Soonish

I’m thrilled, in that YayButOhWOWIHaveTonsOfWorkToDo sort of way, to announce that I just signed on with California-based publisher Familius to create a book based on the ideas in my blog post, Drops of Awesome. I cannot think of a better partner for this project. They are amazing!

Here’s me signing the digital contract with the help of my closest advisors minus one because he’s manning the camera. And when I say “manning”? Yow! You’ll have to take my word for it.

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The post, based on inspiration that has helped me change my entire outlook on life, resonated with a bucket-load of people around the world and your stories and kind words have really informed the direction I’ve decided to go with the project. There were a ton of options and I considered each one over the past year and tried writing a couple of them.

Christopher Robbins of Familius first contacted me back in January, interested in having me write for their website and possibly pursue a book project. Familius is a new publisher with its sole mission being to help families be happy. I loved the idea and it jives with what I aim for here on DaringYoungMom.com, but I wasn’t sure about the project. Drops of Awesome has a lot of religious significance for me personally, and their company does not cater to a religious audience. They believe that all families are important and that there are universal practices that can help make all people happier. I believe this too, but I just didn’t know how to separate Drops of Awesome from its religious underpinnings or if I even wanted to.

So we exchanged a few emails and when he told me that they were branching out into children’s fiction, I sent him pages from my completed YA Novel Dark Bird and my Middle Grade work in progress.

Six months passed.

I continued being Awesome. A bit. Drop by drop.

I spoke about Drops of Awesome at women’s events large and small in Oregon and Washington and had a blast doing it, meeting new people and hearing their stories. Interestingly, I heard from agnostics and atheists in person and online who were just as enthused about incorporating Drops of Awesome into their lives as any of the Christians who’d read it.

I worked on a Drops of Awesome book in its various forms and started to feel stuck. The religious version of the book was not going well. I sounded like a bit of a wind-bag, honestly. It’s a small idea and I was trying too hard.

Then, out of nowhere, Christopher from Familius emailed to set up a phone conversation about my fiction. As we discussed the work I’d sent him and I got a better idea of their mission and the work they do, I told him I was open to discussing a Drops of Awesome project. I’d been feeling more and more like it was something I could and should open up to a broader audience.

He suggested that I consider writing it as a journal or gift book.

Hmmm.

We agreed that I’d mull it over and get back to him in two weeks with a proposal. As soon as I started working on Drops of Awesome as a journal, things started flowing. Suddenly, it wasn’t me writing a book, preaching at you. It was me co-authoring a book WITH you. I’d share ideas and then invite you to share your own. Rather than being a book for you to sit down and read passively, it was becoming a well for you to draw from, but also a bucket where you could capture all of your Awesome, a journey of self-discovery for both of us.

Design is really important to me and having a book that looks fresh and feels good to hold, manipulate and write in is crucial. Before we negotiated a contract, we negotiated paper samples. It had to feel right and be writable on-able. It had to fit in your purse.

Most of the ideas behind Drops of Awesome are universal, regardless of your background or beliefs. These concepts resonate with people from every walk of life because we have more in common than we have differences. We all have important missions to fulfill in our lives. We are all uniquely qualified to achieve our highest personal goals. But, we also all fall prey to many of the same destructive thought patterns.

-Many of us obsess over and wish we could change the past, but we can’t.
-Too many of us spend too much time listening to that voice inside our heads telling us we’re not good enough, that our best efforts are failures because the one thing we’re not doing is the only thing that matters.
-We verbally abuse ourselves in ways we would never think about using on others.

If the entire world would adopt an attitude of living in the moment, putting our best foot forward one tiny Drop at a time and then celebrating those efforts, the entire world would change for the better.

So, what I’ve come up with is a concept for a book that will be interactive, playful, and hopefully as life-changing for you as getting to this point has been for me.

The book is set to release in Fall of 2014 and I’m excited to share it with you! In the meantime, I will be blogging here and at Familius.com about the concepts in the book and the progress of the project. I have also created a resource page on this blog for my LDS readers, who want to experience Drops of Awesome through the lens of spiritual belief.

Go forth! Be AWESOME!

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17 Responses to Drops of Awesome – The Book – Coming Soonish

  1. This is so awesome! (sorry) I will totally get this. I’m so excited! I loved Drops of Awesome and I think you’re great.

  2. Heffalump says:

    Congratulations!

  3. Laura says:

    Hi friend from the basement of the Orem public library. I’m so excited for you. I had to smile when a while back one of the first Sunday RS lessons was titled “drops of awesomeness”. I didnt even name drop our old friendship! I love seeing how your journey is unfolding. Such a voice of good and truth sprinkled with humor and satire. So happy for you!! Laura

  4. elin young says:

    Love you beyond words or reason and so happy for this opportunity for you to share your inspiration in a way that can help so many. You are… dare I say it? AWESOME!!!

  5. Heather says:

    This is so exciting. I can’t wait to buy it!

  6. Liz Gossom says:

    I am so stinking proud of you!

  7. Mara says:

    I remember that post! I think that your concept works with or without the religious component. As a non-religious, secular Jew, I sort of ‘edit out’ religious context by habit, and can vouch that the ‘drops of awesome’ idea works just fine without it. That said, I know that for people that are religious, like you, the very concept of removing the ‘religious element’ is deeply unsettling; I can see why you would not necessarily want to travel that path. Good luck with your book, I will keep an eye out for it!

    • I’m so glad to hear your opinion on this. Thank you so much. I was surprised and pleased as I started to write this version and found how well it works as a secular concept. Some things are just Truth. This is a message we all need to hear, which is a validating thing for me because it was sure something I needed.

  8. Kaitlyn says:

    I had never read your blog or even heard of it until one of my friends read “Drops of Awesome” to us in one of our Relief Society lessons. It literally was life changing for me. It has given me a greater motivation and excitement about living in the moment. I am so excited for your book and am already very anxious to get my hands on a copy. Thank you for your inspiration! Every small accomplishment we do really is worth acknowledging :)

  9. meriaten long says:

    I am looking forward to getting one!

  10. Andrea says:

    So happy for you! What a great thing to happen.

  11. Mother of the Wild Boys says:

    I just knew this day would come! I’ve been reading your blog for seven years, and the ways you’ve inspired me could fill a bookshelf. Congrats!

  12. Nancy says:

    I love that it is going to be a book. I’m trying to decide how to work it into Girls Camp for next, (next) year. With your book in hand and some craft they can put their drops of awesome into. I’m super excited. You’re inspiring. Love reading your stuff. Recently found your blog. Glad I did.

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