I think the paperback version of my book, The Swing, is available today! I "think" because no one has really told me, or called, me, or emailed me, so I guess it's not a big deal! I've learned loads about writing, publishing and most importantly selling books, but really I don't know shit...about the publishing world! What I do know is how to, and what to do with the kettlebell swing!
I'm probably not the best person to beg people to buy my products, specifically my book, The Swing! Sure I have a few DVD's, but really I have a great book about how I program this one little, super magical, miracle of an exercise, that not many people seem to want to do on a regular basis to get the body of their dreams, because why? Well, all I can say is I can lead a horse to water.... But I suspect because it feels hard! I'm not going to say it IS hard, because I believe that hard is a feeling, not a fact! And it feels way harder being fat, bloated, ashamed, unfit, weak, sick, ugly, yep I said it, ugly, than it feels to do a few sets of 10 kettlebell swings! (I didn't feel very pretty at 250lbs.)
But at the end of the day I don't live my life to sell books. (but will you please buy loads of copies? lol) I live my life so wanting others to feel "this". The last thing I write in the acknowledgements of my book is this:
"Finally, to all the chubby little girls and boys who have had to sit on the sidelines knowing they are capable of so much more, and to everyone who has ever felt underestimated: you know the greatness within you--bring it to life and stop waiting for another day--today is the day!"
I received a facebook message today from a woman who was referred to my story by a fellow Instructor. She wrote to me about how she was encouraged by this Instructor to have hope, so he gave her my name. She googled me and found my story, then found me on facebook, here is part her message;
"....he mentioned you. I came home and Googled and wow, I feel real hope. I really appreciate his approach and I appreciate you sharing your story, especially since I am where you once were. I'm not striving for a certain size but I want energy, strength, confidence and I want to want my body.
To which I answered;
"You're going to lose 100 lbs, you're going to lose 100lbs...repeat after me, "I'm going to lose 100lbs!" This is something you don't have to share with anyone else, not even your husband (if you have one), your mother, God forbid, don't tell your mother! Just keep it to yourself! You know what you have to do. Stop eating so much of the junk, and be the smart woman you know you are!
At the end of the day, whether or not I sell one book, two books, a zillion and a half books (please, thank you!), I will still show up and train.
PS something I just learned about the publishing and book selling world is that once a book goes into paperback production the hardback is no longer available. I have found hardback copies of The Swing by way of a google search and the only reason why I'm mentioning this is because the hardback version is a beautiful book! (and now you can find it on sale!) The last meeting I had with my editor she pointed out that Harper One had to use a better quality paper (more expensive!) because of the instructional photos! So if you don't have a copy yet you may consider finding a hardback, but the paperback is lovely also!