This post is about you

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Some books change the world in small ways. Some books change them in big ones.

This week, I’m celebrating the launch of a book I think may just do the latter—How to Train a Happy Mind: A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment by my client Scott Snibbe.

In addition to being a writer, Scott is a longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism whose teachers include Lama Zopa Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama (who just so happens to have contributed the Foreword to this book).

How to Train a Happy Mind takes the principles behind a powerful form of Buddhist meditation, analytical meditation, and adapts it for non-Buddhists. Meaning, this is a book that anyone (atheists, agnostics, “spiritual but not religious,” or believers of other faiths) can use to “build the habit of happiness” and experience more joy and peace in their lives.

Scott’s book launched this week, on Tuesday—and it’s already into its second printing! (You can get your copy here.)

Needless to say, I’m hugely proud of Scott for bringing this good work into the world, and thrilled at the fanfare it’s received thus far.

But this post isn’t just about celebrating this particular book, and this particular client.

It’s about celebrating you, and the work you’re doing on your own book, behind the scenes, right now.

As writers, we labor for long periods of time on a book with no real guarantee that it will ever see the light of day. (Even if you’re already under contract, your manuscript could wind up being rejected by your publisher.)

And yet we put in those long hours with our notebooks, at our computers, and in our heads as we puzzle through our thoughts and ideas, shifting and moving and cutting and pasting and smoothing them over until they actually make sense on the page.

We do this, I think, because deep down we know that if this book we’re writing changes the world for even one person…even in some small way…the world will be better for it.

So let this message be a source of encouragement for you, if you find yourself losing steam with your New Year’s writers’ resolutions and momentum.

Let it be a reminder that there is some particular perspective and genius that only you can bring to the world through your words.

And may it remind you of the thing that can be so hard to remember when you’re in the trenches with that good work:

Your book has a birthday—you just don’t know it yet.

I have an opening for one new book-coaching client and one full manuscript evaluation starting April 1!

If you’re interested, feel free to fill out my new client questionnaire, so I can see if we’re a fit for your project—or, if you’d like to get a feel first for what it might be like to work with me, feel free to work with me on Your First 50 Pages.

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