In the life of a book, there are many milestones.
Finishing the first draft, choosing the title, making the final edit — and figuring out the jacket art.
We’ve all heard “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but covers matter so much. The look of a book really influences our perception.
So, it’s a big moment for me to reveal the book jacket for Better Than Before, my book about how we can change our habits. Ta-da!
If you get my newsletter, daily quotations, book club recommendations, or you’re a Super-Fan, you got a preview. But now I’m unveiling it to the world.
Pay special attention to the star shapes. See how they suggest the formation of a habit? I must say, having the jacket makes the book feel much more real. It’s really about to go out into the world, at last.
I love the jacket, and I hope you do, too, but if you don’t — please don’t tell me. This ship has sailed.
Right now, I’m also finishing the “second pass pages,” which is my very last chance to make any edits. I’m handing that in on Wednesday, and then my work on the book is FINISHED. It’s exciting, but also nerve-wracking. I edit, edit, edit, and it’s hard for me to put down my pen and say that it’s done. Of course, it’s also a huge relief. For better or for worse, Better Than Before will be finished on Wednesday.
Then it will be onward to March 17, 2015.
The book comes out in March, but f you’re inclined to buy it, it would be a big help to me if you pre-order it now. The way that book publishing works these days, pre-orders really matter. Booksellers, the media, other readers, the publisher, all pay a lot of attention to that number. So buy early and often! So many people have already pre-ordered, and I appreciate that so much.
Many people have asked me whether I’ll read the audio-book myself. Yes, I will. Last time I did a recording, for The Happiness Project, I learned that I’d been mispronouncing “gimcrack” all my life. Who knows what I’ll find out this time?
To give you a taste of Better Than Before, here’s my Habits Manifesto:
- What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.
- Make it easy to do right and hard to go wrong.
- Focus on actions, not outcomes.
- By giving something up, we may gain. (For instance, with the Strategy of Abstaining.)
- Things often get harder before they get easier.
- When we give more to ourselves, we can ask more from ourselves. (The most fun strategy–Strategy of Treats.)
- We’re not very different from other people, but those differences are very important.
- It’s easier to change our surroundings than ourselves.
- We can’t make people change, but when we change, others may change. (Strategy of Other People.)
- We should make sure the things we do to feel better don’t make us feel worse.
- We manage what we monitor. (Strategy of Monitoring.)
- Once we’re ready to begin, begin now.
My argument, in a nutshell: There are no one-size-fits-all solutions; to change our habits, we first have to figure out ourselves. When we identify key aspects of our nature — which is what Better Than Before does — we can tailor a habit to suit our particular idiosyncrasies, and that way, we set ourselves up for success.
Better than before! It’s what we all want.
Dear readers, thank you, as always, for your enthusiasm and support. Better Than Before is so much richer and more insightful (I hope) than it would have been if I hadn’t had the benefit of the brilliant insights and comments from readers.