Whether you are graduating from college like my daughter Britta is doing in a couple of weeks (Go Britta!)….or climbing Mt. Everest…or writing a book (more on that in a minute)…or whatever, there are always going to be milestone’s in our lives that deserve to be savored and celebrated! I personally find myself in such a place right now…and as exciting as it is…it has definitely caused me to do some serious reflecting on the whole experience.
What exactly do you do when you find yourself crossing something REALLY BIG off your life’s “To Do” list?
If you happen to subscribe to the publication called Publisher’s Weekly, you will already know this next bit of news I’m going to share….but since I’m fairly certain no one reading this post is a subscriber (except maybe my “literary agent” Steve Troha…Hi Steve!)…I hope you won’t mind if I go ahead and toot my own horn for a minute.
Yesterday in Publishers Weekly, there was a short paragraph announcing the fact that Putnam Books, part of the Penguin Group of publishers, will be publishing a book based on my blog, One Good Thing By Jillee! How crazy is that!?!? In MY book (haha) it’s C R A Z Y!
The last couple of months have been SO crazy, I could probably write a BOOK about the book that is now officially in the works….but I will spare you all that and do my best Reader’s Digest version.
For quite awhile now I have been getting requests from readers of this blog to put together a One Good Thing By Jillee book (thus the button on the top of the website!). We were actually quite far along in the process of self-publishing a book (some of you may remember us talking about it coming out this Mother’s Day) but then things took a bit of a dramatic turn.
Due to a series of fortunate events, my business partner Scott and I were introduced to Steve Troha, a literary agent in New York. One thing led to another and pretty soon I was spending every spare moment writing a book outline to present to book publishers.
Two weeks ago today I landed in New York City for a whirlwind week of meetings where Steve dragged Scott and I around to sky rise after sky rise and conference room after conference room where we met with some of the most incredibly nice and talented people in the book publishing world. It was definitely one of the most surreal weeks of my life.
LAST Tuesday I found myself in the unbelievable position of having to consider several offers and choose just one. Nice problem to have huh? We chose to go with Putnam and the deal was made official yesterday when it was published in Publishers Weekly!
Here is the official announcement as it was printed:
Kerri Kolen at G.P. Putnam’s Sons bought world rights for a book by Jill Nystul, based on her blog, www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com. Steve Troha of Folio Literary Management did the deal, and Putnam has set hardcover publication for Mother’s Day 2014, with the paperback to follow from Berkley. In One Good Thing, Nystul will provide readers with more of the tips and projects for each day that have made her blog so popular, while also telling the story of how she came to focus on one good thing per day, in order to overcome a failing marriage, postpartum depression, and alcoholism.
One of the strangest things about all of this is that writing a book about my “story” was always something I thought I would do “someday”. But you know how that goes….”someday” is always out there….somewhere….someday. Not TODAY! But I guess my “someday” is TODAY! Ready or not! :-)
So to wrap this whole thing up….what DO we do when we reach that “someday” that we thought would probably never actually arrive?
I found an article about this subject at Better Life Coaching Blog and I’m going to borrow the four “things” suggested and add my own comments:
Enjoy the view
I admit I am struggling with this one! Instead of taking time to just stop and really SAVOR the moment…my mind is on to the next thing I have to worry about! WRITING the book for one thing! Just a minor detail. :-) But still, I really do need to take some time to enjoy and celebrate this achievement! I promise to try at least. :-)
Learn from the experience
This one is much easier for me. I can’t believe how much I have learned about the world of books and book publishing through this whole experience. Not to mention the last two years creating and sharing this blog with all of you. Some of my life’s most meaningful learning and growing has been done since One Good Thing By Jillee was born. And it is my heart’s desire to share some of that in a meaningful way through this book.
Thank those who have helped you along the way
Another easy one…..THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! To each and every one of you reading this right now, I want you to know how grateful I am for the part you have played in my life, my story, my journey. Without each and every one of you, none of this would be happening.
I could go on and on and on here…but now is not the time or place. Suffice it to say I am very blessed with wonderful people in my life who I am more grateful to than words can express.
Look to greater heights
OK…not so easy. Actually, this one scares me to death. How do I look to higher heights than the heights I never even imagined I’d attain!? But at the same time, I’ve never been one to sit still for very long and I can foresee a time when all of this awesomeness has finally sunk in and I will start looking for new challenges. I was just born that way. :-)
Thank you for letting me use today’s “One Good Thing” to share with you my big news! And thank you AGAIN for joining me on this journey!
More Good Things to come! We’re just getting started! :-)
I would love it if you would share YOUR “reached goals” and how you savored the moment!