Today is the day!! It’s the official book launch day for Feels Like Home!
This book is over two years in the making, so it’s so exciting that it’s finally out into the world. I’m also thrilled to share that the audiobook version is now available to listen to a preview and download. I’ll share more about the process of recording an audiobook and why we made one for a decorating book in a future post.
I had a little fun with some confetti to celebrate the launch of this project that I am so proud of. I’ve shared before that I think this book is some of the best work I’ve ever done. (And, I feel like I can say that because I don’t always say that.) Sometimes the work I do is good. Sometimes it’s just done. And sometimes it’s special. The process of creating this book felt good and I love the result. This one is special and I hope those who read it feel the same way.
So, what do you do when you launch a book you’re super proud of? You stand in front of the closet in your studio and throw confetti up in the air for the camera! Even though it was just me and the cats, it felt like a special celebratory moment. I’ve never been much of a party person, but our family will definitely celebrate this accomplishment with more than just confetti in my studio!
And yes, I got confetti everywhere and the cats loved it.
So, let’s talk about the book Feels Like Home…
First of all, thank you to everyone who preordered the book. Feels Like Home is number one in many categories on Amazon and was in the top 1,000 books this morning! Your support means so much to me.
For those who aren’t familiar with Feels Like Home or you aren’t sure what it’s about, here is the blurb about it where it’s listed online…
Discover how to achieve your dream home on an affordable budget using these inspiring pictures, practical tips, and easy-to-implement tutorials.
Most of us don’t live in a dream home that was custom built to suit our tastes. We have to work with a house that brings its own style, quirks, and personality to the table. But imagine walking into this house, but it’s perfectly designed and decorated with your style in mind—a home that fits you like a well-tailored outfit and yet is as comfy as your favorite pair of pajamas.
What would that home look like exactly? How would it feel to live in a home styled specifically for you?
The truth is, every home should feel like a custom home and not have to break the bank. In Feels Like Home, DIY makeover queen Marian Parsons (a.k.a. Miss Mustard Seed) teaches you what she’s learned over the years, sharing budget-friendly practical tips that will inspire you to change your space from “blah” to beautiful, from a builder-grade to character-rich home. Each chapter will guide you through detailed, easy-to-implement tutorials for projects, makeovers, decorating ideas, and tips for handling common challenges. Special note-taking spaces are also included for recording your own design ideas. Room by room, you will be empowered to transform your house into the home of your dreams!
And here is a completely bias and partial video book review (more of a tour, really) of my book on my YouTube channel…
As a part of promoting the book, I’ve been doing a bunch of podcast interviews as well as TV appearances. I am, first of all, so thankful that I can do these interviews from home! It is still nerve-wracking, but it’s far less so when I’m sitting in my studio wearing sweatpants and slippers. The “biggest” interview I’ve done about the book so far was for GMA3 – What You Need to Know.
This is what a Zoom TV interview looks like from the other side. Usually, I just have a few notes taped up beside the camera, but for GMA3, we had a pretty specific script, so I had a ton of notes and practiced with Jeff a dozen times to make sure I was ready and confident even when the nerves kicked in.
If you watched the interviews, you’ll notice I have a “TV outfit.” I decided very early on that I was going to wear the same thing for every interview so I didn’t have to angst about what to wear. A crisp white button-up shirt under a blue & white windowpane linen dress fits the aesthetic of the book and looks a little artsy and a little dressed up. So, when I have an upcoming interview, I can fuss over my hair and get nervous about flaking out on my talking points, but I don’t have to stress about what to wear. It’s the Steve-Jobs-black-turtleneck trick.
I’ve also been spending time writing thank you notes, packing and shipping books to send to influencers, bloggers, media outlets, friends, and family…
There is so much that goes into writing a book, but I think there might be even more that goes into promoting a book! I will say, though, promoting this book has been easy. When you’re proud of something, you want to share it and that is certainly the case with this book.
I feel like there is still so much I want to say and share about the book, so more posts about it will come later. Once more of you have it in your hands, I want to go through some of the assignments in the book and show you how I’ve used them and they’ve played out in my own home. I think it will help those who are working through some of the chapters and assignments. As my blog followers, you’ll get a little extra support. We can sort of have a little book club here.
For now, though, I’m just celebrating and I hope you’ll celebrate with me…
If you haven’t ordered the book yet, you can order it from these retailers…
If you’re in Canada, you can order it online from Indigo.
PS – If you do purchase the book and enjoy it, please take a minute or two to leave a review wherever you purchased the book. Reviews and ratings do a lot when it comes to suggesting the book to others (well, if the reviews are good!)