After a full day of seeing clients, I arrived home late Wednesday night to my copies of Year of Tranquility and it felt so yummy to hold it in my hands. It’s a great size to work in (8×10) and my designer did an amazing job bringing it to life.
Here’s one email comment I received that made me smile:
I just got my copy of Year of Tranquility in the mail! WOW – it is really beautiful. It is even more packed with ideas than I realized it would be — and all presented so well — between your writing and your graphic designer’s talents — well, obviously I am blown away!
To give you a peek inside and share the book’s story, I recorded this video. I’ll also be releasing a private podcast for Tranquility du Jour app subscribers where I share more about the process. Stay tuned!
A BIG thanks to everyone who helped make this book happen: Tim Mooney (helpful input and was okay with me working through the holidays), Christy Jenkins (designer extraordinaire), Carol Meyers (creative input and eagle eyes), AMAZING beta readers (you were invaluable), early reviewers (Flora Bowley, Gail McMeekin, Beth M. Howard, Sharon Gannon, Jamie Cat Callan, Christine Mason Miller), 2018 YOT participants, and YOU. It takes a village!
You know what they say about the best-laid plans, right?
Well, Wednesday night as my designer was uploading the final draft, she got an error message and called support. They informed her that an 8×10 had been chosen as the size (I did as much backend setup as I could) and she was uploading an 8.5×11.
When she told me, I replied, “Yes, the book is supposed to be 8×10.” Oops, that meant a new layout to fix the size.
After she spent all day Thursday redesigning to fit the 8×10 format, we went back and forth for four hours finalizing the final, final draft. She uploaded it shortly before 2AM. My heart raced and we sent each out celebratory emojis before crawling into bed.
Friday morning I woke up at 7:30AM and checked Amazon. Nothing yet! My Mom got so excited that she bought 52 Weeks of Tranquility on Amazon. I reminded her that was my 2015 book and she already had it. Sweet thing!
I continued to hit refresh on Amazon all day and then late last night I received an email that there were a couple minor issues that had to be fixed. My designer’s working on them now and opened up Pandora’s box when she texted, “If you want to read through one more time for typos, there’s now time.”
My name is Kimberly and I love to edit, tweak, adjust, and edit some more. Thank goodness my designer is incredibly patient.
So, we’re working on the final, final, final draft of the 230-page Year of Tranquility delight right now and then we both get our lives back. At least for a few days.
There’s another project coming down the pike: Tranquility du Jour Daybook.
On Sunday’s TDJ Live, many of you mentioned how important it had been to you and how you were missing it. It got me thinking. Since Year of Tranquility is a BIG picture lifestyle planner (not day-to-day) and I can update the last Daybook version to match our current look, why not create one and offer it on Amazon for you?
Amazon doesn’t offer a spiral-bound option, but for those who love spiral, it’s easy peasy to take any book to Kinkos or a similar store and have the perfect binding chopped off and a spiral inserted. Voilà!
We’ll redesign an evergreen, dateless Tranquility du Jour Daybook with all your favorites including weekly layouts. While I know everyone has their 2019 planners, these won’t sell out (like the limited runs done with former versions over the years), can be started at anytime, and help us infuse our days with tranquility. Plus it’s pretty and pink!
Okay, back to my designer to truly tie a bow around Year of Tranquility. As always, I promise to keep you posted and thank you SO much for your enthusiasm and support! Bisous. x
Pen your plans, explore new practices, and check the boxes (so fulfilling!). Personalize it with ephemera, colored markers, washi tapes, and your deepest desires.
Year of Tranquility will be available on Amazon around the New Year and I’m also dreaming up an accompanying program, too. Stay tuned.
In the interim, wishing you and yours a joyful holiday. I hope it’s magical and filled with family, friends, good food, warm fires, meaningful gifts, sparkly ornaments, scented fir candles, and steaming cups of tea.
To support you during this time, I’ll be releasing a podcast on living the Simply Luxurious Life and the End of Year Review process this week. Thanks for being here! Bisous.