How to Date a Dad

11 Oct

This is my book How to Date a Dad. I wrote it seven years ago and it took me seven years to write it. I will never be one of those writers who releases a new book every year, that’s for sure. In fact, I’m not sure I have another book in me. I have attempted to write another book since my first was published but I get about a quarter of the way in and writer’s block sets in. Then I give up and start buying and reading books at an alarming rate until every chair, desk and shelf in my house is decorated with piles of books. Thank goodness for e-books. I can download as many as my budget allows and there is no visual evidence that I am reading other people’s work instead of finishing my own.

Then it occured to me…how about How to Date a Dad as an e-book? I would love to see it available for download because I sold more copies overseas than I did in Australia and to have it immediately and internationally available would be amazing. I seeing an interview about a book and then five minutes later it’s on my phone and I am happily reading it for the rest of the day. But I really want to re-write my book before it’s released as an e-book. I want it to be perfect. When I wrote the original version there was so much going on in my family that I took out a lot of my own personal experiences out of fear. Now we are all older, wiser and have moved forward with our lives. Plus my husband and I have been married for seven years (seven seems to be a significant number in my life at the moment). I feel like I’ve earned the right to speak about my experiences dating a dad, marrying a dad and have children of our own. The writing is also embarrassingly bad. I love to write but I am lazy about improving my own work. It shows in the book. My re-write is so much better.

When you start thinking about something the universe tends to join the party. I sent an email to my publisher asking if I could buy any spare copies of my book and they responded saying they were considering releasing my book as an e-book. I begged them to use the new and improved version but it would cost to much. But if it sells well as a e-book I will be able to release the revised book with additional chapters on marriage and babies. So I will continue with my re-write – successfully distracting myself from the fact that I am yet to finish one of my many other books. How to Date a Dad is haunting me. I just feel it hasn’t reached its full potential yet. And my writing voice is a little clearer than when I wrote the original. Fingers crossed. You can still buy copies of How to Date a Dad and hopefully it’s available for download soon.

La Dolce Vita – Jo Abi

One Response to “How to Date a Dad”

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