A Book Update

by Andie Mitchell on March 26, 2013

If I’ve learned anything in publishing over the past year and a half, it’s that a.) the word is spelled “doughnut”—not donut, and b.) timelines and schedules are—very often—loose. As a first-time author, there was no real telling when the memoir would be completely “done.” My editor suggested some flexible dates, some goals, but still, once the writing was done on time, there was the editing. There were the 25 recipes I sprinkled throughout the text. There were the headnotes I wrote for those recipes, and the delicious rounds of testing that had to be done. There were the backs, the forths.

We—my editor and I—shot for a quick turn-around, a release in 2013, but in the end, we found ourselves looking more seriously at 2014. And that truly just felt right. It did. Because the interesting thing about the book-writing process is, once the work of writing and editing is done on my end (which just wrapped up recently), my publisher still needs nearly a year with the book before it hits shelves. The team at Clarkson-Potter will work their magic with what I’ve given them and for months and months, the book will be out of my hands.

Now, considering the fact that patience—pretty, pretty patience—is not a virtue I possess, I understand if your first thought is, but—but wahh. I hear you. I cannot, do not, will not wait for anything without a fuss. I still burn the roof of my mouth on scalding hot foods; I binge watch TV series because IMUSTKNOWWHATHAPPENS!; the word “soon” gives me the cold pricklies up and down my spine; and when I want something done, I, very likely, rue that it wasn’t done yesterday.

All this to say: we’ve got a bit of a wait in front of us. Just a hair over a year and we can all cozy up in my mother’s house for a book launch—in her bed beside her is where we’ll be—reading aloud about my misadventurous life, my first kiss, my relationship with Daniel, my WEIGHT!, depression, and all of the many times I embarrassed myself publicly and privately—one time includes Leonardo DiCaprio, so stash that aside in your anticipation folder. I really held nothing back.

The memoir…coming to you in spring/summer 2014.

I can’t leave this post without thanking you, now and always, for being here. For your support, your unending kindness, and your encouragement. I LOVE YOU and I do mean that. I’m grateful.

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura Brooke Allen March 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm

!!!!!!!!!!

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Michelle March 26, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Omg-ish.. I can’t wait and can only imagine what ure goin tthru . Congrats for u on the book… can’t wait for finished product

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Lynn March 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm

you’re simply the bomb. the bomb diggity, even.
(yes, I just said “bomb diggity”.)
xoxoxo…

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Andie March 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I’ve been waiting for 3 years for someone to use “bomb diggity” in my blog comments. The day has come. Thank you :)

Andie

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Kelly March 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Just how big is your mom’s bed???? :D

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Andie March 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

It is so big. And she’s pretty fierce about us all fitting into it together (“Tuck in” she’ll say), so don’t worry about space :)

Plus, I don’t want a book launch party unless it involves a sleepover, you know?

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Maureen @ Breaking Free & Finding Me March 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

AHHH I cannot wait! I’m so excited. I’m still sad it’s a year away though!!

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Donna March 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Some things are worth waiting for, and I think this is going to be one of them. My calendar is tickled — SO looking forward to it!

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Jessie March 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm

While I’m sad we all have to wait so long…at least there is already something to look forward to in 2014 :)

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Lauren March 27, 2013 at 12:09 am

Congratulations! You are absolutely an inspiration to me and my own weight loss journey. Thank you for your unabashed honesty.

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Nicola March 27, 2013 at 1:31 am

If I can wait to graduate law school in 2014, I’ll wait for your book! :)

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Diane @ Vintage Zest March 27, 2013 at 3:00 am

Brava! I can’t wait to hit the “Preorder: Add to Cart” button. We’ll all be (im)patient with you in the meantime. :)

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Ksenija @ Health Ninja March 27, 2013 at 3:37 am

The greatest pleasure lies in the anticipation! And I am sure the book will be worth every minute we waited.

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Hannah March 27, 2013 at 6:09 am

Patience not a virtue I possess either, but a good meaningful book is something many people are willing to wait for.

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bridget March 27, 2013 at 8:02 am

I totally hate waiting… but at least we have cysfd to keep us occupied while we wait. I am very excited for you… what a journey!!

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Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 8:07 am

I am so excited. Really, truly excited.

Congratulations on finishing your part, though! That is such a HUGE deal. :)

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Lori March 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

I’m super excited for your book!

On another note, I think your RSS feed might be broken. You’re blog is no longer updating in my Google Reader :(

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Lori March 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

*your. It’s too early to be commenting on blogs, obviously.

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Tamara March 27, 2013 at 9:14 am

It’ll be here before we know it, I bet! So excited for you!

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Vanessa March 27, 2013 at 9:26 am

Hi Andie! I’m a fairly new subscriber, but I enjoy everything you write and was hoping you had a book when I first read your blog. I’m so excited to hear this will be a reality soon. I’m sure it will be well worth the wait. Congrats!

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Andie March 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Vanessa, I’m really glad to meet you. Thank you for saying hello and for hanging around with me :)

Andie

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Diana March 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

We’re with you, sweetie, however long the road.

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diane March 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

Andie – As you well know, life is, was and always will be a journey. Thank you for taking us along on yours. I eagerly look forward to your book and know that it’s going to be a wonderful read. Your Mom must be so very proud of you! (I’m proud of you and you aren’t even mine, LOL)

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Routhie March 27, 2013 at 10:37 am

I just recommended your site to a friend on fb who is at the maintenance portion of her journey and someone else commented that you wrote her story. Glad I could share the love and cannot wait for your book! Like anything good, it will be worth the wait.

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T March 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

I can’t wait! :)

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Anne Farris March 27, 2013 at 11:20 am

Glad to hear a timeline. Thanks for the update and I guess I will wait as everyone else will. REALLY looking forward to BOTH books.

Can you motivate me to lose weight? I am REALLY struggling. Chocolate gets in my way all the time………….I think about it so much! AND the exercise is difficult because of my knees and ankles are arthritic and the weight does not help! af

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Andie March 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Anne- thank you, my friend. The cookbook will come out after the memoir, but I’m not sure on the date for that one.

Motivation…gosh it’s a hard one to muster sometimes. The hard part in trying to give advice is that it’s so individual. What lights your fire might not light mine, you know? I think the best thing you can do to allow for balance and enjoyment would be to work treats into your plan right now. Have you thought about perhaps setting aside one to two times per week when you pick out a really fantastic dessert (or meal) and just enjoy it to the fullest with no guilt over calories, fat, etc? Then, the rest of the time, you eat normally and healthfully. What I’m recommending isn’t a “cheat meal” per se, because I don’t want you to get into a mindset that you’re going “off plan,” but rather a way for you to mindfully tune into what you’re craving (my cravings are always chocolate/sweets, too) and plan for them in a balanced way that still allows you to lose weight. Thoughts?

Andie

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Katie G October 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I do this! I am on Weight Watchers and I weigh in on Tuesday evenings. When I am finished, I allow myself something I’ve been craving or looking forward to–whether dinner out or a great ice cream sundae. This one meal a week helps me keep my sanity!

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April March 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

Can’t wait to read it!

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sarah March 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

so excited for you. can’t wait to read and share.

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Ally March 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Andi,
Think of it as time to get more followers, more potential buyers of your (no doubt amazing) memoirs! Everyone who has encountered your blog has told someone else and they too potentially will buy your book! For instance every time someone comments about my near 60lbs lost I can’t talk about it w/o mentioning how your blog helped me get through it. Since I started my journey several of my friends have also started losing weight and when they come to me with a struggle or a triumph I always turn them back to your wisdom. They also can’t wait for your book release! The wait sucks for you (and for all of your readers), but it will be worth it! Thanks for what you do!

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Camille Willemain March 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I am so proud of you I am actually crying right now. I had no idea you were finished on your end. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! That is an incredible achievement Andrea. I will never forget looking across at you from our jungle cafe as you typed away about anything and everything and impatiently anticipated getting to the beach. I know that you will do incredible things this year before the book hits the shelves. You are an incredible person, an inspiration, and I couldn’t love you more.

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Dizzle March 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I’ve been quietly following your blog for a few months now so thought it time to speak up. I think you’re an inspiration and love your view on life. I’ve tried a couple of your recipes and they’re so good they have been added to the regular meals list. Lightened Up Pad Thai being my favorite so far. Definitely looking forward to your book for more of your creations and thoughts. Rock on!

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andrea @ my kinda perfect March 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

oh man, you’re tellin’ me i’ve gotta wait another year for this masterpiece to be published?! just kidding, i’ll be patient. patiently waiting to pre-order that book, girl!!! =) every time i read your blog i feel a sense of inspiration/motivation/encouragement and i know your book will be just that much more amazing than this blog. way to go Andie!!! =)

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Biz March 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Sometimes waiting is the right thing to do, even though I know how hard you’ve worked – it will be worth the wait! Hugs!

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Frieda March 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Now I know what I am. A binge tv series watcher :D
Best term ever :)

So excited for your book. I will be able to get it, even though I am from Germany, right? I so want to read it :)

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Andie March 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Frieda, even if the book doesn’t immediately get released in Germany, I will ABSOLUTELY send you a copy. You’ve been here for so long and I will never be able to repay you for your support.

xo
Andie

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Frieda March 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm

You are just the nicest person in the whole wide world :)
This blog is a cozy loving community :) so special and one of a kind :)

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Emily March 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Gahhhhh, I think I’m met anxious to hear that Leonardo DiCaprio story.

Congrats!

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Andie March 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

:) Somehow I’m still unabashed in my love for him.

Andie

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Erica March 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Love you too. Can’t wait to read your book :)

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Jess March 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I can`t wait to read it :)

Some Snapshots Blog
Jess

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Debra March 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Is there a working title assigned to your baby yet?

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Andie April 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm

No, not yet! It’s the final thing and I’m still biting my nails about it.

Andie

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Sharon Deutsch March 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I can’t wait!!!! Please tell your mom to save a space for me…I’m crowding in ! Hugs in anticipation of the big day!! :0)

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Melissa April 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I will be there with bells on!!! If you ever come back to Seattle for a visit, PLEASE let me know.

xoxoxo

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Bailey @ Onederland or Bust April 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I’m late to this post because I didn’t realize my new Bloglovin’ account wasn’t properly following you… but I’m so excited to see this post! Can’t wait to read your book :)

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Rocio April 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Can’t wait!! The book sounds really exciting, and I just love your writing and your pictures. It’s really what I come back for, I’ve only made one of your recipies and have been reading your blog for a year now lol. I love reading about other people’s lives. The stalker in me is very excited!!

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Elizabeth April 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Yay!!!
I hate waiting, but it does make us savor it all the more when we finally get what’s been taking so long, no? I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for being so great! (Or should I thank your mom for that? ;) ) I think I started reading your blog when I was fifteen. I related *so* much to you, I was sure we were sisters torn apart at birth! I adore food, but have struggled with an unhealthy relationship with food since I was pretty young. Some of your posts evoked such emotion in me, I had to take a step back. I came to realizations about WHY I control food the way I do, and it was a little shocking. When I stopped using food as my crutch ,(in my case, fasting, restricting, bingeing and purging; not to mention exercise abuse/addiction) it was so.hard. to have to actually feel my emotions.
But it has helped so much.
I’m now well into my seventeenth year of life, and I’ve started having more issues with food. I think it’s because of school stress, but I have felt so out of control lately. Reading some of your posts again has helped me gain some perspective, and see father than just in this moment!
I guess I’m writing this to let you know that you encourage me, and so many others! Thank you for being a great role model by being so open and honest!
You’re awesome, Andie!

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Elizabeth April 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm

*farther… :P

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