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How Coming Home to You came Home to Me – The Book Journey

As many of you know I completed my first book ‘Coming Home to You’ earlier this year.  It has been quite a journey so far and I continue to be learning more all the time.

I thought at the end of the writing of the manuscript that I was already 50% there, but the reality it that it is probably only 30% of the effort.  What more could be involved I here you say?  Well, apparently, lots!

The editing of the manuscript takes time and with a professional editor, a group of beta-readers and a final proof read that takes quite a few weeks to complete.

I have also decided to produce an audio book as well and have been busy in a recording studio reading my manuscript.  It’s a good job I’m not in the least self-conscious, because there is very little that the sound engineer does not know about my life by now – given as so much of my own story is weaved into the book.

Then there is all of the design associated with the paper and e-book versions.  It is not until you have to design a book cover and internal layout yourself that you realise how much thought goes into book design.  It’s a minefield!  I decided to get the designs down to four versions and then ask for help choosing the final one.

I was overwhelmed by the feedback with 178 responses and this was the result.

book cover results


In the end I took the comments and suggestions and decided to go with the white cover with some adjustments.  Here is the final design:

Front cover design


Even with the book cover design agreed, I still have other milestones now to achieve and this includes the internal design and the spine and back cover.  I will never give another book a casual glance without thinking of how it was designed and why.

My thoughts now move to building this website, sharing my story and building rich and useful content here to help you find the joyful life that you wish to live.

I also plan a number of book launch parties.  London and Dublin are certain and New York is also in my sights but may prove more challenging.  I will be letting you know how the plans are going and sharing the details of the launch parties once I have these settled.  They promise to be fun and enjoyable evenings.

Thank you all once again for your support, your generosity of time and for all the great suggestions which I think will help to make this website and the rest of my book journey a truly great adventure, thank you.

 Next blog:  What motivated me to write the book.

4 thoughts on “How Coming Home to You came Home to Me – The Book Journey”

  1. Mary i am so excited for you. I know how hard you have worked and you have such a gift to share. I am so thankful that you love others enough to help them in their journey. And i cannot wait to read it. I would love to be a part of your book launch! I am blessed by you!

    1. Cindy, Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments. I will keep you posted on the book when it comes out and make sure that I send a copy over. Take care. Mary

  2. Hi Mary, congratulations! I am still reading and enjoying your book (several pages each night) and as you have put so much into it, I am taking it all in at my albeit slow pace. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Maria. I’ll be planning the book launch in London in the next few weeks, so I will keep you posted.

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