Is a sample chapter available?
Yes. You can read the introduction here on Discardia.com or check out the sample available from the ebook links above (e.g., Amazon’s Look Inside on the Kindle version).
What category does it fit in?
Personal Transformation and Happiness are the two which make the most sense to me. You might also find it with books about motivation, self-help/self-improvement, stress reduction, simplicity, uncluttering, or philosophy. (If you have a bookstore and you shelve it somewhere else, I’d love to hear what is the best fit for you and your customers!)
Why is now the right time for this book?
It’s time to let go of what doesn’t make your life awesome. It’s time to reinvent simpler living for 21st century life. It’s time someone wrote a self-help book that’s inspirational without the sappiness.
Is this just a packaged set of blog posts?
Definitely not! I’ve been working on this book for two years, defining and clarifying the three core principles behind Discardia and setting them out with specific tips in a clear framework to which you can refer again and again. I made use of a large team of beta readers and hired professional editor Joanne Shwed of Backspace Ink to insure that the finished product provides you not only good ideas, but good writing. I strongly recommend Joanne’s services; they contributed greatly to the final quality of the book.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
Though I would have been happy to work with a publisher, it has been a nervous year or two for the industry and I did not want to delay publication any longer. As a former product manager and a productivity coach, I knew I could deliver the book without the traditional infrastructure behind me.
The pricing surprises a lot of people, particularly with the professional editing I also had done for the book, but my goal is to get the ideas out there and make no less per copy than I would have if I went through a traditional publisher. Ebook economics are so author-friendly, I have been able to price the ebook version at less than a fancy coffee while still making my fair share.
Where can I get it?
See the links at the top of the page. It is available as an ebook for Kindle (mobi format) from Amazon and for other ereaders such as iBooks and Nook (EPUB format) from iTunes. Trade paperback copies are available through my Createspace storefront, Amazon, and other bookstores listed above.
How can I make the ebook feel more like a book?
For optimal appearance of this (and most) ebooks, turn off Full Justification and Auto-Hyphenation if possible in your ereader.
Who is on the cover?
One of my role models in being awesome, Miss Modesty B. Catt. The photograph is by her father, Reverend Dan Catt. The cover design is by B.J. West, from an initial concept by me.
What’s the hashtag, if I want to discuss the book on Twitter?
Thanks! You can use #Discardia for the holiday (and philosophy) as a whole, or #Discardiabook if you want to refer to the book specifically.
Is there a media kit?
On a deadline? Email me with a subject line beginning “MEDIA INQUIRY:” to help me prioritize my response.
About the author
I am a post-boomer/pre-digital native who spends as much time online as off. Currently self-employed as a writer, I have worked in jobs ranging from bookstore owner to senior software product manager to productivity and happiness coach. When my work hasn’t centered on organization and effective flow, it has been anchored around the reading life, whether on the printed page or a glowing computer screen. A constant theme throughout has been streamlining processes to help achieve goals better, faster, and with more enjoyment along the way; in other words, increasing awesomeness. I’m also the author of The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level.
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Were there launch events?
Yes! Podcast appearances, readings, signings, book club discussions, presentations, and workshops all took place in 2011 and 2012 in San Francisco and Gualala, California, and Austin, Texas, at SXSW.
Is the book available outside the United States?
Yes. You can get the ebook (in English) in the Apple iTunes store in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Does it have Cataloging in Publication?
Yes, with thanks to Rice Majors.
Discardia : |b more life, less stuff / |c by Dinah Sanders ; edited by Joanne Shwed ; cover design by B.J. West and Dinah Sanders ; cover photograph by Reverend Dan Catt.
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ISBN 978-0-9839980-2-0 (trade paperback)
ISBN 978-0-9839980-1-3 (Kindle)
ISBN 978-0-9839980-0-6 (EPUB)
“Let go of everything that doesn’t make your life awesome! With three key principles and numerous practical tips, Discardia—a new holiday—helps you solve specific issues, carve away the nonsense of physical objects, habits, or emotional baggage, and uncover what brings you joy.” – online description
Contents: Three core principles — March Discardia: Getting started — June Discardia: Core principle #1: Decide and do — September Discardia: Core principle #2: Quality over quantity — December Discardia: Core principle #3: Perpetual upgrade — Onward! — Glossary — Resources.
1. Success. 2. Motivation (Psychology) 3. Conduct of life. I. Title.
BF637.S4 S253 2011
How about a MARC record?
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