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Thursday, January 18, 2018

With Love for Books Second Anniversary - Guest Post & Giveaway by Rebecca Brooks

Taking Time to Celebrate
Guest post by Rebecca Brooks

Sometimes, it can be hard to find things to celebrate. The news is bad, there’s stress work or at home—or both!—and scrolling through social media feels like an never-ending reminder of how everyone else is prettier, happier, healthier, smarter, and having way more fun. (Psst, want to know a secret? They totally feel the same way.)

Even when there are great things going on, I have to admit that I can be terrible about remembering to mark the occasion. When MAKE ME WANT came out in 2017, a friend asked me what I was doing to celebrate. I stared at her like she was crazy. I had edits due for the release of MAKE ME YOURS only six weeks later, plus a new series to pitch to my editor, bloggers to contact, marketing and publicity and promotion to get started on, a website to update….

“My husband and I went out for cocktails when I got the contract for the series,” I said with a shrug. “I already celebrated.”

She burst out laughing.

Then she promptly announced that I needed a drink. Something fancy, probably expensive, and with obscure liquors in it I can’t pronounce and definitely don’t have at home.

I had just published a book! That’s kind of a big deal!

There’s not some finite amount of happiness that can go around, so I’d better be careful and not use it all up. There’s no such thing as “I already celebrated.” Going out for drinks when I got the contract didn’t mean I couldn’t also commemorate each individual book release. And having a bunch of books come out in quick successful didn’t mean I shouldn’t feel good about each one!

Reader, this sounds obvious. But it blew my mind. 

In all the busyness and stress of writing and life, I kind of…forgot. I forgot that I’d accomplished something I’d worked really hard for, and I forgot that it’s okay—even necessary—to take time out and have fun.

Even when there isn’t something as big as a book release to celebrate, we all need moments to enjoy. Putting on pants and surviving another week can be reason enough to take a deep breath and say, “I did it.”

And it doesn’t matter what celebrating looks like to you—whether it’s a night out dancing until dawn, or curling up with a favorite book and no interruptions. What matters is taking the time to do something for yourself that you love.

I’m lucky I have friends who are there to remind me to focus on the positive, and who are always up for a good cocktail—whether we have something amazing going on, or we’re just excited to get together and catch up.  

Congratulations to Anniek and Suze on another year of a wonderful blog that lets readers and writers celebrate our favorite books and happy endings. I just signed the contract for a brand new four-book series about the surprises that happen on the way to looking for love, so I’m going to raise a glass to With Love for Books, the new Accidental Love series coming later this year, and all of you!

And yes, this time I promise to also celebrate when each book comes out, too.

About Rebecca Brooks

Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them.

She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx.

She likes outdoorsy guys with both muscle and heart and independent women ready to try something new.

Feel free to contact me, or for more info and updates, check out the News page.




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  1. Great post!Life's too short not to celebrate all happy things :)

  2. We make a point of celebrating even the small things as you never know what's round the corner. Love the idea of the book. Thanks for the chance.

  3. You make very good points! Often the grass can look greener on the other side of the fence - but we often have PLENTY to celebrate on our side! ;) Take care and have a brilliant and celebratory 2018! :) x

  4. a great writer and this looks like a book to be proud of - would love to read!!

  5. Thank you for the lovely post :)

  6. Celebrating every achievement no matter how small or big is fantastic. Great post.

  7. Thank you for this amazing post.

  8. Great guest post. Yes, taking time to celebrate something/anything is important. It's Me-time too, whether it's time spent with friends doing something nice or just taking time for yourself, having a manicure, going to the movies or whatever.