The One Where I Publish A Book

Mar 15, 2012 by

This one time an editor liked my memoir. He said lovely things about the writing and the theme and the fact that probably people who read it would tell their friends to read it too. And I got my hopes up, and my agent told me to be cool, cool as a cuke, and my husband said I should warn her I’m the anti-cuke. And I did. But I was cool. And I didn’t tell you the editor liked it, because maybe he wouldn’t convince his publishing house to actually take me on. And he didn’t convince them. And my hopes plummeted as any excitable person’s hopes should rightly do.

There came a point when we decided independent publishing was the way to get this book into the world. After all, THE THANK YOU ROOM has so many people I love in it, and it’s nicer to read a book as a book instead of as a Word document. And the Word document could never get to some stranger out there, who’s never heard of me or my blog, but is going through a big, fat, ugly mountain that scares them and makes them feel alone.

So…. my book had been through revisions, but now it’s been through the eyes of a detailed copyeditor. Jaymes of jaymichaelphoto.com took some pictures and designed a beautiful cover. Book Baby was suggested as a good company to get the process started as they will take my Word document and format for all the e-readers on the planet (and computer screens too). And, you know – above all – Mom said. So I did it.

Because of that, in two to three weeks you should be able to go to quite a number of online bookstores and purchase a nicely-priced little memoir with the beautifully designed cover you see here. The description is as follows:

Serenity Bohon is twenty-nine, married to her childhood sweetheart and mother to two young sons. After becoming pregnant again, Serenity is diagnosed with a rare, aggressive cancer. As she faces her worst fears, and struggles with what it really means to have faith, she gathers around her the people she has loved. The Thank You Room is the story of how they survived together.

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  1. Love. Love. Love.

  2. WOOHOO!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! PROPS TO YOU!!! What a God honoring story it is and I know that God will use your words to draw so many to HIM!!

    Blessings upon Blessings!!

  3. Laura

    The cover is absolutely stunning!

  4. Oh goodness. I can’t wait to read it.

  5. The cover is smashing! And your beautiful self on the cover is the icing on the cake. I am SO GLAD AND THANKFUL that you lived to tell the tale!

  6. I am just beaming right now. My friend, that beautiful soul who I’m lucky to know, is sharing a journey with us. In.a.BOOK. YAY is not big enough. I can’t WAIT to purchase!!!!

  7. Danny

    I can’t wait to read it!! SO glad you are able to get it published and get your story out for the world to see!!

  8. Valinda

    You already know how proud I am of you, but seeing this cover brought tears to my eyes. Not of sadness, but of joy! You are beautiful and this cover reflects both your inner and outer beauty! I am so excited this day has come for you and I can’t wait to read it!

  9. OH MY WORD. I can’t wait to read it!!!

  10. The description made me cry. Thanks for leading the way in or Indie Publishing dream. I’m behind you all the way. Literally.

  11. Keira Luntsford

    The description had me tearing up already! I can’t wait to read it!! I’m already trying to spread the news to friends who don’t know you, but would enjoy just such a read!

  12. I’m all weepy eyed right now. So proud of you. So happy for you. Can’t wait to sob through your story!

  13. Vicki G

    I’m so proud of you. I’m glad you are doing this.

  14. Andrea Cerretti

    crying………..with joy…….have been hoping and praying this day would come. You’re published. I! LOVE! IT!!!!
    So what is the issue with your hair again?!? I think it looks fabulous…you look fabulous!
    I can read this on my Kindle, right?

  15. Molly

    I feel like a kid when the week before Christmas stretches out to what seems like a month! EEEEEEEEEE I can’t wait to read this! (and tell everyone I know that I know to BUY IT!)

  16. Michelle Davis-Poulos

    I am very proud of you! You have accomplished so much and you have so much to accomplish in the future. This book is a stepping stone to GIGANTIC things to come! I will want to purchase your book. I wish I would be back home for you, but maybe in a way this book will allow me to feel that I was there. I hope that I will see you and Mike when I come back home in September. Maybe my famous publisher and her family would like to go out to eat with me. :)

  17. I am ENORMOUSLY excited about this and I shall buy it the moment you give me the go-ahead.

    Also, I have one million questions for you. I have a novel in ye olde drawer that I’ve been meaning to put out there.

    • Serenity

      I have a million questions too!! But the part I’ve gotten through so far, I’ll describe in detail to you. Email me!!

  18. Amy B.

    I’m so excited for you Seren, but I’m more excited for all the people who will get the chance to share in your journey as they read your words. What a treasure your life is, a true gift to others. Thank you for wanting to share it with all of us. We are truly privileged. Be blessed!

  19. Serenity

    You’re all just wonderful. I hope it does justice to your faith in me.

  20. !!!!!!!

    I am so excited I can’t handle it. The minute it is out, we must hear! I am SO EXCITED.

  21. Nancy

    one, big. smile. I have another dear friend and young mom of 4 battling breast cancer….So thankful God gave you words to put to the experience and life beyond the words…and faith to carry you through. Hugs.

  22. AWESOME!!!! Great cover. You look beautiful!

  23. Cheryl

    Serenity,

    I just finished the book. (Jill had to coach me through downloading Kindle to my PC.) This was an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations on a well written and well presented work. I know it will (and has) touched and inspired many lives. At church on Sunday I told Todd’s mom (the Todd in the book) about the book. She also had to figure out how to get Kindle on her PC. Now we are trying to figure out a way to print it out to share with a dear friend at the nursing home.

    Since I haven’t been able to put it down and do my grading, my students have you to thank for an extra day to get their work completed. Also, the Kimberly Clark Company (maker of Kleenex) should send you a thank you for the increased sales.

    My very best wishes and thank you.

    • Serenity

      Thank you so much for these words, Cheryl! I’m so proud that you found it well-written and presented. That’s very high praise from such a wonderful educator! And I’m glad you told Wanda about the book. I have grand plans to give Todd a copy when I print hardcover or paperback versions. I’m glad Wanda’s onto it already though! Thank you, thank you, for buying, reading, and sending such great feedback. It means a lot to me.

  24. ben a

    You may not know me, but our kids have played baseball together. I officially met Michael at the YMCA playing basketball on a Sunday afternoon a couple of years ago. To make a short story long, after the YMCA encounter I was telling a friend what a nice fellow Michael seemed to be. It was at that point that my friend informed me of your struggle with cancer. Last week I learned that our kids were drafted to the same kbsa team again, so I asked the coach how you all were, at which time he told me about your book. (Stay with me … there’ll be a point to all this.) That was 10 days ago. I finished the book today and I had to come here and tell you thanks. Thanks for taking the time to write, for being so honest, for articulating your struggle with God and then telling of His faithfulness. Thank you for letting me laugh and cry with you, though we’ve never officially met. This is a beautiful book. You have a beautiful story. Michael

  25. ben a

    Sorry … I was saying, Michael is a great example for all of us husbands. Tell him thanks for me.

    • ben a

      I forgot… I thought of this song as I was reading and I wanted to share it, just in case you hadn’t heard it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuWLus6Ga_w

    • Serenity

      Thank you so much for writing, Ben! I’m a little overwhelmed. I’m extremely moved that you wanted to read the book at all. That means the world to me. And I’m so glad you enjoyed it. But then you took the extra step to come here and tell me so, and I’m so grateful. Please, PLEASE – if I don’t immediately recognize you – introduce yourself in person the next time we’re at a game (which team is it? We’re officially on THREE KBSA teams.) :). We should definitely know each other after this many years in the same community!

      • ben a

        Ethan (our youngest) was to be on Rodney Snyder’s team, but he is 8 and we chickened out on the kid-pitch ’til next year so we moved him back down. If I see you all around I will surely introduce myself. Until then, God bless!

    • Serenity

      The song is beautiful!

  26. Traci

    I’m so excited that your story is being published! Mom told me at noon today and we are busily trying to download it to our iPads. You are an inspiration and I can’t wait to read The Thank You Room! I know it will be beautifully written and I will have my Kleenex box ready!

    • Serenity

      Oh, I hope you both like it, Traci! When I get a hardcover or paperback made, I’ll be giving one to your mom in honor of Ray.

  27. Holland

    This has to be the most inspiring book I have ever read. Every chapter my eyes swell up with “about to fall” tears. I know that if and when I face something terrifying in life where there seems to be no hope, I’ll run to God of course, and read this book again.
    We are all so thankful for you and your strength, Serenity.

    • Serenity

      Holland, that is such beautiful praise. Thank you for reading! And thank you for taking the time to give me such a wonderful feedback.

  28. Holy cow … I’ve been away from the blog and writing world for the past year while I closed our business … and you published a book in that time!!! I’m so excited to get it. And, this is inspirational for me too, as I grapple with agents who say they love my picture books and enjoy reading them, but can’t pick them up right now because editors are only publishing a certain number of words or less … and I keep wondering whether I should just do it myself!! Good to catch up on all that’s been happening with you.

    • Serenity

      It’s good to hear from you again Kelly! Thanks for your other comments too!