Some exciting news: I was recently interviewed on HuffPost Live and On-Call, with Dr. Jane Greer about my book. More on that in a moment. But first…
When enough people tell you something, in a genuine manner, you should listen to – or at least consider – what they say, right? At least that’s my rationale.
This came to mind when I kept hearing the same thing, over and over, from my readers:
“I LOVED your book! I’m so glad I read it! I almost didn’t buy it, because I thought from the title that I had to be a self-proclaimed bitch or bridezilla in order to read it, but I’m so glad I did! It wasn’t what I expected!”
I almost didn’t buy it…
I couldn’t ignore this. Because while it made me happy that the people giving me feedback purchased the book anyway and loved it, it also told me that there are many people who probably did NOT purchase it for this very reason. (If you’ve been following me, you know the name of my book: The Bitch’s Bridal Bible.)
But it made so much sense: if you didn’t know me, and you stumbled across my book and its cover, you would probably assume I wrote a book strictly for bitches.
Ohmygod. No. No! I was totally missing my target market, conveying an incorrect message. I needed to make a change.
This revelation happened to coincide with a decision I had already made, which was to have the cover professionally redesigned. So I figured, better to rip the band-aid off and make two big changes at once, right? I am, and have been since the beginning, 100% confident about the content of my book. I believe in everything in those pages. But the packaging — meaning the title and cover — has never felt quite right to me. And I saw all of this as an opportunity to finally get it right.
For the past few weeks I’ve been working with a great designer and professionals who have helped guide me in the right direction as to how to package my book.
And so, I present to you the same great-quality book – in its brand-new packaging:
(I really really hope you love the new packaging as much as I do, because I kind of want to make out with it.)
My favorite part of the back cover is the endorsements. It’s one thing to believe in your book, but it feels incredible when you have successful individuals who believe in it enough to give it their stamp of approval. (My second favorite part of the back cover is that amazing shoe photo against the gray wood backdrop. I’m obsessed.)
Also, you may have noticed that I slightly changed the title and moved “bitch” into the subtitle. It had less to do with the word “bitch” (clearly I don’t shy away from that), and more to do with the fact that I wanted to convey the correct message. I feel like this minor change makes 1000% difference in how it is interpreted.
SO, if you know a bride-to-be, are looking for the perfect gift, or want to laugh your ass off and re-live the beauty and horror of wedding culture in all it’s taffeta-covered glory, you can purchase it on Amazon, here: The Real-Deal Bridal Bible.
And if you’d like to hear me talk about my book on-air on HuffPost Live On-Call, with the amazing Dr. Jane Greer who was warm and welcoming and helped me not puke on-air, you can listen here: HuffPost Weddings Blogger Alessandra Macaluso/Editor Ashley Reich
Lastly: if you read my book, I would love for you to leave me a quick review on Amazon. It doesn’t have to be epic or lengthy, and even a sentence or two would work. These reviews are so helpful! If you already wrote me one, and wouldn’t mind re-posting it under the new Amazon page, I will love you forever. Because the Amazon overlords will not transfer my reviews from my old title to my new title.
You can leave a review here, and/or purchase the new and improved copy, on Amazon: The Real-Deal Bridal Bible.
And, seriously? THANK YOU. It’s because of YOU lovely readers supporting me and sharing my stuff that allowed me to make enough money in book sales to make these changes and decisions. Which is a BIG DEAL for a mostly stay-at-home-but struggles-to-still-work-and-write-whenever-she-can mom. Now please go listen to me on-air and come back and tell me what a dork I sound like.