Pre-launch jitters are a thing

If you’ve ever wondered about the lead-up to a book release, I can assure you that pre-launch jitters are a thing.

There are nightmares about arriving at your first book signing event only to discover that your work is nothing more than a ratty 3-ring binder with no pictures to speak of. That dream ends with everyone leaving disappointed, including you.

There are evenings when you look at the mess under your kitchen sink and think it’s positively unbecoming of a published cookbook author to conceal such a disaster. And so you empty the cupboard and scrub it clean at 11 o’clock at night.

Nervous energy can’t be helped. Heart palpitations. Stress eating. Bumbling email requests. It’s all party of the (my?) process and I’ll get through it. Right?

BEJJ first look

There are excited jitters, too. Such as when the very first copies of your cookbook come in a brown cardboard box, delivered in the morning snow by the Fed-Ex guy. There are a few tears upon seeing your book for the first time, and plenty of newborn-like cradling and gazing.

I may have taken an entire afternoon off to sip tea and flip through it slowly, page by page. Even though I’m painfully familiar with every word I wrote and every detail in every photo I styled, I was seeing it with new eyes. Friends, I am so proud of this cookbook and can’t wait for you to bring it into your kitchens and start cooking.

I’m working on another post for this week, but for now I wanted to give you a gentle reminder that you can pre-order my Brown Eggs & Jam Jars from a number of places such as Indigo and Amazon. I also put together a pretty little bundle of eight new recipes and I am giving them away as a gift for pre-orders.

Some of our current favourites eats are in that bundle, such as the One-Pan Greek Chicken & Barley Bake and Pumpkin Spice Baked Doughnuts. Head HERE to fill out the form so I can send you the recipe bundle.

We’re less than a month away from introducing you to Brown Eggs & Jam Jars. I can’t wait. Jitters and all.

So many of you have pre-ordered already; thank you, thank you, thank you!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Kimberley Mulla says

    Yay! I’m so so so excited! It will be such a delight to receive your book in the mail. Congratulations! (And never mind the mess under the sink 🙂

  2. Congrats Aimee!! I can’t wait to see your book 🙂 xo

  3. I’m so excited for you Aimée! Sending a big hug of congratulations. I know it’s gonna be a total beaut 😉

  4. I know this cookbook is going to be fantastic! You are so inspiring, and I am sure that will come through in every word, every recipe, in this book. Even just the cover looks like a reflection of you. I can’t wait to see it!

  5. I can imagine this is a nerve-racking time! But I know the book is going to be gorgeous and heartfelt and just really good. Sending my very best wishes up your way as you prepare for this huge milestone, spotless under sink cabinets and all.

  6. oh Aimee, I am so familiar with those feelings. But it will be a wonderful experience and I am sure your book is AMAZING! I can’t wait to see it!

  7. So exciting, Aimee. I can’t wait to see it. It looks gorgeous from what you have shared!

  8. Yay!!! What a great reason to have all those jitters! Looking forward to flipping through your beautiful book SOON!

  9. Congratulations! I’m so excited for you… it’s beautiful!

  10. I love reading all of your posts! So excited for you!

  11. I am full of nervous excitement for your big day too, just like I was for Christelle’s, and I know the book is going to be a hit because you worked so hard on this (as always), and you tested and retested, and then sent out the recipes for more testing. It’s going to be great and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  12. It looks just GORGEOUS!! Congrats and do not be nervous, everyone will LOVE IT!

  13. I am anxiously awaiting my copy, and while I totally get the jitters thing, I think you have nothing to worry about! Just have fun with the whole experience – it’s definitely a special one. xo

  14. La Torontoise says

    Aimee, congratulations! This looks like a key milestone!
    Enjoy your success! It’s one of a kind experience… I love reading your blog:-)
    All the best!!

  15. I’m thrilled for you Aimee and have no doubts about the book’s potential for success. I just pre-ordered a couple — one for me and another to use for a giveaway. Can hardly wait ’til they arrive.

  16. Congrats! So exciting!!

  17. Ahhh I’m sure it’ll all go great and you have nothing to be worried about! But I definitely know that whole butterflies in the stomach feeling – I bet I’ll have it too. I’m so excited for you!!

  18. Good luck on your launch, Aimee [Dad].

    It’s very exciting and we are very proud of you!

    Love you.

    [email protected]

  19. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see the book!

  20. Will your book be available in French too? I would love to offer it to my mom but she only speaks French. 😉

  21. Aimée I can only imagine how you must be feeling but I don’t think you have anything to worry about. You have worked very hard on the book and I am sure it will be the success you hope for (and more!). Excited to see it!

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