Official Release Day

Today—Nov 1, 2016—is the official release day of Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth. Like a hovercraft, my feet haven’t touched the ground!

In an article featured on BuzzFeed today, Note to Self is listed as one of the 5 Self-Help Books To Keep You Centered During Election Week. Here’s what they wrote:

“Lugging around emotional baggage is something that we’ve all experienced and something that no one enjoys because it can hinder our journey through life. But, in this seven-step guide Laurie Buchanan explores the significance of unpacking that baggage in order to begin a healthier stage of living. This honest and open guide gives readers the knowledge, techniques and real world examples they need to discover a happier version of themselves.” —BuzzFeed

Hosted by The Present Moment, my book launch party is scheduled for Nov 12 at the Civic Center in Libertyville, IL—just north of Chicago. Click HERE for details. I hope to see you there.


I’m delighted to share that Note to Self was selected as a 2016 Idaho Author Award winner in the category of inspiration.

Tonight we attend the awards reception and ceremony, so let’s just say my feet won’t touch the ground for the next week or seven!


Note to Self is additionally in the running for the Nautilus Award. This distinction is for books with exceptional literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living and green values, high-level wellness, responsible leadership, and positive social change.

img_2327For those who can’t attend the book launch, you can still get a signed copy of Note to Self. Simply call my local bookstore—Rediscovered Books—at 208.376.4229 and let them know you’d like to purchase a signed copy of Laurie Buchanan’s Note to Self. They’ll ship it to you within 24 hours.

If you live in the Boise area, Rediscovered Books is hosting me at a market style event from 11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7. I’d be happy to sign and copy for you there.

If you live outside the United States, you can order Note to Self through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Ways you can help me launch Note to Self:

  • Please buy a copy of the book.
  • Leave an honest review on Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads / Riffler. Readers  want to know if Note to Self is relevant, compelling, actionable, vibrant. Simply cut-and-paste the same review wherever you post it.
  • Tell others about Note to Self—word of mouth is the best advertisement.
  • Please ask your local library to order a copy.

What is the title of the book you are currently reading?


98 thoughts on “Official Release Day

  1. Congratulations Laurie!! Book release day is always special. I wish you all the best with this publication. It looks like a winner!! May your feet stay off the ground for some time to come.

  2. Congratulations, Laurie! It sounds great and good luck! I’d love to be there but it’s very far. Perhaps one day. At the moment I’m reading two books, one in Spanish ‘Niños sin ojos’ by Enrique Laso, the latest in a thriller of his, and the other one ‘The Demon Road Trilogy 3. American Monsters’ by Derek Landy. I’ve enjoyed the other novels in both series… Best of luck!

  3. Congratulations, Laurie. I am delighted for you and hope the launch and sales of your book will be a great success. Good luck with the awards too. Nice to see all your hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Time to open the champagne, me thinks! 🍸🍸🍸

  4. O Happy Day, Laurie! My crystal ball predicts extreme success for you. 🙂

    What am I currently reading? The Summer of the Great Grandmother, one of Madeleine L’Engle’s books from the Crosswicks Journal, to be followed by Circle of Quiet.

  5. Congratulations, Laurie! I’m looking forward to seeing you in Libertyville. As a writer in-process, I can only imagine what this moment must feel like for you!

    I’m returning to finish reading Daisy A. Hickman’s, Silence of the Morning. I initially started reading at a time when a death in my family was too fresh. Daisy goes deep in a very compelling way as you know.

    Then, in the wings an entirely different genre, Terry Tempest Williams’ book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.It is, according to the jacket, “a literary celebration of our national parks, an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them.” It is also said to be, “a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.” I’ve loved her books ever since I read an early book of hers entitled, Refuge.

    And, a new book waiting on my shelf, another manifesto (something in the air?), Ashton Appleton’s, This Chair Rock’s: A Manifesto Against Aging. Appleton is the influencer of the year on aging. I can’t wait to start it.

  6. Congratulations! I know this has been a long journey and you’ve made it! All your work has and will pay off! I’ll see you at the book launch and can’t wait to start reading. You did it!

  7. Laurie – Congratulations on your newest success!  I miss your shop and I certainly need a great massage, but I’m happy that you’re so happy in Boise.  Your face glows! I hope to see you in Libertyville! All the best to you and your family.

    Laurie Almeraz

  8. Laurie, Done and Done! Review posted on and 3 copies of Note to Self headed out today for my daughters. I am so happy and excited for you today, what wonderful feeling it must be to have this long anticipated day arrive! Wishing for you the best of reviews and sales figures that reach the skies! Mot of all, beyond all that, that this book will land into the hands of those who need it most, those who would love to drop those strangling burdens that weigh and them down and hinder their passage through Life.

  9. Congratulations, Laurie. Getting a book published is hard work (and not just the writing either) but I know from experience that it is worth it. It is a special joy and accomplishment.
    I am reading “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. I know, another mystery, but you read in the area you write. And I’m reading on my Kobo, something I don’t do often as I’m an old-fashioned read the print books.


  10. Congrats, Laurie! I know what a long, long road this is (being on it myself). I plan to be at the launch event, which I’m sure will be incredibly busy — but I hope to get a signed 🙂 copy! I’ll tell you the latest there. I’m reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises — a really depressed and sad group of characters post WWI; Halfway through and first time reading this classic. I always have Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir nearby. See you soon!

  11. Hi Laurie

    Best of luck with the launch.

    On my beside table is John Gribbin’s “Science, a history”, and I am down to the last chapter.
    On my laptop I have Elinor Ostrom’s “Governing the commons” – subtitled “The evolution of Institutions for collective action.”

    Both worth the read, and both reasonably dense reading.

  12. Ah, finally–flashbacks of waiting for Christmas. But rest assured I will put that Amazon link to good use. In fact, I just put an email to my husband.

    I’m currently reading Held. It’s a gripping YA read.

  13. It is so wonderful to read about ALL of the good coming your way. I am so excited by all the well-earned recognition that has come your way and will be likely continue to create even more buzz as the weeks go by. Congratulations on a smooth and successful launch !!

  14. This is very exciting, Laurie. I give a lot of books during the holidays as gifts, and I think this could very easily be an excellent choice for many of my friends. Aren’t we all interested in cultivating more gratitude and growth. And in this election cycle? We need a cleansing. LOL! I’m thrilled for you.

  15. Congratulations, Laurie! Jack and I are so HAPPY for you! Good luck with your sales! I just heard from Amazon that my copy will be on its way. I look so forward to reading it!



    • SeaAngel4444 — Thank you for the well wishes.

      I know Libertyville is quite a stretch (even by Train) from Chicago, but I hope you can make it to my book launch party at the Civic Center in Libertyville on Saturday, Nov 12 from 2-4pm.

  16. My plans have changed and I will be attending the book party after all! I can get an autographed copy of your book at the party, correct?

  17. What a week it doesn’t help with me causing havoc …put aside …I hope you are enjoying all the joys of being an author 😊
    I usually read three books at a time ( I sometimes I wish I had three heads ) A novel , something factual ( I love cookery books especially this time of year) and self help psychology based book. Obviously I read a few chapters of each in turn, I’m not a magician 😀
    At the moment I’m reading for my novel ‘ The house at Riverton ‘ Kate Morton ( just started looks good ) ‘Big Magic ‘ Elizabeth Gilbert thought inspiring and a little novelette ‘ This Book Will Make You Mindful ‘ by Dr Jessamy Hibberd & Jo Usmar .
    All put aside when I receive yours …so looking forward to it .

  18. Laurie, What an inspiration! I wish you success in getting this book circulated! I hope you are trying to book discussions in library systems. Nowadays, it’s a great venue for writers. -Hope

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  20. Laurie that is a picture for the ages! i remain so thrilled at your great success, so well earned and deserved. Greatness is here and lies ahead well into the future my friend!


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