Hey, so you wanna start a revolution? Strike a blow against the blameshifting discourse around infidelity? Cripple a couple of unicorns? Buy my new book — Leave a Cheater, Gain a Life. (Here for Barnes & Noble, Here for Amazon.)
But Tracy, your book isn’t for sale yet.
Yep, it comes out April 5, 2016, but pre-order sales all count toward first week sales. Those numbers, if high enough, are what push books on to best-seller lists and get noticed. All we have to do is out-sell our genre (relationships, divorce, self-help, etc.), not all books coming to market then.
I think we have a shot at this. My self-published book went to number 1 on Amazon in divorce the first day it was for sale.
Why is selling a lot of books important? (Other than lining my publisher’s pocketbook?) Because in the marketplace of ideas, book sales matter. It means there is an AUDIENCE. When I was pitching this to agents and publishers, I did not have another “leave a cheater” book to compare with. Because, as we all know, 99.9 percent of the books on infidelity are about reconciliation. People didn’t believe me that infidelity was That Big a Deal or there were That Many People this has happened to.
Some of my rejection letters:
“I don’t think women will relate to a ‘Chump Lady.'”
“It’s fine as a niche blog, but there’s no audience for this as a book.”
“I just got married, I don’t want to think about this.”
Chump Nation knows differently — chumps are legion. Being cheated on IS a big deal, and we didn’t bring it on ourselves.
So, some FAQ.
I bought the last book, how is this book different?
It’s the best of the last book but with double the content — new chapters on forgiveness, affair partners, co-parenting, and Switzerland friends, 30+ new cartoons, and 17 Letters to Chump Lady (that I made up based on actual letters I receive) to illustrate the topic of each chapter.
1. Rejection Is Not Your Superpower
2. Rookie Mistakes Of The Recently Chumped
3. Shrinks, Forums, And Other Lifelines — How To Find Support
4. Cheaters—The Way They Do The Things They Do
5. Stupid Shit Cheaters Say—And How To Respond
6. Reconciliation—Am I A Unicorn?
7. Real Remorse Versus Genuine Imitation Naugahyde Remorse
8. Chumps, Why Are You Stuck?
9. Common Chump Fears And How To Disarm Them
10. Obsessing About The Affair Partner? Don’t.
11. The Fine Art Of No Contact
12. What Was Real? Does It Matter?
13. Getting To Meh
14. I Didn’t Kill You, So Consider Yourself Forgiven
15. When Your Friends And Relations Just Want To Be Switzerland
16. Divorce Shame And Telling People
17. The Unending Punishment Of Breeding With A Fuckwit
18. Gaining A Life
Is this just a chick book?
No. Chumps are a rainbow nation. I’ve written it gender and orientation neutral. There are letters from men and women — but the chump perspective is the point of view I’m interested in, period.
Are you just a cynical person getting rich off chump pain?
I got a decent book advance for a first time author. After I earn back my advance (the majority of books never do that, btw), I will make 7% of each book sale. I’m not shopping for yachts.
Chump Revolution? What’s that about?
Tempest (a PhD psychologist) and a cadre of chumps are determined to change the professional discourse around infidelity. To that end, they are promoting the book.
A Call to
We interrupt this regularly scheduled message to invite you to the Chump Revolution. It is time to change the narrative on cheating, led by our illustrious Chump Lady. Do we storm the Bastille? Write a declaration of independence from fucktard spouses? Or, en masse, head to Amazon & Barnes & Noble to pre-order Tracy’s new book and propel it to the nonfiction best seller list? Buy early and buy often. Once you receive your copy in April, head to Amazon and write a glowing review that would make Patrick Henry proud.
Viva la Revolution!!
-Chump Guevera (aka Tempest)
Thanks everyone for your support! Let’s kick some unicorn ass!