This week, I wrote a business profile for CNNMoney.com on Akashic Books and the mega-success of the company’s new “children’s” book, the runaway hit, Go the F–k to Sleep.
The book has a great backstory: A guy, author Adam Mansbach, frustrated with not being able to get his daughter to sleep at bedtime, frustrated with how long the whole process was taking after trips to the bathroom and drinks of water, took his woes to Facebook and sort of just threw out there that he was going to write a book, titled, “Go the F–k to Sleep.”
And just like that, less than a year later, there’s a phenomenon.
As a writer, it just doesn’t get better than that, a story, in this case a personal one, resonating with millions. And the success of Go the F–k to Sleep shows that you just never know when a book will strike a chord with folks, if they’ll relate, laugh and buy.
So for all of you writers out there wondering if you should “even bother” trying to write a book or finish a book or pitch your book to agents and publishers, my advice is this: Get the f–k to work! We may not all write a bestseller, but there’s a good chance one of us might. And, as I’ve said in previous posts, who’s to say it won’t be you or me?