After years…ok fine, months…of putting my book together, it’s ready to go. Why am I writing a book at this time? What do I hope to get out of it? Who is it for? Lotsa questions…I get it. So let’s get some answers; self-interview Dude style.
So you’re writing a book. Why now?
Short answer? I want people to learn from the ups and downs and ins and outs of my celiac journey, which basically is what this book is.
Longer answer? I started my GlutenDude.com blog in October 2011. Since then I have written over 650 articles and the site has generated over 35,000 comments. I’ve written about a huge variety of topics, all regarding living with celiac disease. That’s tons of material that needs to be seen by those in the celiac community who are looking for honest guidance (I don’t sugarcoat things…at all).
The problem is that a lot of that material gets lost in the mix and may never be seen unless someone reads the blog from start to finish, and let’s face it, ain’t no one’s got the time for that. And there is some seriously helpful & entertaining & important & educational & emotional articles that can benefit a lot of of my fellow celiacs so they know what to expect and how to manage all aspects of their disease.
Although I have a pretty large social media and blog following, I know there are thousands upon thousands of fellow celiacs who have never heard of me or read my articles. So I am taking the best of the bunch and throwing in some new commentary as well. The bottom line is that I want to reach the biggest audience possible to
make as much money help as many people as possible.
Why an eBook and not a book-book?
Time, energy, resources. I run Gluten Dude to help people. It is not my job. I run a web development company (Altera Web), which gobbles up about 60 hours per week. So I fit Gluten Dude in where I can. Writing a regular book simply would have been more than I could do right now. That being said…I would be all for eventually publishing this book in paper form to reach an even larger audience. If any publishers are reading this, that was a hint in your direction. I also may publish a paperback myself. I’ll keep you posted.
How would you say your blog, and hence this book, is different from other celiac related blogs and books?
Can we take a potty break?
Fine. Like I said, I started my blog in October of 2011. Previous to my launch, I followed a lot of other gluten-free bloggers and I just felt there was a space that needed to be filled. There were, and still are, many talented bloggers in the celiac community. But the majority of them focus on the gluten-free diet aspect of the disease via product reviews, recipes, etc. I wanted to talk about the DISEASE and more specifically the realities of LIVING WITH THE DISEASE. Also, many of the blogs I read talked about how their lives drastically improved as soon as they gave up gluten. That certainly did not apply to my situation and I’ve heard from many celiacs over the years who have told me that it didn’t apply to them as well.
So I wanted to be a voice that said “Hey, you know what…celiac really sucks…here’s all the crap we have to deal with…let’s share our stories…find some sanity…get healthy…and make the journey together.”
So many celiacs in our community are lost. They get their diagnosis and the only instructions they receive from their doctor is: Don’t eat gluten (thanks Doc). So we walk out of the doctor’s office a bit terrified of our new life in front of us, but feeling a bit relieved that “Hey…all we need to do is give up gluten and we’ll be fine.”
But damn…here I am, 8 years after my diagnosis, and all I can say is that’s just not the way it is. There is SO MUCH more to our disease than simply living gluten-free.
So you think you’re filling a true need within the celiac community?
Absolutely. I would not write the book if I didn’t. I realized that we need something that covers all of the emotional, social and physical aspects of living with celiac disease. We need something so that those newly diagnosed with celiac disease or those struggling with their disease have a go-to resource on how to best cope with their new life. We need something that is straight-up honest about our disease, with a lot of snark thrown in for good measure. We need something that tells celiacs “hey…if you want to heal quickly…DO NOT make the same mistakes I made.” We need…we need…we need…
THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT LIVING WITH CELIAC DISEASE
Ok…I got it. So it’s basically a handbook, or an instruction manual if you will, on living with celiac disease?
Exactly. This is essentially my journey through the ups and downs of this pain-in-the-ass disease. Look at it almost as a diary of my fun life with celiac disease. I’ll provide specific guidance for those newly diagnosed and who are pretty much scared sh*tless…cause we’ve all been there. I’ll talk about the pitfalls and how-to’s of eating outside the comfort of your own home…and which spots to avoid even though they claim to be “gluten-free”. I’ll talk about how having the right attitude is an absolute necessity when dealing with celiac. I’ll delve into how celiac can affect your relationships and how to navigate the sticky situations. And yeah…I’ll even throw some celebrity juice in there, cause lord knows for the most part, they have not helped our cause.
How is your book formatted?
I struggled with how to organize the book. There is A LOT of content on my blog. I only wanted to bring the most pertinent information over. On top of that, my journey, especially when it comes to eating, has really changed over the years. As I put this book together, I realized in the beginning how much my blog was about my frustration with my disease, mostly because I was eating “gluten-free” and not eating “right”. And yes…I’ve learned there is a huge difference.
So on top of focusing on how we should eat so we can heal, I thought it would be interesting to break each section down by topics (eating right, eating out, relationships, the right attitude, etc.) and for the most part listed by date as well. And where I want to add some current notes to an older article, I will mark them with “2017 Gluten Dude”.
And one last item: My articles are really only a part of my blog. What makes my blog really shine are the comments on each post left by the community. As I mentioned above, over 35,000 comments so far. Even though the comments are so incredibly valuable and helpful (and pretty dang entertaining at times), I didn’t want to add the comments to this book, so at the end of each article (where applicable), I will add a link to the original blog post so people can read the comments if they so desire. And I seriously suggest it. This way, whoever is reading this book will have the opportunity to learn from thousands of other celiacs and not just me. It’s a true team effort in the Gluten Dude community.
And lastly, some details about the book itself. First, how much is it?
Where will it be available?
On my website, where you can download the PDF and read it on your computer, your mobile device (iPad, phone, Kindle, etc.), on Amazon for the Kindle, in iBooks and a handful of other websites.
How do I go about purchasing it?
Click any of the “GET THE EBOOK” buttons placed throughout this page. For specific instructions on various formats and devices, see the sidebar to the right. If you’re on mobile, the sidebar is probably below. If you are on a landline phone, you won’t see a thing.
How long is it?
I assume you’re talking about the book?
About 330 pages.
If we like the book, can we leave a review?
Oh god…yes. Please head over to the Amazon page where my book is and leave a review. I’d be so appreciative. I’ll even sign your copy of the book. Wait…what’s that? You can’t actually sign eBooks because…you know…it’s an EBOOK? Oh. Well please leave a review just the same.
Anything else we need to know?
Nope. Just sit back, get cozy, grab a gluten-free drink and we’ll take this crazy ride together. Trust me…you don’t want to go it alone.