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Guess what? The cover of the Operation Beautiful book is done.  🙂 I wish I could show it to everyone, but not yet.  It’s so crazy to see my blog name + my name on a book jacket!  Gulp!


I thought I’d share some information on the book creating process in case anyone is interested:


  • I signed the contract in September and immediately began writing.
  • I turned in the draft of the manuscript and approximately 150 photographs of Operation Beautiful notes on December 14.
  • My publisher (Gotham Books) read it over and suggested changes.
  • I made the revisions and sent it back.
  • Gotham Books’ copywriting department is now going through the book with a fine-toothed comb to catch grammatical errors, etc.  I should get these changes in a few weeks.
  • The graphics department is laying out the manuscript and photographs in a design program, which is how the book will look when it’s finally printed.
  • … And then it will be published and available in stores in August!


Still can’t really believe it’s happening!


Moving on…. Breakfast!


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: cinnamon, coconut, almonds, brown sugar


I am going through this Spices Inc Cinnamon WAY too fast!


It’s another dreary, wet day in Tennessee, but we’re going to avoiding the massive snowstorm the Northeast is expected to get – thank goodness!  I’m driving back to Orlando on Monday and would prefer to do it in sunshine and on dry roads.


My mom and I have an interesting day planned:


  • Hitting the gym for some strength training and swimming.
  • Going to a conference on whether UFOs are real (yes, seriously… my mom is into this kind of stuff, and I’m happy to oblige – at the minimum, it will make for good blogging later!).
  • Attending the orchestra.


I’ll leave you with a funny picture of Maggie.


Better get going!



  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 6, 2010, 8:17 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin! I’m sure seeing your name on the book cover was quite a thrill! I can’t wait to read it!

    Oh, and me thinks Maggie looks a wee bit like the virgin Mary in that photo! Ha! 🙂

    • Caitlin February 6, 2010, 8:31 am

      or Mother Theresa! 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 6, 2010, 8:23 am

    Awesome!!!! I know it will be a huge hit– I bet you get to go on The Today Show or something! Or maybe OPRAH!!!!

  • Laura February 6, 2010, 8:24 am

    I didnt even know about your book, I’m excited to buy it when it’s eventually ready.

    Have a great day with your mom, it sounds fun

  • K February 6, 2010, 8:24 am

    Congrats on the book!! Are you still doing your dietless diet? It seems like you have been working out a ton, and thus would need more calories?

    • Caitlin February 6, 2010, 8:30 am

      yup, still dietless dieting. i am working on a little more than i was for the past two weeks and my intake has probably stepped up. but i’m not calorie counting so i cant be sure 🙂 just eating when i’m hungry and stopping when i’m full (hence, dietless dieting). i stepped on the scale at my mom’s gym a few days ago and had lost 2 out of the 4 pounds i had put on post-marathon. proof once again that dietless dieting actually works!

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) February 6, 2010, 8:28 am

    Wow, Caitlin! So exciting to be 25 years old and a published author! Awesome!

    Your Mom sounds so fun!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner February 6, 2010, 8:31 am

    Congrats on the book, that is SO exciting!

  • Kt F @ ThroughTheFinish February 6, 2010, 8:32 am

    That’s so exciting about the book cover, I think I would about die if I saw my name printed on the cover of a book! Congrats!

  • Madeline @ greensandjeans February 6, 2010, 8:33 am

    That is so very exciting about the book! I seem to recall that you and I share a mutual live of the snow Roswell, so maybe the UFO thin won’t be so bad!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite February 6, 2010, 8:34 am

    I can’t wait to see the finished book!!!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 6, 2010, 8:34 am

    Congrats! It is so exciting learning about the book publishing process. Writing a book about my travels is on my bucket list. 🙂

  • The Hot and Fit February 6, 2010, 8:49 am

    Congrats on the latest book developments!

  • Freya @ February 6, 2010, 8:54 am

    YAY on the book! Is it going to be available outside of America? Cos I want a copy!! You must be so excited…this time next year you’ll be swimming in royalties cheques 😀
    Have fun at the UFO thing :s can’t wait to hear about it!

    • Caitlin February 6, 2010, 8:58 am

      I don’t think it will be available outside the US and Canada but you can probably order it through!

      And re: royalties, that is another part of the book business I didn’t know much about – almost NO ONE earns royalties. 🙁 unless Oprah picks up the book! LOL

      • Freya @ February 6, 2010, 9:00 am

        Aah Ok, I’ll pick one up from there then – if not I’ll have to make some American friends and have them post me a copy 😛
        No royalties!? I thought that was standard with being an author – shows how much I know! I say get onto Oprah’s show before it finishes and do some promoting; I bet you’ll make your millions that way 😛

        • Caitlin February 6, 2010, 9:01 am

          the way it works is that you only get royalties if your book earns back the advance for the publisher. very few books actually do this, but publishers are OK with that because the few books that do (i.e. twilight) are huge successes. hopefully mine will! we’ll see.

  • Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life February 6, 2010, 9:00 am

    Woohoo! Yay for finishing the cover!! I will definitely be getting a copy when it comes out! Congrats!!

  • Karla February 6, 2010, 9:06 am

    That’s crazy! I bet it’ll be a great feeling when you see the book actually on the bookshelf at a store! Congratulations!

  • Evan Thomas February 6, 2010, 9:12 am

    Congrats on being done! I feel like that flew by but then again I didn’t have to do any of the work so who am I to say lol

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 6, 2010, 9:13 am

    SO exciting about your book– you must be jumping up and down in anticipation 🙂

  • Joey February 6, 2010, 9:16 am

    CONGRATS about your book… how exciting!

  • Matt February 6, 2010, 9:16 am

    Sounds like a grat day! When are you heading back to FLorida?

    • Caitlin February 6, 2010, 9:17 am


  • Babycakes February 6, 2010, 9:31 am

    1. I can’t wait to buy your book!!!
    2. Definitely interested in hearing about that UFO conference
    3. LOVE the picture of Maggie! We torture our pup in similar ways 😉

  • ashley February 6, 2010, 9:38 am

    Congrats! This will be such a great book!

  • christie, honoring health February 6, 2010, 9:41 am

    Can’t wait for the book to come out!

  • MarathonVal February 6, 2010, 9:50 am

    Hi Caitlin, I was wondering if you would ever be interested in writing more about how you actually GOT the book deal – whether you wrote up a few chapters and sent that away, or whether you just had a skeleton written and found an agent that was interested…. etc. Thanks so much! 🙂

    • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 6, 2010, 10:37 am

      I would be interested in reading about that, too, actually. My fiance is interested in writing a book, but doesn’t really know the process.

    • caitlin February 6, 2010, 11:43 am

      sure – my story is kind of unusual but i will share it in my lunchtime post!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) February 6, 2010, 9:54 am

    That’s so cool you’re writing a book, I can’t wait to see it in stores!

    Lookind forward to hearing about the UFOs lol

  • Jenna February 6, 2010, 10:01 am

    Congrats on the book:)

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 6, 2010, 10:03 am

    haha LOVE that picture!! Too adorable! Your dogs are so funny.

    Ok I’m SO jealous of that meeting. I think that topic is really interesting! My cousin and I actually had a UFO Club when we were little and oftentimes went on walks through the woods to discover new “UFO evidence.” haha good times. I have since moved on from that but I still find it intriguing 😀

  • swimsutra February 6, 2010, 10:05 am

    Congratulations on the big book step! That is awesome. Question for an inquiring mind, but feel free to not answer if you’d rather not– how did you land a book deal? Was it a conscious seeking out or were you approached? Again, just curious… 🙂

    • caitlin February 6, 2010, 11:44 am

      a few people asked this so i will answer it at lunch!

  • Laura Georgina February 6, 2010, 10:10 am

    I’m all for pictures of dogs in towels–bring em on….

    Hope we hear back from you later and you don’t get swept up by a UFO 🙂

  • Susan February 6, 2010, 10:24 am

    I had a dream the other night that I got a book deal…I think I was pretending to be you! I can’t wait to buy the book. 🙂

    Hahaha I love Maggie! Such a cute picture…I think my mom used to do that to us with towels when we were wee little ones…

  • Nicci February 6, 2010, 10:28 am

    Congrats on all the success you have had. I can not wait to see and buy the book.

    Maggie is so cute, lol

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health February 6, 2010, 10:34 am

    a) SO excited for you with the book. And even more excited to read it!
    b) Majorly jealous about the UFO conference. I watch those History Channel specials *all* the time.
    c) I want to squeeze Maggie to death (in a good way). Love that little pup!!!

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 6, 2010, 10:36 am

    Maggie looks adorable! I can’t wait to read about the UFO conference later. 🙂

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 6, 2010, 10:43 am

    Oh my gracious Maggie is so darn cute!!!

    Anxious to hear about the conference… 🙂

  • brandi February 6, 2010, 10:44 am

    that’s so exciting about the cover! I can’t WAIT to see it 🙂 Will there be any specials or signed copy offers for those us that are mentioned in the book? I definitely want a signature from the author on my copy! 🙂

    • caitlin February 6, 2010, 11:44 am

      I’m not sure – that’s all up to my publisher… I will try! Maybe we can get a discount.

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) February 6, 2010, 10:52 am

    I am SO excited for this booooooook!

  • Mastering Public Health February 6, 2010, 10:56 am

    Congratulations on all the progress with your book! What an accomplishment. It’ll be nice to have the tangible “fruits” of your labor floating all around in a few months. 🙂

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 6, 2010, 11:28 am

    so excited for your book to be published!

  • Heather February 6, 2010, 11:32 am

    oh, maggie… are so cute 🙂

    so excited for the book! i’ve loved hearing about the process over the last several months!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 6, 2010, 11:40 am

    So excited to go through the process with you.

    And that picture of poor Maggie is so silly.

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) February 6, 2010, 12:08 pm

    I’m so excited for the book!!
    That picture of Maggie is hilarious hahaha!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances February 6, 2010, 12:26 pm

    I can’t believe your book will be out soon! How exciting!!! Do you have any book signings planned? Or is it way too soon to plan those kinds of things?

    • caitlin February 6, 2010, 12:59 pm

      i think the publisher is organizing a book tour! yay!

  • Amber K February 6, 2010, 12:33 pm

    That is so exciting! I first learned of Operation Beautiful not that long ago and then found this blog and I think everything is absolutely amazing.

    You are strong, inspiring, and deserve all of the success in the world!

  • Elina February 6, 2010, 12:36 pm

    Cutest pic of Maggie!!!!
    I’m sure the whole book publishing is such a surreal experience. I’m glad you get to spread your message beyond the blogosphere…

  • Tay February 6, 2010, 12:39 pm

    How exciting!! Out in August already?! It’ll come so fast 🙂

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 6, 2010, 12:53 pm

    Cut it out with those pics of the dogs. Too funny. She should play a part in Sister Act.

  • Teacherwoman February 6, 2010, 1:10 pm

    I am so excited for you and your book! I look forward to picking up a copy of it when it’s published! 🙂

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 6, 2010, 1:42 pm

    awwww I love maggie. Is that a t-shirt? lol

    Congrats again on your book.

  • Becca February 6, 2010, 2:35 pm

    I’m having such a shitty week, Maggies pic made me laugh! Keep em coming!
    Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to buy it!

  • Julie February 6, 2010, 3:12 pm

    I’m very excited for you! I can’t wait till it comes out so I can buy it and support you 🙂

  • Jolene ( February 6, 2010, 4:30 pm

    I am buying your book the DAY it comes out!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama February 6, 2010, 4:58 pm

    That’s the best cinnamon ever!

  • Pam (@ TotalHealthCounseling) February 7, 2010, 12:46 am

    Congrats on your book deal, that is really amazing!!
    Love the cute picture of your dog Maggie 🙂

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