Emma Blackery has announced her debut book, Feel Good 101, which will be based on her long-running web series of the same name.
The book is up for pre-order ahead of its release in September, and following the announcement, it began trending in sixth place on UK Twitter.
Speaking to TenEighty, Emma says that the book is going to be a lot more personal than the original series. “The web series definitely touches on different topics, but in a generalised way,” she explains. “The book will feature a lot more personal stories that I’ve never told before.
“Oversharing is something that I’ve definitely started to do less of over the past year,” Emma admits. “I don’t talk about my private life nearly as much as I used to, so going back to my past, telling stories I’ve never told, and revealing mistakes I’ve kept hidden away is probably the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve had to do. However, it wouldn’t be a personal book about my life if I didn’t talk about the things I’ve been through.
“I always said that if I was going to make a book, it was going to have to be genuine,” she maintains, “and not written simply for the sake of it. I waited for years until I felt comfortable enough to do it, and I wouldn’t want to waste that opportunity by not being as real as possible.”
Focusing on self-care and coping with big life changes, Emma says she “definitely had my nine-year-old sister in mind whilst writing – truly, this is definitely for her, knowing that she is going to go through similar experiences soon. I want her to be able to read it and feel as though I’m there, even when I can’t be. I want this to be the real, honest advice book I never had.”
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On what inspired her to write Feel Good 101, Emma shares that she has been “speaking with Carrie Fletcher about her experiences with writing All I Know Now – she has been a wonderful source of encouragement when I’ve been struggling to write. But the writing isn’t inspired by anyone else. It’s simply my stories, and my own personal advice, written as though I’m standing right in front of you talking.”
The book will be published by Little, Brown, who contacted Emma in 2016 after she admitted to having a change of heart on YouTuber book deals.
Emma expresses in her announcement video that she doesn’t want Feel Good 101 to be a typical ‘YouTuber book’, but assures TenEighty this sentiment is not meant to denigrate others: “I don’t want to sit here and say that other YouTubers are not genuine, and I don’t want to put ‘other YouTuber books’ in one big category and pit mine against someone else’s. They’re all different works, written in different voices, from different walks of life, and I would love nothing more than for people to pick up a copy and hear what I have to say.”
More information on Feel Good 101, as well as links to pre-order, can be found here. The book will be released on 7 September.
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