We are delighted to announce that HarperCollins has acquired World Rights in How To Do Everything and Be Happy by Peter Jones.
Peter Jones was once a normal guy. Sometimes frustrated, often dissatisfied, but always working hard towards a ‘happily ever after’ he would share with his wife Kate.
But when Kate died in Peter’s arms after just 2 years and 3 months of marriage, he realised his days had been spent working towards a fantasy, instead of making every hour count. Alone and at rock bottom, Peter discovered that the secret to happiness is simple: it’s about filling your time with the things that make you happy.
Natalie Jerome, Publishing Director for Harper Non-Fiction says, ‘Peter’s story and reasons for writing a self help book, though heartbreaking are incredibly inspiring… we’re looking forward to establishing him as one of the key authors in the genre. The physical book will be released in time for Blue Monday, traditionally the most depressing day of the year – the perfect moment to show everyone how they can be happy, even in January!’
Originally self published, Peter’s book has clearly struck a chord and has consistently remained among the top selling self help e books on Amazon, rivalling more established authors in the genre.
Peter Jones says, ‘I never set out to write a self-help book. I just wanted to be happy, all the time, not just occasionally. And so I decided to tackle the problem in the only way I know; by making plans, and lists, and taking control of my own destiny. Friends would laugh at some of my nuttier ideas, but when they noticed I was more fun to be around they suggested I write some of this stuff down. A few months later, I was racing up the amazon charts. But aside from the success of the book I can honestly say that I’ve never been happier than I am now. I’ve learnt that you only get one life – and that it might be a lot shorter than you think. The time to start enjoying it, is now..’
How To Do Everything and Be Happy will be published on 13th September 2012 as an e book and as physical on 17 January 2013.