COVER REVEAL for my next book: Don’t Overthink It!

COVER REVEAL for my next book: Don’t Overthink It!

Readers, I have some big news and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share it. My next book Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life, is coming your way on March 3, 2020.

Today I get to show you the cover, which I adore, and which my incredible designer Patti Brinks nailed in the first round. (That never happens. Related: this cover is final, so if you don’t like it, do me a favor and don’t tell me?)

Seasoned authors say every book is different—and this book has been vastly different from my others, beginning to end.

About the title

Of all my books, this is the only one that began with the title; my other books were titled after completion. (I came up with Reading People at the eleventh hour, and my publisher titled I’d Rather Be Reading during the editing process.) But I landed on this title on the Oregon Coast way back in January 2018 (and then received an eerily serendipitous text from a friend that night confirming I was on the right track), and haven’t wavered on it.

That’s not to say we didn’t debate the subtitle endlessly; we did! The biggest question we faced was, Is overwhelm a noun? (The answer is it depends, and so we cut my initial phrase “stop overwhelm” in the sub so as not to rile the grammar geeks.)

About the content

The content of this book has shifted dramatically since its initial conception. I thought I knew what a book about overthinking needed to address; I was only partly right. If you saw this photo on Instagram, you should know there are 20 chapters represented in that stack of index cards. The final book has 14, but only five of those chapters were ones I originally planned on writing.

When I began, I knew that some helpful information existed on this topic, but I quickly discovered that books about overthinking focused on rumination. I wanted to read a book with a broader focus, written for women, by a relatable expert, not a psychotherapist—and, as Toni Morrison says, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

More importantly, I couldn’t find any existing books or resources that addressed all the ways I knew I was overthinking myself, or shared strategies that helped me avoid more than just ruminating. As I learned more and more about overthinking, I grew more and more surprised by just how many facets of our lives overthinking touches. I wanted to write a book that reflected both the far-reaching, destructive effects of overthinking, and the not-always-obvious ways we can learn to do better.

I got my start writing here, in this space. My favorite posts over the years have been those that combine unexpected, seemingly unrelated elements in a way that both makes sense to the reader and provides fresh insight, by letting her see a situation—and herself—in a new way. This book reflects that same approach in subject and scope: it divides things along lines you might not expect, covers topics you may not anticipate, and takes a broader view than previous books on the subject have done. I’ve done this on purpose, because I believe the subject merits it. And we, as women, need it.

What happens next

Next comes the entirely different work of figuring out how to get this book into readers’ hands. I’ll keep you posted on the launch team, preorder perks, and event scheduling as those details become known.

What I know for sure right now: your pre-orders mean a lot. They truly make a big difference for authors, by creating buzz among readers and booksellers, by influencing how many copies retailers order for release day (thus no terrible OUT OF STOCK situations), and they influence where my book will be sold come September. This is even more important because of the ongoing paper shortage. The more pre-orders, the more my book will be stocked in actual, physical bookstores—everywhere from Barnes & Noble to Target to your local indie. As a book and bookstore-lover, I would dearly love the actual, physical book to be available wherever YOU get your books.

If you’re interested in reading Don’t Overthink It, you can pre-order from any of these retailers. Order anytime, and hang on to your receipt for the to-be-announced perks:

• Amazon
• Barnes and Noble

• Indiebound
• Books-a-Million
Book Depository

And don’t forget about your local indie! You can preorder wherever new books are sold, although it’s probably best to wait till September 3—that’s six months out—before preordering there. (I’ve heard too many horror stories about orders placed more than six months in advance getting canceled!)

You may want to follow me on Bookbub, because when I reach 1000 followers I can send out a preorder notification for Don’t Overthink It when the time is right. And it’s not too early to put in a purchase request at your local library.

I’m so excited to share more about this book as publication day draws near. I have lots of behind-the-scenes goodness to share: alternate covers, photos of the content creation process, and more. 

I so hope you enjoy this book. 


103 comments | Comment


  1. sarah says:

    Yay!! how exciting!! I am paralyzed by decision-making. I just don’t know what to do most of the time – it is a deeper issue for me having to do with people pleasing and lack of self-confidence and esteem etc but this will definitely be on my book shelf as a light for my path.

  2. Christy McQueen says:

    This is such exciting news! I really need this book. For most of my life (and all of my family and friends and confirm this) I have had so much trouble making decisions. Even something as small as what show to watch on Netflix! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  3. Grace K. says:

    Congrats, Anne! I’m so looking forward to this–I love that your blog touches on so many thoughtful non-book topics as well. This is the book I’ve been hoping you would write!

  4. Jennifer Jones says:

    Congratulations, Anne! I loved and gifted I’d Rather Be Reading, and I look forward to your third book. If you have an opportunity to visit The Concord Bookshop in Concord, MA I’ll be there to hear you!

  5. Tobey Brock says:

    I am one of your male readers. Currently, I am reading your book about reading…savoring it like fine chocolate one wants to enjoy on several occasions lol. As in this current book I am finding so many nuggets to make note on. I look forward to your new book (Great cover & title)and even though it sounds like you wrote it with your female readers in mind I’m sure there will be many aspects I can apply to my life as well.

  6. Jessica says:

    I am so excited about this book, it is just what I need. That it is written by someone who ‘gets’ me the most is an added bonus! Preordering now!!

  7. Rachel Meier says:

    Anne! I am so excited for you! And I am so excited to read this book when it comes out. Is it too early to start a paper chain countdown?

  8. Brittney R says:

    Oh Anne, congratulations!! I would read this based on that beautiful cover alone (it’s perfection!), BUT the title!!! Was this written just for me? It feels like it, yet it’s already resonating with so many commenters, you have hit the nail on the head. I cannot wait to get it into my hands and eyes and mind and heart. Even in my fb bio it states “I suffer from indecision” (a line I stole from Phil in Anne of the Island). Thank you thank you for the work you have put into the book on curing my ailment!

  9. Julie says:

    Anne, congratulations!! You are one of my “must buy” authors. I trust that whatever the content, I will enjoy the topic, your research, and your insights and be able to relate them to my own life. I look forward to this one- whatever we can do to make our busy lives easier is gold!

  10. Congratulations – Signed up for Book Bub and following you! This topic is definitely something I need to read all about. I LOVE the cover. It exudes happiness. Can wait to follow this adventure!

  11. S says:

    Cover looks nice and I will definitely be reading this one. I suffer from decision paralysis/avoidance… At work I have worked through this enough to be fairly successful at gathering the right level of info based on risk and moving forward through a decision, check pointing to fail fast and regroup as needed but haven’t successfully leveraged this for my personal life – in that capacity I most closely resemble an ostrich with my head in the sand then running around like a maniac wringing my hands when my avoidance has pushed me into some not so great consequences that could have been avoided if I had just faced it down earlier. Hoping your book will resonate and help me leverage strategies to turn this tendency around! Best of luck and congratulations on your new book!

    • Anne says:

      Those visuals are cracking me up! I do hope it resonates and provides you with strategies to move forward in a way you find satisfying.

  12. Bethany says:

    I deeply, passionately HATE when “overwhelm” is used as a noun. I’m glad to hear you cut it from the subtitle. I look forward to reading this!

    • Anne says:

      Bwahaha!! You’re not alone, and that’s why we didn’t use it. (Even if it has been in use as a noun since the 50s. I discovered that when I went on a serious deep dive during the titling process.)

  13. Congratulations. For me the title is the hardest part of the writing process.

    I just spent the morning with friends. We discussed the challenge of making the decision about our last move–that is, where to go when we can no longer take care of ourselves, or when our husband needs more care than we can provide. The decisions of old age seem the most difficult of all.

    • Anne says:

      I can only imagine; right now we’re watching/helping the older generations in our families wrestle through these decisions. I’m so glad you have friends to talk these big transitions over with.

  14. Christine says:

    Anne, I’m sure you’ve heard this many times, but I swear you write books just for me. This title sounds like just the book I’ve always needed. Can’t wait to read it! Love the cover too. Congrats on getting it to this point!

  15. Gita says:

    Loved the cover and am waiting for the book!!
    You are not as much a Twitter person, I think.
    You prefer Instagram 👍

  16. Crystal says:

    Beautiful cover, and I’m so excited about the book! (My favorite posts are about how you arrange and navigate your day to day as an introvert. I’ve mostly forged my own path in that way, so it’s inspiring to see how others do this.)

  17. Ruthie says:

    Cover and title edits were both good decisions in my view. I LOVE the cover — a visual representation of a lighthearted, cheerful mental state in diametric opposition to the mental mire of rumination and decision paralysis. This looks like a book I’d benefit from reading! Please go ahead and make an audiobook version!

    • Anne says:

      That’s why I loved it at first sight! I’d be shocked if we don’t have an audiobook version of this one available on release day.

  18. Katie W says:

    I love the cover and I can’t wait to read the book! This is something I definitely struggle with.

  19. Pamela says:

    I’m so excited!! This is something I struggle with too! Can’t wait.

    And I love the cover. 🙂

  20. Jo says:

    I need this book. I just spent my weekend researching Medicare Advantage Plans. I still have a headache. And apparently I get to do this every year if I choose.

  21. Maya says:

    Yay! I won’t pretend to know what’s inside, but I can’t believe my luck–just last month, I realized I was overthinking in a couple of very different ways . I’ve always been terrible decision dodger, but when forced to make a huge decision this spring, my mind went into overdrive (related to rumination but not quite it). And then I was attempting a dance fitness class where I struggled to figure out the routines, many of which were repeated week after week. When my instructor said (in general, not to me in particular), ‘if you overthink it, you’ll never get it,’ it was a huge ‘aha’ moment for me. Can’t wait to read the book!

    • Anne says:

      Isn’t it helpful when people—if only accidentally—put our struggles into words? I’m so glad this happened for you, and I hope you enjoy the book!

  22. Kayla says:

    So exciting; I adore the cover! Overthinking is something I struggle with so much (and I know I’m not alone!) I can’t wait to read this.

  23. Mandy says:

    Love the cover!!! The colors, images, and font are all beautiful. Can’t wait to read it, don’t want to wait till 2020 😉

  24. Kelly says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! This topic speaks to me so deeply in living a life of meaning. And as a therapist, I am always looking for books that others can connect to for topics like this. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and encouragement with the world. And that cover is stunning!

    • Anne says:

      I imagine it will be available soon. There will definitely be a kindle version, but in the past it’s taken a few extra weeks for that option to be available for preorder.

  25. This is going to be amazing! I struggle so much with this topic. I know part of it has to do with my personality type but I feel like I’ve gotten to where I’m afraid of choices too. I’m going to pre-order asap. Thank you for all your work on this – it is much needed!

  26. Christine Gough says:

    Congrats, Anne! The cover is adorable and I am going to pre-order it today!!!! What a wonderful topic and probably the perfect book to pair with Emily P Freeman’s!

    • Anne says:

      I’m so looking forward to reading Emily’s! I didn’t let myself read it while I was in the midst of writing this one, because I didn’t want her voice to influence my own, but now that my own book is signed, sealed, and delivered I can’t wait to dive into The Next Right Thing.

  27. Dianne says:

    Love the cover! A cart (life) filled with flowers. What could be better than that? I look forward to reading the book as I do a lot of overthinking.

  28. The Oregon Coast!? What a perfect place to dream up a book title! I am sure you were up north Lincoln City, Astoria, Cannon Beach… of our beautiful coast. I live on the Southern Oregon Coast… Coos Bay.

    It truly is breathtaking here, albeit a bit on the cold side. 60 degrees and 15 mile per hour winds gets a bit old in Summer. The people are great and we have created a nice life here. I’m glad you got to see a bit of it.

    I am excited to read your book.

    Thank you for all you do.

    Have a beautiful day!

  29. Joy in Alabama says:

    I’m buying this book! I think you wrote it just for me!

    Love the cover! (It’s PINK!)

  30. Cynthia Lewellen says:

    I’ll certainly be interested to see what you’be come up with to help NOT overthinking!! I “think” everyone does it – and it drives me crazy!! But for today . . . I SO love, love your cover and the subtitle!! I’ll draw lots of attention!

  31. Erin Kathleen says:

    YAY!!!!! So excited to finally get the scoop! LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover and love the whole premise of the book – Love it all! Can’t wait to read :-}

  32. Heather MacHugh Cooper says:

    YAY! I am excited for this!! Just pre ordered it! Would love to be on your launch team again!! Congrats!

  33. Deborah says:

    Hooray Anne! I love the cover and I can’t wait to read it!
    Hope your summer is full of relaxing and reading now that the writing of the book is finished! 🙂

  34. TinaLou says:

    Yay!!! Love the topic, and the cover art is just perfect! Please come to Massachusetts; my local indie is Tatnuck Bookseller in Westboro, right in the middle of the state.

  35. Sue says:

    The cover is adorable, but I don’t understand it. Any hints, or do I have to wait and read the book?? And I read that article you gave us the link to, about why the surge in subtitles on books, and I’m interested to see that you’ve done it as well. Also, I have to admit I’m a teensy weensy bit disappointed that your book is not about books…..

    • Anne says:

      The cover comes straight from a story in the book, but I hope it’s fun and enticing to readers who don’t know what’s inside as well.

  36. Melanie Ireland says:

    I love the cover and the concept of your book 🥰 I can’t wait to get it in my hands.

  37. Deirdre says:

    Love the cover and the title makes this Enneagram 9 feel very seen. 🙂 Ordering now and hope to hear you at Denver’s Book Bar again!

  38. Amy says:

    I’m so excited!!! Overthinking is such a relevant topic for me right now…..or all the time, if I’m being honest. (I even called myself a “professional overthinker” in my Twitter bio.) Now that I’m almost done with college (only TWO MORE WEEKS!!!), I’m easing my way back into reading after a hectic time since the end of last year. This book sounds like a perfect fit for the first few months post-college, when I have so many decisions to make and so much temptation to overthink EVERYTHING. I’m preordering right now!!!

  39. Congratulations Anne! What a fascinating subject, and I love the way you’ve described your process and approach. It’s clear how much work and love has gone into this book already, and I can’t wait to hear more about the great heights it will reach – good on you!

  40. Katrina says:

    As someone that overthinks ALL the decisions, I am so excited to read your book! Seriously, a restaurant, I can’t choose. Can’t wait!

  41. Jenn says:

    so exciting. congrats. i am currently working my way through Reading People and enjoying it. if you decide to do a launch team i would love to be part of it. i will keep my eyes and ears out for any details and continue sharing your books with friends.

  42. Kim Little says:

    Daisies are my favorite! Absolutely, beautiful cover and really excited to read it!
    I would love to invite you to my little local Indie bookstore, Two Sisters Bookery. This bookstore has been in a historic downtown Wilmington, NC for over 40 years. Owners have changed several times, but all have kept the name and had a store kitty. The bookish kitty is named Kitty. She should have her own fan club.

    I have been a follower forever! It is wonderful to see your success. You are living my dream life!

  43. Jennice says:

    The cover is beautiful!!!Yellow is my absolute FAVORITE color so you definitely won me over with that beautiful pop of yellow against that pink. I hate to admit it but I still havent finished Becoming
    Its only because I have ton of other books im reading. I can’t wait to read your new work!

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