Mother of Nine Accidentally Launches NFP Bestseller; Needle Buried on Irony Meter

MARLBOROUGH — Popular blogger Simcha Fisher’s first book, The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, became a bestseller overnight after Fisher accidentally published the e-book a month early.

“I freaked out when I realized it was live, but I couldn’t figure out how to take it down. The next morning it was a number one bestseller on Kindle,” Fisher said.  “Apparently there was an option to set the release date, but I sort of glossed over that part, and now here we are.  Great news, obviously, and the whole family is very happy.  But we are scrambling with the logistics, because the timing was a little . . . unexpected.  Good thing we had already picked out a name.  For the book.”

Fisher added, “Yes, yes, book about NFP, accidental launch, irony, I get it.  I get it!”

Fisher planned to launch the e-book in November, to coincide with the audio version of her book produced by Audible.com. Fisher thought she was setting up her Kindle publishing account in advance, but instead published the book. Within 24 hours it was the top selling Catholic e-book, and the top selling Catholic book in all published categories on Amazon.

“I didn’t even have time to think about it,” Fisher said. “I still had to drive the kids to a birthday party and go grocery shopping.  It really hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m beating out the Pope.  And St. Augustine.  And the Bible.  Oh gosh, when does the dump close today?  I told you boys to sort that recycling!”

Fisher, a popular writer and speaker whose work appears in the National Catholic RegisterOur Sunday VisitorCatholic Digest, and other publications, offers her frank and funny take on Catholic sex, marriage, and family planning in The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning.

“If you’ve tried natural family planning and have discovered that your life is now awful – or if you feel judged or judgey, or if you trust NFP but your doctor doesn’t, or if just you’re trying to figure out how the heck to have a sex life that is holy but still human – you’ll find comfort, encouragement, honesty, wit, and, most importantly, practical advice in my book,” Fisher said.

The Sinners Guide to Natural Family Planning is already being hailed as a turning point in how Catholics can deal with this sometimes-difficult subject.  There are 26 reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of five stars.

“I’m pretty sure that one three-star rating is a joke,” Fisher said.  “My readers are real wise asses.  But seriously, if you think that taking bread out of the mouths of my children is a joking matter, by all means, continue.”

Simcha Fisher lives in Marlborough, NH, with her husband and nine children.  She is available for interviews and can be contacted at simchafisher@gmail.com.

Her book is available now on AmazonSmashwords, and Nook. The Audible.com version will be available for pre-order very soon, and a print version is in the works.

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  • Susan Windley-Daoust

    You know, you beg for 3 star reviews when you put that out there. ;) Congrats!

  • Sherry

    Congratulations! Those Premies, they’re usually the strongest of the bunch. I say that as I battle my son for the keyboard in hopes he doesn’t type 2384uijf. Which he didn’t. He typed gflmp.

  • Lisa Cook

    Love it! Bought it!

  • richard

    Congratulations!

  • Maria Cordonnier Bremberg

    There is a discussion feature on amazon. I think the 3 star review comments could find a new home in the discussion section! Everyone should be exposed to the witticisms of loyal Simcha readers, but not at the expense of her children’s financial future.

    • Damien and Simcha Fisher

      Oh, it’s cool, it’s cool. I laughed so hard when I saw that review. I just wanted to head off a string of joke one-star reviews by fake disgruntled readers, that’s all. But we have bread for our mouths!

      • Maria Cordonnier Bremberg

        I laughed myself silly at that review, too – especially his wife’s comment!! I want more of it – but without driving down your 5 star rating. I think we could have a pretty funny discussion section – which not many books have. Just wanted to point out another marketing tool at our disposal!

  • Naomi Kietzke Young

    I need to get my copy and review it. Then we can have a childless woman reviewing a book on NFP, written by a mother of nine who accidentally published prematurely. That should blow the irony meter right up.

  • Eugene Edward Yeo

    I lol’d.

  • http://www.parafool.com/ victor

    Congratulations! I won’t worry about launching it early because all the really great media companies do that these days (assuming it’s still the ’00s), offering Internet leaks and what-not of their own material. It definitely seems to have worked out well in this case!

  • Mariana Baca

    No iBook version? I’m being whiny, I know… :)

  • J Jaeger

    Yay Simcha! And thanks for the laughs today.

  • Anne

    Simcha, I am downloading the Kindle for Mac app as I type for the sole purpose of purchasing and reading your magnum opus. I can’t wait.

  • Sean P. Dailey

    Will there be an iBooks version?

  • anna lisa

    Fantastic!–And something the kids can brag about too: “More people want to read my Mom”s book than the Pope’s!” :D

  • anna lisa

    “I sort of glossed over that part…”
    Awesome.
    I think I forgot to add that as my *life motto* from a few posts ago. It made me feel as good as when my daughter starts telling me a story, and can’t remember what her point was, or when I find a kid standing in the hallway, saying “I don’t remember what I was going to get…”. It’s like God reassuring me that my 40-something brain hasn’t completely atrophied.
    So,Yay again! I just got it on my Kindle. ( I gloss too many things over to actually *use* NFP, but will enjoy reading it for the sake of recommending it to my kids. Then again, I’d read an auto repair manual if you wrote it…)

  • Clare Krishan

    Chuckle (hides nervous giggle) for in Hebrew שִׂמְחָה (simchah) means mirth gladness, gaiety, joy, don’t you know, as in the name of a secular bestseller, best left unnamed! Perhaps I’ll get a copy for my Jewish OB/GYN, she and I definitely fall into the category “if you trust NFP but your doctor doesn’t.” I hope my irreverence doesn’t imply lack of awe and wonder at the synchronicity with lunation often noted in Scripture:
    “And when you rejoice on your festivals, and your new-moon feasts, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and your communion sacrifices, so that this serves as a reminder of you before your God. I, the LORD, am your God.” Num 10:10
    http://www.usccb.org/bible/numbers/10#04010010-1

    Married women would most certainly have noted their cycle’s regularity around this most significant time in the pastoral calendars of old… http://calendars.wikia.com/wiki/Lunation#cite_note-1 if missing, their ‘communion sacrifices’ would serve as a wee “annunciation” of the new life conceived by God’s providence, so belated rosh chodesh (10-5) Simcha! we’re waxing gibbous into Friday’s full moon…

  • Michelle Marvian

    Are you sure you don’t know me? I swear this book was written for my husband and me. And that is after 15 yrs and 8 amazing burdens. Thanks. I am hopeful and relieved.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Why do all the advocates of NFP all have six to ten children? ;) Congratulations!

    • http://janalynmarie.blogspot.com/ Beadgirl

      Just 2 and 8/9ths here!

      • Dan F.

        “so far” ;)

        • http://janalynmarie.blogspot.com/ Beadgirl

          Shhh! Don’t give God any more ideas!

  • Micaela

    Ahahahahaha! Simcha, you’re the best. I’m about 80% of the way through the book and loving it. I’ll review it when I finish, and I’m pretty sure I won’t be taking any food out of your kids’ mouths.

    Thanks for your labor of love. This sinner sure does appreciate it.

  • Marissa Nichols

    Awesome! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Anthony Keiser

    I’m a crotchety-non e-book reader. Any chances of this being released in the ever-ancient paper book form? Or on clay tablets?


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