Self Help Book

Self Help Book – One of Australia’s Leading Self Help Authors – Craig Harper    

About Time !!!

After fifteen million interruptions, delays and distractions, my new literary offering to the world is done. And when I say “literary offering”, I use the term very loosely.

Okay, it’s a book with pages and I wrote it. There.

The Snapshot:

1. It’s a no-frills self help book about change for (a) people who don’t typically warm to personal development (type) stuff (b) people who might not normally read such a book and (c) anyone who’s tired of doing the same stupid crap and producing the same less-than-desirable results in their world. Yes, that’s the actual front cover (left).

2. It’s written in the same style as used here on me-dot-com. Or, lack of style.

Yes, some people will find the title offensive and unnecessary. Some will find it amusing and apt. And some won’t care either way. That’s okay. I didn’t choose the title to offend or amuse but rather to reflect the way many people think, talk and feel about their inability to create lasting change in their world.

4. The book is just over one hundred pages (108 to be exact) and can be read in about seventy-five to ninety minutes by most people – a couple of hours if you’re a plodder. Or, forty-three seconds if you’ve completed one of those smarty-pants speed-reading courses. :) Personally, I’m a plodder. It’s paper-back and uses the best cardboard (400gsm) and paper (150gsm), so the finished product is very high-quality. Unlike most books, it’s square – not rectangular - and measures 15cm x 15cm (6″ x 6″). The cover is black gloss.

It’s based on thirty potentially life-changing principles.

It’s relevant for teenagers, senior citizens and everyone in between.

7. While it’s not a fitness or weight-loss book (as such), it will certainly be of value to anyone looking to create lasting physical change.

Like most things, this book will resonate with some and not with others. It will be the right thing at the right time for some and totally wrong for others. It’s simple, instructional, mildly amusing and a little provocative. Well, that’s been the feedback, anyway.

Here’s the text from the back cover:

Some of us have spent years almost doing things.

Almost getting in shape. Almost changing careers. Almost starting a business. Almost saving money. Buying that property. Doing that course. Taking that chance. Fixing that relationship. Overcoming that habit. Facing that fear. Almost, almost, almost.

For a range of reasons, many of us have wasted more talent, time and opportunities than we’d ever like to consider and, in the process, created our own personal Groundhog Day. Some of us have been setting the same goals, losing and regaining the same weight, making and breaking the same promises, having the same pointless conversations about the same mindless crap, avoiding the same issues, making the same excuses and, let’s be honest, f*cking around for years.

Perhaps it’s time to stop?

In this amusing, entertaining and sometimes confronting book, exercise scientist, performance coach and professional speaker Craig Harper tells us why – when it comes to our own lives – we’re both the problem and the solution.

“Life doesn’t get better, we do.”



Reading your book this week I would like to thank you for finishing my week on a high. Reminders like this keep moving me forward in my personal, professional and health goals.

Fantastic book, I will be using it with my team in our weekly one on one’s which empowers my trainers to help others!


Wendy Bibby
Director – Vision Personal Training St Ives & Wahroonga

It arrived in my mailbox on Friday, finished it today! I am not a big reader, but really found it hard to put down. Great, fantastic, simple yet complex. I intend to buy some copies for friends and family.

Now on to stop f*cking around and implementing!


Love your work Craig, great book and a very easy read! I read my copy on the beach..great way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon. Just ordered my 2nd copy to send to a friend in the UK!

I’m sure you will sell squillions.

Mandy J



Buying a Book

While you can buy the book online from now, it won’t be officially launched to the mainstream retail market until sometime early next year. That is, it will be in book stores around March 2011. For now, we are doing what’s called a soft launch, which means that for the next few months the only place the book can be purchased is on this site, or, if you live in Melbourne, from my centre in Brighton (643 Nepean Hwy).

As I type this, we are still sorting through the marketing, media and distribution side of things for next year – as we have chosen to self-publish. By the way, self-publishing is an exciting, creative, educational and mildly-terrifying experience. Especially when you’re financing the entire project! In order to make the printing process cost-effective, it’s necessary to print thousands (and thousands) of books up front.

To make the book affordable, we have kept it to $19.95 (Aust.), which means it can be delivered anywhere in Australia for $25.00 or outside Australia for $35.00. If you’re interested in buying multiple books, email Johnnie and we will discount either, the books, the postage or both, depending on the size of your order.

To buy a book (or twenty)

Right now, one of our practical challenges is sorting out the distribution side of things, so if you or someone you know is involved in that area – either locally or internationally – we’d love to hear from you via email. Even if it’s only to offer some advice or direction. Thanks! :)

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous November 29, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Congratulations Gorgeous!!

Proud of you….

You are f*cking amazing!!! :-)

Love always
Me xxx


Jenny November 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Woo Hoo! Go Craig!


Perth Boy November 30, 2010 at 1:18 am

That’s more like it! Good luck Craig & Co, hope it’s a money spinner for you.


Anonymous November 30, 2010 at 3:33 am

Hope it’s a bestseller!


michelle from Malmsbury November 30, 2010 at 5:57 am

Go Craig…..



Alexandra November 30, 2010 at 6:11 am

Congratulations! Have just placed my order, can’t wait. I guess I better stop f*ucking around and implement this before 1 January!


The Helper November 30, 2010 at 7:40 am

Looks bloody terrific. Buying a copy for sure.

Distribution-wise, a great company I have used in Canberra is National Mailing and Marketing. They have a storage and distribution service, and even an online thingo so you can track how many copies are still being stored at any one time.

Very nice people. May be worth a look!

Cheers :)


Michelle TAS November 30, 2010 at 9:25 am

Nice title. Subtle as a brick!


Fiona November 30, 2010 at 9:36 am

Well done Craig!

Copy ordered and I can’t wait to read it :)


Mon November 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

Congratulaitons Craig – it’s done!! And looks great! I just wanted to cheer you on and wish you luck with the rest of the self publishing tasks ie distribution, etc….

I can’t help with that personally, but I’m sure someone will!

I am hoping/planning/setting a goal to self publish my ebook next year. I think I will take the print-on-demand option though (to save money) and I agree that what I’ve learnt so far about self publishing is all you say it is!

Lucky that you have lots of media outlets to market through – I am still reading/learning about press releases and marketing etc…- all good though and a great learning experience for me.

I also love the appearance and description of the book – a good cover means so much and yours is definetely attention catching!

Way to go author/mentor Craig !! Very inspirational that you have achieved another one of your goals!


Em November 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Oh, there’s nothing like a little Harper subtelty!!
I can see it jumping off the racks at the bookstores!

Congratulations Craig!!
( ) x


Janelle Jefferies November 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm

The title alone had me in. Congratulations, love everything that you do.


Heather November 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Congratulations Craig,
I literally jumped with shock at the title.
But it couldnt be more CH.
I am still chuckling.
Good job. I am sure it will walk.


Mel November 30, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Awesome, can’t wait to read this one! Any plans for an ebook or Kindle version?

Congratulations :)


Anonymous November 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm

From one weirdo to another … fabulous work!


Rae November 30, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Ur a legend Craig…


stormy bear December 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

Thanks Craig have ordered my copy. One day the straight shooting, no-nonsense, call-a-spade-a-spade & just fking get-on-with-it people will take over the world!!!!!!

Craig for Prime Minister!!! :)


Craig December 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Thanks Guys… woohoo!!! x


Felicity December 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

HoHoHo! Merry Christmas and “Stop F*cking around”. Awesome just what I need. A good kick in the *rse for Christmas. Thanks Craig your an inspiration and keep me motivated. Yay! just clicked and purchased my Christmas pressie to myself xxxFelicity!!!


nick December 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Looks like you almost made a book.


C1 December 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Been hearing about it for long enough – glad you stopped f*#king around and finally got it out there!

To you (all those that helped you to make this happen), congratulations!

Look out best seller lists everywhere.


Prude December 1, 2010 at 4:50 pm

The title offends me deeply.


Kelvin Kao December 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Congrats, Craig!


d December 2, 2010 at 1:14 am

Ohhhh, that is too funny :) Can’t wait to get my copy.
Go Craig!


Terry December 2, 2010 at 11:28 am

Fantastic title Craig. Copy ordered.

Some planets are aligining for me at the moment and this is another one I believe. Big change is imminent, i just need to Stop F*cking Around


Fiona December 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm

My copy arrived in today’s post! Can’t wait to read it Craig!


Erin December 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Hi Craig

Have posted on my FB for friends who could do with some REAL assistance. I am only recently familiar with you and your work. Well done. I am quite healthy myself however we can all tweak, reinforce and learn more. I am very happy for you and those you help. I have read some of your work and peeked at some video’s xx erin


neilm9999 December 3, 2010 at 7:21 am

Can’t wait to get my copy!

How many have you sold to Scotland so far?



Elly December 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

only happy to help


Lily December 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I listen to you on SEN. what i love most is how you handle all the listeners. your tone and language hits the spot. good work & congrats.


Terry December 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I received my copy today. Cant wait to read it. Need a clear 75 mins I think.


Phil December 11, 2010 at 10:08 pm

It arrived in my mailbox on Friday, finished it today! I am not a big reader, but really found it hard to put down. Great, fantastic, simple yet complex. I intend to buy some copies for friends and family.

Now on to stop f*cking around and implementing!


Mandy J. December 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Love your work Craig, great book and a very easy read! I read my copy on the beach..great way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon. Just ordered my 2nd copy to send to a friend in the UK!

I’m sure you will sell squillions.

P.S. I’m playing hard and won’t be going home :)


Sunshine Jack January 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Love your website so if your book is half as good i will be twice as impressed!

I am checking the mail box daily!


KKnEcuador February 3, 2011 at 1:21 am

Would love your book.. if I could get it in please pursue that option for us folks who have changed to ebooks. I will be johnny on the spot to buy one!


brime February 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm



Anonymous March 5, 2011 at 5:18 am

I live in the UK…please, I’d love this on kindle as well :-D !


Outdoor Personal Trainer August 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I have so many people in my life I could give this book to. I will certainly get a copy, perhaps two so I have a loaner and might just have to start leaving it here and there or hitting people up to power read it.


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MaxC December 11, 2012 at 1:48 am

Any plans to publish this on Kindle?


John Personal Trainer Gold Coast March 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Saw Craig at Filex and just wanted to say how valuable his advice was as a Personal Trainer. Look forward to reading the book


Anonymous January 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

is this book available in a store?


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