I am utterly speechless. Yesterday was the official release day for my new book Raising an Original. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the book almost instantly shot up to #1 Bestseller status on Amazon (in the Christian Family category) and it was in the top few hundred of books OVERALL on Amazon as well. At first I thought I was seeing things (after all, I've been slurping way too much caffeine and entertaining far too little sleep...) but my publisher quickly confirmed that indeed things were off to an amazing start.
I just want to take a moment to say THANK YOU. Thank you to those of you who are supporting me and this book. Thank you for helping to make the launch day such an overwhelming success. And thank you to those of you who are encouraging others to check out the book.
I wrote this book because I want to make a difference, to equip parents and those who work with children to notice, identify, and celebrate the incredible originalities woven into each child. I know, with your help, we’re doing just that.
If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, please do. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and anywhere books are sold. You'll find links over in the right sidebar.
If you’d like to help spread the word, you can click to share on Facebook & Twitter (share buttons are at the bottom of this post).
I’m so excited and can’t wait to see what God has in store for Raising an Original and those who read it.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
Of this writing journey, this has got to be one of the bigger thrills for me. I'm posting today over at Ann Voskamp's gorgeous blog, A Holy Experience. Would love for you to take a look~
Friday, September 9, 2016
That picture right up there?
I'd pretty much written off any kind of experience like that.
A book I had written?
My lit agent Esther Fedorkevich of the Fedd Agency threw a little soiree last night to celebrate the upcoming release of Raising an Original: Parenting Each Child According to Their Unique God-Given Temperament. She's recently expanded her gorgeous offices and it was a great time to show off her new digs and to sign a few copies of the book for clients and colleagues and friends.
But it was so surreal.
Twenty-three years ago, I sent my first inquiry letter with some sample writing to a couple of publishing houses.
I kept filling notebooks, writing in spurts and stops.
Eight years ago, I started this blog.
Seven years ago, my pastors kept encouraging me.
And Esther and I started throwing around ideas for this book close to six years ago.
We got some feedback.
It sat on the shelf for a while.
I pretty much thought it was over.
But two and half years ago, we started again. Going a little deeper. Clearing out the dross. Honing in on the central message. Developing yet a third book proposal to send out.
Praying and listening like crazy.
And then God starting opening doors.
Wait, that's not quite correct.
He'd been opening doors all along. But He was doing it in a series of intentional sequences. The 'chance' meeting with someone who had a publishing connection. The person who followed my blog who knew so-and-so. A series of events, some little, some not so little, that over time and over seasons, He somehow wove into a timeframe.
Even though to me, it seemed like nothing was happening and I was stuck with a 'no'.
Until, in His time, it became a 'yes'.
Now, we all know that there some things that we long to do or would love to see happen for which we don't get the answer we want. You've got those areas in your life. I do to.
But Jen Hatmaker told me a while back, it's the long game. We were talking books and writing and publishing, but I'm seeing now it's even more than that. There can be a dream, a longing, an urgency laid on your heart that keeps you up nights and rattles around in the back of your head and for which it feels like you've got a space in your existence that can only be filled by that thing.
Sometimes, we're wrong about those things.
And sometimes, we're exactly right.
But when the timeline doesn't match our sense of urgency, we can think that what is right must be wrong.
That thing you long to do? That dream you hope to see realized?
Let the details unfold and flow.
Let God design.
Keep writing...or dreaming...or dancing...or creating. Whatever it is that's on your heart.
Because sometimes the timeline doesn't match.
But the dream does.
(A big shout out to my amazing friend and photographer Shannon Lafayette. She took the photo of me for the back of the book cover and has a crazy incredible photography business here in the ATX and in Port Aransas. Check her out!)
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
We've built quite a community here on the blogsphere, haven't we? As I look back over my blog list, those friends far and near that I check in with, as I read your posts, watch your kids grow, celebrate your new journeys...it's an amazing thing, this digital pen pal neighborhood.
Those of us who love blogging, whether we started into it early on or have recently jumped in, we get to take a peek into each other's lives, and gather fantastic ideas for home, work, fitness, cooking, decorating, organizing, and faith.
And we also have opportunities to get the word out about things that make our lives better, ideas that we are passionate about, a soap box, a platform, a microphone that gives us a voice, regardless of our season. Our digital lives have become an exceptional democratizer, an ability to have a voice in the conversation that comprises our culture.
I come to you now, my fellow blog writers and readers, asking you to consider using that voice to get the message out about my new book, Raising an Original, which is being released September 13, 2016 by Harper Collins/ Zondervan. I'd love for you to consider being part of the Launch Team, which will be selected by a drawing from applicants at the end of the week. Launch Team members will receive a free review copy of Raising an Original and we'll have some fun Facebook events, some goodies for Team members, and more! There are a limited number of slots, so please register today.
It would be an honor to have your voice involved in the launch of this book, this project that found its early steps here within this amazing blog community. Appreciate you all so much and hope you'll join me in this thing known as a book launch!
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Okay friends, warning you ahead of time that I may be like that overzealous grandmother with a thousand pictures of the new grandbaby for a while.
Not that I'm a grandmother.
Or that there is a grandbaby on the way.
But this new book feels like a new member of the family, a project that has had a long gestation and has been eagerly and nervously awaited. So as we edge ever closer to the book release date of September 13th, I may be a little over the top.
But I'm okay with that.
And I hope you are, too.
God still surprises me, and that this book found such a great home with Harper Collins/Zondervan is a precious surprise indeed.
So cue the book trailer! Don't forget to pre-order to get all kinds of awesome free goodies. And look for a few familiar faces!
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Tonight, tonight, tonight! So excited to circle up with you this evening and talk all things writing! Join me on FB Live at 7pm CST and let's discuss your questions and thoughts about writing, the writing process, creativity, the business side of publishing, and more!