Tomorrow marks the beginning of September, which means my little book is officially one month old!
Writing your first book must be like having your first kid…because now everyone is asking “so when are you going to write your next one?!” Oh, how I laugh that that 😉
These last four weeks have been a tornado of guest posting, radio interviews, book signings, traveling, TV interviews, podcasts, and on and on – keeping me spinning in the same direction with one focal point!
There was a lot (a lot) of back-end preparation leading up to the official launch, but the crazy certainly began during Launch Week, starting with a Book Launch Party! Hundreds showed up to celebrate this piece of work soaring out into the world, and it was a wonderful night with people we love!
On the right is my wonderful friend Ginger, who ran my launch team of 100 readers and did an amazing job!Speaking of Launch Manager Ginger, I was telling her the other day how much I loved writing the book, and even writing up all of the marketing plans…but actually executing those plans and launching the book has felt much more draining. “Spoken like a true introvert,” she pointed out to me. “You just want to hole up and write and not talk to people.” Hm. Astute observation!
But even though it’s been tiring to my introverted self, it’s been so much fun too, and such a learning experience!
Brenna and Connor have had a big interest in this whole autographing books things – and I had to laugh when Brenna’s occupational therapy team told me how excited they were to see her writing out the letters of her name!
The first time I was asked to be on a podcast last year, I was beyond nervous. A PODCAST. My hands were shaking, and I could hardly eat. It’s funny how experience and practice can build your confidence, because this month I’ve been talking on more radio shows than I can count – both locally and nationally, recorded and live. And yeah, I’ve messed up and fumbled with answers, but it’s getting so much easier. And it’s really helped me to figure out what it means to hone in on key messages and explain those to other people. I’m so grateful for these experiences!
Also during launch week, I took a road trip to be on the show Harvest TV (watch the interview here!), which went so well… and I even got to fly to Canada to be on the international show 100 Huntley Street! The production company, Crossroads, was just a total joy to work with, and the staff was incredibly welcoming. So many people prayed for me and with me before we went on air, and then afterwards, I got to speak to a big group of staff during their chapel services. I can’t say enough good things about the hospitality and the high quality of programming and operations for both shows!
100 Huntley Street in Toronto (watch the interview here… I come on around 11:40 mark)
Oh hey – look what we found at Barnes & Noble on Launch Day!
A friend recently commented to Brenna about her beautiful photo being on the front of the book, and she said “Yeah, but Connor’s NAME is inside!” It was such a sweet reminder that they are really getting the importance of the message of the book – not a spotlight on any one person or experience, but the overall message that we are ALL different, and that’s a very wonderful thing… and we also need to remember how alike we are too as we celebrate those differences and the unique way that God has created us.
I’ve heard some people say “the book about Brenna” but that’s not really accurate at all. Yes, A Different Beautiful shares so many of our experiences after her birth, but the core of it runs much deeper. It really focuses on how that has transformed our lives and our hearts and what we have discovered as a family since – not only because of Brenna, but because of Connor, because of what Evan and I have felt as parents, and because of the stories and experiences of so many other people and families as well. And that is why I chose to share many other stories in my book… because we can all learn from each other. My story is just one experience, and I am constantly learning from others’ experiences.
It has been indescribable to see the responses come in from around the world. My heart grows more full every time someone tells me about how a particular chapter or story has touched and changed them, how parents are talking to their kids more about differences. One of my friends even said she is reading the book aloud with her four-year-old daughter – amazing!
This past summer really became a Season of Yes – yes to cross-country travel, yes to everything promotion with Children’s Miracle Network, yes to lots of awesome summer experiences for the kids, and yes to all things book release. We decided at the beginning that you only get one chance to launch your first book – but we also only get one summer with our 4-year-old and 6-year-old. This new season of school starting has been welcome change, and a bit of a respite, but I’m so happy we seized our season of “doing it all” too. It’s been an intense and incredible few months!
My book, A Different Beautiful, is now available for order!