So, it’s been a bit of a busy summer. Book launch parties and trips to Utah and of course, SIX CHILDREN… I’m maybe feeling a bit tired. But also? I’m feeling tremendously grateful. It’s been so fun, guys.
I had a book launch open house here in my home that started the summer festivities off well. I signed books and visited with friends and had a lovely time. I wish I could show you pictures, but I didn’t take any. My camera was out, sitting on the table next to me. But I didn’t use it. Because I’m a doofus.
The following weekend, I went to Columbia, South Carolina and did a book signing at the amazing Nephi’s Books, a lovely bookstore that you should visit if you’re ever in the neighborhood. (And also they have an online store, which you should totally use. They’re selling a great book called The House at Rose Creek. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Heh.) The Book signing was great, even though I had a few moments when I wished the floor would swallow me up. Guys, seriously… if you’re ever in a bookstore and you see someone signing, go say hello. Even if you don’t buy a book. I promise we authors won’t throw books at you if you tell us you can’t buy one. Just smile and say hi. Really. Cause sitting there watching people walk by pretending like you aren’t in the room because ACK! then they might have to feel guilty if they don’t want to buy your book? It’s pretty darn awkward.
But it was still fun anyway. Even with the minor moments of awkwardness. (And look! Photo documentation!)
The weekend after the Columbia book signing, I had an amazing launch party in the town where I grew up, thrown by my sister, Emily, and my dear friend, Randi. Oh my word, what a party. It was so overwhelmingly wonderful, I could cry just thinking about it. So many old friends came by and I felt utterly and completely loved and supported. It was incredible. If you were there, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you; for your presence, for your support, for everything. My mother took pictures the entire evening, but they are still being held captive on her memory card. For now, I have only this one… captured by my lovely friend Melissa and her Iphone. (Mom! Free the pictures!) It was a lovely evening that I will never forget and forever cherish.
The weekend after the second book launch, I traveled to Utah (are you tired yet? I was totally tired at this point) for the LDS Booksellers Association Convention. I signed books for an hour and talked to book store owners to promote the book and encourage them to encourage their customers to buy it. It was a quick trip, just two days, but I had a wonderful time visiting with my publisher people, and of course, with a handful of my lovely friends in Utah.
And now? I’m done! Not entirely. I’ve got a book club discussion coming up and another signing at a Streetfest in the fall, but the crush of new release activity has passed, and I’m glad. My husband and children have been amazing supporting me through this very busy time, but I’m ready to settle back down into a regular routine again, which of course must include more writing! I’ve learned about myself this summer that I’m not great at writing and promoting at the same time. Too much mental energy, I think, and time away from the kids. So I haven’t been writing and I’m missing it terribly.
Current projects? I’ve got to get some editing done for my second novel, due to be released in August of 2014, and I’m just getting started on my first nonfiction, a book on Joyful Mothering that I hope to have ready for Mothers Day, 2015. I love my fiction. I really, REALLY love writing fiction. But this nonfiction book… it’s been in my heart a long time. I’m so glad for the opportunity to write it.
And finally, one more quick thought. There are many, many books out there. The very best way for an author’s words to reach others is for readers to share their opinion. If you feel so inclined, and you’ve read something lately that you enjoyed, consider writing an online review. If you read a lot of fiction by LDS Authors, consider nominating your favorites for a Whitney Award. The Whitneys honor fiction books in multiple genres (not just LDS fiction) that are written by LDS authors. You can learn more about the the Whitney Awards, as well as find the nomination form here.