Because I Struggle With The Details

For as long as I can remember, I have had trouble keeping dates straight. I’ll get the day right and the date wrong, or the day wrong and the date right, or sometimes I’ll miss completely on both the day and the date. I’m also a person who frequently sends emails that say “I’ve attached so-and-so” when I’ve failed to attach anything at all. And you know those supply lists that teachers and coaches send home so that your child(ren) can make sure to have everything that’s needed at a certain after-school activity / camp / practice / game? I usually forget at least one thing on the list. Sometimes two. And I’ve been known to forget that there was even a list at all.

Given all of that, it didn’t really surprise me today when a friend of mine at Tyndale emailed me and said, “Um, there’s a little bit of confusion about your Tupelo book signing.” I put the wrong date on my book signing page, then put the right date in a blog post, and as you might imagine that left the correct date somewhat up in the air.

So here is the correct information, and I know it’s correct because I’m going to proof it about sixteen times after I type it out:

Tupelo, MS – Monday, June 17th – Reed’s Downtown – 3:30-5:00

And here’s a link to a (very correct and accurate) list of the other book-y gatherings.

I also have one more annoying thing to ask you, and then I’m going to put on my pajamas and crawl under the covers and watch one or fifty episodes of something-or-other on the TV. I should have mentioned this the day that the book came out, but I didn’t because it made (and continues to make) me uncomfortable, but I’ve decided that I’m being a little bit of a baby about it and I need to just go ahead and ASK IT, ALREADY.

So.

If you’ve read my book, would you please consider leaving a review for the book on whatever retailer you prefer? Amazon, BN.com, christianbook.com – doesn’t matter. Or Goodreads. Goodreads is good. But apparently reviews help with all sorts of fancy book-related metrics, so it’s good to have them. Unless they’re all 1-star reviews, I reckon, though a 1-star review is certainly a book buyer’s inalienable right and privilege and whathaveyou.

OH MY WORD I WANT TO HIDE FOREVER.

I also think it’s abundantly clear why I did not pursue a career in marketing or PR or anything of the sort. Because here would be my strategy for all first-time authors: 1) Write a book. 2) Hope for the best!

So now that I’ve said everything I need to say, I’m going to reward myself with some TV. And next week I am not mentioning That Thing They Call My Book even one time. Because for the rest of this week I am going to establish some television goals, and I am going to work hard to achieve those goals, and then I am going to write posts about what I have discovered and learned from the television.

This is what you might call A RETURN TO THE COMFORT ZONE.

Hallelujah and amen.

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Comments

  1. Kelly b says:

    I LOVE you Sophie!!! You will always make my heart happy!!! So proud of you!!!

  2. You are so very modest. YOU WROTE A BOOK!!! Everyone should go out and read it and rate it and love it and see you at book signings and all that good stuff!! Just remember, everyone who reads your blog loves your writing and is excited to support you. I am on the waiting list…THE WAITING LIST…at my local library to get your book. :) Soak in all this book wonderfulness…you’ve earned it!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Amazon emailed me to ask if I would review your book and I did so HAPPILY! As 2 of my friends said to me today don’t let the enemy get into your head. Your book is wonderful and came to me at a great time. I truly enjoyed every word and I am thrilled for your success! Enjoy it!

  4. Yes ma’am. It’s done. We’d sure love to have you come sign and talk in Nashville/Franklin.

  5. You did a good job! I can relate. It would be difficult for me to write these kinds of posts, too. Although it’s really silly – there’s nothing wrong with telling people about your book and signings, etc. We want to know!

  6. Oh my stars ! You are coming to Tupelo ?!?! How exciting ! I will make you some chocolate truffles !!!

  7. Cheryl Stanley says:

    I remember watching a TV show about two ladies who wrote a cookbook and then had trouble marketing it. They turned to a well known author who put them through the ringer teaching them how to market not only the book but themselves. Any time I think of seriously writing a book their journey comes to mind and I think I will put it off for another decade or two when I am more confident in my skin…

    God has a funny way of stretching us where we least expect or desire it… for His Glory. I just know that there are people who need to read your book, follow your blog and hear about not only your family but also your Jesus.

    In the end it’s about Him and He’s not finished! “I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

  8. Laura Stultz says:

    Wrote a review on amazon right after I read it, which was 12 hours after it downloaded on my kindle! I was perplexed at why more people didn’t review it. Your book is marvelous. It was just what I needed. Thank you!

  9. Heather says:

    I am simultaneously reading your book and Melanie’s book right now. Along with Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. That’s a good start to the summer!

  10. I won your book on the pioneer womans website yesterday and honestly wouldn’t have been more shocked if I had woken up this morning with my head sewn to the floor. Entering stuff on her site is like buying a lottery ticket (which a good God fearing southern baptist wouldn’t do right?) so I about hit the floor when I got an email that I had won. Just had to tell someone else, because this ole girl is feeling LUCKY.

  11. Done and done! Relax, your fans will handle this with joy!

  12. I’ve been known to say “please see attached” and then never attach anything, either. But did you know that Gmail is smart? If you say something about an attached file and forget, when you hit send Gmail says “Hey, you said you attached something but there’s nothing attached, are you sure you still want to send?” Scary and good all at the same time.

    And if you’d like to come sign your books here in Louisville, that would be just dandy :)

  13. Karen Ward says:

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your book! I was more than happy to go review it on Amazon.

  14. Your book came in the mail yesterday and I can not wait to read it!! I will be happy to do a review on one of the sites you mentioned.

  15. I hope you read through every single one of these comments and just bask in the love we are pouring out on you, Sophie! I so agree with Carrie, above! You WROTE YOUR FIRST BOOK! And it was the Awesome Sauce, as they say. (Who IS they, anyway?) Thank you for giving US the opportunity to play some small part in spreading the word about your book.

    Now, hopefully, you got into those jammies and snuggled under theses comments and enjoyed a little breather.

  16. Michelle W says:

    Reviewed! Loved it and have been telling everyone who’ll listen!

  17. I will write one as soon as I read it. Saving it for my vacation next week. Can’t wait!! It will be multiple stars, I’m sure. :)

  18. JennyJoT says:

    Shoot! Dang it, Sophie, Tupelo is my HOMETOWN, but now I live in Idaho and can’t come to your book signing next week. Everyone is going to LOVE you there, so don’t be a-skeert. Just go and have FUN!

  19. So excited to see you in Tupelo next week! The book is fantastic! :)

  20. I just gladly wrote a couple of reviews. I LOVED your book and I’ve been telling everyone I know that they should be reading it! Now I’m ready for you to start on your next book… :)

  21. You are adorable! I am new to your blog because frankly I didnt hear about you until I heard about the book. Probably on (in)courage. I have a stack of books the same height as I am that I have not read and my husband will disown me if I buy another. However, your blog makes me laugh every time I read your honesty! and you are funny. So I am going to find a way to get the book (request it as a gift or steal it) and then I will definately give you a review. Enjoy your tv time to the fullest! Maybe I can get a friend to buy it and then borrow it. I am a woman on a mission. =)

  22. Sophie,
    I can so relate to that marketing stratgy…lol! I am an awful salesman! I would just rather people come to me if they want something. I’m so afraid of failure and being told no. I guess that’s why for my first book I chose to self-publish. Thankfully I went through WestBow Press (division of Thomas Nelson) and they have been awesome to work with! It’ll be out around early fall. And I’m just hoping for the best.

    I live in south central Georgia and would you believe the nearest book store from me is about 45 min away? Where in the world would I do a book signing around these parts? And maybe no one would come anyway…lol! Oh well, we shall see :)

    Have fun on your book tour :)

  23. Jennifer says:

    Did you schedule your book signing there so you could get a new Reed’s T-shirt and bask in the nostalgic glow of Mississippi State University circa 1993?? I hope so.

  24. You are precious!! There is not one thing wrong with asking for what you need! Will happily hop on over to Amazon to leave a (happy! Positive! Recommending!) review STAT!

  25. I have never left a review before but I just did on Amazon. :) I read your whole book on Saturday and loved every minute of it. I laughed out loud and cried. Made me want to have all my family over to eat and reminiscence about our past. Good luck with all you do and oh, how I’d love to meet Martha……

  26. I ordered your book at Barnes and Noble today! I was in the area (which is 70 miles from my house) and was hoping they had it there, but was sold out :) Anyway, it will be delivered to my door and I can’t wait!!! Would you consider a book signing in “Southern” Ohio??? How about Nashville, TN? Or Louisville, KY?

  27. I bought your book two days ago and I cannot wait to get it in!!!! I mean, i’m practically stalking the mailman until it comes!

  28. Oh my goodness, an attachment email is ALWAYS two emails. The first one I say has an attachment. The second MAY actually have the attachment. If I remember!
    Boo- You are a lovely beautiful woman. Bask in the beauty of the gift you gave us- your book. Be a proud momma. Because it is a wonderful thing. Love you! A

  29. Margaret says:

    won your book from Nat. waiting for her to send it to you to sign and send it to me. Yeah!!! Never won anything. thinking of buying a lottery ticket.

  30. Tracy Levins says:

    Bought the Kindle version before release…was honored to go back to Amazon today and give my enthusiastic opinion!

  31. Debbie from Texas says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your stories of family and faith. I loved your stories and needed to be reminded to”Remember”, The Lord has touched my heart through you,
    Thank you and may The Lord bless you always.

  32. Can’t wait to read it……my copy from Amazon should arrive on Tuesday.

  33. Shirley says:

    My daughter bought your book for a read at the beach. When she finished I read it. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it. Some stories made me shed a tear and some I laughed so hard, about like David did trying to get your aunt out of the SUV, after the trip to eat fish. I wish I could tell stories like you. I’m 70 and my daddy was a Baptist Preacher and I have a few funny tales that happened to us. God Bless You and Your Family.

  34. Please tell me when you’re coming to Georgia. Or, do you want me to arrange that for you? :-)

  35. Savannah, GA is a must for a book signing! Get it on your book tour ASAP – you can stay at my place ;)