Two years ago, on Labor Day weekend, I announced a very special kind of “birth” in my life – my book, Smart Girl, Stupid World. I had “labored” for ten years to bring it to the place where I could actually hold it in my hands, and it was totally worth it.
My book is 2 years old today!
Going the self-published route was something I felt the Lord leading me to do because of some personal challenges our family faced as the final stages of the manuscript were completed. It was a way to get the book out quickly without having to endure the process of waiting for someone to “pick me.” I don’t regret the decision to self-publish, even though it can feel like a long and thankless process to actually get people to BUY the book.
There are a few moments I have cherished about these last two years as reminders of why I wrote the book in the first place.
- Teenagers I barely know from church catching me in the parking lot to tell me that it really spoke to what they have been going through.
- One of my youth girls from 15 years ago who is now a youth pastor taking her students through the book and being able to Skype with them when they finished.
- Emails from moms who have been desperate to connect with their daughters, words of gratitude and joy over the conversations it has unlocked.
- Meeting at a coffee shop every week to walk a precious 20-something through the materials and discuss her questions.
So, what’s next? I still really believe in Smart Girl, and I will still pursue avenues to increase exposure for it, but I am also quite excited about the next book God has laid on my heart. I’m in the research phase for that, and I won’t even begin to put a timeline on the manuscript. I feel impressed to pursue a traditional publishing situation with my next book, so many things will look very different in book number two.
Thanks for coming on the journey with me! If you’re just dying to give the book a birthday gift, you could write a review on Amazon. Me personally, I’m going to honor this day by riding a few waterslides with my family!