I guess Amazon is all like, “Launch date? What’s a launch date?”
Who can blame them, though? I mean, really. Apparently, they have received a stack of copies of Every Little Thing. They must be minimalists. They don’t like clutter, and they want to keep the shelves as clear as possible. So, they decided to ship out pre-ordered copies of the book ahead of the official launch date.
If you’ve pre-ordered the book, you may have heard from them yourself. Maybe you’ve got an email in your inbox, telling you your book is on its way? In other words, this is really happening.
The other day, H called me an author. I almost corrected him. I was going to say, “I’m a writer.” But, then I realized he’s right. Never in my wildest imagination…
The people at Baker Books sent a copy of the book to me and, when I saw it there, on my kitchen counter, I had the strangest mixture of emotions. The truth is, I wrote that book a long time ago. In my mind, it’s already launched. But, then I started reading it and, I don’t know, maybe some things truly are timeless.
Many of you know that I never intended to write a book. It wasn’t on my radar at all. Then, I began having phone calls with a literary agent. We’d talk to each other every now and then, over the course of quite a few months. He was simply getting to know me, and I was getting to know him. And, I was convincing him that I am not a book-writer. In spite of that, he kept asking me what I’d write about if I were going to write a book. Then one day he said to me, “You know what book-writing does? It multiplies the ministry of your message.” And, with those words, a door was opened.
Book writing isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. But there is something for everyone. I believe that, with everything in me. There is something for you, and only you. It’s designed especially for you, exactly as you are, at this specific moment in time. It is for good, and for God, and it will change the world. It will change you, too. And, if you ask me, the smaller it is, the better.
That’s the message of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are. Some people have already read the book, and they’ve written reviews, over on Amazon. If you’re wondering what the book is really about, I encourage you to read what others are saying. If you’re planning to read the book, I want you to know that an entire team of people is praying for you.
As for me, I’m praying the words of my literary agent are true. I pray the message of God’s great love for you is multiplied in your heart as you read this little book, after it lands in your mailbox, a few days ahead of the official launch date.
PS: When you receive your book in the mail, would you do me a favor and snap a picture of yourself with the book? Then, please post the pic on social media—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.—along with the hashtag #EveryLittleThing. I’d love to celebrate, right along with you, and add your photo to our public photo album! And, if you could, would you hop over to Amazon and leave a review of the book! Thank you so very much!
Yes! You are an author Deidra! Congratulations!!
Thank you, Laura! And thanks so much for being on the Launch Team!
Mine is supposed to arrive Thursday…two more days!! CAN. NOT. WAIT. So excited to hold a real copy in my hands! Laura is right, you ARE an author, Deidra!!
Go, Amazon! Getting the book to people EARLY!!! 😉
Congrats! So exciting!
Lynn D. Morrissey
Deidra, I had to smile when you said you are not an author or that you never aspired to be! You remind me of my friend, Emilie Barnes, who was a prolific, bestselling author for Harvest House (and who has written dozens of books), and she, too, never aspired to write. But agents begged her to. And the rest is history. God is an author too, and He decided to share His message through you. And you showed up and did all the hard work, with His mighty enabling. I cannot wait to read what that message is. I know that the Lord will use you words to speak to me. Can’t wait to get my own handheld copy, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that it is shipping early. I thnk God really wants me to have it! 🙂 Love you. Congratulations, Miss Author!
Ah, Emilie Barnes. Prolific, indeed! I had a copy of The Creative Home Organizer, early in my marriage. She certainly impacted a lot of people.
Jody Ohlsen Collins
First of all, the same (delightful) ‘mistake’ happened when I ordered Amber Haines’ new book and voila! there it was early in my mailbox.
Amazon hasn’t notified me yet (I preordered) but I’ll be looking for YOUR book soon.
Second, you and I have talked about the little dream I had (with Ms. K.C.Ireton) and we will definitely qualify in the ‘smaller is better’ department.
Our Writer’s Retreat next month has 12 people (including we two) and I think that’s just perfect.
Thank you for being such an encourager to all of us along the way, friend.
Your book will do the same, I’m sure.
Yes indeed! Small is perfect! I’m excited for your writer’s retreat, and look forward to hearing the stories it generates.
I am looking forward to your little yellow books…3…arriving in my mailbox soon. One for me, one for a blog giveaway and one to share with our church personnel and maybe get your book in our little book shelf store. Just last week, I was thinking about the title of your book. Then I thought of Steven Curtis Chapman song “Do Everything” and it goes well with your book! So thankful you wrote your book. Congratulations and blessings, to you, Deidra!
3?!?!? WOW!!! Thanks so much for believing in this little book, and for your willingness to share it. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Eeeeeeeek! I keep checking Amazon’s delivery schedule…like if I check it enough times, that will make it arrive faster. 🙂 Can’t wait to hold your little yellow beauty in my hands!
I know! I know! It’s so exciting!!!
I got that email from Amazon the other day. It made me quite happy. But, we’ll see how quickly I actually get around to reading your book. There are many student papers and writings to read lately. And then there are a couple other books. I’m thinking that yours, though, will be so tempting that I’ll neglect other readings a bit – or lose some sleep or something. Which will be entirely worth it.
You know what? I think books get to us when we need them the most. And, even after they actually reach us, sometimes it’s still not just the right time. I believe you’ll read it when the time is right. In the meantime, just know it means a lot that you ordered it. 🙂
That reminds me… I bought a book fifteen years ago and never got around to reading it until like a year or two ago. And it was JUST what I needed at that time. 🙂