I continue to be amazed at the opportunities I’ve been given in my life. Frequently, I speak with other creatives about the process of doing what it is we do. I’m usually the first to admit that my writing is a serendipitous gift of grace.
I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a new picture book project to be released in early 2023. But I’m also still working diligently on trying to spread the word about my last project, which is actually one message but two books. As many of you know, I partnered with Katie Broussard to create I’m a Saint in the Making. That book connected in ways we could not have expected. The publisher offered us the chance to distill the message for an even younger crowd and created the board book Saints Like Me. Both books emphasize a common theme and feature Katie’s delightful illustrations.
As we anticipate a new school year, I wanted to remind you of these little works and also gently ask for your support. Here are a few ways that you can help me spread this message of love and encouragement:
- Purchase a copy of the books at Amazon for your family, friends, classroom, or church.
- If you’ve read the books, share a review on Amazon. I can’t underscore how helpful this is.
- Consider inviting me to read my books (either in person or virtually) to your classroom, homeschool group, book club, scout group, or even just your rowdy band of kids! I’m only an email away and I truly love the chance to connect with young ones.
- Most importantly, pray for this work.
I’ll be honest: as I age, the challenge of “self-promotion” becomes increasingly difficult. While I love having the chance to write books, I’m less comfortable asking you to buy them.
So, I’m asking you today and in the months ahead (as I prepare to launch two new titles) to bear with me when I do this. I share because I truly believe that the message we have created for you will bless your family. I want to thank so many of you who have been along this journey with me for years. Your encouragement means the world to me!
Update: Comments are open for questions or commiseration!