Out of my control.

on November 1, 2010 in Dreams Coming True, Westbow Press with 30 comments by

So the book is turned in. And it is now officially out of my control.

Praise the Lord.

And to be real honest with you, it was a bit anti-climactic. I mean, “yay! I pushed send on an email and now the book is gone into cyberspace.”

For you possible future authors, let’s talk deets.

I don’t know if I’ve told y’all this. But when you pick Westbow, first you talk with a supervisor. I talked to Richard. [When you decide to self-publish and when you pick Westbow, ask for Richard. He’s really REALLY good at his job. And he’s a great guy. So. Tuck that nugget of wisdom in your back pocket.]

So Richard and I picked the plan I wanted and then he turned me over to Echo. Yep, her name is Echo. Echo is a check-in coordinator. [Titles are funny to me.] So, Echo is the one who has been calling me and emailing me and making sure that I’m on track. Pretty much, Echo emails me and says, “So Annie, you said the book would be done on the 15th. Today is the 25th. Love, Echo.”

Not really. But sorta.

She makes sure all the files I turn in are correctly formatted and filled out and when I call her and say, “Hey Echo, this is Annie. I have a gazillion questions. Are you busy?” she always says no. Which I appreciate.

So. Friday I called Echo and said, “ECHO! WE ARE A GO!”

She said, “Turn that puppy in!”

I said, “YOU’VE GOT MAIL!”

She said, “Atta girl, Downs!”

[No. She didn’t. But I would have loved if she did.]

Echo actually said, “I will have you in production by early Monday morning!”

And…. I don’t know what that means.

[She’s awesome as well. So you should say, “Richard, now that you and I have talked, can Echo be my check-in coordinator?”] [Want more info on Westbow? Feel free to CLICK HERE or the button on the right.]

Today Richard and I will chat and talk about when the book will be ready and how much it will cost and exactly what I do now. Cause I’m not really sure, but I’ll update you when the next step begins.

But I am super super happy.

The design is gorgeous. The layout is perfect. And my heart is thu-rilled.

This is a total dream come true. And I’m grateful to Westbow for making it happen.

I know you have seen the cover, but I also want you to see the back cover. Lyndsay Rush wrote it. Yeah, she’s a total genius and does beautiful things with words. And I’m grateful to Hillary and Shannon for endorsing the book. And thanks to Jeremy for taking the pic and making me look like a stunna’.

And. Obviously. Emily is the greatest designer that has ever lived.

I guess this is the best way to tell you what the book is about as well. That is convenient.

[Click on it- you can read it way easier.] [UPDATE:: There are 2-3 grammatical errors that have been fixed. I put up an old cover on accident. So worry not, my friends. The back cover will have no errors. I hope….]

UM. By the way. Please tell me you notice the BIRD on the back cover?!?!

You don’t think I’d publish a book without making sure Mr. Darcy (the bird) is involved, do you?

Of course not. πŸ™‚


  1. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 5:34 AM  |  reply

    So exciting! You and Mr. Darcy look mah-velous, by the way.

  2. Erin
    posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 6:45 AM  |  reply

    Love it! And the bird story is hilarious.

  3. jamie
    posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 7:34 AM  |  reply

    it was so good to see you yesterday! i’m so happy for you and your book!

  4. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 8:18 AM  |  reply

    Love it!! And I think it’s funny because I’m pretty sure the post where you named him Mr. Darcy is the first post I actually read on your blog. You had me at Mr. Darcy (the bird).

    However, I watched BBC’s ‘Emma’ a bajillion times this weekend and I have to say that I think Mr. Knightley has taken over Mr. Darcy’s spot at the top of my Jane Austen Men List.

    Anyway, I LOVE the design and what they had to say and all of it. πŸ™‚ Way to go Annie!!

  5. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 8:53 AM  |  reply


  6. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 9:14 AM  |  reply

    Excited to read it Annie! So proud of you! Drew, Nat, and Honey

  7. ali
    posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 9:16 AM  |  reply

    wow annie i am so excited for you!! i love your pic, mr. darcy (awesome), the summary, and the endorsements…it’s just perfect.

    “atta girl, downs!” (you are so funny :))

    i cannot wait to read it!!

  8. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 9:20 AM  |  reply

    I am soo excited for you, Annie! It is a great day!!! Love the back cover, and all that this book is about! God is so good and He is loving this, I just know it!!

  9. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 9:26 AM  |  reply

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Annie Downs, April Roland and emily freeman, Lindsey Nobles. Lindsey Nobles said: RT @annieblogs: My book is turned in to @WestBowPress! PHEW! Here's a sneak peek at the back cover! http://tinyurl.com/26zn5vg […]

  10. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 9:30 AM  |  reply

    I just got crazy super excited for you! And for all those women who are going to hold that book in their hands and find you & God between the pages.

    PS: I have low tolerance for “unoriginal summaries” on the back of books. For the record (and not that it matters a hill-o’-beans to anyone but me): I HIGHLY approve of yours.

  11. Dana
    posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 9:56 AM  |  reply

    I love reading your blog and I can’t wait to read your book! Congratulations!

  12. Julie
    posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 10:24 AM  |  reply

    Loved the blog and the back cover to your book. Looking forward to an awesome read! Way to GO!!!!

    Hope I can get a signed copy!

  13. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 12:48 PM  |  reply

    love it love it love it love it love it!

    And love Mr. Darcy πŸ™‚

  14. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 1:50 PM  |  reply

    Congrats. This is really awesome. You are an inspiration. Props to Lyndsay!

  15. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 3:22 PM  |  reply

    From someone who dreams of writing a book in the very near future, thank you so much for sharing the process that you’re going through. I wish you all the best and look forward to checking it out. πŸ™‚

  16. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 3:23 PM  |  reply

    That bird was the first thing I noticed. I’m SO HAPPY for you. That back cover is sensational. I want to read that book yesterday. It looks fantastic. I can’t wait to see you!!!

  17. Ashley Kraeling
    posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 3:33 PM  |  reply

    I am so excited for you!!! It has been forever but reading your blog and seeing this unfold has been so fun! Can’t wait to read it!!!

  18. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 4:07 PM  |  reply

    HA! I SO noticed the bird (and loved it)BEFORE I read the end of your post asking us to notice the bird.

    so awesome.

    happy for you! this all sounds so neat!

  19. ashley eicher
    posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 5:32 PM  |  reply

    THIS IS AMAZING! I can’t wait to read it. Love you sister and am so proud of you.

  20. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 5:39 PM  |  reply

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!

  21. posted on Nov 01, 2010 at 9:01 PM  |  reply

    So cool, Annie!

  22. posted on Nov 02, 2010 at 8:25 AM  |  reply

    The design is beautiful. πŸ™‚ Congrats! I’m sending an e-mail your way.

  23. Sharliss Arnold
    posted on Nov 02, 2010 at 10:56 AM  |  reply

    Hey you sweet girl, this is awesome and I cannot wait until I have the book in hand! Lots of smiles.

  24. posted on Nov 02, 2010 at 11:41 AM  |  reply

    well, i don’t know you..other than my voyeuristic spirit landing on your blog via Vanessa’s suggestion (at butterfly sparks!) All that to say, Hunnneey…Congrats!! Writing is so exhilarating and sucks a lot out of the emotional bank..so way to go sista! You should be insanely proud of yourself! can’t wait to read it and I have a bit of Jane A obsession so you sold me:)!

  25. posted on Nov 02, 2010 at 4:18 PM  |  reply

    That’s wonderful! Congratulations!

  26. posted on Nov 02, 2010 at 9:07 PM  |  reply

    I cannot wait to read your book. That is all.

  27. posted on Nov 03, 2010 at 12:25 AM  |  reply

    Smiling profusely for you! πŸ™‚

  28. Amy
    posted on Nov 04, 2010 at 3:47 PM  |  reply

    Wow Annie! You’ve come so far since grad school! Congratulations, it sounds like you’ve written a really good book!

  29. posted on Nov 07, 2010 at 7:23 PM  |  reply

    I’m so proud of you. xo

  30. posted on Nov 10, 2010 at 10:58 AM  |  reply

    Being one that works with girls…and well I just love you Annie…I am so excited about this and can’t wait till it’s out!!!!

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