Well. Hope there weren’t any typos.

on November 16, 2010 in Westbow Press with 34 comments by

Because I signed off on the cover and the galley.

So pretty much I put my pen to paper and signed my name, saying, “so… if there are any issues on the inside of this little puppy, it’s totally my fault.”

Which. Truly. Some of the jokes are so dumb in this book that you could label those as “issues” but let’s not talk about that right now.

We have a release date. I just need to confirm a few things [including a pre-release JUST for my blog readers, fingers crossed!] before I can tell you the date.

But it is in 2010.


So save $13.95 of your Christmas gifting money so you can grab a copy for that sweet teen/college girl in your life. [Or for yourself. Whatevs. I’m not the boss of you.]

We didn’t have a real release date until Friday when Westbow called and left me a message saying, “Got the sign-offs. Headed to the printer. Here’s the release date.”

I walked into Emily‘s living room and said, “Um. The book is coming out. Soon. I’m scared.”

Because I am.

Because up to now the book has only been read by people who love me and know the sound of my voice. Because up to now the stories of hurt and hatred and fear have been stories I selectively share. Up to now, I haven’t had anyone dislike my book.

But it will happen. No book is for everyone.

Some people will read the book who [gasp] do not know me. And suddenly, the real stories that I have rarely [or never] told, of crying myself to sleep after being crowned homecoming queen, will be public.

The people who were in the gym when I was crowned homecoming queen will be able to read the stories as well. As if I want my high school friends to know what happened after we all drove home.

So I’m scared of strangers reading my book. And I’m scared of my people reading my book.

This is not a post asking you to make me feel better. I promise. I guess I’m laying out how I feel here to simply say that while this process with Westbow has seemed quick and easy [and boy! it has been!] and while y’all often comment about the excitement of all of this [and boy! it is!], I’m still just a normal human girl.

Who makes a heaping portion of mistakes.

Who struggles with her faith.

And has real fears.

And lays in bed at night worrying that no one will read the book.

Or worse yet, that EVERYONE will read the book.


This book is for the girl that I used to be. The goal of this book is not to make me look awesome. The book is, God willing, going to make HIM look awesome and bring some degree of healing to the Christian girls who read it.

So the fears lose. The girls win. God will still love me no matter what.

And the book is coming out, tearful homecomings and all.

December 2010.


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Next week: I’ll answer your questions! About the book, self-publishing, Westbow, all of it. So leave your questions in the comments or email me.

I’d also love to hear updates- anyone working with Westbow? Thinking about it? Starting to write a book of their own? Considering writing? Starting a blog? Have an idea for a book? Secretly aching to write? (It won’t be a secret anymore.) πŸ™‚


  1. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 6:39 AM  |  reply

    I’m a giddy fool. *hee hee hee* SO crazy excited for you and all those strangers who are gonna get to read your book!

  2. Merideth
    posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 8:12 AM  |  reply

    Annie, I completely understand your fears. I’m not a writer, but I’m someone who keeps those stories about my life to myself out of fear of people knowing and what they might think. Congrats on not letting those fears win! My prayer for you, as you await the release date of your book, is for the Lord to give you peace and comfort. To fill you with so much of his love, and protect you from any attempts by the enemy to judge or condem you through this experience. You are a new creation in God, and your book will bring hope to so many girls. Love ya, girl.

  3. Merideth
    posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 8:14 AM  |  reply

    I forgot to ask. Will an electronic, or audio, version of the book be released at the same time as the regular one?

  4. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 8:19 AM  |  reply

    I can’t imagine how scared you are, but I am SO excited that it will be out before Christmas!!

  5. lane
    posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 8:32 AM  |  reply

    gosh i’m excited! this is so great. i can’t wait to buy it!

  6. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 8:34 AM  |  reply

    Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!

  7. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 8:41 AM  |  reply

    Hooray! Those fears have to be normal. Even though I’ve never published a book I believe I would be a nervous wreck for the just the reasons you listed. I’ll be praying for you as the date draws near.

  8. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 8:45 AM  |  reply

    Yup – just started my very own blog. First post? How scary to have my stuff out for the whole world to see. Will there be anyone reading what I write? What if nobody is interested?
    So, Annie, I can totally relate to your fears. And your courage. Because YOU DID IT, even though the whatevs. So, Booyah indeed!!! πŸ™‚
    I definitely am interested in a electronic version, since I live in the good ole Netherlands and shipping costs will kill me.

  9. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 8:49 AM  |  reply


    I am so happy for you! I will be praying for you. Keep in mind…it is through our weak times that God is able to do great and mighty things!


    Blessings to you!!!

    Mary Joy

  10. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 8:55 AM  |  reply

    This is so exciting! So cool to see it happen from start to finish. Proud of you friend!

  11. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 9:32 AM  |  reply

    Fears losing and girls winning is ALWAYS good. And yes, God will still love you and nothing can separate you from that love (Romans 8!)

    You are awesome and I can’t wait to read the book even though I’m neither a teenager nor a college student anymore.

    Don’t know what else to say apart from YOU ROCK! πŸ™‚

  12. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 9:56 AM  |  reply

    I’m a pretty new follower to your blog, not sure if I’ve commented before or not. I can’t wait to read your book! I’ll be running to get it the first day I can!

  13. Lauren Fortney
    posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 9:58 AM  |  reply

    you are such a rock star!!! can’t wait to buy it!!!!!!!

  14. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:02 AM  |  reply

    SO cool! Love your honesty – so amazing.

    Well, I know for sure one 14 year old will be getting it for Christmas from her big sis this year πŸ™‚
    Can’t wait to read it alongside her πŸ™‚

    How will we go about ordering it?

  15. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:15 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations! So excited to read it. I love brave women.

  16. Julie
    posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:29 AM  |  reply

    Annie, I’m so excited for you, for me, and for all the girls whose lives will be changed because you were obedient in sharing your stories.

    I am a strong believer that we do not go through trials just to say we made it through the trial, we go through trials so that we can one day lead others through their trials and hopefully into the arms of Jesus!

    As usual, you bring me to (joyful) tears each time I read your blog.


  17. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM  |  reply

    Annie, I’m so happy for you! SO exciting!!! πŸ™‚


  18. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 12:17 PM  |  reply

    i cannot wait. holy moly i cannot wait.

  19. ali
    posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 12:18 PM  |  reply

    You rock, gal!!!

  20. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 12:26 PM  |  reply

    Eeeeeeeeeee! You are so brave – love it! I’m about 25,000 words into a book of my own – one that is also very personal and scary. How did you handle knowing that everybody would know once it got published? Did you have to come clean with anyone beforehand? How did you handle having real people as part of your story?
    I can’t WAIT to read it!

  21. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 2:14 PM  |  reply

    Girlie,you speak to my heart..I always try to keep in mind”remember you write for everyone you write for no one.” and in some weird,twisted way when you have some peeps that just don’t like you then you are probably headed for success. YOur worst fate would be apathy…and that ain’t gonna happen! So glad to have found a Nashvillian blogger:) Wishing you the BEST!

  22. Sharliss Arnold
    posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 3:31 PM  |  reply

    I am thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will need several SIGNED copies for all the young college girls who I have seen grow up right in my home and in my arms. Right about now that comes to at least 6 so how much are they and how can I put SEVERAL on hold or pre-pay or what remember, I want them signed. SHOUT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 4:55 PM  |  reply

    Oh Annie – I’m so excited for you! I think you are brave to put all of your thoughts and feelings and experiences in a book. And I know the Lord will bless every person who reads it. πŸ™‚

  24. Laura
    posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 5:53 PM  |  reply

    What is ur book called??

  25. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 6:25 PM  |  reply

    As I’ve worked on my book (so very much in the beginning stages), I’ve thought, “Wow! People will read my book!” And then thought, “Crap. People will read my book!” Totally get it. Maybe we can’t fully enjoy the excitement without acknowledging the fear first?

  26. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 6:28 PM  |  reply


    Congrats!!!! Sooo proud of you!!!!

    I’ll take several copies. Do you ship overseas? Send mine now so they’ll get here by your American release date. It’s only fair!!

    I’m with Sharliss, I want mine signed, too!!

  27. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 7:07 PM  |  reply

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  28. posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM  |  reply

    From one writer to another…I so get your trepidation. I am in the middle of an issue right now where my words were misunderstood. As a wordsmith, nothing is more devastating. With a book, you put yourself “out there” for all to interpret how they will. It’s scary. But you have done what you need to do by telling your story. My best to you through the release and beyond!

  29. posted on Nov 17, 2010 at 1:51 AM  |  reply

    I am putting your book on my Christmas list. I love when people get real. God is teaching me to break down walls in my own life and be honest with Him and people around me about the struggles and hurts. Praying that your book is used for His glory!

    I’ve started a blog in the past month. http://www.lovegodlovepeople.blogspot.com/?nobid=1 if you ever want to read it!

  30. posted on Nov 17, 2010 at 7:17 AM  |  reply

    Wow – that’s so exciting. I would love a copy since I have two tweeners entering that teen scene soon enough.

    Good for you! How far you have come since I met your vivacious lovely self at SheSpeaks so long ago now.

    Lifting up thoughts and prayers and “You go get ’ems” right now!

  31. posted on Nov 17, 2010 at 11:59 PM  |  reply

    Well, I haven’t known you very long…I mean I haven’t been reading your blog very long πŸ™‚ but I am THRILLED about your book coming out! And so soon!!! I love savoring good books over the holidays, and yours will be in that group this year!!! *Squeal*

    Very excited for you! Gosh, but totally understand about your mixed feelings, your nervousness.

  32. Tim
    posted on Nov 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM  |  reply

    Congrats on your book with westbow. I’m in the same phase – signed off 2weeks ago. … Again congrats!!!.

  33. Angelica
    posted on Nov 19, 2010 at 4:47 AM  |  reply

    WOW this happened SO fast with West Bow and I can’t wait! Will people be able to buy it across sea’s or not? Also i want an autograph! (if its possible) i will need to come up with a plan to get it if the online thing doesn’t work! Love you and miss you! xxx <3

  34. posted on Nov 20, 2010 at 9:23 PM  |  reply

    YAY!! So excited and proud of your friend! Woo-hoo!! πŸ™‚

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