One year ago today I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw a link to an application to apply for a spot on a book launch team to read and promote Jen Hatmaker’s new book coming out in the fall. I was in the process of reading Interrupted with a small group of women and was enjoying her candid and conversational writing style as well as her message. I had also read a couple of her viral blog posts I heard about on the Today Show and liked them so I thought, why not? I saw that there were only 500 spots and I knew she had a ton of followers so I thought my chances were small. Still, I figure you can’t win if you don’t apply. So I did.
Then I heard that five thousand(!) people had applied for the five hundred spots and calculated my odds (better than the lottery, right?). I didn’t really think much more about it until I received an email on March 10th that started out, Knock, knock. Who’s there? YOU, because YOU are on my Launch Team for ‘For the Love’!!
I was thrilled! I texted my friend who I knew had also applied to see if she had received the email. Unfortunately she hadn’t and it dampened my enthusiasm as I didn’t want to feel like I was rubbing it in her face (it’s a struggle to be happy about an experience when you know someone else might not be). I joined the Facebook page for the launch team and that’s when the craziness began.
Everyone was so thrilled to be in it and sharing their information to see if they knew anyone else or lived close to another Launch Team Member. I found out there were a few other people in Georgia, a few in Atlanta and a few OTP. I didn’t meet any of them until September (we’ll get there).
As I’m an introvert who doesn’t generally post a ton about life online (yet I have a blog, I know) I spent most of my time reading the posts but not contributing. People soon began sharing prayer requests and life events with the group and everything was met with love and grace and kindness. It is the most positive part of the internet I’ve ever experienced! I know that if I ever need some encouragement or support I could head there.
We all received electronic copies of the book, followed by an unedited paperback a few weeks later, to begin reading it so that we could post reviews and talk about it in our various social groups. I found that part to be pretty easy because I enjoyed the book so much.
Apparently most everyone else did as well. The creative members started making graphics to promote the book. Then it branched into coffee mugs and tshirts. I can’t remember all of the neat things that were made as a result of this book. I got a little into the creative aspect and replicated someone else’s idea of putting a quote on canvas. I made two, one for each of my kids’ rooms.
|Made it to Texas!|
|Waiting on the shuttles to take us to the party|
|Anyone else watch My Big Family Renovation on HGTV? Just me? Okay.|
|Wish I could recall our conversation.|
|Obligatory photo op (she was so gracious to talk to each of us!)|