Friends, Romans, Countrymen (and if you’re not in one of those 3 categories, I’m talking to you, too).
Got some exciting news about this little baby:
Last year after having a chat with Paul Young (author of the life-changing book The Shack), we found out that his best-seller, selling 20 million copies world-wide, was initially turned down by over 27 publishers! I remember sitting across the table from him thinking, “My goodness, if The Shack got turned down, I can’t fathom God Loves Ugly getting picked up.”
Oh, ye, of little faith.
So Studhubs and I embarked on the grueling and marriage-challenging task of self-publishing. (NOT FOR SISSIES, PEOPLE! NOT FOR SISSIES!) After many fights, squabbles, tantrums and hair-pulling sessions, my child, eh-hem, the book came last year around Christmas and has done incredibly well for our little 2-man operation and lack of distribution and promotion. We’ve shipped out to over 20 countries and I get daily emails of small groups, eating disorder clinics, counselors, and individuals who are reading the book and seeing freedom in their lives from self-hatred, shame, overeating, anorexia, bulimia, cutting, and depression.
God is loving his kids into the healing they were created for because there are hearts all over the world who are giving Him to the chance to. Finally. (:
Earlier this Summer, major publishing companies started calling. I never had any intention of sign a publishing deal, but the demand was incredible, and the passion behind the editors that I met with at several companies was overwhelming. They GOT it, and they wanted to get it out to the world on a larger scale and make it available in book stores all over the place.
I’m in the final stages of signing the deal, and when I do, God Loves Ugly won’t be re-released under my new publishing company and made available for almost a year. (I know, I know, it sounds like a long time, but it’ll be here before you know it!).
We’ve received hundreds and hundreds of tweets and emails asking us why the book isn’t on Amazon anymore, we’ve got women who’ve started groups around the book and need to order more, and I get messages on a daily basis of girls asking for the book whose horrific stories make me bawl my eyes out out. Truth is, we ran out! We didn’t want to order more books if we couldn’t sell it under my new contract. BUT, we had someone place an order for 600 books today and have several speaking engagements coming up where I can sell the book, as well, so we wanted to order a few extras and make it available to the public one more time until it’s released next year!
Lucky, you. (:
So this Thursday and Friday, for the last time until September of next year, we’re going to open up my website (http://christablack.com/) and sell the book and cd bundles for 2 days only. This is the time to get that Christmas present for your best friend, or let your small group leader know that the book is available again, or just order the copy that you’ve been emailing me about. (:
Let your friends know. Retweet this blog. I’ll send out tweets all day Thursday and Friday as reminders.
And just in case you don’t know or have forgotten, here’s a snippet about the book: