It’s a Real Book: Wish You Were Here is here!

A package arrived at my house on Tuesday — two packages, actually.

In one was a copy of my debut novel, Wish You Were Here, with a note from my editor, Jessica Wong, saying the book was “hot off the presses.” That’s a cliche any author will embrace.

The second package contained several additional copies of my novel — but not for me, for several influencers. So those copies of my book have already left the house.

But I still have my advance copy.

And the fun memory of my daughter, Amy, taking photos of me with my “real” books. Because, you know, me + a camera pointed at me = bloopers. And then there’s my other daughter, Katie Beth, getting into the act. (She provided the bunny ears.)

Writing’s been pretty serious business for me the past few months, what with a deadline looming for book #2. The whole “I must, I must, I must” mantra is driving me hard.

Sometimes I forget that I’m living my dream. And I that I love to write. It’s fun. I’m b-l-e-s-s-e-d to be able to do what I’m doing: write stories that I hope will entertain and encourage others. ย And then I have a silly photo shoot with my daughters (all three of them, because the youngest decided to hold a blanket up behind me as a backdrop) and suddenly the laughter is back.

In Your Words: Are you having fun yet?

*Join in the wedding dress fun! Please send me your wedding dress photos to put in my “album” as we celebrate the soon-to-be launch of Wish You Were Here! Email them to [email protected]*

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  1. April 5, 2012, 5:12 am   /  Reply

    I am sooo excited for you! Just wondering if you sometimes have “am I dreaming, pinch me” moments…I know I would. Congratulations on getting Wish You Were Here!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:22 am   /  Reply

      Yes, Pat, I do. Even holding the book in my hands, I do.

  2. April 5, 2012, 5:19 am   /  Reply

    So excited for you Beth. I can only imagine how you feel holding your book. I can’t wait to read it for myself — not much longer now!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:23 am   /  Reply

      I hope you enjoy the book. I was recalling some of my favorite scenes last night. Would love to hear any of yours.

  3. April 5, 2012, 5:42 am   /  Reply

    So absolutely over the moon Happy Danging for you, Soul!!! I remember the look of confusion that crossed your face at Storycrafters, and now look at you!!! You’re holding your book in your hands, Ms. “I’m Never Going to Write Fiction”

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:24 am   /  Reply

      That’s a real “and you were there moment,” Heart! Thanks for walking this journey with me — and for locking the doors and not letting me leave the building.

  4. April 5, 2012, 6:27 am   /  Reply

    Oh, what an exciting day for you, Beth! That must be an incredible feeling to hold your debut novel. I don’t know if I’d frame it or what! Congratulations!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:24 am   /  Reply

      I am holding on to that first copy. Hhhmm, framing … not a bad idea at that.

  5. April 5, 2012, 7:00 am   /  Reply

    I’m so excited for you! I got an email asking if I wanted a review copy, and I wasted no time saying yes. Can’t wait to read it and post reviews!


    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:25 am   /  Reply

      Thanks, Debbie.
      Whenever you need reviewers, the answer is yes!

  6. April 5, 2012, 7:12 am   /  Reply

    So proud & happy for you. Thanks for taking us on the journey, too.

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:25 am   /  Reply

      I’m thank you’re part of the journey, Dee.

  7. April 5, 2012, 7:37 am   /  Reply

    I love these pictures! And a fab idea of posting wedding dresses. I’ll have to SCAN mine! No digital pics back then! Ha! I’m thrilled for you. Truly!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:26 am   /  Reply

      I had to scan my photo too, Jess.
      Ah, the ease of digital photos.

  8. April 5, 2012, 8:02 am   /  Reply

    What an amazing day in your writing journey! So happy I joined this blog just in time to help celebrate your debut novel. Good luck, I can’t wait to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:26 am   /  Reply

      Thanks for joining the conversation, Grabrielle.

  9. April 5, 2012, 8:05 am   /  Reply

    Congratulations! Doing a happy dance for you too!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:26 am   /  Reply

      See you on the 5th — we’ll share a hug and a happy dance!

  10. April 5, 2012, 8:32 am   /  Reply

    Yay!!!!!!! I’m having fun watching YOU have fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s contagious.

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:27 am   /  Reply

      Thanks for being part of the celebration, Lindsay.

  11. Loree Huebner
    April 5, 2012, 9:05 am   /  Reply

    Woot! Congratulations! Love the pictures! Savor the moments.

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:27 am   /  Reply

      Savoring every moment — and it’s more fun with friends and family.

  12. April 5, 2012, 10:23 am   /  Reply

    Hahaha I read it already! What can I say, if I love a book I have a REALLY hard time putting it down and this was definitely a book I loved! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congratulations on the new release! Since I’m not married I’ll have to wait to post my pic LOLOLOL!


    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 10:33 am   /  Reply

      You have made this debut author’s day — week–month.
      Thanks, Renee, for joining the celebration.
      “Start spreading the news …”

      Yeah, that’s a song …

  13. April 5, 2012, 12:12 pm   /  Reply

    So exciting Beth–and inspiring too! I just pre-ordered my Kindle copy–can’t wait to read ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 1:14 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you, Coleen.

  14. April 5, 2012, 1:22 pm   /  Reply

    Well, how fun! Love that your daughters got in on the photo shoot. And glad to know it took at least a LITTLE work to look this gorgeous. Celebrate this release! We ARE living the dream! : )

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 2:47 pm   /  Reply

      Thanks for dropping by today, Deb. I thank God that I’m living my dream — that he is giving me the desires of my heart, in senses of the word. And as you said, I like that we are journeying together this time around. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Jeanne T
    April 5, 2012, 1:24 pm   /  Reply

    Love these pics, Beth! Celebrating with you!!!!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 2:47 pm   /  Reply

      Thanks, Jeanne. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. April 5, 2012, 1:45 pm   /  Reply

    WOW!!! What an amazing feeling it must be to hold your first novel in your hands. I’m thrilled for you, Beth. Can’t wait until my copy arrives from Amazon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 2:47 pm   /  Reply

      Still savoring the moment, Keli.

  17. April 5, 2012, 5:24 pm   /  Reply

    Dear Beth,

    Congratulations on your new book. I received a copy yesterday for review purposes. I can’t wait to settle down with it tonight. I’m a non-fiction author with a soon-to-be-published book (co-authored with a Pastor) so I can relate to your elation.

    Happy writing.

    God bless your efforts,


    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 5:28 pm   /  Reply

      Thanks for joining the conversation, Anna, and I do hope you enjoy reading Wish You Were Here.
      Congratulations on your upcoming book!

  18. April 5, 2012, 6:26 pm   /  Reply

    Congratulations, Beth! I like the book cover!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 7:17 pm   /  Reply

      Thanks, the art department at Howard did a wonderful job.

  19. Patti Mallett
    April 5, 2012, 7:32 pm   /  Reply

    Well, Beth, YOU did it, and deserve a big whooping “CHEER!!”

    What you mention about deadlines and having to remind yourself that you’re living your dream reminds me of a phone call from my son. At about age 27/28 his new business was always on the brink of failure and it was major stress for the “numbers man,” which is him. We were talking and he said, “I’m living my dream and I’m not enjoying it.” He was in the midst of a wake-up call. (The business is now doing great now and so is he!) When I get stressed about writing or not writing or am I good enough or I’m not good enough- it’s time to say, “Hey, I’m living my dream.”

    You are a wonderful example to us, Beth, of where hard work can take us in this business. Thanks for sharing your joy!! Congratulations!! (So excited for you!)

    • Beth Vogt
      April 5, 2012, 9:20 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you, Patti, for sharing your son’s story. You must be so proud of him.
      And thanks for always being so, so encouraging!

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    • Beth Vogt
      April 6, 2012, 7:09 am   /  Reply


  21. April 7, 2012, 8:22 am   /  Reply

    Congratulations, Beth! So exciting! I’m going to forward the big news to Julie Coleman so she can celebrate too.

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