Should I a) come hang out in your city, or b) stay secluded in the shadowy recesses of my home where I belong? (A survey!)

March 10, 2014 | 80 comments

My literary agentΒ was in town this weekend, so I had the rare treat of getting to talk to him in a format other than emails dashed off at 11 PM after all the kids finally stop screaming.

He's thinking,  "I hope she doesn't put this on her blog."

He’s thinking, “I hope she doesn’t put this on her blog.”

Over a Tex-Mex brunch he quizzed me about my plans to let people know that my book exists. I pointed to the yeoman work I’ve done complaining about the audiobook recordingΒ and trying to get people sitting next to me on airplanes to ask me what I’m reading, yet I got the impression from the look on his face that I’m not getting Client of the Year this time around. (Though since one of his other clients is Austin Kleon, I should have called that a loss on a long time ago).

He suggested that I explore the idea of a book tour. I immediately began choking and sputtering, but when he framed it as “hanging out with people who know you through your blog…with books!” it didn’t sound so bad.


Bonus: If you live far enough away, you get #TWEETSONAPLANE!!! as part of the package!

So that’s what I want to do today: explore the possibility. There are a lot of things that would have to come together on my end and on my publisher’s end to make this happen, so there are no guarantees, but if you think it would make sense for me to come to your city for a book signing, fill out the form below!

(If you are reading this on a feed reader or by email, you will need to click through to the post to see the form. Thanks!)


  1. Renee

    My atheist friends know who you are Not sure how taboo, you are.

    • Gina

      Renee, is your real name Cole Porter? That was very nicely done. πŸ™‚

      • Renee

        No, But they all know about Jen and her conversion. She’s a popular lady.

  2. Erin

    I put that the st Raphael Center might be a good venue in my area, but I bet Walsh university would be even better.

    • Natalie

      I just did too! That makes 2of us.

  3. Becky Castle Miller

    Um. I filled in the form. I don’t suppose you’ll come to Europe, but I hope it makes you laugh.

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      I would looooove to come to Europe. I just need to convince my publisher that I have a HUGE audience there. πŸ˜‰

      • Ute

        Actually, your target group in Europe is probably bigger than you think. There is lots of Catholics in the American military stationed overseas, and especially the wives love to read blogs (yours included of course). Plus, all this going to war business makes the soldiers more open to religion, and there is lots of them who are “seeking”. Isn’t that the audience you’d like?
        Meg Hunter-Kilmer from is coming for a speaking tour to Europe this fall, and I’m sure, there could be something arranged for you too, if you could manage it from your side.

      • Mira

        Yes, yes, yes, most definitely come to Europe!

        We would LOVE to welcome you in Croatia – anytime, anywhere! πŸ™‚

  4. Tracy Bua Smith

    I filled out the fun form for you! (Now say that 10 times fast!) LOL! πŸ™‚

  5. Tracy Bua Smith

    Oh one more thing…I don’t know if I ever put my name on the form, although I did leave you my blog address. Anyway, I’m the one that suggested St. Mary Parish bookstore as a possible venue! πŸ™‚

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      Awesome, thanks! I just now realized that I should have asked for names and contact info. Arrrgh.

      • Lisa-Jo

        Trying not to die laughing….

  6. TheresaEH

    cleaning coffee off my computer screen after………;p

  7. Jennifer G Miller

    I suggested 20110 where I live, but Catholic Information Center in DC hosts many book signings and would be perfect. I would love you to come to Northern Virginia. I think you might need to do a couple stops here….big following. Just please come outside the Beltway,

    • the other Becky

      You’ve got almost the right idea, but you mean INSIDE the Beltway in Md. not Va.

      • Jean

        No! Jennifer got it right–but why does it have to be either/or?

        • Martha

          I just posted a local church in Northern VA. Definitely come to DC area! I suspect you have a large group of readers here. There is at least one Catholic bookstore in Fairfax, VA (Paschal Lamb), and tons of parishes in the Arlington Diocese, all of whom I am sure would love to have you talk/do a book signing.

          • Clara

            I suggested NJ but if you come to the DC area, I’ll drive 4 hours to see you! πŸ˜€ (it’s where I grew up.)

    • Cammy

      Yes, I suggested the Catholic Information bookstore, too! Come to DC, please! I’ll go to Virginia or Maryland. πŸ˜‰

      • Michelle

        Been there once so I also vote for this !


    • Betsy

      I was going to give the same suggestions (multiple stops in the DC area). You should hit up DC, NOVA AND MD (outside the beltway). I’m sure you’ll have a great turnout at all the stops!

      • Lisa-Jo

        YES!! The DC/MD/VA area yes!!

        • elizabethe

          yes, I 7th the DC, Northern VA, MD area. You could easily do a very productive weekend here at several spots.

          • Elizabeth

            Maryland (PG County preferred)!

    • JoAnna

      I second this! It would be awesome to have Jen at CIC!

      • Kathleen

        The Catholic Information Center is a great venue… and you would get a following of young professionals coming off of work, but it’s hard for your Mom readers to get there during Rush hour.. They normally do their talks at like 6 pm… So I would also suggest doing the CIC book store and another parish in the suburbs. McLean Falls Church or Arlington.

  8. Robin Duke

    I forgot to mention when I suggested EWTN, that we don’t have any scorpions in our area (at least I hope not). We do have flying roaches, beetles, etc. (just so you know).

    • Sarah

      I would come to EWTN to see you in a heartbeat and I’m 4+ hours away.

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      Oh, hey, I am actually going to be out at EWTN for tapings at the end of April. I need to check the recording schedule to see if we have time to set something up!

      • nancyo

        I’d come to EWTM/Birmingham to see you, but if you’re that close you should totally come to Atlanta. I gave a couple of suggestions on your form but there are lots of churches that could work.

  9. Tracy G in SLP

    Jen – I filled out the form but forgot to include contact information, so here it is. The Twin Cities would love to have you!

      • Sonya

        Hooray for the Twin Cities! I second that! Our snow is even melting away today and we are a scorpion-free state, so that should seal the deal:)

        • Sarah Damm

          I “third” that! St. Paul/Minneapolis would be a GREAT stop on your tour, if you decide to do one! I will fill out the survey, too.

          • Nicole

            Yes, the Twin Cities!! Tons of Catholic churches around here, and I know several people who would come to see you. πŸ™‚

  10. Allison Howell

    I really want to fill this out, but . . . Alaska.
    Best wishes!

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      I would actually love to go to Alaska! As long as it’s in the summer. πŸ™‚

  11. jeni

    Tallahassee! You’ll love it! πŸ™‚

  12. Lpatter

    12302 – didn’t even think of Siena College but that would be an option too!

  13. Anne

    I filled out the form, but I wanted to add that you should get the publisher to rent you a bus, like the Gaffigans, and travel around with your kids! You can read about how they do it in Dad is Fat.

    • JoAnna

      +have a film crew follow it for series 2 of the Fulwiler reality show πŸ˜€

      • Anne

        Excellent idea!! πŸ™‚

  14. Micaela @ California to Korea

    Well, I just tried submitting 3 or 4 times, fiirst through my phone and then through my iPad, and got kicked out. I *think* the last time went through, but there is a distinct possibility I look like a stalker with a spelling problem.

  15. Anne McD

    Wow, he even “looks” like a literary agent! (like, well read and smart πŸ™‚ )

    • Jenn @ Vita Carminis

      I was thinking he looked like Ira Glass from This American Life, but I guess I’m really revealing my inner nerd to say I know what a public radio host looks like.

  16. Gina

    Oh, please come to Northern Virginia! (Not Southern Virginia, mind you, Northern Virginia! It takes forever to get from here to to the southern part of the state. It’s a bigger state than people think.) I want to meet you for real!! πŸ™‚

  17. Karen

    I suggested a venue in the Beach Cities part of Los Angeles. WE HAVE GREAT WEATHER ALL YEAR! Beaches! No scorpions!

  18. Maria Ramos

    Yes! Johns Creek, Ga. We have a parish full of wonderful moms who will only be enriched by you, your book and your story!

  19. Kitty Cleveland


    We’d love to have you in New Orleans and on the Northshore across from Lake Ponchartrain! Hey moms in the Greater New Orleans area–give a shout out to let her know you’d come!

    • S. M.

      If you visit New Orleans, you’ll be close to Picayune, MS, which has an active Catholic church and sometimes has guest speakers. Here’s their website: I’m sure you’d have a turnout there.

      An hour and a half up the road is Hattiesburg, MS, which has several Catholic churches. If you feel your story might be of special interest to young adults, there is a Catholic high school and a Catholic Students Association group at the local school (the University of Southern Mississippi.) Try these sites for a little info:

  20. Kelly Kaczmarczyk


    Grand Rapids, Michigan! Or Detroit. My husband and I will drive the four hours.
    But I think Grand Rapids would be better

  21. KarenElissa

    I’ll throw out a vote for St. Louis!

    • Mary

      Come to St. Louis, we are crawling with Catholics. They call us the Rome of the West. There are many churches, bookstores, and other venues to choose from. You will like us.

  22. Casey @ My Love Is Too Little

    I’m the one who suggested a couple of Dallas venues, and look other posters, I totally forgot to include any contact info.

    You should totally come to Dallas. I’m sure you’d get tons of people to come. We have Catholic radio stations hear (Guadalupe radio network) and if you advertised on that, you’d get a great turnout.

  23. Monica

    I suggested Seattle — Seattle in the summer is SOOOOOOOOO much nicer than Texas in the summer. I should know, since I’m a transplant from Houston. AND we don’t have scorpions, and we have few enough bugs that we can even leave screenless windows open in the summertime without hosts of bugs entering and making formations and taking us out in our sleep. I know, paradise, right?

  24. Mary Beth

    San Antonio invites you because:
    1) We’re in your back yard so no plane required
    2) Even better TexMex than Austin πŸ™‚
    3) Y’all can bring the kids (that would be a plus, right??)
    4) We’ve got Guadalupe Radio Network!!!
    My contact info not on form — Aargh

  25. Deacon Tom

    Phoenix AZ where you would be hotter than a firecracker… well that’s if you come in the summer. We live 90 miles up in the mountains north of the valley but if we can’t get you to come for homemade lasagna and an evening of respite (where you can tweet late into the night) — we might be willing to drive anywhere into the valley to join the other five fans we’ve talked to who promised to buy one book. Not one each… just one book. πŸ™‚

  26. The other Becky

    So, I’m just wondering, did anyone tell you to stay home?

    It looks to me like you should take about six months, put your whole family in a bus, visit all the different places when the weather is good there. Of course you will need a ship to get to Europe and Alaska, but first do the bus tour of the United States. Begin with the nations capital.

  27. Susan

    I live just outside DC and would love for you to come to the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. If you want to bring your family I’ll even organize a tour of the area for you, complete with monuments, the Smithsonian (minus the insect zoo, obviously) and the National Archives (where my husband works).

    • Gina

      Ooh, good idea. The Basilica is beautiful.

    • The other Becky

      I will happily take the kids to the insect zoo, with my grand kids.

  28. Stefanie Pawelczyk

    I would visit you if you came to DC/Baltimore area! πŸ™‚

  29. Amy Caroline

    Well, if you came to Southern Oregon I can assure you that I would bring my family and that is 10 people alone. So how can you say no to that? πŸ™‚

  30. Grace

    Oh please come to the San Francisco area! I know you would have a great turnout, either in SF (might I suggest St Dominic’s church) or the East Bay, I’ll bet St Margaret Mary in Oakland would love to have you!

  31. Karianna@Caffeinated Catholic Mama

    Filled out the form and I am praying that God sends you to Pasadena CA! You would love Vroman’s Bookstore… and I’ve never seen a scorpion here.

  32. Kirsten

    Left yet another vote for the D.C. area, though this time for the Maryland side of things. We’d love to see you! Love, love, love it! Such an exciting prospect!

  33. Heidi

    I just put my city on there. You would love us and I would break out of the shadowy recesses of MY home where I belong/am most comfortable. Fortunately, I have friends who aren’t so introverted here and they will love to come! πŸ™‚

  34. Kara


  35. Josette

    I concur with Karianna @ Caffeinated Catholic Mama. Come to Southern California…Pasadena to be precise!

  36. Allison

    Another vote for the DC area! Your blog has inspired me to learn more about my faith and I’d love love to meet you to thank you for that. πŸ™‚

  37. Susan

    I filled out the form with some suggestions for the greater Houston area.

    There’s no scorpions here – but we do have lots of other creepy crawlies!

  38. john

    Here’s a fan-made book trailer…
    Hope those who read this comment help me spread this.
    I would be the first to order her book from the Philippines.

    • ~ Nona

      Wow! This trailer is sensational!

  39. Eliza@SuperSwellTimes

    Come to Chicago! It may even stop snowing by the time you get here!

  40. Clara

    I suggested the Princeton, NJ area…. we also have a local Catholic Radio station to help with drawing a crowd. Forgot to include that in the form. (Also, also submitted it twice – I included my contact info the second time.)

  41. Bonnie

    Soooooo…. will you be coming back to Peoria?

  42. Cindi

    I just sent the request for you to come up to Wisconsin for a book signing, but I thought I should give you my e-mail address! I’ve been following your blog for 2 years and love it, so it’s about time I contact you!

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