7 Quick Takes about the big day, a trailer for a trailer, and a dare to come up with a better prize than a Segway vacuum

April 25, 2014 | 93 comments

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TUESDAY!!! The day that I have been waiting for since July of 2008 is now a matter of hours away. I am beside myself with excitement that Something Other than God is finally going to be released.

I’ve been racking my brain for what we can all do to celebrate. After briefly fantasizing about a 15-city tour that takes place in the span of 48 hours so that we can all get together for in person, I thought it might be easier for all involved if we find ways to party that involve sitting in front of our computers (this is what happens when brains in jars have books released).

So here’s the deal:

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I’ll be giving away a bunch of fabulous prizes for people who celebrate the book’s release with me in the first week or two after it’s out.

There will be random giveaways for blog posts and social media mentions, as well as contests that will require you to bring your A-game. Obviously, we have to give awards for Most Epic Selfie Holding the Book, and Picture of the Book in the Weirdest Place. But I need some suggestions from you to get this finalized:

  • What other categories do we need? I was thinking of adding Picture of Almost Getting Arrested for Disruptive Behavior in Bookstore While Holding Copy of Book, but I decided against it because I’m not positive that the book will have nationwide bookstore distribution.
  • I also need prize ideas. There are going to be big prizes that are guaranteed to please (cough-cough-iPadMini), but I also need ideas for awards that are fabulous in a different way.

For example:

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I raided my Pinterest boardsΒ to come up with my dream list of giveaway prizes, and here are a few gems to act as thought-starters for you:


A professional graphic artist Photoshops the winner into the picture above.


The winner has a Segway-vacuum unit built for him or her.


The winner receives a gift perfect for the person who’s too tired to care about fashion anymore.

Alas, I don’t have enough time to arrange to give away these exact items (except for maybe the first one — artist volunteers, email me!) So now I need suggestions of real items that I could actually give away that are equal in amazingness to these. It’s a daunting task, but I know you’re up to this challenge.

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What I am most excited about with this book’s release is being able to talk about the themes of the book with you! A few friends who received early copies texted me their thoughts as they read, and it was fascinating to hear their perspectives and their stories of similar moments in their own lives.

I’ve been trying to think of a way to replicate that experience on a bigger scale, and I think that the best way to do it is through social media and a hashtag. If you’d like to share thoughts while reading the book, use the hashtag #SOTG. I’ll follow it on Instagram and Twitter — maybe I’ll even get crazy and figure out how to use Facebook!

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I’m determined for #SOTG to be the official hashtag, since #SomethingOtherThanGod takes up a lot of space, so it was with great trepidation that I looked to see if #SOTG is already in use.

It turns out that it is currently being used to refer to Sweethearts of the Galaxy. I have no idea what this is. But I don’t dare research any further, since I need to believe that this is a lovely thing that would not be weird at all to get mixed in with updates about my book.

Maybe Sweethearts of the Galaxy is a G-rated movie about time-traveling Valentine’s Day candy! Or a sci-fi musical about wholesome supermodel space explorers!

Until I hear otherwise*, I’m going to assume it’s fine.

* Don’t tell me otherwise.

— 6 —

I have spent most of my time this week working on a video for the book that involves some writer friends who have helped me along the way. It is turning out so well, and involves such a fabulous group of people, that I have decided that it will be the best thing that has ever happened to the internet.

I am actually so excited about it that I had to create a preview for you to see now, even though I’m not even done with the recordings. It is in take #7 below.

And yes, only I would create a trailer for my book trailer.

— 7 —

Here is a teaser for the wondrous video I’m working on.

After you have watched it, go rest up. Because we have a big, big week ahead of us next week. It’s going to be a ridiculous amount of fun, and I cannot wait to share it with you.

Oh, and THANK YOU. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your generosity and support!



  1. Beth Anne

    Do ebooks count for the selfie contest? Now I want to take my ipad and take pictures of the cover in all the places I’ll be traveling to in May including the Vatican lol.

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      Absolutely! I would even accept selfies with the box set of the audiobook CDs. (Actually, that may need its own prize.)

      And those pictures would be AMAZING. You must!

    • Becky Castle Miller

      Here’s my problem – I use the Kindle app on my iPhone, and I use the camera on my iPhone…how am I going to take a picture of me reading the book???

      • el-e-e

        Screenshot of the book’s cover… selfie of you… PicStitch ’em together! There’s an app for that! πŸ˜‰

      • Jennifer Fulwiler

        Dramatic re-enactments using props could be accepted in this case.

  2. Hevel

    While I’m not Catholic, or Christian at all, I really want to read your book. Amazon’s shipping prices are pretty prohibitive, though, and I have to admit the $22.76 it wants for the Kindle version once I sign in (since Amazon penalizes international readers for a feature I don’t even use), unfortunatelly it’s likely not going to happen in the first few weeks after release. πŸ™

    I’m really looking forward to seeing all the entries to your competition, though!

    Sweethearts of the Galaxy is a web comedy series on YouTube. It’s about cosplayers. Kinda funny, and as much as I’ve seen of it, absolutely fine.

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      Yikes, that is steep. A bunch of folks from Europe and other parts of the world have said that they’ve had success getting it here: https://www.bookdepository.com/

      Thanks for your interest!

      • Hevel

        Thanks for the link! I will try it!

        • Mira

          Yes, most definitely try it: I live in Croatia, and I’ve pre-ordered the book from The Book Depository and it was 14,87 Euro (I think that’s approximately 20,00 USD) for a hardback – and the shipping is free!
          I’ve found that site through comments on Jennifer’s post about her ebook – a lovely lady Shanelle from South Africa suggested it – so now I try to spread the word about it. And if you pre-order the book, you can even get Jen’s wonderful ebook! Hope you’ll have luck with it too! πŸ™‚

    • Becky Castle Miller

      I’m in the Netherlands and was able to order the Kindle version on Amazon.com. I have a house-wide VPN set up, so I bet that made the difference. Try using a VPN like TunnelBear and ordering from Amazon.

      • Hevel

        I tried ordering from the office, which puts me on a US proxy, showing various US locations, but since my billing address is outside the USA, I still get charged an arm and a leg for Kindle books. Which is annoying. Since I use my same account for my affiliate link as for my purchases, I can’t even change it. πŸ™

  3. Elisa | blissfulE

    ooooh, I can’t wait to get my copy!!! Hope it gets to Australia quickly. Maybe “remotest” place can get a prize? πŸ™‚ I’m sure just reading it will be prize enough!!!!

  4. Agnes

    I am soooo excited about your book!!!! I know it’ll be amazing and insightful just like reading your blog is amazing!!! And the MOST EPIC SELFIE WHILE HOLDING THE BOOK is the coolest idea ever!!!!!! I’m already thinking of ideas of selfies and weird places for the book. This will be so much fun!!

  5. Julie

    I have a great fantasy prize idea for you. Or at least it’s my favorite fantastical-thing-I-want-which-I-will-never-get: You know those ads for companies who can add sunrooms to your home on the cheap? I want somebody to add a bouncy room to my house — somewhere I can send the kiddos when they’re figuratively bouncing off the walls so they can literally do so. And wear themselves out. While I make dinner. Or blog.

    Congratulations on the book’s impending release! I can’t wait to dig into my copy!

    • Morag

      Julie, that is the best idea ever – I want one too!!!

  6. Lacey

    I am SO excited for your book release. And now the planning for most awesome photo of a Kindle e-book ever commences!

  7. The other Becky

    Awesome prize suggestions:remember the bookplate for Style, Sex and Substance signed by all the authors? What about a bookplate signed by everybody in your family? Or one signed by both Tucker Max and Cardinal Dolan? How about a card giving the bearer permission to say “as I was saying to MY FRIEND Jennifer Fulwiler…” Or, a promise of Masses said for the conversion of the unbeliever of our choice.

    • Rakhi @ The Pitter Patter Diaries

      I love all of these, Becky! Consider this a vote for them all. πŸ™‚ Is that not how this is working?

  8. Valerie @ Momma in Progress

    I am reading a book right now that mentions brains in jars. I wonder if it is the same one. I mean, how many can there be, really?

  9. Kellie

    If any category calls for a humorous prize, I have two words: BANANA. SUIT.

    • Kellie

      Not the original, of course, I hasten to add – but anything similar.

  10. Amy

    Oh, this is so exciting. And hilarious. I really must find a way to win that Star Wars poster with a picture of me added into it!
    And, I do not do selfies. Selfies and I do not mix. Every time I try to take a picture of myself I look like my face is just one big nose. BUT, I will take a selfie with your book. I will even put it into my reposted review. Yay!

  11. the other Becky

    And here is another idea. Sorta complicated but I think the complication is well suited to sitting in front of your computer. Pick the grand winner. Find out where the grand winner lives. Arrange for the grand winner to meet some other bloggers or readers who link to or read your blog for dinner or wine or something. I don’t mean that you should have to organize or pay for the event. You can say “Adam, you live in City A, and another person who comments a lot on my blog lives only a half mile from you in City A. Here is your introduction to each other.”

    • Amelia @ One Catholic Mama

      I think that’s a great idea, but it’s even better if she pays for the event. LOL

      As far as a grand prize…how about maid service for a year. Or a personal chef? A personal assistant? Yes, I’m dreaming.

      • Bonnie

        I like the other Becky’s idea, too.


  12. Beth

    How about a prize for a photo of giving the book to an atheist! Prize: Yaya comes to babysit my (or the atheists) kids. I think you can hijack #SOTG but #SOTGod is a worthy replacement.

    • Mira

      Great idea for the hashtag!

  13. Sarah Reinhard

    Prize ideas:
    – t-shirts that say something great like “Jen Fulwiler is THE BOMB” or “SOTG isn’t just a drink anymore” or something actually clever (I need more coffee)
    – shot glasses, wine glasses, or…well, you get the drift

    And I’m refraining from any other ideas. They’re going downhill from there.


  14. Pam

    You should read a chapter aloud for everyone at the conference this summer…and make it into a drinking game! Hmmm…everyone takes a shot whenever you say “atheist”?? πŸ™‚ Sounds fun to me!

  15. Amelia @ One Catholic Mama

    Congratulations on your book!!

    I think electronics always make great prizes. So do vacuum cleaners. And all expense paid vacations. I know, I know…a seat at the Edel Conference (all expense paid…surely you could fit one more person in.:)

  16. Jessica

    ” . . . but I decided against it because I’m not positive that the book will have nationwide bookstore distribution.”

    I love that THAT is your reason for not promoting disturbances in a bookstore. ;-D

    Love in our Savior,

    • Caroline M.

      It’s not a very good reason either. Those of us who are near a bookstore that caries it would be more than up for the challenge.

  17. Theresa EH

    Hmmmm, I am traveling to southern Ontario next month to visit my sister. Maybe a selfie with your book at the biggest Mennonite quilt sale for charity or with my cousin who is cloistered Carmelite nun πŸ˜‰

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      That is THE BEST!!!!!!!! Dying. Laughing.

  18. Beth (A Mom's Life)

    I finally got around to pre-ordering your book! So excited for it’s arrival! So very happy for you!

  19. Jane M

    I think a great prize would be for you to agree to read something written by the winner, and comment on it! That has nothing to do with *your* book of course… which is a small drawback.

    Also, I’ve been making paper rockets and water rockets all week and if I could figure out how to take a picture of your book with one of the launches I would. mmmm Maybe I should make the paper rocket out of a copy of the cover… These babies do go 30 to 40 feet in the air….

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      LOVE the idea of launching the book high into the air — I almost did that many times while writing it. LOL!

      And I would really enjoy commenting on a ms as a prize. Fun!

  20. Lynne

    I wouldn’t mind winning an official holy card for Saint JPII. The timing is right! Otherwise a horse head mask would be fun. You can find many great gift ideas at Archie McPhee.

  21. Lynne

    oh my word, now I’m sucked into Archie McPhee. There is a “crazy cat lady action figure”. lol

  22. Emily B

    I am so ready to read this! I have never pre-ordered from Amazon before, do they ship it on Tuesday so I will have to wait until Thursday??

    Prize suggestion: You have coffee or lunch with the person in the tour city of their choice (hopefully there is a tour city that is a reasonable distance from the winner).

    The prize I would love to win: You take a look at my website, give me feedback, and hopefully give the website a shout out on your blog!!

    • Gretchen

      Well I’m not Jen, but I just checked out your website and ended up spending wayyyyyyy too much time on it! But I have no regrets about the lost sleep (not yet anyway ;), because those were some really good “conversations” that were edifying, encouraging, and super relevant to today’s Christian women. I’m planning to share some of those with a group of young women I know this week. Thanks for linking!

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      They should ship it first thing Tuesday! Yay!

  23. Jennifer @ Little Silly Goose

    Ok, so I’m lame and not on Twitter on Instagram. What about having a place on your website for discussions about your book?

    • Jessica

      I am equally lame. Actually, I might be even more so because I don’t even have Facebook. πŸ˜‰ I will probably just e-mail a bunch of people and tell them to read the book!

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      I’m not on Facebook either, so we’re three peas in a pod. LOL! Love this idea. Let me think about it. (I’m having big issues with spam comments on posts older than three or four days, so that’s the main problem.)

  24. Caroline Starr Rose

    A completely goofball thing, but I encourage you to randomly high five a stranger on release day. πŸ™‚ I was so thrilled when my own book came out, I slapped the hand of a runner I passed (he was just waving hello). It kinda made my day.

    Enjoy! I’ve preordered and am looking forward to it.

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      Oh my. You are undoubtedly a very cool and smooth person. I can only imagine the horrific social awkwardness that would result if I tried this. LOL!

  25. el-e-e

    You are so adorable to do the trailer! I love it. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait until my book arrives!

  26. Connie Rossini

    Congratulations on your book launch! Did you know you can register a hashtag through Twubs.com and have your own page where all the tweets with that hashtag show up? That will make it wasy to follow the conversation about your book. You might want to check it out. Blessings!

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      I’d never heard of that. Thanks for letting me know!

  27. Rebecca

    Congratulations!! So looking forward to reading the book (it will be on the top of my pile of beach reads this year).

  28. Caroline M.

    Dude… That Star Wars thing is epic. You better not renege on that, because I’m already making plans to do something to win that for my husband’s birthday present. He would be on cloud nine if his face got photo-shopped in that thing.

    You weren’t kidding… right?

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      TOTALLY NOT kidding. There may be some copyright issues with the original image, but I am certain that any judge in the land would agree that this had to be done.

    • Grainne (The Leaf Turns)

      Yay! Just pre-ordered SOTG! Hope I don’t mess up your numbers on the free e-book form Jen but I chose Amazon.com as the seller when it was actually the UK Amazon. Better get my house in good order because I have a feeling it’ll be getting ignored once your book arrives πŸ™‚

  29. Erin

    Oh, Jennifer Fulwiler, sometimes the laughing I do while reading your posts is the best part of my day. And thanks for making me, a reader, feel like I’m an integral part of this wonderful experience of yours. I’m so excited for you and love being along for the ride!

    • Mira

      I second that! πŸ™‚

  30. Lisa-Jo

    Indecently excited. BEST pre-trailer trailer EVER!!!! counting down the minutes with you!

  31. Micaela @ California to Korea

    Aaaaaahhhhh! That video is so fun. For the last 4 months I’ve gotten random updates from Amazon about the shipping date of #SOTG. FINALLY, last week it gave me a shipping date. YIPPEEEE!

  32. Katrina

    I emailed you about donating some Lilla Rose hair jewelry for prizes!

    I am so stinkin excited about this book!!!

  33. Robyn

    I second the idea for Lunch With Jennifer Fulwiler as a prize, and if you want to give someone a fab cleaning kit just check out flylady.com for a crazy good mop kit and some purple rags in a bag. (IDK if Flylady’s Catholic but she is definitely a Christian). Maybe a great prize would be a really pretty Miraculous Medal on a necklace, or a fancy rosary.

  34. Lisa-Jo

    OK I’ve watched it 5 times now. True story.

  35. Charlotte

    I have now watched an episode of Sweethearts of the Galaxy and it’s all your fault.

  36. Rakhi @ The Pitter Patter Diaries

    Can’t wait to get my copy! Now, see, y’all should have held one spot for the gathering to give away…could you still? Maybe? πŸ™‚

    I think one category should go to the first person who can get a selfie with Pope Francis holding your book! What? Everyone is in Rome now anyway, right?

  37. Gina

    Contest idea: Have people move your book to a prominent place in the bookstore, and then take a picture of it. πŸ˜€

    So excited for you! For those who have yet to read it (I got an ARC): You are in for a treat!!

  38. Monica Benninghoff

    Can’t wait to read SOTG… but out of curiousity I checked out “Sweethearts of the Galaxy” and am halfway through episode one. The jury is still out. As for the hashtag issue, perhaps #SOTGbook or #SOTGod would work better? Registering your hashtag would be a good idea, too. (Earlier poster gave the website.)

  39. Kara

    I can’t wait to read the book! I dedicated QT#7 of mine to it because I am so excited! I haven’t read a book in years :'( so I’m hoping this will break me out of my funk. Lots to live up to there, Jen. πŸ˜‰

    • Kara

      And the segway is mine!!!! allll mine!!

  40. Meika

    So of course I had to google Sweethearts of the Galaxy, and now I’m intrigued. It could be really nerdy-interesting. I think you should do a cross-promotion with them. Maybe you could star in one of their episodes! Or Joe could appear in the background in his banana suit! It’s based on cosplay, so I feel that there’s some thematic relevance. It would go down as the most unique book promotion ever (also, possibly the most ineffective- or maybe not!).

    My strategic mind kind of likes the idea of sharing the hash tag. Look how many of us have googled the other SOTG – you could potentially expand your audience and expose them to the gospel to boot.

    Or you might just piss off a bunch of nerds (term used with fondness).

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      I laughed out loud at the prospect of me starring in one of their episodes. I’ll have Ignatius’ PR folks go ahead and get in touch with them about that! LOL!

  41. Marilyn Rodrigues

    Happy to support you, and also pray for many conversions through the book!!

  42. Meg

    I think some contest categories should be:
    – to see who can make their own awesome trailer for the book
    – to see who can have a photo of the MOST people at once reading the book (World record . . .? maybe πŸ™‚
    – Best foreign location (read beach, tropical, Europe, beach, Africa, etc.) for reading the book (not to be confused with most epic which could involve while skydiving, just saying, challenge is out there)
    – Best costumed reading of book

    – A Signed book, with signed name plate and signed cover page, page one, page two . . . just kidding πŸ™‚
    – Local prize: Coffee with Jen!
    – Far away prize: Virtual Coffee with Jen!
    – Gift card for/with babysitter money so said winner can steal away and read book luxuriously with no interruptions


  43. Carolyn @ Svellerella

    Congratulations, Jen. I’m too excited for your book to arrive! You best beeeelieve I’ll be winning an Instagram contest. BUT. I will happily volunteer to illustrate for a winner (in pretty handwriting with swirls and flourishes) their favorite line from your book and mount it on matte board for schmancy framing. lemmeno.

  44. Anne

    Hi Jen,
    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, and I really like it. I’m from Canada, and I was going to order your new book BUT on amazon.com (the US site)the hardcover price plus postage to Canada is $24.90, and at amazon.ca (the Canadian site) the hardcover price is $25.30 before postage! No Kindle for me – I like holding a real book in my hands. Is there anything you can do about the outrageous difference in the hardcover prices? Thank you.

  45. Laura Dorothy @ Lilies for Laura

    Hello, I’m new to the blogging community! I just launched my blog this Easter Sunday so I’m not exactly prepared for today’s link-up, but I would love to participate in next week’s “7 Quick Takes”! Have a lovely weekend!

  46. Sandy Elzner

    How about a video of the hissy fit I’m throwing after reading a message from Amazon that I won’t get your book until May 5th – 9th? Pre-ordered back in February. Oh well…waited this long…no, that won’t do, a full hissy fit is completely appropriate!

  47. Jennifer G Miller @Family in Feast and Feria

    Love the video! Not sure what happened to my first comment, so I’m trying again. I don’t do Instagram, but the idea of “flatSOtG” pictures like Flat Stanley would be so neat!

    I doubt I would get prizes for creativity, but I’m so excited to read and review your book.

    And this is super exciting–such a reward for all the hard work!! I’m living through your joy vicariously!

    As for prizes, I always think Amazon gift cards are always great. Kindle Paperwhite to read your new book in style, even on the beach? (I prefer book form, but see how KP would be awesome).

    And for those following your footsteps in trying to be creative might need some Starbucks cards to pump the creative juices while getting away to an adult sanctuary to work.

  48. Bridgette

    Hi! So, we’re already planning a Woman’s Study around the book (inviting friends and discussion). Could a prize be study questions from yourself (just asking for reflection on sections you want to highlight) or a You Tube video of you saying hello to the group? It’s pretty cheap, easy to whip out (maybe) and would mean a lot to the women reading.


  49. Anabelle@Written By the Finger of God

    How about a contest for Best FB Meme? I know, I know. I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook, too but memes are easy to make and go virtual with Superman speed. And the prize would be a gift bag with Jen’s 10 favorite books/things? or a 7 QT interview with questions you always wanted to ask Jen? I’m doing some serious thinking here, making Jen my fairy godmother. I might be back with more ideas.

  50. Casey @ My Love Is Too Little

    Ummm, something incredibly awesome just happened. We checked the mail and I ALREADY GOT MY COPY OF THE BOOK!!! I’m not sure what happened to make the book show up earlier than release date, but it’s like this book-nerd’s dream come true. So excited to read it!!

  51. Amanda

    I don’t know about prizes for readers, but YOU have just received the (very dubious) honor of being the author of the only book I’ve ever pre-ordered. I had to. I feel like I’ve already waited forever!

  52. Becky

    Jen! Congrats! Greetings from a fellow adult atheist to Catholic convert. πŸ™‚ Please give away a spot at the conference Halle and you are planning, maybe even including airfare! I know, that is probably too expensive for a prize… Oh, how I would love to go, but it is not in our family’s budget. God bless you! SAINT John Paul II, pray for us!!!!!!!!

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