My FIRST BLOG

The purpose of this site is to find a larger audience for the ridiculous amount of writing I do. How ridiculous, you ask? In just one year I wrote four novels, nearly completed a sequel to the second novel and collaborated with my friend Laura Hall (best known for her piano skills on Whose Line Is It Anyway?) on a musical “Room to Grow” that is, quite frankly, brilliant.  I have since written a screenplay, a sitcom pilot and a few more novels. I am nothing if not prolific. All the while, I have been raising my two daughters and Laura and I continue work towards mounting a professional production of the aforementioned musical.I also like to draw and/or paint.

My immediate future needs to be about marketing, while continuing to do what I love, and what better way to go about it than to write? The fact that pen and paper is my favorite medium may serve as a hindrance to my computer-impaired brain, but I am determined to get past that, and lets face it, if this has been posted then I am well on my way.

All of my novels, Searching for My Wand, On a Hot August AfternoonThe Salacious Marny Ottwiler and Crashing Into Us, are all available for purchase on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Bridget-Straub/e/B006KEG0KE/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 Go check them out!

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5th Times the Charm

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Well, it’s here, Today is the day! Hanging From the High Wire has been released and it’s time to shout it from the rooftops. Better still, everyone should buy the book, kindle or paperback, and share the link with everyone they know. This book needs to be the one that orbits me into financial success.

We are down to the wire here folks. Tessa goes to college in the fall, and as proud of her (and the scholarships she has earned) as I am, someone is going to be up to their earlobes in student loans if I don’t start making some serious money. I know this book has the potential to be that breakout success. I also know that it is going to take word of mouth to get it to where it should be, so here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Hanging-From-High-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B00VY7FFGC/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_4

Take it and buy, buy, buy! And then tweet, instagram, facebook, and share it with everyone you know! And of course, Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Think About This

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I had to attend a meeting at my daughter’s high school last night. I told myself to be a good parent you have to stay aware, and this meeting was to discuss the direction the school is heading towards next year. That seemed the sort of thing I should know, and so I sent off my RSVP as requested, saying I would attend. Of course, that was in the morning, and the meeting wasn’t until 7:00p.m. By the time 6:30pm rolled around, I was tired and wanted to skip the whole thing. I didn’t, though.

I dragged myself out to the car, circled the less than desirable neighborhood this school is located in looking for a parking place, and made my way inside. I was asked to sign in and handed a form to fill out asking me to agree to volunteer and sign up for committees. People sat in the courtyard gathered in small clusters, munching on snacks, chatting, or like me, avoiding strangers and looking at their phones. As is so often the case in these situations the meeting began late, but eventually we all moved into another room where one of the two Heads of School took center stage and began showering accolades upon the various teachers in the room.

Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate good teachers as much as anyone, but it’s kind of their job to teach, right? Admittedly, I’m not an accountant, but when they hold meetings do they spend fifteen minutes saying how great everyone is…every meeting? But okay, fine, they finally moved on only to announce that they are going to have to rebrand the school and change the name because now they won’t be overseen by the same financial backers they have had in the past. We were assured they have new backers and told they will proceed minus any hic-ups in the fall. Talk then turned to curriculum, and that’s when the repetitive questions began.

It never ceases to amaze me how many times people ask the same question over and over again at these meetings. Last night’s sticking point was this; the kids have what’s known as a block schedule. Only four classes a day, but for longer periods, thus dividing the schedule into “A” days and “B” days. Next year they plan on having these days only from Tuesday through Friday, leaving Mondays open for field trips, working on projects, and/or bringing in guest speakers. It seems pretty simple to me, but one parent worried that kids will cut school on Mondays because they won’t view it as important. It quickly became clear that telling them not to do that was a foreign concept. So began the circle of questions and answers as to who should be parenting, the school or the parents.

As I sat there it struck me that this would make for a wonderful form of birth control. I concluded that when debating whether or not to have kids, couples should be forced to attend school meetings, all the way from Kindergarten meetings to elementary school PTA meetings, and then onto middle school and high school meetings. If you still want kids after that, go for it, but I’m willing to bet the population would be cut in half.

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Getting Ahead of Myself

35I have returned from what was a wonderful break from life in the big city. While I was away I was allowed the freedom to distance myself from the day to day pressures that are inescapable at home. I breathed deep and enjoyed the open sky, but, alas, all good things come to an end.

I returned home to fill out financial aid packages for the college my daughter hopes, no, will attend in the fall. I was met by dead plants, a burned out dining room light and the everyday pressures that are just a fact of life. I was determined to move forward with a positive attitude, and to publish my next novel, which I have just about done. Hanging From the High Wire will be available in the next two weeks.

I have contacted numerous bloggers for reviews and/or the opportunity to write a guest post and now I have to see where that goes. I have several posts written and waiting. This leaves me twiddling my thumbs and wondering what else I should be doing. I’m sure there is something.

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Looking into Options

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As I prepare to publish my fifth novel, Hanging From the High Wire, I have of course been looking for ways to get this book the attention it deserves. I’m very proud of this book as it deals with, among other things, parenthood, and just how overwhelming that can be. I am hopeful that it will be a subject that many can relate to, and therefore a bestseller.

What I have discovered is that advertisement is costly, and surprisingly competitive. I was prepared for some cost, but now books have to have five star reviews before these advertisers will even accept your money. One of the more popular outlets is Bookbub. If they accept your book, they will promote you to thousands of readers for a price. In anticipation of my upcoming publication I have been checking into what other authors have reported to be worthwhile. Bookbub scores highly, but there are two things that bother me; 1) they often describe books as having anywhere from 750 to 1500 reviews, which seems ridiculous. It also makes me wonder if people are paying for reviews much in the same way that they pay for twitter followers. 2) they push you to put your book up at a reduced price, if not for free.

The one complaint I have heard about Bookbub is that their readers feel entitled to free books and rarely buy anything. Yes, if they download your book enough you may be declared a bestseller, but what good is that if you don’t make a dime? If I want to give away my work, I certainly don’t need to pay Bookbub $200 for the privilege, right?

Soon I will begin approaching other bloggers who cater to an audience of parents, in the hope of writing some guest posts along with a mention of the book, but I feel compelled to try something new this time, and maybe Bookbub is worth a shot. I’m just really torn though.

What say yee? Yay or Nay?

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Twenty Five Years Later

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It is almost 25 years ago to the day, that my sister called with the news that she and my brother in-law Dave, were adopting a baby, sooner rather than later. A birth mother had chosen them to be parents to the baby that she insisted was due any day now. I packed my bags, as did my excited four year old son Nick, and along with my sister Sari, we all traveled up to Northern California to await this imminent birth.

We painted the guest room and set it up as a nursery. Then we waited. We hung out, dreamed of this new arrival, and we waited some more. Sari had to return to LA for work, but my son and I stayed… and waited. Sari returned and still we waited. April came and went and there we were in May! Finally the day came when we received word that the baby was on it’s way. The new parents raced to the hospital, and we anxiously waited. I remember being out on the back deck, my son playing in a wading pool, when we got the call. I can see my son’s delight as if it were yesterday, as my sister told him he had a boy cousin.

Well last year that baby boy had a baby of his own, and now history is repeating itself. His second baby is due, and some would say overdue. I have been up here for three weeks, and every day we all wonder if this will be the day. We can’t wait to meet this new baby girl. Her sister is pure joy, and just as it was 25 years ago, it is fun getting to hang out with the family I miss when at home. I’m in for the long haul. I’ll gladly wait for the perfection that I know this next little one will be. And, while I do so I am so so grateful to be a part of this adventure.

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A Heavenly Break

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I have been in Northern California for almost two weeks now and it has been heaven. There is still no new baby, although she is very close, but just getting to hang with my sister and her family has provided a vacation from all of the stress that comes from life in the “real world”. In this world we get to play with Kylie, the perfect one year old, take day trips to Calistoga, go for a pedicure and enjoy the beauty of my nephew’s new property. Up here there are fluffy clouds, rainbows and endless sky!

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Do I feel guilty that my girls had to go home and return to school? Sure, but I know once Kylie’s baby sister is born, they will return, along with my other sister who has been wonderful enough to watch over them in my absence. Soon enough I will have to return to the stresses of everyday life, but for now I am so grateful for the break!

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I’m Checking Out

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For a little while anyway. On Sunday one of the best things to happen in a long time, will turn one year old. What is my nephew’s baby to me? Is she my great niece? Am I her great aunt? Regardless, we are both pretty great if I do say so myself, and I do, so there.

This baby has brought so much love and joy to my family, and this weekend we are going up north to celebrate. After, my kids will have to return to school, but I get to stay and wait for the arrival of the next bundle of joy, who is due any minute now.

The only frustration with staying up north is that for some crazy reason, my laptop can’t connect to my sister’s internet. It makes no sense, and no doubt I’ll try to set it up again, because my phone works with her internet, so the laptop should too. There are some things I can’t do on my phone though, such as blog. Either way it’ll be fine because I need to be editing Hanging From the High Wire. Have you voted on the cover yet? That was in yesterday’s post, so just scroll down.

I’m looking forward to some down time before I begin promoting my next novel. I am determined to make Hanging From the High Wire a bestseller. Hell, I’m determined to make all of my books bestsellers. First though, I get to go enjoy the magic of babies. I can’t wait!

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