I Can Get Overwhelmed Too!

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I wrote several guest posts in an effort to promote my new novel, Hanging From the High Wire. Being a mom as all moms know can be the most rewarding experience ever, but it can also throw you into a tailspin. I hope you will click over to Pretty Opinionated and check out my post. Thanks! okay, everyone said the first link didn’t work, so lets try this one. http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2015/04/hanging-from-the-high-wire-feature/

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I Want My Cake!

 

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I have fought like crazy to set up a giveaway on Goodreads, and after numerous attempts, letters back and forth, and much determination, I have a giveaway up and running this week. I will be giving away a copy of Hanging From the High Wire and hopefully I’ll be generating more interest in all of my books.

Releasing books is such an emotional roller coaster. There is the high of excitement and anticipation, and then there are sometimes plummeting lows when sales are not what you had hoped they would be. You have worked so hard to get the book attention, and when the pay off is less than you’d hoped, it’s disappointing to say the least. It’s something I need to let go of.

In the meantime I have been working on a new project. This is a series about an NHL hockey team in their first year in the league. It’s been challenging but a lot of fun. I am already writing the seventh episode, and I’m having fun developing these new characters.

So, if you are a goodreads reader, head on over and sign up for the giveaway.

 

 

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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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