So much has been going on lately and it’s been hard to keep up. Most of it just has to do with juggling my normal life as a pregnant mom with all these books events and publicity. It’s a lot. I’m faring pretty well though. To illustrate, here are a jumble of thoughts, images & news from the last week or so.
First off, I’m reading tonight at the Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica. Would love, love to see you there! I’m getting better and better at these readings, promise. Here I am in La Jolla two nights ago at the wonderful independent Warwick’s Bookstore.
All three of us went down to La Jolla on Tuesday and stayed overnight. It’s beautiful there and we had a nice little trip.
I got up at 5:30AM yesterday to do a series of ten back-to-back radio interviews with stations all over the country. It was incredibly surreal and intense and overall, quite enjoyable. The hosts I chatted with were really engaging and asked great questions about the book. I went into it incredibly nervous and came out of it feeling proud of how well (I think) I came across. I’ve been trying to find some links to the interviews but so far, no luck. If and when I do, I’ll post them.
Also this week there are suddenly dozens of blog reviews about my book all over the Internet. My book has been chosen for BlogHer’s book club this month and all day yesterday and today I’ve been watching the new reviews pop up on Twitter. They’re surreal to read. For the most part, they’ve all been quite wonderful and complimentary (with the exception of one or two). Nonetheless, it’s a strange experience to read someone else’s commentary on my life, i.e. how sad or hard or depressing my existence has been at times, whether or not the reader liked me or not, etc. It’s difficult not to read them with a clenched tummy. One blogger in particular, Sarah in Brooklyn, reached out to me and had such a thoughtful reaction to the book that I agreed to do a Skype interview with her. You can read her review and see the interview here.
On top of all of this I just keep getting bigger and bigger. This week I’m 23 weeks and feeling it. I keep thinking about how slow and relaxed and careful I was during my last pregnancy, and how different it is this time around. Here I am taking weekly flights around the country, subsisting on 5-6 hours of sleep a night, and hauling my crazy little toddler around for all of it. Ah well, seems this is what all moms go through with the second pregnancy.
Some of my cousins from the East Coast were in town yesterday and we spent the afternoon on the beach. We’ve been back in California for almost 8 months now and seriously not a day goes by when I don’t feel grateful to be here. You can find lots more photos on Flickr.
Came home last night to a big box of books from Melbourne. The Australian version of my book just couldn’t be cooler. The book launches there next week and there’s already lots of buzz and publicity happening. Wish I didn’t have to wait til the fall to get over there and be part of it!
I think that’s about it for now. I’m probably going to be posting this for the rest of my life at the end of every blog post, but seriously, thank you all so much for all the incredible notes and emails about my book. Even if I haven’t responded to you yet, know that I’ve read what you’ve written (and will write back!) and am so humbled and thankful. I wake up every morning stressing about how the book is doing and what I’m doing to help get it out there, and every time I read one of your comments or letters, I calm down a bit and am reminded of what’s important. So thank you.
Lastly, if you have read the book and want to help promote it, here are some easy things you can do:
- Tell your friends about the book
- Post about the book on Facebook, Twitter, your blog
- Check with your local library and/or independent bookstore to make sure they’re carrying it
- Suggest it to your book club or to any friends you know who are in book clubs
- Post a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads
- Buy copies of the book to give as gifts
Okay, that’s it! Wish me luck tonight at my reading. I’ll be in Chicago and Boston next week and am looking forward to it.
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