The Author & Her Dog Book Tour, Southwest and Midwest Edition
Madeleine and I are hitting the road and visiting a few select cities. Come see us. Bring your friends. Tell your friends who live in those cities. I'll... Read more
Getting Naked in Publisher's Weekly
So this happened: Our book was reviewed in the country's most prestigious trade review publication, Publisher's Weekly (PW). People in the publishing industry -- as well as libraries and book... Read more
Happy Holidays! And Thank You
Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah fall out at the same time this year so I had Madeleine pose with symbols of both traditions. The scarf annoyed her... Read more
Once More Into the Breach: Cyber and Social Media Monday, November 28
So Far So Great
As this sampling of pictures suggests, my book launch party at The Carriage House in Tucson was fantastic. The turnout--maybe 100 people--was beyond... Read more
The Books Are in the Mail!
Yes, the process of mailing books has begun! I sent the first batch of 25 out on Thursday and will devote much of my weekend to inscribing and enveloping the... Read more
Proof That Your Faith in Me Was Justified: Proofs!
It's been a long, sometimes bumpy road. Editing glitches, design glitches, self-doubt glitches... But you know what kept me going? You.
Your faith in me. Your patience. Your... Read more
Happy Kickstarter-iversary! The Copy-Editor Got Getting Naked!
On this, the one-year anniversary of successfully getting funded to write and publish Getting Naked for Money, I've got good news: I sent the book off to copy-editing yesterday.
The... Read more
The End Is Near! Do Not Repent
Some of you were probably getting a little antsy, wondering whether your faith -- not to mention investment -- in me and my book was misplaced.
I'm here to tell... Read more
Happy Holidays! And a Long Overdue Progress Report
Oh my. I have been terribly out of touch here. My apologies. Lest you think I have been doing nothing but drinking wine and gazing at pictures of shirtless firefighters,... Read more
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
New York. Cairo. Las Vegas. San Antonio. Mauritius. Costa Allegre. Thanks to you, I revisited all those places in July and August. Some of my adventures were less than enviable.... Read more
The Contest That Dare Not Speak Its Name
All of you know that I am a huge fan of crowdfunding. Last week, I decided to try another group activity to help me with my memoir: Crowdwriting. Why? Two friends... Read more
Dispatches from my e-desk: #2
I was so excited to have the chance to continue writing my book that that’s what I did as soon as I finished the last of my pre-Kickstarter assignments: Wrote.... Read more
Dispatches from my e-desk #1
I was psyched. The Kickstarter money had arrived. I'd completed all my pre-Kickstarter projects. I was ready to settle in to start writing. This was so exciting.
I... Read more
One campaign promise fulfilled!
Those of you who saw the short, dog-focussed version of my Kickstarter video will recall that I promised Madeleine steak. Here's proof that I didn't renege on that pledge.
Don't worry,... Read more
Still buying my own margaritas...and yours!
Through a series of mishaps involving a friend's veterinary emergency -- happily resolved -- and an accidentally erased voicemail and a misdirected email, I ended up having what was supposed... Read more
36 Hours in Tucson
You know those pieces that the New York Times does about what you could do in different destinations if you only had 36 hours there -- and wanted to drive... Read more
Going Around the Bend...
Yes, I mean that I've gone around the bend literally -- I've just passed the 75% funded mark, which is HUGE. I'm so grateful for the support, emotional as well... Read more
Five days left! Time for some incentives
First one up:
I'm giving 5 fast-acting people 50% off on one of my original rewards, the $300 one-on-one Skype (or in person) hour-long teaching session. That's right! For $150,... Read more
Dispatches from the Final Week of My Campaign: What I've Learned So Far
Most people do postmortems on their Kickstarter campaigns, going over things that they might have done differently after the fact. I’m doing a pre-mortem or, really, a non-mortem because my... Read more
The Cactus Bowl: An Arizona Mini-Contest
9 Days Left!
Although I've written about many travel destinations since I moved to Tucson and became a freelancer -- including books about Mexico and San Antonio and Austin --... Read more
We don’t need no frigging cupcakes. My new social media strategy will astound you.
Yesterday I was feeling a bit down about the campaign. I posted the following on Facebook:
This is going to sound like a bit of a self-serving question, but it's... Read more
Magic Numbers, Making History
I read somewhere -- I could have sworn it was on the Kickstarter site -- that 89% of campaigns that reach 44% of their goals get fully funded. Of course... Read more
All About Food: Progress Report, An Article About Me & An Excerpt From Getting Naked for Money
So -- 37% funded, 97 backers. That's pretty darned good, though all the way there would be even better.
I want to thank everyone who got us to this point... Read more
We're at 30%! And I've got a book excerpt to show you.
Yes, the money is coming in...big donations, small ones...every one of them counts, one buttressing the other in this all-or-nothing proposition. But I need to keep up the momentum, so... Read more
First 5 1/2 Days Roundup + Memorial Day Weekend Special
Two supportive blog posts, one edited video and a LOT of help from my friends. Click here to read all about it and find out about my Memorial Day weekend... Read more
I reached a landmark -- and my dog approves my Kickstarter!
I'm a bit geeky -- and superstitious -- when it comes to statistics. I read that 79% of Kickstarter projects that are funded by 20% get fully funded. You can... Read more
The first hurdle...
I was more than a little nervous that no one would back my campaign, but that proved to be as baseless a worry as most of mine are. Still, I... Read more