For my very first e-book review, I'm tackling "Bloggertunity: A Mom's Guide to Blogging." I'm fascinated by ebooks, Kindle and the like. Buying a virtual book still seems like a novelty to me.
I've been a long-time reader of Stephanie's Sheaffer's blog, Metropolitan Mama (her Tuesday Blog Tour is a must read). Stephanie offered me the chance to review the book and interview her. The 85-page book is written in accessible language--perfect for the first-time blogger who get's frightened off by techie speak. Stephanie's writing is tight with plenty of examples and NOT a bit of fluff. Reading this book is like having a conversation with your fabulously knowledgeable best friend. At $19.99, it's a good investment for any mom who wonders if a blog is in her future. My one bit of advice: Skip all the quotes around key words or lingo (i.e. in the intro she puts quotes around "normal"). It's a pet peeve that bothers me, but probably won't bother you.
Since I was so impressed that Stephanie got this excellent book written in addition to being a mom of two and keeping up with her blog, I had to find out her secrets. Here's the exclusive Momtrends interview.
Q. When did you find time to write the book?
A. In truth, the majority of the book was written in the wee hours of the night, between 8pm and 2am. I like to spend the majority of my daytime hours being PRESENT with my girls. As a result, most of my work is done after they are tucked in...which results in many late, late nights for me (sometimes too late).
I also have another "secret weapon" to help me get everything done - my husband. He is 100% supportive of my blog, my book, my hopes and dreams. In fact, he even took some time off of his "day job" to watch our girls so that I could work on the final revisions for the book...and he has also given up countless weekends for that same purpose.
Q. How are you marketing the book?
A. I am primarily utilizing word-of-mouth marketing. I have several bloggers and journalists writing reviews for me and, of course, I sent out standard press releases. Other than that, however, buyers of the book have been doing the talking for me.
Q. What is your "big dream" for your blog and writing?
A. At the end of the day, my dream - for my blog, my work, my life - is to love God and to love others. I want to make a difference in this world, to be a force for good. Although I have many plans for local and global change, I also fully realize that the most important thing I can be doing is investing in my children. They are movers and shakers already, scattering sunshine everywhere they go.
Q. Where is your favorite place to write?
A. Because I am still nursing, my current favorite spot is on our our brown leather couch. It's comfortable, convenient, and right in the middle of life.
That said, my most productive workspace is in my office - seated at a little desk next to a window. I typically feel very inspired there...perhaps because that room is also our arts & crafts hub.
Q. Do you ever get writer's block?
A. Rarely. I have a notebook that I carry around with me EVERYWHERE and, whenever inspiration strikes, I jot down ideas. I have most of my blog's content planned out about 3-6 months in advance.