Who Moved My Bookstore?

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Recently, I was reading a blog post from my buddy Carmen talking about her experiences at one of her local chain bookstores.  It was a great post, but I drew a totally different conclusion than she did.  Rather than yammer on …

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What I learnt from Blogging Heroes: Top Blogging Tips PART 1

Wanted to share this post I found on WordPress.com.� In publishing, the backlist is often the moneymaker for the house.� Not so in tech publishing, where books often have the half life of the household fruit fly.� But this post …

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Be a For Dummies Champion!

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As many are aware, I am one of many who work on the For Dummies brand.  Dummies is a brand that is loved worldwide, with millions of fans.   Our brand ambassador program, called Dummies Champions, is launching and we’re looking …

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"Saving Henry: A Mother's Journey"

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This weekend, I had the privilege of joining a group of local moms to celebrate the publication of a new book.  Laurie Strongin’s ”Saving Henry: A Mother’s Journey” published at the beginning of March, and to mark this most momentous milestone, she …

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Book "Fare" on Foursquare

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Last week I wrote about my flirtations with Foursquare.  I’m sad to report that it has turned into a full on affair.  I’m almost to the point of planning new places to go, with the goal of checking into new …

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Scrooge and Cratchit Day!

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My Wiley colleague Matt McHugh has something up his sleeve today. He’s hoping to get a whole bunch of people to buy the ebook version of his own ”Scrooge & Cratchit” today, in an effort to move it onto a bestseller list.   …

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Book Clubbing

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I got an email from another parent a few weeks ago alerting me to the fact that our girls and others had been discussing starting a book club.  What did I think, and was I willing to help run it, …

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Back to Basics

I had an interesting conversation with 2 very cool women at BlogHer last month.  Specifically, I stopped by Bridget Brennan’s book signing and stayed to chat with her for a bit.  After yaking for about a half an hour, we were …

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New Book Review: "This Is Where I Leave You"

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One of my better grabs from BookExpo was a copy of  Jonathan Tropper‘s new novel.  Remarkably, I have already finished it, a scant 2 months after receiving it.  Sure, that may not seem like a big deal.  But let’s be honest here…I have …

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A "Lovely" Giveaway

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After I wrote a review of her new book This Lovely Life, author Vicki Forman was kind enough to send me a fresh copy to give away here. I am thrilled to be able to continue to spread the word …

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But what's in a title, anyhow?

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I got a Google alert while I was at a soccer match last night – seems that I was mentioned in an interview with soon-to-be Wiley author Chris Brogan where he told the story of how his book with Wiley …

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Book recommendations for a soon-to-be 10 year old Soccer Girl

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We’re in the home stretch of packing for camp now.  About 1,000 swimsuits, t-shirts, shorts and various sports paraphernalia are littering the beds in our guest room, waiting to be crammed into a duffel bag to make their way to …

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BEA Galley Roundup

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One of the best parts of BEA is getting advance reader copies of books due to hit the shelves in fall or winter.  While Dan Brown’s bestseller in waiting was not among the crop of titles I ran off with, …

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This Lovely Life – My Book Review

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Last year at BlogHer, I had the honor of meeting the women behind the “Raising Our Children with Special Needs” panel, thanks to the coincidence of being in the speaker’s prep room with them, and because my good friend Susan …

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Summer Reading Fun

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For the first time in a LONG time, it felt like summer this weekend.  If you don’t live in the Northeast, you probably have had drier weather than we have.  June was one of the wettest on record, with rain …

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