Monday, January 10, 2011

Too Much Love... Giveaway

Real Quick - I'm being featured over at Lisa Green's blog for Monday Madness! Check it out (after you check out this badass interview)!

Happy Monday! Today I’m helping out a fellow blogger of ours!!! Lisa Boswell! She has the blog In Pencil (it’s super cute – stop by). She and her husband Ben have written a self-published an e-book titled Too Much Love, Too Much Discipline: The Perfect Mix for Changing Your Defiant Child’s Behavior & Restoring Peace & Harmony to Your Life & Family.

She has decided to give away 5 copies of her book for a review and to provide hope to families. If you or someone you know could benefit this book please let me know you’d like a copy! I think this is beneficial for any type of parent.

1. What made you decide to write this book?

Before my husband, Ben, started medical school, he worked as a Behavioral Specialist (think Super Nanny with a master’s degree and more formal training) and a Child and Family Therapist. He helped hundreds of families change their children’s behavior using the method now available to all parents in Too Much Love, Too Much Discipline…It had long been his dream to put his method into a book, but it was hard to find the time. However, when his medical career took us to London in 2009, and my work opportunities proved to be limited, I picked up the project and completed his vision.

2. How did you and your husband decide to write the book together? Was it difficult?

It was difficult at first, but we eventually hit a nice stride. We bought a digital recording program and Ben would spend his weekends putting his ideas onto tapes. I would then take the tapes and transform them into the content of the book. At the end of the week, Ben would then review everything and recommend any changes that needed to be made.

3. What was your reasoning for choosing self-publishing?

The searing memory of TLC’s (the R&B group) Behind the Music special from back in the day. Seriously. If ever there was a cautionary tale for protecting what you create, it would be TLC’s well-known story of bankruptcy despite a chart-topping career…You need to smart about what you are willing to sign away, and our research showed that- John Grisham and JK Rowling aside- it’s often the retailer, publisher, and agent who often stand to make the most from a traditional publishing contract. Yet the game has changed in recent times, and large royalties are now a possibility for any author willing to go it alone (it’s not that hard, I promise- you can do it!) ….To quote the great chef and businessman Joe Bastianich, “Art without commerce is simply a hobby”.

4. Do you have plans to write more?

During many long revision sessions I swore this book would be our first and last. Yet I’m also a believer in never saying never.

Fun & Random Facts
Summer or Winter: Summer
Favorite Read: Anything by Augusten Burroughs
Favorite TV Show: Mad Men
Tea or Coffee: Coffee
Bear or Lion: I’m a Leo, so I have to go with lion.
Thank you, Jen, for allowing me this opportunity- who needs Oprah when I have you. Your kindness is inspiring.

Be sure to visit Lisa's fabulous blog! I cannot believe how awesome she is and what an amazing feet her and her husband have taken toward publishing. These two are an inspiration and well worth a visit! So drop your name below for a chance to win!!! I think it's so neat how she helped complete a story for all to read!

27 comments:

Christine Danek said...

Interesting. Will check it all out. Interview?--you are everywhere.

Renae said...

I just can't keep up with you! Great interview!

salarsenッ said...

Great interview. And I checked you out already on Lisa's blog. Nicey...pixie. *grins*

Shannon said...

Great interview. I'll be sure to stop on over!

Looks like it's interview day. ;)

Check out my interview with Elana Johnson

Hannah Kincade said...

Thanks for the great interview, Lisa and Jen! I will check out Lisa Green's blog right now.

Angela Felsted said...

Man, your timing couldn't be better. I need that book. My kids are driving me crrrazy!

jdcoughlin said...

Love the interview, too! I'm definitely heading over to Lisa Green and then Elena Johnson. Might be a slow work day, but Mondays usually are, right?

Ellie said...

Awesome interview, Jen and Lisa. Thank you!

Ammy Belle said...

Thanks for the interview! Please enter me in the contest! :D
apereiraorama[at]gmail[dot]com

Diana Mieczan said...

Such a great inteview and I really loved her answers. Her book sounds really interesing and I would love to read it. Happy Monday,sweetie
How was your weekend?
Muah

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

I love your interviews... it's awesome that you shed light on so many other people. I'm going to check and see what is going on over at Lisa's blog -- clicking link now!

Lisa Gail Green said...

Very interesting interview. Hope the self-publihsing route works out for Lisa and her hubby! :D So glad you liked the pixie identity btw.

Chris Phillips said...

loved the interview, also loved the working with spouse dynamic.

Melissa Gill said...

Oh Lord, my sister needs that book soooooooo bad. My nephew is making her crazy!

Talli Roland said...

Great interview, ladies! :) And coffee beats tea hands-down any day!

Colene Murphy said...

Awesome interview!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Excellent interview, Jen! I'm now following Lisa. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool shea nd her husband were able to write the book together.

Taffy said...

Wow. Writing a book with someone else seems hard but with a spouse harder! THANKS for the giveaway.


taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

Kimberly Franklin said...

Very interesting. I'll be sure to check out the link too! :)

Matthew Rush said...

I know Lisa! I plan on doing the same for them soon. Although your blog will probably sell more books for them than mine!

Carolyn V. said...

Awesome interview! Whoop!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Awesome interview. I always love how you shine the blog spotlight on others. :)

Talei said...

Hi Jen,

Great interview, thanks so much for sharing! ;)

I also have a little something for you on my blog, when you can please do pop over. ;)

Abby Minard said...

Great interview, and interesting subject. Thanks!

Arlee Bird said...

Another interesting take on self-publishing. Some good info here. Now off to check Lisa's blog.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Samantha Vérant said...

I ditto the others. How. Do. You. Do. It?