Thanks to everyone who commented on the Blogaversary blog post! 5 people have been chosen at random to win a free copy of our new book, Easy to Love but Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories!! If you are one of the winners please send your mailing address to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pop a copy in the mail.
Here are the winners and here’s what they said makes their ETL child so easy to love, but so hard to raise:
One year ago we started this blog! In blog years that’s like a century! I think I can speak for all the contributors here when I say it’s been wonderful to be part of this community. Parents of children with invisible special needs need help, commiseration, and the knowledge that they are not alone, and this is what we’re trying to do here at Easy to Love but Hard to Raise.
I’ve had many days where I’m perplexed, depressed, worried, sad, and puzzled my by ETL child’s behavior and posted about it, only to find out within minutes that I’m neither alone in my problem nor am I without solutions.
Looking at the facts and figures for the site I see that we’ve had over 75000 blog posts read! The two posts clicked on most often are: If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going … or Making Sense of the OCD Diagnosis
, by Barbara, and Detachment parenting, or Confessions of a Robot Mama
, by me, Adrienne. Interesting, right? Both posts are about shouldering through a rough situation, which in a lot of ways is the theme of this whole thing – book and blog! As parents of children who are easy to love but hard to raise, I don’t see that we have any other choice in the matter.
We’ve also gained over 1200 fans on our Facebook page, which is amazing. Between the comments on the posts and the discussion going on through Facebook I’ll steal something a poster recently said and tell you that I feel like this is the best support group I’ve never met! I’ve had many days where I’m perplexed, depressed, worried, sad, and puzzled my by ETL child’s behavior and posted about it, only to find out within minutes that I’m neither alone in my problem nor am I without solutions.
I thank you all for this, from the bottom of my heart.
But enough of the facts and figures and gushy thank yous. In celebration of our birthday, we’ll be giving away 5 copies of Easy to Love but Hard to Raise this week! All you have to do to enter is post a comment on this post telling us WHY your child is easy to love and also hard to raise. At the end of the week I’ll be drawing names. Go! (and spread it!)
(cake photo by flickr user chidorian)
It’s been busy here at DRT Press, my small publishing company and the site of production for Easy to Love but Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories. Kay, my co-editor, and I, spent several months editing the book – this is after she’d already done the hard work of editing with the contributors – and then the text was off to the designer, who, with the help of a great copy-editor whipped the text into shape! Then off to the printers it went and finally – tada! We have books!
Advance Reader’s Copies, or ARCs, actually. Which means that the book isn’t for sale yet and may still contain tiny little errors which we’ll find and fix before the final-final copies go on sale.
ARCs are not just used for proofreading purposes, but are mostly produced for sending out to reviewers in the hopes they’ll “blurb” the book. A “blurb” is a sentence or two or three recommending the book, or saying what the reader liked about it. Basically, give us a little testimonial we can use on our website, the blog, the back of the book, or any other marketing materials we come up with.
Now, this is why I’m giving you this little tutorial on how a book is made: I’m hoping that you, reader-parent, will want to look at the book and “blurb” it for us. Alas, I do not have enough ARCs and enough mailing money to give a copy to whomeever wants one, but I will choose (randomly) 10 people from whomever responds to this post. I’ll need your name and e-mail address – feel free to write it out if you’re worried about someone harvesting it. I can figure out that (at) means @!
So – comment away! This little ARC giveaway will be open from now until Sept. 8.