it’s paperback publication day!

Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it?

My bouncing baby book, When Did I Get Like This? (The Screamer, The Worrier, The Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget Buyer, & Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be) is out in paperback today. Rumor has it that it will be on the “New Releases” table at Barnes & Noble through May 2, and of course your local indie can get it for you lickety split as well.  

Giveaway alert! My friend Missy is giving a copy away on her blog Wonder, Friend, and there’s an interesting conversation starting over there about whether moms discuss their less-than-stellar moments with each other or not. Here’s what I have learned since the book first came out a year ago: we all have moments when we wonder when we got “like this,” when we feel deeply inadequate. And because most of us don’t ever talk about it, we think we’re alone in feeling this way. But we are most certainly NOT alone. Although we are way, way too hard on ourselves.

If you purchase a copy of the book for Mother’s Day, I’d love to send you a signed, personalized bookplate to go inside- just leave me a comment below with your email.

If you already read the book (and hopefully, enjoyed it!) here are a few ways you can help me launch the paperback out of its nest during these extremely-limited-budgets-for-book-marketing times: 

–“like” the Facebook page for When Did I Get Like This? 
–link to the Facebook page for When Did I Get Like This?  on your own Facebook status
–send out a Tweet linking to or #whendidigetlikethis

If you do any of these things I’ve got a little somethin’ for ya. Okay it’s a refrigerator magnet. And it’s adorable:

Wouldn’t that be some nice mom-bling for your fridge? It’s kind of like the “stop pigging out” magnets our mothers had back in the day.  Only it’s not macraméd. And, yes, it doesn’t oink when you open the fridge. But mine’s not nearly so judgmental.

Leave a comment with whatever you did to shout-out and a magnet is yours, or a bookplate, or my everlasting gratitude. Your pick!