Aimee Mann has been one of my favorite musicians ever since her ‘Til Tuesday “Voices Carry” days in the 1980s. She has a new CD coming out called Mental Illness, and this brief interview explains why she gave her CD this title.
Hi there, my friends!
I hope you had a good week and HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
I was too lazy to dress up Lucy, so I’m using this photo instead:
In other scintillating news…
I’ve continued putting out the feelers for book endorsements.
Some fantastic authors and advocates have agreed to endorse the book -hurrah!
I had another rejection, but thank God it didn’t sting very much. I had emailed Andrew Solomon, the author of the bestseller The Noonday Demon, on a whim. I thought it was a longshot, but it was worth a couple minutes of my time to contact him. That same day, I received such a gracious response. Andrew explained he was overextended with his new book’s release, but he wished me the best of luck.
My pet peeve is when I contact someone and I don’t receive a reply.
In a time when it’s so easy to send a brief email brush-off, there’s no excuse for rudeness.
I know what you’re thinking….you’re thinking that when I don’t get a response, my email could’ve gone into the spam folder. You’re right! That’s always a possibility, and it happened with one person. And I’m not such a narcissist that I assume it’s all about me – the person could be sick or going through a crisis, for all I know. But something tells me that hasn’t been the case with a couple other folks.
What can be done?
Well…I could call and leave a voicemail message as a follow-up. BUT I will only call once because I don’t want to be a phone stalker.
And then there’s always the Cat Facts option, which I’ll explain later on.
Using Twitter to Make Connections – Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Twitter has been very kind to me…
and Twitter has been a bit of a bummer!
Through Twitter, I was able to thank the multi-talented comedian/actor/bestselling author/mental health advocate & Mohr Stories podcast host Jay Mohr for his re-tweet. He shared my Huffington Post Postpartum Bipolar article with his followers, and after that happened, I informed him about my book, but didn’t ask for anything. He surprised me by endorsing my book on Twitter! (I’m sorry the tweet is so tiny and blurry!)
My tweeting experience with Minnie Driver didn’t have such a happy ending, but I’m okay with it now. I’ve admired Minnie Driver’s acting, singing, and songwriting for a long time. I thought she might be receptive to endorsing my book because last year she starred in the film Return to Zero. The film is about a married couple who loses a child through stillbirth.
Plus she’s a mom.
Minnie Driver and Paul “He Rocked Private Practice” Adelstein in the heartrending film Return to Zero
In my 1st tweet to Minnie, I complimented her Academy Awards dress and she “liked” it! Oohhh! I was jolly because many famous people don’t look at their fans’ tweets.
My tweet #2 was about Minnie’s song “Down” from the Everything I’ve Got In My Pocket album. I love that song & I tweeted her about how much I’ve enjoyed it, and guess what – she “liked” that tweet too!
High on the success of my two tweets, I tweeted my book cover to her. I asked if I could send it to her for her consideration, but there were crickets.
I guess I should have gone through her publicist or manager, but I took a foolhardy chance. Sometimes you need to do that, right?
And now, drum roll please….and a big, throaty MEOW because you’re about to read my new section.
“You’re Rejecting Me? Prepare to Learn Some Cat Facts!”
I’ll begin by stating for the record that this is an immature activity, but hey – at least it’s not malicious or illegal. I’m referring to PrankDial – The Original Internet Prank Call Website. This company gives you three free calls. You enter the number to be dialed on the site, and they take it from there. (PrankDial claims your number and personal information won’t appear to anyone else, but don’t take my word for that!)
I decided to give PrankDial a try. There was only one choice that appealed to me and that was Cat Facts!
I knew just who needed to learn about Cat Facts. I can’t name him here, of course, but take my word for it – this guy is LAME and he needed to learn about cats! (He had nothing to do with my book…)
When PrankDial called him, it recorded his replies. After the Cat Facts call ended, the website played that recording back to me. Hee hee hee! The Lame One didn’t sound angry; in fact, I was amazed he listened to the entire recording. Perhaps he’ll show greater respect for cats, if not humans!
Please prank call responsibly…or at least try to, anyway!
I hope you got something out of this post.
It’s not touching on bipolar disorder (there are plenty other posts that do!) and it’s not deep, but that’s how I roll sometimes.
After so many years of living in my internal Nightmare On Elm Street film, it’s nice to focus on other things, even if they’re silly.
I wish you a great weekend!
Next week I’ll let you know if I contact anyone about Cat Facts!
Dyane Harwood’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder with a foreword by Dr. Carol Henshaw (co-author of The Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatry) will be published by Post Hill Press in October.