Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Celebrating a Special Birthday at Readers’ Cafe

Filed under: I'll Do It Myself: The Book, Readers Cafe — by Glenda at 10:00 am on Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Glenda sitting by the buffet table at her Book Arrival Celebration

Hi and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. Today I invite you into my home for a special, extended Readers’ Café so that readers in far away lands may join us.

Today we celebrate a birthday of sorts: my baby, my book I’ll Do It Myself is one year old. Exactly one year ago today, my thirty years of dreaming, planning researching and writing became reality when seven boxes of books were delivered. Opening that first box and laying my eyes and hands upon what I had created, I can only imagine that is what giving birth is like.

This past year’s journey with the book has been awesome! Copies have been mailed to readers across Canada and the United States, and to Britain, New Zealand, Australia and even Chile! Copies are also available from Celebration Christian Store and Black Bond Books, another childhood dream come true. Meeting people along the way on two successful virtual book tours, plus two book signings in Las Vegas – I am truly amazed and am sincerely grateful. Thank you.

Please help yourself to food and a beverage of your choice and make yourself comfortable. Then sit back, relax and join in the conversation by posting comments below. Feel free to ask questions about I’ll Do It Myself, share your favourite passage or to mingle with fellow readers. Don’t be shy. Hit your internet browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation.

If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.

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Comment by Norman

December 5, 2007 @ 10:31 am

Hi. So how’s the weather in Vancouver this ‘Happy Birthday’ morning?

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 10:37 am

Hi Norman and welcome! At the moment it is cloudy with blue sky in the west. No snow, no rain, which is a good thing. And in Sheffield?

Comment by Loree

December 5, 2007 @ 10:38 am

Happy First Birthday Bookie!! :D
Congrats Glenda, seems like it just arrived and here it is a year already! Time flies, starting to think about having another? :)
Hugs,
Loree

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 10:46 am

Hey Loree, thank you! I’m not suppose where that year went; it just went!

I’m not quite ready to start the next one yet. I’d like to get this one out there a bit more. But, Darrell says he know I’ll write five books, so I’d better get busy. What would people like to read in the second one?

Comment by Loree

December 5, 2007 @ 10:48 am

Heck if I know!! You are the creative genius! lol You’d better get started if he is expecting 5 more! wow

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 10:54 am

lol I shared everything I wanted to [with the world] in the first one. But, lately, I’ve been thinking the Left Thumb Blogger needs a book to tell her story. What do you think?

Comment by Norman

December 5, 2007 @ 10:55 am

No sooner sat down, ready to take life easy, than up pops another job for this Dad! So back again. Weather’s unpleasantly foul here – wet, blustery, not nice to be out. Given up on the day. Had evening meal. Thinking of doing some family history online – or maybe sorting out our charity Balance sheet. Your well traveled book is a year old today. I can’t trace that books Paypal invoice. Would it have come by email? I’ve checked my personal Paypal account – nothing there either. Am I looking in the wrong place?

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 11:02 am

Life’s like that, Norman, one thing after another! But, it’s better than the alternative…

I’ll resend that invoice, not a problem. To the email address I have for you?

Comment by Norman

December 5, 2007 @ 11:02 am

Sounds like Darrel’s coping with ‘fatherhood’ after one year remarkably well – specially if he wants five more! Hey, you told me it took you four years to get this one out.

A question: Have you ever thought about writing fiction next rather than autobiography?

Comment by Norman

December 5, 2007 @ 11:04 am

Invoice – yes please. My ordinary email address. I’m planning to get the charity to pay. Would you sign all four copies before you send them?

Comment by Dru Perrin

December 5, 2007 @ 11:06 am

Hi Glenda

Happy Bookday!

I heard you were having a party.

Have you thought of the title of your next book? That might be an interesting place to start.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 11:11 am

Yes, five more at four years each, I’d better get busy. As for fiction, I’m not sure people want to experience my imagination!

Yep, all four copies are autographed and packaged. I’ll go resend the invoice right now. I’ll let you and Loree mingle; she has a not-so-little-now girl with cp and might like to hear about your school.

Comment by Norman

December 5, 2007 @ 11:19 am

Hi Loree. Great to meet you. The reason I was called away back there was that my not-so-little-girl needed some help. Seems like being a mum or dad is for life! Our Sarah is 25. We are in Sheffield UK. Glenda says tell you a bit about the school we set up. If you’d like to go to http://www.achievementcentres.co.uk/ there’s this thing we did with a professional consultant to find a way of presenting ourselves.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 11:22 am

Welcome Dru! I’m glad you can join the party. Is Sarah there too?

As we’re talking, I’m thinking something about the Left Thumb Blogger and how social media is giving people with disabilities a voice for the first time in history. Something like that?

Comment by Norman

December 5, 2007 @ 11:28 am

Glenda, have you got into Second Life at all? I’m not sure if they’ve sorted controlling the avatar for Left Thumb Bloggers. Have you any experience of it?

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 11:35 am

Norman, no, I haven’t ventured into Second Life yet; my First Life keeps me busy. And I’ve been reluctant to take on another distraction, otherwise the next book won’t get started. But, I’m curious to see what it’s about.

Comment by Darrell

December 5, 2007 @ 11:44 am

Hi Everyone

Great to see all of you.
Darrell

Comment by Norman

December 5, 2007 @ 11:46 am

It was you saying about “giving people with disabilities a voice” set me thinking about Second Life. Seems you could set up a ‘virtual cafe’ and we could all pile in and hang out with you there. Hey. I’m away for a while. Connection’s slow tonight for some reason. Frustrating me no end, as I’m trying to multi-task here – not easy for a mere male as you know. I’ll maybe look in a little later, just before bed-time UK. Bye for now.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 11:48 am

Hi Darrell! Looks like people would like another book already. Are you ready for that madness again?

Comment by Norman

December 5, 2007 @ 11:49 am

Hey – just seen Darrel. Hi Darrel. How are things with you? Good, I hope. Maybe I’ll stop by later if you are still around. (Strikes me one great thing about this cafe is no-one has to do the washing up.)

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 11:52 am

I’ll definitely look into SL. I know one guy has Wheelies Club that I’d like to check out. Talk to you later. Oh, did the paypal invoice find you?

Comment by Darrell

December 5, 2007 @ 11:54 am

I have been ready for the other books as soon as this one was done. The real question is are you?

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

lol I’m not sure yet, Darrell. Not sure if I’m ready to focus on one thing; there’s so much exciting and interesting things happening at the moment.

Comment by Darrell

December 5, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

Maybe the next book will have to wait a short time!

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

Quite possibly, dear. Besides I still have that other book proposal to write.

Comment by Darrell

December 5, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

You are busy.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

Yes, as you are. I just know something big will happen soon.

Comment by RennyBA

December 5, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

Thanks for the invite – the most cozy café I’ve been to for long :-)

Happy one Year anniversary or Happy Birthday if you like :-)

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

Welcome Renny! Thanks for stopping by. Whereabouts in Norway are you?

Comment by Jody DeVere

December 5, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

Happy Anniversary! You are amazing …hope year two gets even better!

Jody DeVere
President
http://www.askpatty.com
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Comment by Norman

December 5, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

Well, just stopped in to say, I’m for a cup of tea and bed. Enjoyed the visit and the chat. The invoice has arrived for the books. Actually would you invoice me separately for a fifth book – but I have a special recipient in mind and I will let you have his address by email in a day or two. If you get into SL would you let me know? G’night all.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

Thanks for your kind words, Jody. I’m excited to see what Year Two brings.

Will do, Norman, thanks. You know, with mailing all of these books to the UK, perhaps we should find a bookstore there that’d take several copies. Something we can discussed. G’night Norman, thanks for joining us today.

Comment by Colin

December 5, 2007 @ 2:06 pm

hey glenda,

happy book anniversary! congrats. so when is the next book going to be published, huh huh?

i love hearing about your life; you’re such an inspiration to me.

all the best!
your friend always.
colin.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

Hey Colin, so glad you stopped by. I’m not sure when the second one will be published; I need a starting point first. Haven’t you heard enough about my life? What else is there to tell? ;)

Thanks for your kind words, my friend.

Comment by Darrell

December 5, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

I am sure you have more to say and more to tell :)

Comment by Colin

December 5, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

just let your ‘finger’ do the walking and lets see what comes out lol. i’m sure your life ‘like the rest of us’ cannot be summed up in just one volume. :)

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

What a great way of putting it Colin. Thank you! And, when is your first book coming out? ;)

Comment by Colin

December 5, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

ugh. me rite a buk?

mi speling iz prfekt itz mi sel chekr dats knot!

lol.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

Yeah, yeah, my friend. But, seriously, you have a story to tell that would help others too.

Comment by Colin

December 5, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

ugh. can i plead the 5th on this one! lol

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

Do we have the fifth in Canada?

Comment by Colin

December 5, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

i sure hope so!! lol

Comment by Darrell

December 5, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

I think it is just no comment here

Comment by Colin

December 5, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

then can i plead ‘no comment’ lol

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

And why do you want off the hook that easily?

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

Both of you have stories to share that’d inspire others.

Comment by Colin

December 5, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

cuz i have trouble even remembering my name lol

Comment by Rick Cockrum

December 5, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

I like the way Dru put it. Happy Bookday, Glenda!

We’re cold and snow white here today. It’s time to sit back with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

Hey Rick, welcome and thank you! There is mulled wine warming on the stove and fresh coffee. Help yourself. How much white stuff do you have?

Comment by Darrell

December 5, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

Hi Rick

Good to see you. Please keep the white stuff, we dont want it.

Comment by Colin

December 5, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

i call snow ‘white dung from the sky’ lol.

the rain just washed all of ours away! so Rick, you can keep it; cuz its a biotch to wheel in lol.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

December 5, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

Coffee. Yum!

We only have two or three inches, just enough to let us know it’s that time of the year. The neighborhood kids are enjoying it.

Darrell’s right. You have more books in you. Lessons from the Left Thumb Blogger.

Comment by Colin

December 5, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

hey we should work on your next book together; you can type with your left thumb and i can type with my right… we’d make quite the pair!! lol.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

ahh, thank you Rick. We now have the second book title, now we just need the content! What kind of lessons are we talking about here?

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

There you go, Colin. That’d be an interesting collaboration!

Comment by Darrell

December 5, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

Thanks Rick, it is nice to have support to help her write other books.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

December 5, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

You’re welcome, Darrell. Glenda’s talented, eloquent, and able to draw one in to her writing. I would certainly encourage her.

This may be a personal question, but is there a reason I’ll Do It Myself isn’t on Amazon?

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 5:40 pm

Rick, I’ll Do It Myself isn’t on Amazon for any other reason than I haven’t yet figured out how to do it! I’m doing all of my learning with the first book, then the second one will be smooth sailing!

Comment by Rick Cockrum

December 5, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

This article on getting your book on Amazon is two years old, so I don’t know if the information is still accurate, but it looks fairly uncomplicated. The biggest downside is they get 55% of your cover price.

Another good step is to get the book listed in Books In Print through Bowkers.
It doesn’t look like that costs anything.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

Much appreciated, Rick. I’ll look into these for Year Two. There is still so much more I ought to be doing in terms of promotion. {Hope my typing is ok, Faith is sitting in front of my monitor. ]

Comment by Rick Cockrum

December 5, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

Your typing is fine. My kitten likes to chase the mouse pointer on the screen. That can be fun sometimes. :)

The links are my bookday present to you. Here’s a link to faq to the Amazon Advantage program the article talked about. It doesn’t look like anything has changed.

For now, it’s time for me to go. Thanks for having us over, Glenda. I enjoyed the coffee. Goodnight, Darrell.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

Faith did that too, until Darrell gave me a flat panel. I’m scared her claw will tear it.

Thanks for the stopping by, Rick, and for the bookday gifts. Have a good evening.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

Darrell has made dinner; back in a bit. Feel free to mingle and to check out the buffet table.

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

I’m back. The grilled porkchops, mashed potatoes and peas were delicious; thanks dear. Time to crank up this bookday bash. If you have come by, please come in and say hi! No need to be shy.

Comment by Mary McDonald, Process Improvement Specialist

December 5, 2007 @ 10:22 pm

Hi Glenda,

Congratulations and big hugs on your book b’day! I was in interviews all day, then traveling, so wasn’t able to come by in ‘real time’ but didn’t want to let the day go by without doing the happy dance and yelling a bit so — block your ears if you are sensitive to loud noises — WOO HOOO-O-O-O!

Hugs,
Mary McD

Comment by Glenda

December 5, 2007 @ 10:30 pm

Hey Mary, thanks so much for stopping by and doing the happy dance. Much appreciated!

Were you the interviewer or the interviewee — or can you say? Doesn’t sound like much fun either way.

Comment by Karen Putz

December 6, 2007 @ 6:36 am

Ok, so I’m fashionably late, even if it’s a day. Happy Bookday!!

May you sell many, many more in the upcoming year!

Comment by Toby

December 6, 2007 @ 8:47 am

Glenda – congrats! and happy belated book party. perfect book for a holiday inspiration gift :-)

Comment by Lori

December 10, 2007 @ 7:11 am

Shoot! Late to the party! Any cake left for me? :) )

Congrats on your baby’s first birthday, Glenda!

Comment by Glenda

December 10, 2007 @ 10:50 am

Welcome Lori! And,yes, there is cake left. One nice thing about virtual cake: it doesn’t go stale. No calories either!

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