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Comment by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on November 15, 2015 at 12:25pm
Comment by Tracy Slater on November 5, 2015 at 9:53pm

Hi Kara,

This is quite interesting. I'm a US writer who's just published a memoir through Penguin Random House's Putnam imprint but I live in Japan and write about being the wife of a traditional Japanese salaryman, so this addresses a problem I've had and I know other expat writers have had. I tried the service and it found 49 destinations to send people for my book (The Good Shufu) across Amazon in many countries and iTunes in many countries. So this is the positive--and I will definitely help spread the word through twitter (@fourstories), my FB author page, etc., when the service is ready for prime-time. (Please keep me informed!. You can reach me at

A few questions and concerns, though: My publisher lists the book as being available at all these online sellers ( including IndieBound, B&N, Target, etc. As a writer, I'd be even more enthusiastic if your service could include these links, at least for US customers. IndieBound especially is important for a lot of readers to feel like they aren't boxed into Amazon. And my book was named a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection, for which I'm incredibly grateful, so I'd feel bad cutting them out of possible promotion.

Also, in terms of navigation, I found the process pretty easy and self-explanatory until I tried to view the list of links your shorten link would send people to based on location, and then tried to go back to view the shortened link, which disappeared from the page when I was looking at the list of destination links and locations. When I went back to "view my links," there were now 2 shortened links, which I didn't understand.

Finally, one idea--which you may already be implementing--is that publishers like PRH might really like this. For me, my ideal situation would be if Penguin | Putnam could use your redirection service in their code behind the Amazon and/or iTunes buttons on their list of all vendors, since those are the 2 services whose international buyers your service seems to serve the most. I'd also like to be able to use the link, but not as my primary link, since, as I said, I wouldn't want to cut other vendors out.

In any case, thanks for letting us know about your new tool. Looking toward to following the progress, seeing it go public, and sharing news about it on social media!



Comment by Kara Anderson on November 5, 2015 at 8:17pm

Hi Mamas,

My name is Kara and I work for a free book marketing tool called Linkredirector. I am hoping that you could help me out with some feedback to make sure it's a good fit for authors, book promoters and publishers.

The service aims to solve the problem with linking to books, when they are in multiple stores (like Amazon and iTunes), or spread over multiple countries. Amazon has many country sites, and when only linking to the US store, there's a good chance that non-US readers won't buy the book.

If you could take 2 minutes, enter the URL of one of your books in Amazon or iTunes and click around a bit to get a feel of how the tool works. Your feedback would be very valuable to me.

Any thoughts, questions, comments or ideas are welcome.

You can find the service at


Kara Anderson

Comment by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on October 21, 2015 at 3:49pm
Comment by Patricia Caspers on October 14, 2015 at 8:10pm

Hi Mamas, 

My book, "In the Belly of the Albatross" is available from Glass Lyre Press. Here's a blurb: 

"In these moving poems, many of them dramatic monologues spoken by women, Patricia Caspers conjures up the lives of historical individuals -- a black slave midwife who [gives] 'Justice her dowry,' Amelia Earhart's mother, waiting hopefully for her daughter's return. And she reimagines the figures of Greek and Hebrew legend-- the Gorgon who begs for 'the gift of monstrosity' the biblical Ruth, revealing a sensuality the Bible does not allow her ... Caspers' poems flourish and grow by turning themselves undaunted to the light." -- Chana Bloch 

Free shipping until 11/14.

Comment by Tania Pryputniewicz on October 5, 2015 at 11:48am

Today's guest post is by Tina Pocha; it looks at her journey to discovering the compatibility between Motherhood and Art, writing and motherhood. Links to resources included in the post.

Comment by Tania Pryputniewicz on October 5, 2015 at 11:47am

Congratulations Leza! So happy to hear about your memoir! Sounds beautiful! Offer still stands to guest post at Mother Writer Mentor, but it sounds like your plate is full! Look forward to reading your book!

Comment by Leza Lowitz on September 19, 2015 at 7:02pm

Cross-posting here. HI everyone- My memoir about my quest for motherhood across two continents, two decades, and two thousand yoga poses ("Here Comes the Sun") just came out. I was really lucky to have published excerpts in The New York Times "Motherlode" blog, Huffpo, Shambhala Sun, Yoga Journal, Manifest-Station and more. That helped secure a publisher. Thanks to all and good luck with your books and with motherhood! 

Comment by Mary Ellen Latela on September 17, 2015 at 10:55am

24/7 forever! Good news!     And we write!

The hardest part about being a mother is the way God set it up.

At the beginning, that little one is deep inside you, needs you for everything - for life, for nurturing, for warmth. At birth comes the first separation, but she still needs... needs... needs... you. They she learns to walk, run, play, go to school.

Every wondrous step is a separation - not a brokenness but a rich, deep part of the growing up process. And you - and I remain a mother always ... but in different ways, from a distance, as an advisor? as a listener? as a last resort? So run, walk, be your separate self and you will teach your children about interdependence.... you would do anything for them but you have to take care of yourself in order to stay on the job.

Comment by Tracy Slater on September 16, 2015 at 4:31pm

Too funny, Sandra!


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