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Countdown to Publication 1 day in: The Time Has Come--Will You Help Spread the Message?
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GloriaFeldt
October 2010
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Written by
GloriaFeldt
October 2010
The time has come...No Excuses launches at Barnes and Noble Lincoln Triangle in New York. Pictured left, three of the women I interviewed for the book share their stories of how they used the 9 Ways Power Tools. Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director—for The Hurt Locker which also won best picture of 2009—stood holding her two Oscars, looking completely flustered. Seeing her under the spotlight, one coveted golden statue grasped in each fist, I was struck by how accurately she mirrored where women in the United States stand today. We’ve got the evidence of success in our hands, and everyone in the world seems to be looking on, but we don’t quite know what to do about it. There are more ironies in this picture. Bigelow’s film is a raw, violent portrayal of the war in Iraq, with no women as major characters—hardly a chick flick, despite some interpretations that it puts a feminist lens on masculinity and the senseless violence of combat. Yet it did not go unnoticed that Bigelow herself is gorgeous, gracious, and above all says not one word about the fact that she is a woman—indeed, she seems even more flustered when the obvious is called to her attention by inquiring journalists. That she wasn’t the first of her gender but the fourth to be nominated—the first was Lina Wertmuller in 1976—similarly speaks to both the progress women have made and the newness of our tangible triumphs. After eighty-two years of Oscars and over four hundred best director nominees, presenter Barbra Streisand was finally able to pronounce upon opening the envelope, “The time has come.” Without question, the time has come. That’s why No Excuses is foremost a book about hope and possibility. But it is also an urgent call to action. I wrote these opening paragraphs of No Excuses in a fit of passion while watching the Academy Awards. They were actually among the last words I wrote. It took a year to crystallize the metaphor that felt exactly right. Last night marked the end of my countdown to publication and the beginning of the high intensity and very exciting launch phase. I love this part, the few heady weeks when your baby is finally birthed and you get to take her out for the world (you hope) to admire. The book should now be available at bookstores near you and always here online. And that brings me to my ask: will you help me spread the message of how women—including you!—can use the 9 Ways to lead unlimited lives? Here Are—Guess What: 9 Ways You Can Help • Forward/share the book trailer on your Facebook page and other social media. • When you go into a bookstore, ask for No Excuses and encourage them to place it visibly in the front of the store. (Only other authors understand how important this is!) • Write a blog post about No Excuses. • Talk about how you use the 9 Ways to embrace power with friends, family, your book club. Join in the “9 Ways in 9 Weeks” conversation starting now on my website. • Give No Excuses to your daughters, sisters, friends . . . and don't forget yourself. • Send this flyer to 10 people who care about women's leadership and parity. • Attend my book signings and invite your friends--I treasure seeing friendly faces. • Review No Excuses kindly on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads • Tweet these today and help me get #NoExcuses into the top tweets: "Learn the 9 Ways to your 'power to' Gloria Feldt's #No Excuses. Pls RT"

"@JaneFonda says No Excuses has the power to change your life! I promise I’ll do the same for you when it’s your turn. That’s power tool #7 by the way—create a movement.

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