I got an email from Elizabeth Pantley, the author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, a couple of weeks ago.
She said that she stumbled on my blog posts about Owl’s sleep and my search for and eventual use of her book, and she said she was happy to know that I had found her book helpful.
(I hope she actually DID find and read my blog posts, rather than get forwarded links by her editors/media relations people, but you never know. Still, I choose to believe that she did!)
She wanted to know if I would like some free copies of her other books.
So of course, I said HELL YES.
Today I went down to UPS to pick up a box with three shiny new books in it. They still have that new book smell. Since I buy most of my books from Value Village or the used book store where PH used to work, this is a big deal for me.
They didn’t want to give me my books at first, because they were addressed to someone named Doug. I don’t know a Doug, unless you count my friend’s dog, and he’s not much of a reader. I pointed out that my own name was also on the label, right under Doug’s. The UPS lady looked at me suspiciously through her granny-glasses.
“I can’t give this to you. It’s addressed to Doug, not you,” she said firmly. “But my name is right there!” I said, pointing to the label and waving my ID.
“I’d really rather release this to Doug himself.”
“But there is no Doug! I don’t know who Doug is.”
“Well, it’s addressed to him.”
Eventually her younger male co-worker reasoned her into letting my have my package. “Her name IS on the box.”
“Well, then why does it say Doug?” the UPS lady argued.
“It must be a mistake.”
“Look, I was expecting the package. I know what’s in the package. My name is on the package,” I said, pointing again to the label.
So they let me have my package from Elizabeth Pantley.
(When I opened the box, there was a packing slip billing the cost of my books to the self-same Doug, so he must be a media relations guy or an editor or something at McGraw Hill.)
As a thank-you to her for the free books, I’ll of course be posting reviews of the books as I complete them.
The books are:
The No-Cry Sleep Solution For Toddlers And Preschoolers
The No-Cry Potty Training Solution
The No-Cry Discipline Solution.
The potty training one especially will probably get a couple of posts – I’ll post one as I begin the process, and another when I finally succeed. Here’s hoping you won’t have to wait until Owl is five years old for that second update :-p
That’s so exciting! I love it when authors turn out to be real people.
My class just finished reading a book by Barbara O’Connor. I mentioned that we were reading it on my blog and then someone on twitter re-posted my blog post and it ended up getting sent to the author! She tweeted me and my class tweeted her back a couple of times with responses from her. It was pretty awesome 🙂
Hi, I'm Natalie said:
Too cool – I also read The No-Cry Sleep Solution… I’m curious about the potty-training one, if only for baby 2 (Frances is done, but it was a bit of an ordeal.)
Elizabeth Pantley said:
Hi Carol – That is totally the cutest blog post ever!
(Pantley, in case you didn’t figure that out. ~ :o)
Now I definitely can’t wash my blog ever again!
Shanon Pruden said:
I love her books because she is such an awesome person too! It’s one things to write a book but this lady is so special, she cares about her message. I believe whole heartedly that she is the one who emailed you. I have spoken with her in emails before too! 🙂
That’s wonderful! I hope that if I ever become a famous author, I will be that attentive.
Debbie Vinall said:
She’s totally real. I don’t know her at all but emailed her once a question when I was in a desperate sleep place, and she emailed me back the sweetest email. I’m such a fan!
Yup – there’s nothing like personal attention from someone like that to make you love how they go the extra mile.
I love Elizabeth Pantly! She is amazing, as are her books. My son and I were going through sleep hell when I sent her a desperate email. She emailed me back personally.
Wombat Central said:
Win! The Internet rocks.
That it does! 😀
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