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Win an advance copy of “Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir” (Or attend the book release party and buy an autographed copy!)

Hey, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this a zillion times already, but I wrote a book. It’s coming out in May, but if you are one of 10 people my random number generator deems worthy, my publisher will send you an advance galley copy. A galley is a copy of the book printed before all the proofreading is complete. It’s usually sent to critics and magazine writers so they have time to write a book review before the publication date. However, we’re also sending 10 copies to my lovely, blog readers! You can be the first kid on your block to read my book, AND you’ll gain deep insight into my psyche by examining my inability to hyphenate properly.

To enter, sign up for my email list here. That’s it. You don’t have to leave a comment on this entry, just sign up for the list and be sure to click on the link in the confirmation e-mail to finish the subscription process. You’ll get a free muffin recipe regardless and you’ll also get any news related to the book sent to your inbox. I promise not to sell or give your e-mail to anyone, nor will I barter it for low-fat cupcakes. I also promise not to spam you or try to sell you Viagra. On Monday, March 3rd, I will randomly pick 10 members of the list as winners. So, if you sign up for the list and then unsubscribe two minutes later, you will not be included in the drawing. You can always unsubscribe at any time you wish, though I have no idea why you’d want to do that, even if someone baked you a dozen low-fat cupcakes. I would also be really, really, grateful if you wrote a review of the book on Amazon/your blog/MySpace/Facebook/in the dirt on your windshield. Share the love! Get the word out! Just don’t spoil the ending! Oh, okay, you can spoil the ending. I lose the weight. Sorry to ruin it for you.

ETA: I forgot to mention this, but sadly the contest is only open to residents of the US and Canada. Sorry!

I have also set up an official web site for the book at halfassedbook.com (I wrote a half-assed book! I am a half-assed author! I have a half-assed site! How many half-assed jokes can I make?) From now on, I’ll be posting most of the book-related news over there, but I’ll also cross-post entries that are relevant here too. I don’t want to deluge people with book info unless they’re interested in it. I’m also writing a series of posts called “Blog to Book” over there which will chronicle the process of writing a book based on a blog. And while we’re at it, I set up a Facebook group you can join too!

Book release party

I also have two poll questions for you. First, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this a zillion times already, but I’m running the Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon on Saturday, May 3rd. I want to have a book-release party the night before the race where we can all meet-up and carbo-load together. You don’t have to run the race to eat the carbs. I need to know how many people would show up so I can figure out where to hold it. If you think you would attend a book release party in Indianapolis (probably downtown, but that’s negotiable) on the evening of Friday, May 2, 2008, please respond to the poll below. You bring yourself and I’ll bring my fat pants!

Autographed copies

Second question: I will be ordering books to sell and personally sign at the book release party. I’m going to sell autographed copies of the book on my web site too. I need to know how many to order so I’m not also selling them out of the back of my trunk for the next 10 years. If you’ve already pre-ordered the book from Amazon, you can cancel your order any time before it is actually shipped and your credit card will not be charged. Would you buy an autographed copy of the book from me? You would have to pay shipping and handling costs and I’d probably sell it at or slightly above the suggested retail price ($15.95) since I have to take the time and effort to run the whole business off of my kitchen counter. I do not know if you would get the book before or after it is available in stores. Just know that I would ship it as soon as I could. Please let me know if you’re interested via the poll below.

ETA: I WILL ship books overseas if you pay for the shipping costs.

If you are using an RSS reader to read this entry, you’ll probably need to visit the blog to actually see the polls. If for some reason you still can’t see the polls, visit them here. Thanks! And don’t forget to sign up for the email list for your chance to win an advance copy!

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Michelle • February 25, 2008 at 7:13 am

I’m out of town for a wedding May 2, or I’d be there. Will you be autographing in person any other time? I’d like an autographed copy, but I’d also like to meet you!


PastaQueen • February 25, 2008 at 7:49 am

I’m scheduling readings in Indy, Louisville, Lexington, KY, and hopefully Chicago too. Also, one in South Bend since I have a friend there. Once they are all confirmed, I’ll post them on the book site.


Comrade GoGo • February 25, 2008 at 9:56 am

I’m SO excited about your book coming out!! YAY :).


Mom • February 25, 2008 at 10:05 am




Kyle • February 25, 2008 at 10:57 am

It’d be a bit of a long haul for me to make it to Indianapolis…although if I ever go back home, I would have to pass through the area on my way to Michigan, so maybe someday my dream of meeting PQ will come true…someday…

I totally abuse the whole … concept. I’m addicted, I can’t stop!


Kelly • February 25, 2008 at 11:27 am

I have a question for you that is entirely unrelated to this post (though if you want to fly me in from Baltimore, I will totally come to your party!).

Anyway: Shoes. I am sure you’ve probably posted about this before, but I can’t find anything. What running shoes do you like? I am just starting to jog (very, very slowly, since I am 340lb) in small intervals and I have been spending a lot of time on the treadmill of late, mostly walking, but with some spurts of jogging thrown in. Any opinions that you have would be most appreciated.

PQ – Well, it’s really best to go to a running store and get fitted for the shoes that are appropriate for your gait. That being said, I’ve always liked New Balance and Saucony brand shoes. Really, you should get something that feels comfortable to you.


Red • February 25, 2008 at 11:52 am

I’d like to offer to review your book, but I doubt my site gets enough traffic to make it worth your while.

But I can assure you, my mother would be *very* interested in hearing about it. But then she might just borrow it. Blurgh.


Robyn Thorp • February 25, 2008 at 12:15 pm

You crack me up! I absolutely look forward to reading your blog everyday! If your book is 1/2 as good as your daily posts…you’re going to make it BIG girl! Looking forward to the book very much!



Jen • February 25, 2008 at 12:20 pm

I would love to attend the book launch party, but I scheduled a race for May 4, so I think that would be a tough schedule. I signed up for the email list and will definitely watch your tour schedule for a date when I can make it.

I know you’re choosing advance copy winners randomly, but I love to write book reviews and would especially love to review one of yours. I have my fingers crossed (which makes it hard to bake muffins).


AndrewE • February 25, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Would you ship the autographed copies overseas?

PQ – Yes, I will, but you would have to pay for the shipping costs. I don’t know how much that would be, but I’d find some way to calculate it before you purchase.


Lori W. • February 25, 2008 at 1:39 pm

I’d love to come — maybe I can start a caravan of people from where I’m at and go on a road trip. Debbi — are you in? :-)


deanna • February 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm

I just recommended your site to a friend who was struggling with her weight loss for some inspiration, I told her to go to the archives and start from your first blog and continue to present date. It’s been a good two years since I have been reading your blog, so I took a peek too, and damn, you are one funny girl. The early blogs had me laughing out loud – at my desk. I really enjoy your writing and so looking forward to the book. Rock on!


Rachael • February 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm

You must be excited that it’s getting closer and closer to release! I was thinking of you in the grocery store the other day when I picked up a fruit I’d never seen to try. It was called a “Grapple”. The package said it was a grape/apple hybrid. It did smell strongly of grape, but looked and tasted like apple. I wouldn’t pay the extra $$ for them again, but I will sniff them anytime I see them.


JEMi @ MyFavoriteDietBlog.com • February 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm

I’ll sign up and even if I don’t win, I’m buying a copy. because yes – I think you’re awesome.

PQ – Aw. *blushes* You’re sweet.


anonymous boxer • February 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm

I’m going to buy your book, so I may as well get an autographed copy! I’m so happy for you.


K • February 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm

I would come to the party if I were on the right continent… but as it is, I hope it goes with a swing!


AJ • February 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm

I’ve ordered your book from Amazon and am trying to be patient as I wait for the release date and the time it will take to ship to Oz.

I was thinking about your galley copies with their incomplete proofing and had to smile – my first thought on seeing the cover was, “That’s not how you spell ‘arsed’, that’s half a donkey!” Seems that even though we both speak English, an Australian proof reader wouldn’t be very helpful :)

Congratulations and good luck with the run, AJ

PQ – LOL! I hadn’t thought about it, but if my book is ever released in Britain or Australia they might have to re-title it “Half-Arsed.” Hee!


Shelladawn • February 25, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Would lurve an autographed copy but would you be shipping to Australia? And are Aussies eligible to enter the proof copy competition? Later gator

PQ – I WILL stand in line at the post office to ship autographed copies to Australia. Sadly though, the galley contest is only open to US and Canadian residents. Sorry!


Marshmallow • February 25, 2008 at 6:12 pm

What AndrewE said – would you ship autographed copies overseas? (naturally, we’d pay for the shipping and any crazy postage wrappage!)


Heather • February 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm

I doubt I’ll be traveling, but I would absolutely buy an autographed copy. Well, maybe not absolutely. It runs more than $20-$25 and I probably won’t.


cellomum • February 25, 2008 at 7:21 pm

I have never commented before but I have been greatly enjoying, and drawing inspiration from, your blog for months now.

I would love to buy an autographed copy of your book. I live in Canada though, and sometimes the shipping costs seem ridiculous!


Amanda • February 25, 2008 at 8:31 pm

I would totally be there if it weren’t held on the weekend before finals! Especially since Indy is within spitting distance from me.

I can’t wait to read your book!


Red • February 25, 2008 at 8:58 pm

I can’t wait until your book comes out, and I’m glad I’m such a procrastinator and didn’t reserve the copy before, because I would really like an autographed copy.

And hell YEAH I would go to your release party!


Erica • February 25, 2008 at 11:09 pm

I would love to participate, but it wouldn’t be fair since I work for your publisher! Plus, I’ve already read the galley. I love your book. I’ve recommended it to lots and lots of people.


Bella • February 26, 2008 at 1:54 am

Do you think you’d do any future book tour dates outside of the Indianapolis area? I know asking you to come out to California would be a stretch, but I bet you’d have quite a following. Plus, think about all the fun sites you could see.

I ordered a copy of the book on Amazon, but would be very interested in getting an autographed copy. I’ll follow your new book website to find out more details on how to get the book directly from you.

PQ – I would love to visit California, and I might be out there for the BlogHer conference in July. We’ll see. I’ll be sure to post about it if I schedule anything out there.


Shelladawn • February 26, 2008 at 5:20 am

Oops, I didn’t wait for your Speedy Gonzalez reply and went and put my email address in for the proof book thingy draw. It’s an Aussie email address ending with “au”. You have probably already deleted it. Sorry. It’s the heat in Australia, so warm, so hot, so tropical, it affects my brain. Hope its not too cold in the Northern Hemisphere. Later

PQ – I wouldn’t delete you! I want people to sign up for the mailing list, even if they aren’t eligible to win the galley copy. If you want to unsubscribe, that’s cool, but I wouldn’t kick you off my list.


Laura • February 26, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I think having the book party before the race is brilliant! I am running it, as I hope you will recall (I know it’s tough to keep up with all your fans =) but I am also staying with my niece-in-law, who lives in Carmel and is also running the race. I am going to email her and explain that Friday night I will be spending with my internet friend who wrote a book, and hopefully she will be cool with that. I also have to clear it with my hubby. BUT, girl, I am going to do all I can to make it to your party. I will be honored to be there.

Oh, and I’m sure we won’t be racing that Half any where near each other. You have been smoking me on your min/mile times. I’m still in the mid 11 minutes for long distances. I hear, though, that the Indy Half is shoulder to shoulder the majority of the race, so we’d probably lose each other in the crowds anyway. So meeting you at your book party will at least guarantee me a chance to meet you, even if it’s not at the race.

So excited for the book to come out!


Shelladawn • February 26, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Cool bananas, I’m not being kicked off the list. Woo hoo for PQ!


Cathleen • February 27, 2008 at 6:06 pm

PQ, I would definitely go to a Chicago reading!!!

BTW, you got a great review in Kirkus, which is what lead me to your site! I’m a librarian in a suburban public library, and I’ve put in a purchase order to add your book to the collection. Spread the luv, PQ!


Lora Ramirez • February 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Congratulations, PQ!

Anytime you’re in Boston again (for a signing or something else), we’ll do lunch or at least a cup of coffee!


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