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Lockdown Living featured on podcast!

Lockdown Living has been featured in a podcast!

I was delighted that the Lockdown Living book has been featured on a podcast. In early May, I was hosted on the U.S.-based podcast, the “Book More Show” with Stuart Bell. Wow, there were some terrific ideas generated in our discussion! Many thanks to Stuart for hosting me, and for his great insights!

Among the highlights:

From ‘zero to book’ in less than four weeks!

We spoke about how the book came about in fewer than 30 days! In the space of about three weeks, I got the idea for the book, brainstormed the content and then developed an outline. Finally I wrote the book, and then delivered it to the world with the help of 90 Minute Books. They did all the complicated technical stuff — including the formatting and layout, and getting the book onto the Amazon and Kindle platforms. Their designer Glen also developed the cover design.

This was a great experience of me focussing on the parts of the process where my unique skills could come to the fore. I enjoyed having someone else to do all the things I don’t know how to do or don’t want to do.

Ways the book can have a life after the pandemic.

Chatting with Stuart reminded me that I have a 40,000-word draft of a book about PR and marketing. It’s sitting on the shelf. Knowing what I know now, I can get that book out into the world. There, it can start helping the owners of bricks-and-mortar businesses.

Creating an audiobook version of Lockdown Living.

Stuart suggested that I create an audiobook. He said it would be a valuable asset to the suite of Lockdown Living iterations. The book is currently in paperback, Kindle, and Apple Book. I am working on that now. Stay tuned for news of the audiobook version of Lockdown Living!

...And lots, lots more!

Click here to have a listen: https://www.90minutebooks.com/podcast/102

Read all about the episode from Stuart Bell here:

New Podcast with Laura Bruce, author of Lockdown Living: https://www.90minutebooks.com/podcast/102

Make sure to have a listen to this great discussion about the origin of the Lockdown Living book. And if you don’t already own it, get your copy of Lockdown Living here!

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Lovely review of the book

Here’s a lovely review of my book: a blog post from Joe Barkovich, retired editor of the Welland Tribune. Enjoy!

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I wrote a book

When the extent of the Covid-19 pandemic started to become apparent, and the prospect of going into “lockdown” began to loom, I realised that many people I knew were worried about being isolated at home.

That’s when I got the idea to try to do something to help. I wrote Lockdown Living: 101 Ways to Stay Positive During the Pandemic over the course of a few weeks in late March and early April. It was published today and is available on Amazon here

It’s a light-hearted approach to staying busy and feeling productive when your world’s been turned upside-down by a once-in-a-century pandemic. Like the title suggests, my book’s got 101 tips, tasks and tactics to help you cope with self-isolation. 

There’s everything from picking up that instrument in the corner, to discovering podcasts, to learning to use new technology to stay in touch, to getting off the sofa and onto your bicycle.

I hope you find it helpful. One dollar from the sale of each book will support women’s shelters. Cause this is a bad time to be stuck with someone violent or abusive.

Get your copy of the book here. Thanks.

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Reviews

Delighted with the early reviews from readers of Lockdown Living

“Clever, helpful, and at times droll! Strongly recommend.”

Barbara E, Manhattan, USA.

“Written by a friend in a light-hearted, often humorous fashion, this book offers a ‘one-a-day’ task option to keep you occupied during the current stay-at-home requirement. Flip it open to any page and say to yourself, ‘Today I am going to do this!” Brilliant!”

Janny P. Ottawa, Canada.

“A brilliant work by my friend Laura Bruce. You’re locked-down. We’re in this together. This is the book to buy for your best friends – because you’re in this together.”

Paul O’M, Cork, Ireland.

“The book is fun! Easy read and comical. Highly recommend it.”

Shirley C., Port Colborne, Canada

“This book is really a hoot! It is filled with practical, down-to-earth advice which makes you smile at the same time. After reading all 101 tips, I challenge you to still be bored. Just reading the book should get you out of the lockdown blues! And Hookers rock – we are even at No 2 in the book.”

Marie-Louise B., Christchurch, NZ.