Mom Interviews

Beth Feldman

Vice President, CBS Communications Group and Founder, Rolemommy

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You co-wrote a great book called Peeing in Peace: Tales and Tips for Type A Moms. Can you share a bit about what inspired you to write the book and what you’d like busy moms to get out of it?

My co-author and I were tired of hearing all the stories of women opting out of the workforce because they thought they were short-changing their kids and they couldn’t handle the demands of their job. We felt it was time to present a spin on the lighter side of working motherhood so that today’s moms realize that they are not alone in what they are feeling or going through.

Many of our site members and visitors are writers or aspiring writers – can you share a bit about the process you went through to get the book published? What were the biggest challenges?

Don’t even get me started. Here’s the situation: If you want to write a book about what it’s like to be a mom, then you better be a world renowned psychologist, doctor, celebrity or comedian or you better have a website with at least 10,000 visitors per month. If you visit Amazon right now and check out the motherhood section there are hundreds if not thousands of books on the market of motherhood. So my suggestion is to write a blog, comment on compelling stories, enter contests, get published in your local paper, then pitch magazines and try to get published there. In the meantime, read as many books as you can on the subject you want to pursue and check out the names of the agents who are mentioned in the acknowledgements in your favorite books and then contact them. But most of all, never give up.

If you can’t get published the traditional way, there are tons of self-publishing options which is the route we pursued after our high-powered book agent pitched our proposal to all the top publishing houses and they all told her while they loved our writing style, we didn’t have enough of platform that would translate into book sales, so thanks but no thanks. By the way, did I mention we are in the top 5 on Barnes & Noble.com of books devoted to Family Humor – take that those naysayer publishers!

You are the creative spirit behind Rolemommy.com. Tell us a bit about the site and what busy working moms can find there?

Role Mommy is an online community and events company geared toward today’s busy mothers. The website shares humorous stories and inspiring profiles of women balancing career and family. We also offer the inside scoop on fabulous finds for moms, books for parents and kids and movie reviews too. It’s pretty much a resourceful website for moms who don’t have time to sit down and swap stories. We also produce events for moms juggling diapers and deadlines and have featured several well-known celebrities, best-selling authors, real estate moguls, lawyers among many others at our “I Need A Playdate” panel sessions. Since we don’t have much time on our hands, I try to bring together women whose stories are inspiring and entertaining and perhaps will motivate our attendees to pursue their individual passions.





1 comment so far...

  • This interview has been a great peak into the future for me.

    I have a two-year old and a four-year old and I work PT from home. I really look forward to returning to FT work and I sometimes wonder how and when I will get there. There are times when I forget that I won't be changing diapers and comforting my child through teething pains for the rest of my life. Being reminded, through articles like this that I'm not in a permanent state of mommyhood-to-very-young-children actually helps me to enjoy the present challenges more.

    Beth Feldman's interview is very encouraging and I look forward to when my children will begin to have their own lives (at school) and as a mother I can return to have more of my own personal ambitions.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by boysmommy on 14th May 2007

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