Today’s 2017 Where Are They Now? interview is with author Rick Lauber of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Check out Rick’s interview, links for his books, and author event schedule below.
Join us tomorrow for Rick’s guest post, “Is Your Caregiving Cup Half Full or Half Empty?” –insightful points to ponder if you have been involved in caregiving for elderly or ill loved ones or friends.
Interview with Rick Lauber
Rick Lauber is a professional freelance writer with a sizable portfolio. He began his writing career after pursuing radio broadcasting, bartending, and marketing/public relations. Outside of writing, he continues to work part-time, travel to the mountains as often as possible, and cheer on the Edmonton Eskimos.
Rick has written two non-fiction books, both published by Self-Counsel Press (North Vancouver). Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians was initially published in September 2010, and has subsequently been updated to a second edition. The second book, The Successful Caregiver’s Guide, published in September 2015, focuses on the American market. Both books are valuable resources for prospective, new, and current caregivers (those helping and supporting aging seniors or preparing to do so). In both books, Rick discusses caregiving as a timely and topical issue, shares his own caregiving story, discusses issues relevant to caregivers, and provides website resources where caregivers can find help at many levels.
In addition to his caregiver’s guides, Rick Lauber contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat—101 Heartwarming Stories about Our Happy, Heroic & Hilarious Pets and Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas—101 Joyful Stories about the Love, Fun, and Wonder of the Holidays.
Full bio and Interview with Rick Lauber, Author (Sept. 2016)
Speaking with Rick Lauber
What were your most significant accomplishments over the past year?
I have continued to actively promote my books through scheduling book signings, conducting media interviews, writing in support of what I have written (including caregiving-related stories for newspapers, magazines, blogs, and websites), and securing new sales distribution points. Self-promotion has to be one of the most challenging issues for a writer; however, authors can be their own best salespeople (as they know their own material the best and possess the most passion for what they have written).
I have recently been invited to become a guest columnist for a local newspaper where I can speak about caregiving issues, and I am very excited about this opportunity! I also was recently contacted by a US-based blogtalk radio program who have asked me to return as a guest (having been on there once and being invited back is a nice compliment!). One other significant milestone came via Twitter when a follower (and fellow author) reached out to me and asked if I could beta-read his book! Doing this was a first–it was high praise to be recognized–and he has acknowledged and quoted me in his own book. He even supplied a signed copy of what he had written. My message here is, as an author, do not fear rejection. Instead, look for open doors (or even partially-open doors), think creatively about opportunities, and ask … the worst that you will hear is “no.”
What was your greatest obstacle?
I think my greatest obstacle now is the same obstacle I faced when writing my first book–educating the public. While aging, declining health, and dying are unpleasant topics to face and to talk about, people have to prepare that one day they may become a caregiver or know a caregiver.
What are you most proud of?
I think I am most proud of my own persistence with pursuing something I believe in. Caregiving is not always an easy sell and it could have been very easy for me to lose my motivation. I am also pleased with how writing and promoting my books has made me far more extroverted … I used to be very introverted and very nervous at the idea of calling up a bookstore manager and suggesting a signing event. Now, I can more comfortably sit at the front of a bookstore, meet and interact with customers, and talk about a difficult subject.
What are your goals or upcoming projects for 2017?
To continue doing what I have been doing to get the word out about caregiving, advocate for caregivers, and encourage more discussion about this topic. Writers always have to have a number of pokers in the fire and I do … one of these is another story submission completed and sent to Chicken Soup for the Soul. As Chicken Soup receives (and reads) several thousands of submitted stories for each new book title, I have not heard any decision from them yet.
What special thing about yourself would you like to share with readers?
I have been a co-caregiver for both of my own aging parents (Mom had Parkinson’s disease and leukemia while Dad had Alzheimer’s disease). People seem to appreciate that I have “been there and done that” with caring for my own aging parents. I also do not have any medical, legal, banking, or social work background and can talk to caregivers at their own levels without being overwhelming.
Upcoming author events for 2017
Saturday, August 19
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
3227 Calgary Trail South, Edmonton, AB
Saturday, September 9
Noon to 7:00 p.m.
Strathearn Art Walk
On the parkland along Strathearn Drive between 89 and 91 Streets, Edmonton, AB
Saturday, September 30
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Words in the Park Book Sale & Fair
Community Centre Agora
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, AB
Where can we find your books?
How can we contact you?