Cover of The Birth of Super Crip Visit the home page of The Birth of Super Crip to read Chapter 1
of the novel, find reviews and links to media coverage, and more.

Get the book on Amazon and SmashWords!
(Also available on other sites.)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New/Old Twitter Gadget

I’ve been trying to combine all of my social networking outlets by basically posting every tweet on Facebook and the blog. I will continue posting “important” tweets (if there is such a thing) here on the blog and Facebook, but some things just seem to work in the Twitter world that might not come off so well on the other outlets. So, I’ve posted a Twitter gadget in the sidebar that will display all of my tweeting brilliance for those who aren’t on that site. I actually tried this previously on my sports blog, and the gadget simply stopped working.

So, we’ll see how it goes. For now, readers can check out my #getonellen or #getRobJQonEllen campaign and other tweets right here on the blog. Feedback is always welcomed. 

I'm Not Here to Inspire You is now available on iUniverse as an e-book!

Here is the link.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

First signed book request

John Siemiarowski and I, smiling
I was honored to be asked to sign a book that I had written for the first time in my life on Saturday. John Siemiarowski, who took the awesome picture that is now the cover image of I’m Not Here to Inspire You, was the first person I signed for. I’ll have to get better at this marketing thing—one of us probably should have been holding up the book! After signing several copies of the book for people at the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports cycling program, one thing became abundantly clear—each signature will truly be unique. This was especially true when signing after riding a difficult 24.5 miles. (Playing power wheelchair hockey was a lot of fun this season, but it doesn’t help the cardiovascular fitness!) I think I may have even forgotten the “J” in “Rob J. Quinn” on John’s copy! Thanks to Chuck Aronson for taking this great picture.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Re-tweet Week

Marketing genius that I am, I’ve decided to troll Twitter for “re-tweets” from celebrities this week. If you’re unfamiliar with the world of Twitter, well, let me first congratulate you. And you should know that a re-tweet—as I type, it dawns on me that this is abundantly obvious—is when someone shares your tweet with their followers. The idea, of course, is that I could get the word out about my book to the millions of people “following” a celebrity if just one of them actually re-tweets my message.

So, I just tweeted the following to the queen of daytime TV, Ellen DeGeneres:
@TheEllenShow A RT for I'm Not Here to Inspire You positive/realistic look at living w/ a phys disability #INHTIY

Nothing like starting at the top, eh? Actually, I started with Ellen because my goal is to get on her upcoming 11th season. I’ll have more on that campaign soon.

I have four more celebs in mind for Re-Tweet Week. (I figure after that it would get fairly annoying for my followers—all 76 of them!) Check this post throughout the week for updates on how it’s going and to find out who else I beg for re-tweets. If I can find them on Facebook, I’ll also ask each celebrity for a “share.”

Of course, your “re-tweets” and “shares” are very much appreciated! Or if you read the book, feel free to use the hashtag #INHTIY to share your thoughts. Sales are just starting to trickle in, so hopefully the hashtag will start getting some use soon. See the links in the menu at the top of the page to follow me on Twitter or Facebook, and help spread the word about I’m Not Here to Inspire You.

Suggestions for which celebrity to ask for a re-tweet are also welcomed!

Tuesday Update:
I started with the queen of daytime TV yesterday, so I thought it only appropriate to continue Re-tweet Week with the original queen, Oprah Winfrey.
@Oprah A RT for I'm Not Here to Inspire You positive/realistic look at living w/ a phys disability #INHTIY

I also followed up with Ellen: 
@TheEllenShow u like short books right? Try I'm Not Here to Inspire You #INHTIY; tryin 2 #getonellen the show that is

Wednesday Update:
I tried tweeting a “CP brother” in Josh Blue today.
@JoshBlueComedy A RT for I'm Not Here to Inspire You positive/realistic look at living w/ a phys disability #INHTIY

On Facebook, I included the subtitle “Essays on disability from a regular guy living with cerebral palsy.” I can’t believe how many times I’ve forgotten the word living in various messages about the book. I added it to the subtitle at the last minute and have the original version stuck in my brain. Sorry . . . almost every e-mail recipient so far!

I also took the advice of a Facebook friend and e-mailed Oprah (unbelievably, complete with the above error). And I continued my #getonellen campaign by e-mailing her through the show’s website. They’re a bit stingy with the size of the e-mail that you can write, but I tried to make it work. Plus, I discovered the error in the subtitle in some of my prepared materials, so re-working the e-mail was very worthwhile!

Thursday update:
A buddy of mine “shared” the book on Facebook . . . and iUniverse shared the book via his link! I’m countin’ it as the first big success of Re-tweet Week! Yeah, yeah, I know it’s their book too, but it’s Thursday of Re-tweet Week so I’m going with it. Josh Blue also “favorited” yesterday’s tweet, so . . . ok. It’s something.

Today I went with a local Philadelphia celebrity in Pat Croce:
@pat_croce A RT for I'm Not Here to Inspire You positive/realistic look at living w/ a phys disability #INHTIY

Croce’s Facebook page doesn’t allow people to post on it—smart man—so I just went with the tweet.

And yes, I continued my campaign to get on the Ellen DeGeneres Show:
@TheEllenShow ok so I'm not a cute li'l kid BUT have cute baby pics & the book cover pic is cool  #INHTIY #getonellen

Friday update:
I wrapped up Re-tweet Week with a request to one of the first people with cerebral palsy that I ever saw on television:
@kinggimp A RT for I'm Not Here to Inspire You positive/realistic look at living w/ a phys disability #INHTIY

Remember Dan Keplinger from the King Gimp documentary?

I debated tweeting several other people simply because of the number of followers that they have, but I thought a tweet to another “CP Brother” rounded out this exercise nicely.

So far, still no actual celeb re-tweets, but friends on Facebook have been awesome with “shares.” Many thanks to all for the assistance in spreading the word! I even had my latest tweet to Ellen DeGeneres “favorited” by a random person on Twitter. I also learned #getonellen isn’t exactly a unique hashtag, which I should have realized.

If nothing else, I hope I gave people a few laughs. I’ll be doing some more of this a little more exclusively on Twitter because I think it plays a little better on that format, but I’ll keep readers updated on Facebook and the blog. My #getonellen—maybe #getRobJQonEllen—will continue in the same manner.

Of course, I’ll be rolling out new ideas to promote the book in the coming weeks and months, and ideas are more than welcome. Thanks again for the Facebook “shares!”

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sent release 2 @delcotimes @wcdailylocal @NewMobilityMag on I'm Not Here to Inspire You #INHTIY; spread word, hashtag

About Me

Rob's profile picture; he is sitting at his desk, smiling
I am Rob J. Quinn, the author of The Birth of Super Crip and I’m Not Here to Inspire You: Essays on disability from a regular guy living with cerebral palsy. I started as a freelance writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer Sports section, and wrote several articles on the disability community in the local section of the paper. I moved on to eventually work full-time for a leading children’s book publisher, and wrote a title for the publisher on a freelance basis. I also spent two years working for a non-profit, which worked to assist people with disabilities purchase the assistive technology they need to live more independently. I’ve had several articles, most appearing on my blog first, published on the Huffington Post. In the summer of 2016, I started blogging again on a regular basis.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

Where to buy I’m Not Here to Inspire You

I’m Not Here to Inspire You: Essays on disability from a regular guy living with cerebral palsy is available on the following sites and devices:

(New! As of 10/5/2016; Kindle, Nook, and other formats available.)

(Paperback and Kindle)

Barnes and Noble
(Paperback and Nook)
(Paperback and e-book)

Many e-book sites, including your favorite!

(This post was updated after the date listed.)
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