Friday Fun: Paperback Writer and the San Diego Festival of Books

Last week’s Friday Fun post featured “9 To 5,” Dolly Parton’s 1980 hit, but this week I’ve got something a little different…

“Paperback Writer” by The Beatles!

This delightfully rockin’ tune is all about a wannabe writer soliciting a publisher to accept his book. While this is just a snippet from the full song (and I strongly encourage you to buy the full-length version), this felt like the perfect way to get me in the mood for the San Diego Festival of Books, which is happening tomorrow (Saturday, August 26) from 10 AM to 6 PM.

It’s the first-ever book festival to take place in San Diego, so I’m super excited about it!

I’ll be posted at the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild table from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, so if you’re in the area please stop by and say hi.


Instagram Giveaway: Win a Get To Work Book!

And now for something completely different!

I’m hosting a Summer Giveaway over on my Instagram profile. Here are the details:

Enter my Summer Instagram Giveaway for a chance to win a 2017-2018 academic year Get To Work Book.

This awesome black-and-white, minimalist planner is both beautiful and functional, to help you get your work and life focused on success. Whether you’re hunting for your dream job or you’ve already found it, the Get To Work Book will help you tackle your goals big and small, one day at a time.

To Enter

  1. Like this post
  2. Follow @laurarobertsbooks and @gettoworkbook on Instagram
  3. Tag a friend! (Use the @ key on the Instagram post.)

Bonus Entry

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Contest ends August 31, 2017 at midnight PST.

One winner will be randomly selected and notified via Instagram PM or email on September 1, 2017. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

To learn more about the Get To Work Book, please see

Cool Job of the Week: Science Reporter

With today’s full (or partial, depending on your location) solar eclipse happening across the U.S., my pick for Cool Job of the Week is a no-brainer: Science Reporter!

If you turn on any TV station today, you’re going to see a science reporter in action. Today they’ll be focused on explaining how a solar eclipse happens, how to view one safely (don’t forget your eclipse glasses!), and where you can find the path of totality – the places across the country where the sun will be fully covered by the moon’s passage.

Photo credit: “Image of Solar Eclipse as seen by Hinode Satellite,” via NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Even if you don’t have a TV, you can tune into NASA’s coverage of the eclipse at The folks presenting on NASA’s website are a mix of scientists and communications experts, all employed by NASA.

Want to know more about the life of a science reporter?

Check out the Columbia Journalism Review for a great article on David Perlman, a science reporter for the The San Francisco Chronicle who recently retired at the age of 98. He advises: “Be a reporter. It’s the best job in the world.”