The Irony of a Supergirl Launching a “Supergirl” Book by Guest Author Liz Funk

liz-funkWe’re excited to welcome guest author Liz Funk to the ball today. She is the author of Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis
of Overachieving Girl
s, a new book about the pressure on young women to be perfect, published by Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone imprint. She has written for USA Today, Newsday, the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, CosmoGIRL!, Girls’ Life, and New York magazine, among many other publications. She blogs at her web-site, and she sits on the advisory board for

How to Get Ready for a Book Launch:

1. Get roots touched up at hair salon, get acrylic nails put on (and then re-learn how to type on BlackBerry), go tanning twice a week at least, and pay attention while having makeup done professionally the first few times to get a sense of how to do TV makeup

2. Figure out what liquids are essentials to carry on plane flights; figure out how to stuff an entire makeup collection into a 1-quart plastic bag to do makeup in airplane bathroom while en route to a college lecture

3. Research magazines, radio shows, blogs and online zines that pertain to your book. E-mail them to tell them about your book, and then e-mail them again.

4. Make yourself completely available for any TV interviews, phoners, and e-mail interviews.

5. Find time to blog regularly.

supergirlsIn short, getting ready for a book launch often requires going on overdrive, missing some sleep, and missing a few episodes of your favorite weekly TV show. Now, the kicker is that my book, Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls is a non-fiction look at the lives of Supergirls—overachieving young women who struggle to be simultaneously pretty, accomplished, well-liked, and organized… and make it all look effortless. In my book, I suggest that today’s young women need to slow down, develop a sense of self-worth, and stop busying themselves so they can feel like they accomplished something at the end of the day (because they’ve already accomplished something by just being themselves!). It’s ironic, because there is so much overachieving and so much hard work that goes into promoting a book about overachieving young women who work too hard. Sometimes it makes me feel hypocritical, but usually it just makes me laugh.

Also funny is that I’ve been writing so much publicity copy and doing so many e-mail interviews that when I type the word “eating,” my hands type the word “disorder” regardless of whether I’m talking about bulimic teenagers for an interview or gchating my friend and mentioning that I want Thai food for lunch. Naturally, when I write “super,” I can’t help but capitalize it and type the word “girl” afterwards.

The good part is that a book launch—especially a first book launch—is exhilarating. It’s so satisfying to see a book that’s been in the works for two-plus years to finally come to fruition, and the being tired is a good tired! (Similarly, I maintain that having a first book is not unlike having a first baby.)

In an age where authors can’t be secluded artists who avoid the public in their New Hampshire fortresses, we’re all entrepreneurs promoting our brand and promoting our books. Luckily, it’s also very fun to self-promote full time, and it’s also extremely fulfilling to get the first letters from readers and supportive friends who read your book and liked it.

I’d love to chat more, but I ironically have to get back to working on my launch!

10 Replies to “The Irony of a Supergirl Launching a “Supergirl” Book by Guest Author Liz Funk”

  1. Hi Liz,
    You’ve written a timely book. I have two daughters, and I think girls feel so much pressure to be “nice.” We really need to give them permission not to have everyone like them and teach them that they weren’t put on the planet to please everybody else! And as for book events, I know they can be exhausting. Good luck with your book and thanks for being our guest.

  2. I can’t wait to read this book! Especially as a YA author who tries to focus on strong females.

    Just yesterday, as I was working out between working on revisions for a new project and working on my blog and website and all that, I thought, “I’m starting to feel like a commodity!” Authors are now almost as much of a product as their books, it seems.

    Thanks so much for being our guest today.

  3. Thanks for being our guest today! The pressure on girls to be perfect and to be everything to everybody is pretty intense. We’re told we can have it all, and that means we’re expected to do it all. I really don’t think this is not the change feminists envisioned for women. Thanks for shining a light on an important topic, Liz.

  4. I know this is a problem for grown-up women — I’m still trying to teach myself not to be this way! Lately I’ve been restraining myself from saying “yes” to every school volunteer request — and it’s scary to ponder that of course this would be creeping down the years to our young girls.

    What a timely book! I’m cracking up about the autopilot typing…

  5. Thank you so much for all the support!

    I don’t think that there is any age cap on being a Supergirl–I think that Supergirl traits can be expressed in women of all ages. I’m just particularly concerned about how the youngest of women start to feel inferior so early on, and how this affects their enjoyment of high school and college and their twenties, which are all times of life that present their own trials.

    Katie, I like that you bring up the concept of authors as commodities–how interesting! I don’t feel any pressure at all from my publisher or anything, though–I’m putting the pressure on myself to try to boost the Supergirl brand and even the “Liz Funk” brand. Once a Supergirl, always a Supergirl.


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