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Something About Me and My Book:
Tim Bete (pronounced “beet”) is a former newspaper columnist and author of two books, In The Beginning...There Were No Diapers (2005, Sorin Books) and Guide to Pirate Parenting (2007, Cold Tree Press).

Tim's parenting advice has been published in dozens of newspapers, magazines and Web sites, including The Christian Science Monitor, Atlanta Parent, Big Apple Parent, Northwest Family, and

He is married with four children and has 19 combined years as a dad -- 133 in dog years -- which makes him an expert at answering the questions, "Are we there yet?" "Why?" and "What's that smell?"

Formerly the editor of Early Childhood News magazine, Tim has written advertising copy for General Mills, IBM, Rayovac and Worldbook. He is currently the director of the University of Dayton's Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop.

Tim's hobbies include pushing his luck, skating on thin ice and fishing his kids' toys out of the toilet.

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Pirate Parenting interview with pirate captain Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall

In a rare interview with both Tim Bete AND Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall, the co-authors share why they wrote GUIDE TO PIRATE PARENTING ("Cap’n Billy put his dagger next to my neck and told me I was going to write a book for him") as well as how they placate their muse when she refuses to inspire them ("We ply her with rum"). Read the interview.

Posted on July 9, 2008 at 7:20pm

Virtual pirate book tour

Ahoy matey!

I'm going on a virtual book tour, which is kind of like sailing without ever leaving the dock. The good news is there'll be no rationing of rum, so hide yer valuables.

You can find information about the tour here.

Starting on July 7, you'll find each day's tour stops… Continue

Posted on July 2, 2008 at 12:32pm

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At 7:18am on July 16, 2009, Freya R said…
Hi Tim

Do stop by when you have a moment to check out our free book marketing tool - BookBuzzr. (

BookBuzzr is a page-flipping application that is more suited for marketing books online. BookBuzzr comes with the built-in ability to share your book-extract on over 60 social networking and bookmarking sites such as Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, Digg, Delicious etc.

We'd love it if you'd take a look at our tool and share your thoughts.

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PS - Sorry for this message if you already use BookBuzzr, but please help us tell others and spread the benefit!
At 7:00am on May 24, 2008, Dorothy Thompson said…
I mean authors other than my clients on the weekends...sheesh, it's too early.
At 7:00am on May 24, 2008, Dorothy Thompson said…
Hey Tim, I just got your message...woohoo and thank you! Send me the title of your book, publisher, ISBN and a book blurb to thewriterslife(at) I can get it up as soon as you send that info to me. Weekends are reserved for outside clients and I'd love to do this for you. Miss the humor group but I've been swamped.

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