‘Why? Because Science!’ – an interview with science author Thea Beckman

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. People typically care only about advancing their own interests and kindness from strangers is an anomaly of such rarity that when it does happen we find ourselves searching for the T&Cs. This is one of those rare cases. A stranger living on the other side of the world stepped into my bubble and offered to do something truly great for me and this blog is it: my first ever interview as an author and as an anything, really.

Matthew Wright, you’ve done so much more for me than a girl could ever have hoped for and I sincerely appreciate it. Matthew has published an incredible number of books on New Zealand history and science and has officially moved from virtual acquaintance to role model. Thanks again for this and to the rest of you: enjoy!

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Long-time readers of this blog know I’m a huge enthusiast for explaining science and a cheerleader for everybody on the same gig. Today I’m interviewing author and science writer Thea Beckman, who’s just released her first book – Why? Because Science!

Her blog of the same name is a wonderful blend of cool science and sharp humour (don’t drink coffee while reading. I regularly snorted mine).

Matthew: Hi Thea, I figured you’d write a full-length science book, sooner or later. Congratulations! You’ve subtitled it: ‘The little book of bedtime science that unravels life, the universe, and the occasional pair of underpants’. Sounds intriguing. Also a bit awkward if you’re wearing the underpants at the time and the loose thread got caught on something, and don’t notice until you’ve got 100 metres of cotton behind you. Actually that describes writing. Ahem. So tell me about the book – what science does…

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“Why? Because Science!” is LIVE!

Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me orgasmic pleasure to announce the grand arrival of my book, “Why? Because Science!” It drops TODAY on Amazon so click on the link below and get your electronic copy!

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It would also be super awesome if you could help me promote this by sharing the link to your social media, recommending the book to friends, leaving a review on Amazon, and forcing it upon family members for Christmas. If this is going to be a success, I’m going to need all the help I can get from you, my blog family. And if you do help to promote the book on social media, please tag my Facebook page @whybecausescience in your comment, status, share, etc!

I’d really appreciate it. Happy reading, everyone!

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Last Chance to Join the Pre-release List

In two days – Wednesday 22nd November – I will be pre-releasing a digital copy of “Why? Because Science!” to an exclusive list of people. If you want to join that list and be among the very first to clap eyes on this book, please send me your email in an comment below or privately to thea@thecontentqueen.co.za.

Is there a catch?

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The best things in life are free, my friends, and so I have decided to make the book free to those of you on my pre-release list. All I ask for in return is your help promoting the book on your social media channels (a simple shout-out and a link to the book on Amazon will do), and an Amazon review. There are no other T&Cs.

Why pre-release the book at all?

Amazon is essentially a search engine, which means that it functions like Google. If you want your business or product – in my case, a book – to appear at the top of the search results pages, it needs to be popular. The more the book is downloaded, the more reviews it gets, and the more traffic it receives, the more Amazon will perceive it to be popular. Since Amazon makes money every time the book is downloaded, it will do its best to help it sell well.

This is where the pre-release launch comes in. By giving a group of people my book (for free) and asking for a some promotion and reviews in return, the book gets off to a good start and (hopefully) attracts enough downloads, reviews, and traffic to tell Amazon that it is worthy of their support.

So, help a girl out!

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Send me your email details and I’ll add you to the pre-release list. On Wednesday, you’ll get a link to the book as well as a little list of tasks you can do to help me promote the book, which will be officially launched on 1st December.

I’ll be extremely grateful for all your support!

 

You get a book and you get a book; everybody gets a book!

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Want a free copy of my book “Why? Because Science”?

Yesterday, I announced the launch date – 1st December – for my first ever book. Now, as a powerful drive to set this book up for success on the international market, I NEED your help.

If you send me your email address (here or privately to thea.beckman@gmail.com) I’ll send you a FREE electronic copy of my book 10 days before the book launch – that’s next Wednesday 22nd November. In return, all I ask is that you share my book’s link in Amazon to your social media channels (the more the better) and write a review on Amazon.

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Many people have insisted on paying for my book, which is wonderful – thank you – but for the first few weeks or so, the book will be listed for free as a way to encourage downloads so that Amazon’s search engines will take notice and say: “Holy crap, this book is popular! Let’s push it to the top of the list!”

With your help, promotion on social media, and positive reviews, we’ll put Why? Because Science! in the best possible position to become a bestseller in its category. This is the ultimate goal and if you can become a part of helping me achieve that, I’ll be so incredibly grateful!

So send me your emails, y’all and I’ll put you on my pre-release list!

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