Do Life Right, Inc.
9Apr/14Off

Lisa is Keynoting The World’s Best Roadschooling Convention!

My family and I are getting super excited for tomorrow. It's the first day of the "World's Best Roadschooling Convention" right here in Tucson, Arizona. I'll be giving the key note address at 7:00PM tomorrow evening (and hosting a Moms-only circle Saturday morning)! Greg and Zoe will be on an Unschooling Panel Friday afternoon from 1:00-3:00PM.

The convention unofficially started for me yesterday, as several other authors and myself had a lovely afternoon of talking about our books and signing books at Mostly Books in Tucson. Here's a photo:

7Oct/13Off

Our 16th title: WRIGHT ON TIME: IOWA, BOOK 6

Happy October!

As of last Friday, Wright on Time: Iowa, Book 6 is published! I am super excited about this book. I, the author of the Wright on Time series, am from Iowa. Plus, the book is set in October and October is my birthday month. :)

Wright on Time: Iowa, Book 6

  • 6th book in the Wright on Time series
  • Written by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
  • Illustrated by Tanja Bauerle
  • Published: October 4, 2013
  • ISBN: 193784806X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937848064
  • LCCN: 2013935885
  • Retail price: $12.99
  • Pages: 162
  • Genre: Chapter book

From the back of the book:

 Discover all 50 states with Nadia and Aidan!

Nadia and Aidan continue their RV adventure with a trip to visit cousins in their dad’s home state of Iowa—just in time for Halloween and Nadia’s birthday! Nadia loves having time to document their discoveries about the Time Tuner. Aidan wants to sword fight with corn.

But what’s a “Wright on thyme”? How does a turtle get to be a Prince? How can you get lost inside a computer? And just what freaky weird Halloween tricks will the Time Tuner play on them?

19Dec/12Off

WRIGHT ON TIME: COLLECTION 1–Now in Audiobook!

I'm doing a bit of a dance here today, because Do Life Right, Inc. now has five books turned into audiobooks.

Wright on Time: Collection One, Books 1-4 is now on Audible, Amazon (as an audiobook), and iTunes! Read by Darlene Allen.

 

28Nov/12Off

Our 12th title: WRIGHT ON TIME: MINNESOTA, BOOK 5

Yes! Wright on Time: Minnesota, Book 5 is now available!

  • Author: Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
  • Illustrator: Tanja Bauerle
  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Do Life Right, Incorporated (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937848027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937848026
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Retail price: $12.99 US
16Oct/12Off

The 1/2 Way Point of the 1st Annual Doing Life Right Teleconference

Have you seen the videos for the 1st Annual Doing Life Right Teleconference yet? Be sure to "like" the teleconference on Facebook!

Here's a quick recap of all the videos so far:

 

26Aug/12Off

Our eleventh title: WRIGHT ON TIME: COLLECTION 1

Due to popular demand, we've put the first four Wright on Time books into one collection of books, aptly titled Wright on Time: Collection One, Books 1-4! These four titles in one book include: Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1, Wright on Time: Utah, Book 2, Wright on Time: Wyoming, Book 3, and Wright on Time: South Dakota, Book 4. To find out more about the Wright on Time books, see Lisa's website: Wright on Time Books.

  • Author: Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
  • Illustrator: Tanja Bauerle
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Do Life Right, Incorporated (July 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937848000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937848002
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Retail price: $19.99 US
5May/11Off

Our third title: WRIGHT ON TIME: WYOMING

Wright on Time: Wyoming, Book 3

Join the Wright family in Wright on Time: Wyoming, Book 3 as they continue into Wyoming. Learning about geysers, mudpots, hydroelectricity, wind energy, and more, the "mysterious device" becomes an important part of Aidan and Nadia's homeschooling adventures. This is the third book in the Wright on Time series of children's chapter books by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley.

Published in August 2010, this book officially gave the Wright on Time series its "series" status, a proud moment in Do Life Right's publishing history.

Want to read all four Wright on Time books? Check out the special 4-pack deal on wrightontimebooks.com!

4May/11Off

Our second title: WRIGHT ON TIME: UTAH

Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley

Continue on the adventure with the Wright family as they continue their 50-state, 50-month, RV-living, homeschooling adventures through Utah as they explore on a dinosaur dig.

Wright on Time: Utah, Book 2 is the second book in the Wright on Time series of children's chapter books by author Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley. Although part of a series, this book can be read independently. Published in December 2009.

Check out the special 4-pack bundle of Wright on Time books to get autographed copies from the author at a special limited time discounted rate!

3May/11Off

Our flagship book: WRIGHT ON TIME: ARIZONA

Explore a salted cave in southern Arizona with the fictional RV-living, homeschooling Wright family as they begin their 50-month, 50-state adventure around the United States of America!

Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1 is Do Life Right, Inc.'s flagship book. It was through writing this first book in Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley's children's chapter book series that Lisa was able to draw upon her love of homeschooling, learning all the time, and fun family adventures to build a whole new world for homeschooling kids of today to see themselves in. Lisa is particularly excited at how well received non-homeschooling families have found her books.

Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1 was published in August 2009 and is available worldwide. Through the sales of this flagship book, Do Life Right, Inc. has been able to bring more books about realistic homeschoolers of today to the kids and families who have been craving them for years, only to be told that books about kids like them aren't interesting enough for today's readers. Do Life Right, Inc. is proudly proving that theory wrong!

Haven't read Wright on Time: Arizona yet? Buy on Amazon.com or check out the special autographed four-pack available through wrightontimebooks.com for the month of May 2011!

2Feb/11Off

More about the Founder of Do Life Right, Inc.

With my recent interview on Louise Wise's "Wise Words" blog and recent exposure of having one of the "50 Best Blogs in the Unschooling Movement", I realized that I haven't posted much personal information on this site about who I am and why I, Lisa Cottrell-Bentley, started Do Life Right, Incorporated. Here are a few common questions I have received. If you have another, please let me know and I'll answer as many as I can.

Who am I? I'm Lisa Cottrell-Bentley, a unschooling/homeschooling mother of two brilliant and beautiful daughters. I live in southern Arizona with my wonderful daughters, amazing husband, and five spunky cats. We love solitude and live out in the Sonoran desert on ten quiet acres. I'm originally from Iowa/Illinois, and have lived in Arizona since 1999.

What do I do with my days? Well...it depends on the day. :) My family spends a lot of time at home, yet a lot of time traveling. We love the balance. I write articles for my own sites (and I have quite a few), as well as Vegan Mainstream. I've been a Girl Scout Leader (of the best troop on Earth) for ten years now. I've been teaching Creative Writing classes to kids and teens for about a year (I *love* this passionately). I also, obviously, spend time writing fiction stories of my own, editing other authors' work, marketing, doing interviews, taking care of finances, publishing books, and much more related to making my business run smoothly while growing.

Why did I start a publishing company? Great question! This is probably the #1 question I'm asked by interviewers. A little history: I started Do Life Right, Inc. in 2005 as a consulting company, helping people out with their personal conversions to homeschooling and/or vegan lifestyles. We incorporated in October 2007. We turned the company into a publishing company in April 2009, with an influx of capital from a private investor.

After years and years of my older daughter becoming frustrated with all the children's books she was reading, we discussed why she didn't like the books she was reading and what the ideal book series would be. She was frustrated with all the books that were school centric, had deceased (or at least absent) parents, had siblings and friends who hated each other, etc. Her ideal book would be a series of books where the characters had true growth, siblings loved each other, parents participated in the lives of their children, and school (and/or the hatred of school) was not the focus of the book. She wanted action and adventure, mysteries, and science fiction details.

Since nothing like that existed yet, I set out to write this "perfect" series. Once I'd written several books of the series, I took these manuscripts to publishers and agents. The only feedback I received was that while the writing was great, I needed to "get rid of the parents, make the siblings not like each other, get rid of the homeschooling aspect," and basically make it just like every other book out there--the exact opposite of what I wanted to write.

I took this information, along with the fact that there are over 2.2 million homeschoolers in the United States of America alone, and found an investor who believed in my vision. I was able to take that funding and publish the first two books in my series (as well as do a lot of marketing, trademarking, and much more). I've then used the proceeds to grow the company. We're now about to publish the fourth book in the Wright on Time series, as well as several books from other authors. We are actively seeking great manuscripts with realistic homeschoolers of today as the main characters.

Where do you work? I work from home when I'm home, and in motel rooms, friends'/family's homes and roadside Wi-Fi locations when I'm on the road. Since nearly all of my work is done on a laptop, I can take my office with me wherever I go. I actually get quite a lot done while I wait for my younger daughter at her dance class. :)

When did you start writing? I've had stories in my head since my earliest memories. While I can't pinpoint how old I was when I wrote my first story, I was nine when I won my first writing contest. That said, I believe anyone can begin their writing career at any age.

How do you find time for everything? Well... I do one thing at a time. My children come first, always, yet I have plenty of time to pursue my own interests, especially the older my daughters get. Yes, I have a lot going on in my life, but I thrive that way. I enjoy having a variety of activities. :)

More information about me, Lisa, can be found here:

  • Do Life Right -- my personal blog where I talk about homeschooling, unschooling, veganism, my family, my family's adventures, and just random topics :)
  • Wright on Time Books -- my children's chapter book series about an RV-living, homeschooling family who travels the USA; Click HERE to go straight to the media page with interviews, appearance dates and more
  • Rich Author, Poor Writer -- fledgling site where I discuss the pros and cons of various types of publishing, and how to pick which option is the best for each writer's individual circumstances