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My interview with the Australian Writers Centre

My interview with the Australian Writers Centre

 

Recently the Australian Writers’ Centre interviewed me about my travel memoir, Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds. I am so excited to share the interview where I talk about the book, self-publishing and why I chose to do it, my book launch team, and how I became a best seller on Amazon.

Read the interview with the Australian Writers’ Centre below:

Lisa Fleetwood on self-publishing and dachshunds

Win a copy of Destination Dachshund on Goodreads #Giveaway

Win a copy of Destination Dachshund on Goodreads #Giveaway

Enter my Goodreads giveaway for your chance to win one of three signed paper back copies of my Amazon best-seller Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations, & Sixty Dachshunds. (Australia only)

It’s pretty simple – click below and enter the competition at Goodreads!

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Destination Dachshund by Lisa Fleetwood

Destination Dachshund

by Lisa Fleetwood

Giveaway ends December 20, 2016.

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My library has a new book!

My library has a new book!

I am very excited to have Confessions of a Mad Mooer: Postnatal Depression Sucks by Robin Elizabeth on a shelf in my library. It’s been a big year for both of us in our publishing journeys and I’m very proud to have our books hanging out on the shelf together – and they look pretty good thanks to the amazing artistic skills of Sally Walsh at Sillier Than Sally Designs.

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And guess what?

I have copies of Confessions of a Mad Mooer in my hot little hands! 

$17.95 for local Penrith / Hawkesbury / Lower Blue Mountains buyers (I can get it to you), or add $7.00 for postage Australia wide. 

Contact me at bookendspublishing@gmail.com if you would like a copy. 

Description:

What happens when a mother says she isn’t okay, but nobody’s listening?

That’s the situation Sydney mother, Robin, faced after the birth of her identical twin boys. She already had a needy toddler and a husband who worked long hours, but no matter where she turned, her desperate cries for help went unanswered. It wasn’t until her newborn twins ended up in hospital with bronchiolitis that the medical staff realised it was Robin who needed the most care.

The hospital diagnosed her with postnatal depression, or postpartum depression as it is known in the US, and sent her and the boys to a psychiatric hospital. Inside the Psychiatric Mothers and Baby unit Robin finally found her confidence, not only as a parent, but also as a writer and a worthy person in her own right. Her periods returned, too, but she didn’t consider that as much of a blessing.

Confessions of a Mad Mooer is her story, told with warmth, humour, and unflinching honesty. A must read for anyone who has been touched by postnatal or postpartum depression, and a fascinating read for any creative or performing artists who have ever struggled with their own mental health.


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Robin Elizabeth is an Australian writer, ranter, reviewer, dyslexic, twitter addict, and definitely a mad mumma. She does enjoy getting caught in the rain, but not as much as she likes piña coladas and any number of 80s classic cocktails. Her friends have likened her to the comedian Judith Lucy, but no reputable source has confirmed the similarity.

She is best known for her blog entries about postnatal depression and her support of the Australian publishing industry. She is known as a good literary citizen and has started Robinpedia, which humorously catalogues the ins and outs of the Australian writing industry.

Sunny Sydney is where Robin Elizabeth resides with her three children and a husband; not that she’s entirely sure he exists because she only sights him but rarely. The children have been declared adorable by multiple sources.

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Merry Dachshund! Buy Destination Dachshund & receive a handmade dachshund Christmas ornament !

Merry Dachshund! Buy Destination Dachshund & receive a handmade dachshund Christmas ornament !

Need a stocking filler, a good read, or a cute dachshund Christmas ornament?

Well here it is. It’s like I read your mind 😉

Just for Christmas my Amazon Best Seller Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds now comes with the cutest handmade dachshund Christmas ornament.

$22.99 for book and dachshund ornament for pick-up or local Penrith area/Blue Mountains delivery.

*For postage Australia wide: $29.99

Get in quick before I hang all the dachshunds on MY Christmas tree!

Please email Lisa to purchase: lisa@lisafleetwood.com.au

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Praise for Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

“A likable author makes for a likable, dog-centric travel book.” – Kirkus Review
“Fleetwood’s resulting chronicle of a multigenerational family trip—88 days, 15 countries, and 60 dachshund spottings—has an invitingly chatty tone that makes one feel like one is traveling with her.” – Kirkus Review

“I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys memoirs, travelogues, history, who has a love for pets, or who is just looking for a great read in general.” – Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite

‘Destination Dachshund is a truly delightful read with many laugh out loud moments. And it isn’t just a book about travel – even though the extraordinary array of travel experiences captured between the pages is epic. The author unpacks with warmth and humour the intricacies of family relationships, our love of pets, and the joys of travelling with dodgy-kneed grandparents. And then there’s the hilarious dachshund spotting competition. I now find myself scanning walkways and parks for these spunky little dogs.’ —  Vanessa, Sydney

“A truly engaging read that is so much more than a travel memoir. Not only does Lisa take us on her 3-month trip of a life time, she also takes us into the heart of her family. While the Fleetwood’s travel through Europe, they must also navigate their own grief. Destination Dachshund is a remarkable book – filled with honesty and humour, and the sights, smells and sounds of amazing locations. It will make you want to hug the ones you love, then book a flight somewhere!” – Sharyn, Springwood, NSW 

Fully endorsed by Rosie the Dachshund
Fully endorsed by Rosie the Dachshund

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My new venture: Bookends Publishing

My new venture: Bookends Publishing

I have decided to start an independent publishing house. It is small. It will be a big learning curve. But I’m doing it anyway! All things must start from somewhere no matter how small. 2017 will be a big year!

In publishing Destination Dachshund, I wanted to take my writing career into my own hands and with Bookends Publishing I want to be able to help other authors do the same thing. I also want to provide opportunities for new, emerging, and established writers.

‘Be a driving force in your own life. When you empower yourself to act on your ambitions, you create opportunities for growth, connections and self-improvement.’ – Louise Hay

In 2017 Bookends Publishing will be launching a step-by-step guide about publishing to make it easier for indie authors to get started. Some of the content will include:

  • Being brave and believing in yourself
  • How to set up your Amazon Publisher Account
  • How to become an Amazon Best Seller
  • Publishing your eBook in ten easy steps
  • How to obtain your EIN (US Tax ID)
  • Understanding Amazon’s Keywords & Categories
  • Formatting your manuscript for eBook
  • Ebook, Print Book, or both?
  • How to obtain your ISBN and barcode
  • How to set up expanded distribution of your book to hundreds of retailers
  • The importance of a Book Launch Team
  • The Bookends Publishing  ‘Self Publishing Dictionary’

 

A beginning…

Bookends Publishing will be assisting authors to self-publish and provide publication advice and in 2017/2018 my aim is to gather a great team at Bookends and be open for submission for full publication. So watch this space and the space over at Bookends. Watch all the spaces. 😉

Bookends Australian Writing Award

I am excited to announce that in mid-2017, the Bookends Australian Writing Award will be established to showcase Australian writers and their many talents. All winning and shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology in ebook format. More information coming soon!


Coming soon at Bookends Publishing….
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The first wonderful writer I am providing some advice to is Robin Elizabeth with her heartfelt, moving, and funny memoir ‘Confessions of a Mad Mooer’: Postnatal Depression Sucks’ about her time in a psychiatric hospital after having gone through postnatal depression with both her daughter and her identical twin boys. The book will be available in ebook and print in December.

Visit Robin’s website for more information about the book and her commentary on postnatal depression (PND). It is Postnatal Depression Awareness Week right now and Robin is writing a daily blog on PND. If you or someone you know has been touched by PND then tune into to Robin’s blog here.

Kirkus Review for Destination Dachshund

Kirkus Review for Destination Dachshund

I was so pleased to receive a positive book review for Destination Dachshund from one of the most prestigious brands in publishing – Kirkus Reviews. Servicing the book industry since the 1930’s, Kirkus Reviews ‘stands for integrity, honesty and accessible reviews written with an insider’s eye’ and the Kirkus Indie program gives self-publishers like me the chance to earn honest critical review.

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“Fleetwood’s resulting chronicle of a multigenerational family trip—88 days, 15 countries, and 60 dachshund spottings—has an invitingly chatty tone that makes one feel like one is traveling with her.” – Kirkus Review

“…Fleetwood can be a sensitive observer and she has an admirable fascination with and respect for history.” – Kirkus Review

I am pretty happy with the review (read full review below). To have received a positive review from such a respected player in the book industry means a lot to me. If the only slightly negative thing they can say is that we walked past a memorial to fallen Jews and then spotted a dachshund is a jarring juxtaposition then I’m ok with that – that’s what happened and that is life. We were feeling sad at the memorial but then a dachshund scampered by – what are we to do except delight in that? Life is a series of juxtapositions like that.

Full Review:
In her debut memoir, Australia-based blogger Fleetwood shares the highs and lows of an extended family trip from Sydney to New York City. The transition from blog to book is trickier than many writers realize, but for the most part, Fleetwood has the knack. In 2010, right before Fleetwood and her family took off from Sydney, one of their dachshunds, Coco, died unexpectedly; the remaining dog, Charlie, she says, “won’t leave our side or our laps…his howls break our hearts.”

In honor of Coco, the family invents a trip-long game of dachshund sightings. Fleetwood’s resulting chronicle of a multigenerational family trip—86 days, 15 countries, and 60 dachshund spottings—has an invitingly chatty tone that makes one feel like one is traveling with her.

The family goes to Singapore; Istanbul; Moscow; Budapest, Hungary; Nuremberg, Germany; Paris; and Dublin (with numerous stops in between), before finally reaching New York in time for Christmas. There, they discover that “People are all going in different directions and are pushy, loud and rough.” But Fleetwood is otherwise delighted by almost everything else she encounters, be it a dinner cruise on Europe’s Danube River or a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France (Christmas markets are her admitted addiction).

She’s also as adept at noting what it’s like to travel with family as she is at describing cathedrals, castles, battlefields, and Roman ruins. In Turkey, for example, her 12-year-old son “barters for a fez hat that he will probably never wear again”; later, at a Paris café, she notes her recently widowed mother’s loneliness, achingly detectable under her otherwise cheerful demeanor.

Fleetwood can be a sensitive observer and she has an admirable fascination with and respect for history. But occasionally, there are jarring juxtapositions. In Krakow, Poland, for example, the family visits a monument to many thousands of Krakow Jews who died in World War II; barely a paragraph later, Fleetwood’s husband spots a miniature dachshund: “I follow his pointed finger, and sure enough ahead in the distance is a darling brown miniature dachshund. It’s so cute!”

Overall, though, the author ably conveys the fleeting pleasures of managing a trip that embraces both grandparents and grandchildren. By the time they get to Poland, for example, the kids complain they are “churched out,” and anyone who’s ever been part of a family outing will certainly relate.

A likable author makes for a likable, dog-centric travel book.

Spotlight on Destination Dachshund – Live author interview on Facebook!

Spotlight on Destination Dachshund – Live author interview on Facebook!

 

WLM BannerA few months ago I came across a fantastic Facebook group called We Love Memoirs and this Sunday 11th September they will be featuring Destination Dachshund Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds on their Sunday Spotlight and live interview!

We Love Memoirs: A place for readers and authors to discuss free, discounted and just plain excellent memoirs. 

Do you love reading memoir and love receiving news about free or discounted ebooks. Become a member of the group HERE and join my live interview on Sunday! I’d love to see you there!!

I’ll be answering questions, sharing pictures, a deleted scene from the book, and more! And, two people will win a free download of Destination Dachshund.

Meet me at We Love Memoirs from 11am on Sunday 11th September.

Don’t forget to join the group We Love Memoirs  🙂

Lisa ♥

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