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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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Self-Publishing is hard but it doesn’t need to be. I did it – so can you.

Self-Publishing is hard but it doesn’t need to be. I did it – so can you.

Self-publishing a book is hard work, mostly because it’s so bloody scary
…. which is why I joined Self-Publishing School to launch Destination Dachshund. And, even within that great community of writers and the helpful course modules it was still scary. For several reasons there were still many unknown factors in the publishing process:

  1. The course was mainly geared toward standard non-fiction,
  2. It was mainly geared to the American market, and as such not all the course worked for me as an Australian writer,
  3. It did not provide much information about print book options – only ebook.

All authors, writers, or any artists anywhere will have the same fears when launching their art in the world, in what ever form it takes – but for the indie author who doesn’t have the backing of a publishing house, and doesn’t want to pay a few thousand dollars for a course like I did (I figured it was way cheaper than the cost of my husband converting his Ducati 1098s into a street fighter. He has his hobbies and I have mine, haha!), and has no experience in ebook or print options, front and back matter, ebook or print book formatting, book covers, setting up a launch team, keywords, metadata, ISBN and barcodes, or how to get your book into online bookstores – then it can become overwhelming.

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Holding your print book in your hands is the ultimate goal for a writer but it just doesn’t seem to happen to everyone as much as they may strive for it. There are so many fantastic stories written by amazing people, but that does not guarantee publication. Talent is not enough. To me it is a combination of talent, perseverance, and being in the right place at the right time.

I’ve personally witnessed many writers reach the conclusion that despite years of writing (and I mean years and years), dozens of writing courses and workshops, blogging, mentorships, costly structural edits, the ‘almost’ pick-ups by an agent or publisher, and lots of wine – that maybe, just maybe they might have to take their writing career into their own hands.

Self-publishing may open the doors to your future writing career – it may not – but why not take the chance on yourself? It certainly shows that your serious about your writing and willing to take risks.

Bookends Publishing

My 2017 goals include not only publishing two more books of my own through my newly created publishing house Bookends Publishing, but to also help other writers publish their own books. Next year I will release a series of step-by-step PDF guides on how to self-publish, as well as a more detailed ebook.

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.

I can’t wait to share her book with you!

Visit Robin’s website Write or Wrong for more information about the book and her commentary on PND. Next week, the 13th to the 19th November is Postnatal Depression Awareness Week and Robin will be 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.

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