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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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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.

Book Review: What Happens in Book Club… E1 (It’s not me: It’s you) by Robin Elizabeth

Book Review: What Happens in Book Club… E1 (It’s not me: It’s you) by Robin Elizabeth

Spotlight on Australian Women’s Fiction – What Happens in Book Club… Episode 1: (It’s not me: It’s you) by Robin Elizabeth.


Summary: Your book club reads books? That’s adorable, Gwyn’s book club drinks wine and rates the hunks from classic literature. Sure they were once a regular book club, full of feisty discussions about Proust, but that all changes after the most awkward book club meeting of their lives. When schoolteacher Gwyn’s generally conservative book club covers a popular novel of a more suggestive nature, Gwyn can’t help but think of all the literary hunks in a suggestive fashion.

Enjoy the delicious sunny Australian setting as Sydney schoolteacher Gwyn learns all about lust, love, friendship and herself. And always remember, what happens in book club, stays in book club.


Review: What Happens in Book ClubEpisode 1 ( It’s not me; It’s you) by Robin Elizabeth is the first of a five-part series about books, friendship and love – oh, and maybe some wine to go along with all that! I love the beginning of this book! My own book club also read a popular novel of a suggestive nature, Fifty Shades of Grey, and lets just say what happened after that discussion must also come under the heading of ‘what happens in book club… stays in book club‘ and in Gwyn’s book club – after reading Fifty Shades of Grey they decide to ‘cleanse their loins‘ by ‘reading a classic of some sort‘. Furthermore, a year of reading novels about strong women is suggested and in Episode 1 (It’s not me; It’s you) they begin with Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.

I really enjoyed What Happens in Book Club… Robin Elizabeth’s sharp wit as she tells of heroine Gwyn’s unlucky love life is hilarious, and that mixed with the fact that the men Gwyn meets seem to resemble the leading men from her book club’s monthly read is just too funny. Who hasn’t wanted to see what it would be like to find a Mr Bingley? Or a Mr Rochester. Gwyn does, and with hilarious results. I also loved the dialogue between Gwyn and her friends, Mac and Selene. The interaction between the three ladies is very engaging, whether it is face to face, over a wine or two, a cocktail or a pint or three, in their daily 3.05pm online chat or their get togethers at the pub. Gwyn is a sharp, funny heroine who is looking for love in all the wrong places, or perhaps it’s finding her!

But who does Gwyn really want? The mysterious man from the very beginning of the book – the sexy silver fox who lingered at the bar after they discussed Fifty Shades of Grey, the man Gwyn calls Mr Grey.

I’m looking forward to reading What Happens in Book Club Episode 2 (I’m just not that into you) and can’t wait to see what sexy men emerge from the literary classics at their book club! I hope Mr Grey, the silver fox, turns up again for Gwyn’s sake! After her adventures with Mr Bingley and Mr Rochester I think she needs it!

Don’t forget to download Episode 1 absolutely FREE here: Apple iBooks / Google Play / Scribd / Barnes & Noble Nook / Kobo / Inktera / Oyster  / Also available on Amazon.

Buy What Happens in Book Club Episode 2 (I’m just not that into you) here: Amazon / Apple iBooks / Google Play / Scribd / Barnes & Noble Nook / Kobo / Inktera


Read all Welcome To My Library Book Reviews HERE


 

Author BioHi, I’m Robin. I do like getting caught in the rain but not as much as I like Pina Coladas. When I’m not soaking wet and drinking coconut flavoured rum mixed with pineapple cordial, out of a brown paper bag, I’m a mum to three gorgeous children, a little angel just turned four and my identical Prince Charmings just turned eighteen months.

I’m an English teacher by trade and enjoy teaching at an all boys high school when not on maternity leave. I’m assured by staff that the boys miss my sense of humour and wish me back soon, and I’m assured by the boys that I don’t have a sense of humour and my jokes are not very good. I love writing, particularly stories for and about women and have recently, filled with my own sense of self-importance, started passing on my expert parenting tips and how to be a mad cow tips on my blog. You’re welcome Earth.

Visit Robin Elizabeth at her website HERE


aww-badge-2015This book has been read and reviewed by Lisa Fletwood for WTML for the 2015 Australian Women Writers challenge. To read more about the challenge see their website www.australianwomenwriters.com

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