I am sure the Prime Minister will not mind me sharing the letter I received today from her office. For security reasons, I have blocked out my address and the name of the staff member who signed the letter.
As readers know, I am, at the moment, one of those swinging voters. I am pleased to see, despite it being budget week last week, we have a Prime Minister who does communicate with the electorate. While Julia has not read Love versus Goliath, it seems obvious from the letter that someone in her office has read enough of it to personalise the letter. This is an entirely different approach to that taken by another politician when communicating with me. I draw the comparison merely as something for fellow Australians to think about.
I am very pleased to have Love versus Goliath acknowledged by the Prime Minister of Australia. I wrote this book to draw attention to what happens and the trauma that results. I hope others in senior positions will also see merit in my words.
Thank you, Prime Minister.
I know many overseas readers have been waiting as the postage from Australia was a little high!
Book Depository have the paperback with free shipping worldwide! Of course, also no GST.
A few weeks ago I wrote about writing a memoir when the memories are fresh.
That was before the physical books arrived for distribution. The eBooks are somehow not quite as real, I understand why some of our readers waited for the paperback, the physical book. Even our Mr O Jnr 2 fanned the pages in front of his nose and said, ” Oh, the smell!”
The Managing Director of my employer bought a book yesterday. Many co-workers have also bought copies. Even my local bottleshop bought a copy. As I said in my previous article (link above) it is scary. I am the same person these people knew yesterday. I haven’t changed, but there are things in the book they did not know about me. For 40 years I rarely mentioned my parents both committed suicide. Now it is “out there”. Will people think it is hereditary? For the record, my GP tells me I am past the age for that to be a risk! Just in case you were wondering!
You see, some days I feel strong. Proud that I’ve had the strength to put it out there, to tell it as it really is.
Other days I feel scared. Today was a “scared” day! What will people think? Will they think less of me because I was driven to the point of wanting to drive my car through the doors of the Melbourne DIAC building in sheer despair? Or will they understand? Will they feel it?
To the traditional publishers who turned me down, may I just say I hate you. I am sure there is something to be said for you guys handling all the damn paperwork/packaging/postage!
This self-publishing gig is damn hard work, you know.
You, dear reader, may remember I had a little glitch with generating my invoices for advance orders. I forgot a minor detail: the INVOICE NUMBER! OK, so sending out invoices is OK once you get that minor detail right, but then one has to keep track of who has paid. Create a spreadsheet to keep track of the GST (who invented THAT anyway?) and the postage collected.
Today’s processing started with getting a co-worker to help me lug four cartons of books to the car. Each book weighs almost half a kilo, so muscles are needed.
By the time I left the office I had already autographed 11 copies of the book.
Stopped off at the store to buy a marker and a pen. Stopped at the post office to buy the padded envelopes and the boxes for the multiple orders. This meant lugging a half empty (luckily) carton into the post office to make sure I picked the right sized boxes. Naturally, the closest car park was half a block down the street.
Got the boys to haul the cartons out of the car.
I am SO excited, I have to share!
As advance order people know, I ordered the first print run of the paperback of Love versus Goliath on April 24th. I had expected them to arrive early this week at the latest, so this morning I called Lightning Source to enquire as to progress. I got the big boss on the phone and I have to say, Paul is lovely. As are his staff. I have been a complete newbie at all of this and Lightning Source really have been very helpful and have gone out of their way to answer all my newbie questions. I have no hesitation in recommending them!
I was assured I would receive the books on Friday and asked they change the delivery address to my work, as otherwise I wouldn’t get to collect them until Saturday morning. Then there is all that autographing and envelope addressing stuff to do!
Tonight I received an email advising the books will be delivered to me just after lunch tomorrow! Grinning from ear to ear I am!
Today I also signed an eBook library lending agreement with Wheelers Books, who supply school and other libraries and sent them electronic files. Wheelers have already listed the paperback! The book is already catalogued by the SCIS. I am so grateful for the support of the SCIS!
Given I now have Friday night to get some of the autographing done, I should get most posted over the weekend.
Now I just have to find a way to get to sleep tonight! I honestly didn’t think I’d feel as excited as I do. Even getting the positive sales reports for the first half of February for the eBook edition wasn’t as exciting as actually being able to send out autographed copies! Thank you so much to the advance order people who trusted me to deliver, even though most of you knew me only from here or social media. I could not have done this without you!
This has been a hectic few days, getting the final printing bits and pieces organised.
The order for real books readers can touch and smell finally went in this morning! I did order a few extra copies, so if anyone missed out before the deadline and would like an autographed copy, let me know.
As promised, tonight we popped the names of all the orders received into the rice cooker and Miss O 2 drew out a name.
The lucky winner of a free copy of Love versus Goliath is: