Here are the Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS) listings for both the eBook and the paperback editions of Love versus Goliath! Both editions are available from Wheelers Books. If you know a teacher, please spread the word!
First the paperback:
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!
Well, well, well: I’m a woman of calibre. How nice for me! I don’t earn that much, but the rest of it fits!
I never got a cent of paid parental leave. I didn’t get a baby bonus either, or a first home owners’ grant. I did earn a degree and damn hard work it was too. Readers of my memoir already know my parents both committed suicide when I was 15. I left school. I earned my degree working full-time, studying part-time and raising two kids. It was bloody hard work. I did Year 12 part-time over two years before I started the degree and missed medicine by 3 marks. I never did Year 11 at all.
Personally I have never believed in paid parental leave, but I’ll come to that. The baby bonus was just stupid. Here we are with a massively over-populated planet and we started paying people a bonus to have a baby while China has a one baby policy. W. T. F.? Billions of us on this planet and we started encouraging people to produce MORE of us? Not only encouraging, but PAYING! The mind boggles.
Paid parental leave? No. I believe in parental leave, most definitely. I think it is a wonderful thing if companies incorporate child care in their employment policies, as a number of companies do. I support flexible hours for parents and working from home.
There are some past articles that I’ve not really closed off. I really should! Each heading below links to the appropriate original article.
This was finally satisfactorily resolved. YAY! The electricity company removed the default after receiving the letter from the Red Cross outlining the events of 2010 and DIAC reimbursed most, but not all, of the $208. A good result!
Unfortunately, this has not been resolved quite as satisfactorily. In fact, it has not been resolved AT ALL. The offending website still has my work up there. I have reported the problem again – that makes five times now. I don’t expect a quick remedy any time soon. I wouldn’t be quite so offended if the original was not a very, very serious article that has been used to advertise travel. Clearly the thief never actually read the content, they just grabbed the text.
We are seeing some action. I’ve had lengthy discussions with English Co-ordinators and we have various people working towards finding some solutions to things like applying for special consideration for Miss 18 given the short time she has had available to her in our education system. This is ongoing for each child, but we are making progress.
First up a warning: I am writing this as a mother. I am not a teacher, I am not trained in any aspects of the education department or system. I am a mother. I am also not criticising the schools the kids go to. They are great schools and are doing the best they can working within the system, policies, procedures and processes they have to work within.
I am a mother of four children who entered our public education system at various stages: years 3, 5, 8 and 10.
When the children arrived, we had the older ones tested to see if their English was of a suitable standard to allow them entry into mainstream schools. They were allowed entry into mainstream schools.
The younger two were not required to be tested, I gather the concept is that immersed in the local system, their English would rapidly improve.
We’ve been through various issues. Did Mr Year 8 have a hearing problem? About $200 later, no, he didn’t, he just needed extra help with English. This isn’t easily available, though. Outside school, he was too young for any of the government programs for migrants. This is the young man that put his head down and bum up and got himself into Maths A, so he isn’t dumb!
We had gone through the situation very carefully with both the schools. Yes, the children had attended school primarily in English, but it wasn’t the best English in the world. They needed to UNlearn then RElearn – makes life hard. One of the co-ordinators has recently told me students from Hong Kong have the same problem.
We discovered Miss Year 10 wasn’t allowed to do ESL as her English subject for Year 12 because officially she comes from an English speaking country. No, no, no. Miss Year 10 comes from a country where the official language is English, that is not nearly the same as an English speaking country. No provision for testing of language skills. Just treated the same as a kid from the USA or the UK.
OK – I’m exaggerating – we don’t have 20 kids, even if it feels like it sometimes. We are having the best and worst week, in the same week.
For some reason that escapes my befuddled brain, Miss 10, Mr 12 and Mr 15 (nearly 15) ALL went to camp the same week. So while we have five quieter nights with less noise machines, the logistics have been wearing!
Busy week, so this is a summary!
Love versus Goliath
I NEARLY have the file ready for the print on demand supply. A friend is helping out with the cover design. Bit concerned that the print on demand company, Lightening Source, hasn’t returned my emails or my phone calls, so I may have to look for another company, who will no doubt have different file specifications. Lightening Source’s file specifications are not for the novice, but they have the benefit of operating here and overseas. I will write about actually preparing the file later, when I actually have one to up load!
Have had great feedback to date and some marketing activity is coming to fruition over the coming weeks. Can’t say too much yet!
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Pillar posts – those wonderful things that bring visitors to your site via search engines. I have mentioned before it seems to take a while for these to actually build regular traffic. One article that was published in January 2012 is going to clock up 10,000 page views tonight with a current average of 45 views a day. A much newer one has just clocked up 1,000 page views today and is chugging along nicely at an average 21 views per day. Yet a third is building nicely at 5 page views a day.