For as long as I can remember, publishing a book has been my dream. But though I have begun writing many, the hurdle of actually finishing one has just seemed insurmountable.
But then I happened across a book I had already written, almost by accident, which merely required editing – or so I believed when the idea was planted in the fuginess* which passes for my brain these days. At the time I had a handful of posts already published on my blog and all covering the same subject: breastfeeding.
*Apparently not an actual word, but I like it so I’m keeping it.
So when a friend joked that I should write a book, I thought, sure, why not – this will actually be a breeze! (For the record, if you’re thinking along the same lines, HAHA.)
Not, in fact, a breeze. Although it does depend hugely on how polished you want the finished product to be, and whether you are literally collating articles or editing them into a more readable book. I went with the latter, also adding a ton of additional information, tips, and advice – all of which had to be verified and turned into a bibliography – and so it’s taken me the better part of a year to reach the point where…
IT’S DONE! I’VE PUBLISHED MY BOOK!
Yep, it’s out there. And what a huge relief it was to finally hit ‘Publish’:
I’ve written my first book, I’m super proud of it, and if you or someone you know may benefit from some breastfeeding tips, advice, or support, I’d be made up if you’d like to have a read.
For your delectation (or possibly my ego, but let’s not split hairs), here’s the actual blurb from the book:
Following the interest in breastfeeding posts on her blog, The Less-Refined Mind, Kate Tunstall felt compelled to edit and expand them into a comprehensive ebook. Since much of the information included is contrary to popular belief and not easy to locate, she’s made it her mission to educate – and ultimately to empower – those women who wish to breastfeed.
Kate says: ‘Dealing with the massive adjustment of having a new baby – and the inevitable sleep-deprivation that brings – is hard enough. Throw a cocktail of hormones and breastfeeding into the mix, and it’s a wonder more women aren’t affected by postnatal mental health issues. In order to give them the best chance of breastfeeding successfully (should they wish to do so), mums need – and deserve – accurate information. Equally, their decision to breastfeed or not should be an informed one.
Time and again I’ve seen incorrect advice peddled to the public about breastfeeding. There are fantastic resources available if you look in the right places (cough cough, my blog, cough); but unfortunately there’s also an abundance of false opinion – which is damaging and perpetuates misconceptions. Disappointingly, even health professionals sometimes get it wrong, and this can contribute to mums prematurely ending their breastfeeding journey before they’d otherwise choose to.
I’ve written this ebook to help guide new parents through the process of breastfeeding, and to actively dispel the many associated myths. Supported by research and studies, I uncover the truth about insufficient milk supply, alcohol consumption, and baby sleep – plus lots more besides.
Oh, and I’ve also dedicated a whole chapter to caffeine and cake. Because I’ve been there, and I get it.’
Do you feel fully prepared to breastfeed? Are you confident that you’re armed with all the information required to make your journey a successful one?
This book contains everything you need to know, plus tips on mastering latch and feeding in public.
Interested? You can find your copy here:
And if you’re currently writing a book of your own, why not check out my comprehensive how-to publish an ebook guide.