Who & Where
In my ‘previous life’ BC (before children!) my professional background was in public health and I also ran a business in wholistic nutrition. Since becoming a mother of two, I have also become an author, speaker, magazine columnist, committee member for Natural Parenting Melbourne and general all round Mumpreneur! While I have always been passionate about healthy living, my life has very much turned to a conscious birthing and natural parenting direction.
What is your motivation behind the ‘A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth’?
It was something very inspired and perhaps a combination of pleasure and pain – I was feeling on top of the world and positively transformed by my own empowering, drug free birth experiences. (After conquering my own extreme fears of giving birth and gaining lots of valuable birth lessons along the way.)
Also being deeply affected by other mothers’ birth trauma around me. (Often due to lack of knowledge or preparation or giving their power away, leading to unnecessary medical intervention).
These impressions built up in me like a kettle boiling up inside until one day I felt compelled to do something about it – I suddenly had a strong calling to compile a book of inspiring birth stories. The idea really struck me and felt right. I trusted that this was my path and just launched into it with full force and passion and never looked back.
This inspired idea eventually evolved into a collection of inspiring birth stories, expert tips and practical insights to overcome your fears and reclaim your birth power, with a special afterword by the amazing Dr Sarah Buckley MD, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering.
And so “A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth” book was born!
Like most Authors, life requires you to wear many hats during the day, how have you made time in your business schedule to write?
I have had to be more far more efficient and selective with my time. For me this meant making difficult decisions like letting go of things that were no longer top of the list or putting other projects on the backburner. As a mother it also meant having many sleepless nights of writing to make space for this new project to grow!
I admit it was a bit of a mad undertaking to write a book with a business and household to run and two beautiful young children at my feet. But I am a firm believer that there are some things in life you plan (like your business) and other things life plans for you. This was certainly the result of the latter and a story that needed to told!
Also I have come to the conclusion that the conditions in life will never be perfect so you just have to take action on what is important to you and make the best of what there is. No excuses!
What guided you towards making the decision to Self-Publish?
This was my baby and my vision and I wanted to have full control of the process. For instance, when I spoke to one publishing company in the early days, they weren’t sure if they liked the cover or not and said “be prepared that we may change the cover and that’s just a part of the marketing requirement.” The cover was such a vital part of my book and there was no way I was prepared to change it or compromise on my vision or it wouldn’t be the same book! This was the best decision I ever made and another lesson to trust in my own instincts.
What would be your top 3 tips for Authors looking to Self-Publish?
- Start building a community as soon as possible with other authors for inside tips and tricks (my mother always taught me it’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes than your own!) and also people who would likely be interested in your ideas and become potential customers or stockists. For me that meant a community of pregnant mothers to be and birth workers. Initially in Australia and then when there was enough interest from overseas, we opened the doors to the world via our website and Amazon.
- Involve your community in the process of writing the book (whatever you do, don’t wait until you finish the book to let people know about it) and don’t be afraid to ask for feedback or suggestions.
- Think beyond the book. There is a whole world of marketing and PR to explore and reviews to collect and this process should start even before the book is published.
What role has building your on and offline author platform, through your site, business, media and social media, played in developing your profile as an Author and as a business owner?
It has been critical in creating awareness of both the book and myself as an author. I am so grateful that I live in an era where you can create a worldwide community with no borders or limits without even leaving home (in your fluffy slippers!) and build genuine heart based relationships with these people. Social media has been especially important for me in ‘getting out there.’
Do you have any other advice for those madly typing away or dreaming about doing so?
Believe in yourself and follow your dream with all of your heart and soul – it will give your life new meaning and purpose, grow you as a person and lead you to places you could never imagine!
Learn more and meet the author in her recent TV interview: http://shop.inspiringbirthstories.com.au/learn-about-natural-childbirth/
Join in the empowering birth community and be inspired daily: https://www.facebook.com/InspiringBirthStories