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Book Depository!

I've just been alerted to the fact that you can, in fact, pre-order the Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women right now on the Book Depository (which has free shipping!) It says the release date is July 30th, 2020 while I believe it will be available through Amazon on the July 14th, 2020, but if you don't mind waiting a week.. well, free shipping is great! It's also the special pre-order price as well!

BOOK DEPOSITORY

If you're coming to the Abbey Medieval Festival 2020, I will have books with me if you'd like to collect in person. I might organise some kind of pre-order myself there in case I don't have many with me and someone misses out! I really have no clue how many to bring to Abbey. This is all very new and exciting!

#medievalwomen #verysecretsexlife #abbeymedievalfestival #bookdepository #medievalbooks

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Those penis-picking nuns.

I'm excited to say that permissions have come through for the penis-picking nuns, the nun actually having sex, our beloved bearded woman and the woman throwing her baby into a toilet.  The winged penis badge. Gosh, this all sounds a bit salacious. There are other really nice pictures too, like that guy enthusiastically holding up an eel. 

Giggling, educating and horrifying. 

I hope I won't have to sacrifice any of these for the word count or having to make the text really small. I'm aware that a lot of avid readers eyesight deteriorates a little over time lie mine, so a good font and size and readability is important to me.

#medievalwomen #verysecretsexlife #naughtynuns #medievalbook

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Numbers game

Well, it seems that the book a little longer than the publisher was hoping for, but that's what happens when you give me a pen and ask me about my favourite subject!  Apparently, I have a lot to say about it! 

Who knew?

(Actually, every who knows me knew. Everyone. I just don't shut up about it.)

In other news, Beta testers say there's nothing to leave out.

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Name and number

Just spend a few moments filling out my details on Amazon and Goodreads for The Very Secret Sex Lives Of Medieval Women and I am thrilled to discover that I have an ISBN13: 9781642503074 and that the publisher's description of the book was already on Goodreads! Once my profiles are approved, I'll share the links. 

I'm pretty excited!

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Pictures.

Pictures are now the bane of my life. Seeking permissions from libraries in other languages and paying for the right to use them in a foreign language is slightly terrifying. Thank goodness for online translating as not all websites have a "translate to English" button. it's slow to do it that way, but a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do.

I seriously want to use those penis-picking nuns in my book.


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Signed, sealed and delivered

80 000 words and it's final, Everything including endnotes, illustration explanations and captions and indexes. Still have fingers crossed that I can get a foreword by an amazing lady author who works for the BBC... I don't know her personally and she's a friend of a friend, but maybe?


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Feedback

Feedback just in from a lovely person who is a pre-reader for me. She is a medieval author herself, so she was able to helpfully spot a few things I need to amend. She will write a review for the book, but I just wanted to share her initial response after reading the draft copy...

" It is quite compelling and hilariously funny. I have been chuckling out loud and my husband says he thinks he ought to read it if it's such a tonic! God Forbid! LOL"

The big question is.. do we let the husbands read it if it's secret? Of course we do! They deserve every opportunity to go "ewwwwwwww" and "nooooo waaaaay" as much as the rest of us! 

#secretwomenthings, #books #medievalwomen #verysecretsexlives 

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Libraries Are Amazing!

I know a lot of people at the online chat help on some websites, but a bit shout out the the gals who helped me out tonight from the John Rylands Library in England who answered my questions. The part of the image search was down, but they are helpfully passing on my requests to the right people in the right place who will email me with what I need to know.

Librarians rock.


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Now! With Pictures!

I really wasn't going to have pictures in the book. I thought wrangling all the copyrights and permissions was just going to be too expensive and too hard for me to sort with no help at all, but it looks like I will have a bunch of great images as well!

Because I've needed to look for some new ones which are reproducable without breaking the bank, I have discovered new pictures which have been pretty cool, I must say!

Stay tuned!

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Book Release Date!

I'm extremely excited to announce that Mango Publishing and I have a book release date! 

14 July, 2020!

Okay, that's a really long way away, but as far as timing goes, it's perfect! Re-enactment season here in Australia and the same week as the Abbey Medieval Festival and U3A Winterschool which means in very practical terms that everyone who has asked for a signed copy will be able to swing past if you're going to Abbey and pick one up which will save you postage.

And it's Summer release reading in America where my Mango people are.

Why the wait, I hear to say? After much thought, it's been decided that we will include pictures in the book, so this means rounding up all the permissions for manuscripts and waiting for those takes time, not to mention seeing if I can afford them OR doing some nifty line drawings. Either way, that's going to take a short while, then everyone goes on holidays over Xmas, and then the physical printing and all of the behind the scenes things need to happen. Many of these are done, of course. The book itself is finished and with the publishing team and a lot of the promo stuff is ready to roll.  

I'm feeling impatient myself, but I can see how it's a good release date. There will be a pre-release ordering available and when I know that date, I'll let you know!

I'll be posting less on facebook for a while until we get closer to July 2020 but I'll still be updating here with how things are progressing as they happen!

#mangopublishing #verysecretsexlives #medievalwomen #booksaboutwomen #medievalhistory 

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Website upgrades

I've spent a bit of time streamlining the look of the Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women and Rosalie's Medieval Woman webpages and will very shortly be kicking off new menus for a streamlined, easier main Rosalie's Medieval Woman website as well. There's a new facebook banner too. 

Illuminated manuscript commissioned from Tania Michaux Manesse Codex  style and photo by David de Groot It matches the new facebook banner as  well for a more cohesive look. Over the next week I'll be putting the  new banner and navigation links over the entire site, but that will take  a few nights.

New banners and new menus! 

All  your sexy medieval woman things, but prettier!

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Making a difference

I know that you'll be happy to hear that even though trees die to make books, I have talked to my Mango Publishing people about paper options which are recycled or partly recycled. 

Of course, the e-books will eliminate the need for paper altogether, but every small effort to make a smaller ecological footprint helps. Greta Thunberg is right about one thing. If everyone does something, no matter how small, it makes a difference over all. 

Do something. Make a difference. Even a small one.

#mangopublishing #savethetrees #ecofriendly #greenfootprint #gretathunberg

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Book Updates!

Well, it's been an exciting time in the word of book-related things for me and my lovely team at Mango Publishing. Things are moving along at an exciting pace.

After a chat with my editor today, we are going to see if I can wrangle some pictures for the book. I will need to look at copyrights and sources and see if it's viable, but wouldn't it be exciting to have some pictures?

At this point, I'm thinking that as much as colour pics would be wonderful, black and white keeps the cost of the book down, and as a book buyer, I know this is something to be mindful about.

I also now have a release date which I will share soon! With a bit of luck, it will tie in with some major medieval events in my part of the world, which would be exciting!
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New look for Rosalie's Medieval Woman website, facebook & author pages

Check out the new website look. rosaliegilbert.com

 I'm not keen on making a whole new author website, so I'll have  everything in one place. There's a new banner and menus for better navigation and the book pages have been redone entirely. The sitemap is now the main navigation and it's prettier now too! Facebook has a new banner as well. 

I'm not keen on making a whole new author facebook page either since I have so many really lovely friends on the Rosalie's Medieval Woman one, so  I'll have everything there as well as all the usual artifact collection posts,  manuscript observations, original medieval memes, medieval research and, of course, sewing projects. Over the next week  I'll be putting the new banner and navigation links over the entire  site, but that will take a few nights.

Illuminated manuscript  commissioned from Tania Michaux from Tania Crossingham's School of Illumination for my Manesse Codex style logo and photo by David de Groot from Four Horsemen Photography. It matches the new website banners as well for a more co-hesive look. #medieval #author #reenactor #livinghistory #newbook #verysecretsexlives #medievalwomen #allthehashtags 



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Final copy finished

Finally finished the final copy. The publishers have the draft copy but now I'm done except for the forward which is supposed to be someone famousy. Total word count 70 267. I was aiming for 40 000, so feeling pretty happy about that. 

To be honest, if I had another six months, I'd probably elaborate more, but I think it's good as it is. I don't want to bore regular people who aren't medievalists and I know some books do go on a bit. Just got the bibliography finished and all that remains is the publishing format, and get the page numbers generated and that will let me put the index numbers on.

At any rate, I'll send this copy through in the morning and let them know I'm doing the formatting. Feeling pretty happy with my work and hoping other people will like it too.

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Secret Women's Business

I am often surprised at the amount of secret women's business we have in the world today. When women get together in a group, chat often turns to things that we just don't discuss in front of men. Usually this is because they just get all awkward and flee the room the minute someone says the word "period."

I work in a hospital and our lunch room conversations often involve abcess puss, drainage of fluid which smells so bad it permeates your clothes and hair, organ biopsies and other gross things and we eat while chatting about these things but throw in the words "period blood" and suddenly the guys remember they need to be somewhere else. 

It strikes me that it's a little bit funny that women seem to know a lot about the male reproduction system and aren't particularly squeamish discussing, it yet many men prefer that we ladies just keep our ovaries a mystery. Periods? Ew. Keep it to yourself. Of course, this isn't everyone, but a large percentage. Think I'm kidding? Bring it up in casual conversation next time you're out with friends on a Saturday night as see how it goes. 

Men, however, will usually have no great issue discussing loudly, with their mates at the pub, their own bodily fluids. Pee, snot, vomit and in less polite circles, semen. These are all socially able to be turned into jokes and are accordingly hilarious. That time a guy threw up in the beer garden and it went everywhere and it was so gross and their were chunks in it and he sneezed and it came out his nose? So funny.

Imagine, if you will, that the group discussion included a woman who added, "Oh, yes! Reminds me of the time I had my period and had a sneezing fit so hard I flooded my pad and it was just like the time my waters broke, just so funny!"

You know that's not going to happen. That's not funny because it's perioooood blooood ewwwwwww! 

And therein lies the difference of the sexes. 

Medieval men were almost as helpful in setting this kind of attitude up by insisting that menstrual blood was extremely poisonous, an attitude which we don't share today. Luckily, that menstrual blood might be put to some good use, and I'll be telling you more about that later.

If you have a story where you've unintentionally or purposely made someone uncomfortable by mentioning your reproductive system, feel free to share it with me in the comments.

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Women are humans too

I'm making an effort to humanise the women in the Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women. Much has been written about some of these women specifically and we have a lot of dates and times but not much has been treating these women like humans. I'm taking the time to think about what their feelings might have been in certain situations.

We might read that someone was married for the third time or had to hide a pregnancy, but if we equate that to the lives to women we actually know today, what sympathies would be extend them? Our society offers far more support and love for the unmarried mother or the victim of sexual harrassment than the medieval one. How did these women cope? How did they feel?

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Final edit

I'm making what looks like the final edit. The publishers have the draft copy so they can see what the content is like and can plan their marketing strategy and get a feel for the book. At the moment, I'm sitting on nearly 60 000 words. 

Having not looked at the book for two days to get a fresh approach was a great thing to do and feedback from one of the testers pointed out an inconsistency in the format which I know would have bugged me if it went to print without being addressed. The short break has let me focus on what I've said already and what I have meant to add and hadn't (thinking I'd put it in somewhere else) without repeating myself in an annoying manner.

Feeling pretty good about this. 

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Back to the future

Well it's been a long time since rosaliesmedievalwoman had a livejournal, but in the end, it was a platform I loved and still do. I've copied the blog posts from my website and added them here so all the book things are together. I do like to share my thoughts and will most likely be writing every other day, so swing by now and then if you like and see what's new or do some binge catching up. Feel free to share on social media if there's something you like, and I'll answer comments if you have them.

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Hand it to me

Seriously, who doesn't like Viner hand as a font? It has a nice handwritten scrawl which is more legible than Rage Italic and less wide than Viking and it considerably more readable that Old English, CodexManesse and in no way hard to read. I'm quite fond of it and will be using it for everything. The cover design team don't seem to like it much, but it's far more appropriate than any of the Victorian style ones they seem to favour. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I feel it compliments Tania's image and I finally have a book cover I truly love and am excited about. 

Just keep crossing those fingers for me, okay?