Now, I'm not promising anything, and it's certainly far from being a decision, but, depending on a number of things, maybe... really maybe.. the book might have some colour pictures!  

Of course, that will make it more expensive to produce, so I don't know. I'm just excited to have some pictures in it at all. Even black and white ones will be nice.

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Book Cover Update

Well gosh it seems like this is an ongoing saga, but you'll be excited as I am to hear that I think we have a cover for the Very Secret Sex Lives Of Medieval Women which the Publisher and I can both live with. 

Stay tuned.

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Behind the Scenes

A lot goes on for an author behind the scenes which the book-loving pulbic rarely think about! I face the exciting challenge of having my book published in another country, which gives the issue of not being able to just drive to the publisher and pick up cartons of books to take to events or talks. 

Oh, no. They need to ship internationally to me before I can do that. And the publisher doesn't pay for that, I do.

We all know shipping of books from USA is not a  cheap thing. And being a new author, I really have no idea how many books I should be taking to places like the Abbey Medieval Festival or other events. 

So up front I get to:

- buy the books at cost (not cheap)
- pay for the cartons shipping to Australia (not cheap)
- pay for postage for anyone who wants a signed copy (add $7.50 in AU)

 A few people are saying they want a signed copy at Abbey, but whether  they actually turn up with money or do the "I'll get one later" thing, I won't know. I'm looking at a pre-order where they can pay beforehand and collect at the event. And quite frankly, I don't know what amount of books I should be  taking. Site fees need to be paid for. I still need to get  Exhibitors Insurance as well which will cover me for a year of selling  books at places as my re-enactor insurance won't cover me. 

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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!


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!

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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.

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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.


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 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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