And now I can tell you my ‘secret’. Well, it’s not a secret, it’s my good news! FINALLY!!! My book is FINALLY available on Amazon! I am so so so bloody excited. I decided to self publish through THE most amazing self-publishing company in South Africa called Mousehand. Publishing houses are notoriously SLACK in interacting with authors, but Mousehand are amazing. I have never worked with a more efficient, more on the ball company before. Regular updates, time lines that are ALWAYS met, project driven methodology etc etc. Amazing.
Anyway, enough about them, lets talk about my book!! It is available here (<----- click that link), and then click the link that says ‘buy 10 copies for me and all my friends’.
I am so chuffed that I have done this. It has been hanging over my head as unfinished business for two years. There were many times when I wanted to give up on getting it published overseas as it can be a pretty soul destroying process (the rejections! Oh the rejections!) but that felt like giving up. And even though I had achieved really great things in South Africa with the book, I knew that ‘seeing it through’ meant making it available for all my overseas blog readers. So I am v v pleased with myself on a personal level because I stuck with it, I didn’t give up (Sister Mel would be so proud of me!)
I know I wont make much money out of this (all I want to do is recoup my expenses to date) but I never wrote the book to make money, I wrote it to tell my story. For others who are going through it, for those who love them, for my children and most especially, to honour Ben, Luke and all the babies I’ve lost. Now it is done. All it needs is for you to buy it :-)
the book! And please help me do some viral marketing
(with no budget) – tell all your friends to tell their friends, blog about it,
twitter about it, FB about it. This is a
great book for infertiles, for fertiles and for anyone in between. I need to pay off the cost of publishing the
damn thing myself!
(Oh, and please put your review up on Amazon once you’ve read it, or rate one of the other reviews, I think that helps. If you’ve read the local version, which is exactly the same as the international version, please add your reviews to this post or even better, to Amazon!)
The very, very connected Mel from Stirrup Queens will be doing a cyber book tour on it soon and you will get to read various reviews from her readers there.
Infertile and Addicted to Hope, Tertia Albertyn's Blooker-nominated journal
about her battle with infertility is now available to international readers on Amazon,
Powell's Books, and practically every e-retailer on the planet.
So Close, a heart-breaking, yet deliciously funny account of Tertia's journey from infertility to motherhood, was first published by Oshun in 2006, and has received rave reviews in the South African media.
Says Sam Wilson of women24.com: "Tertia is warm and irreverent, foul-mouthed and appropriately self-obsessed, full of insecurity and, most importantly for our purposes, the kind of person who can draw you into her tale."
With glowing descriptions from the media -- "The writing is deeply moving, often infused with wacky and off-centre humour. Her 'can do' attitude is inspiring ... Albertyn is gutsy and not afraid to bare her soul ... This book is a terrific read." (Cape Times) -- and fans of her blog www.tertia.org "I finished Tertia's book in less than 24 hours. It was so compelling, I had to force myself to go to sleep and not just continue reading through the night ... Just like her blog, Tertia's book addresses the issue [of infertility] with incredible candidness." (Janine Dunlop, tertia.org contributor), it's no surprise that sales for So Close are still going strong, three years after publication.
And now, you too can purchase a copy, from any e-retailer worldwide or any bookstore in the US and UK. Buy it on Amazon here
An Amazing, Poignant Book
This is an amazing, poignant book that will make you laugh and cry as you go with Tertia on her sometimes heartbreaking journey through infertility. The book, adapted from her very popular and wonderful blog, "So Close," is not just for people who have suffered infertility, stillbirth, miscarriage, or the death of an infant. It's for every parent who has had or is thinking of having a baby. It's so important for people who have never grappled with infertility to know what others are going through, and for those of us who have been there know we are not alone. The best thing about it? Tertia's story ends triumphantly.
Terrific read--definitely not just for infertile folks!
This is a beautifully written, hilarious and heartbreaking memoir. Sure, it's about infertility and would be a great choice if you or someone you love is grappling with that. You'll definitely be cheered, inspired, and you'll learn a lot. But I haven't had fertility problems and neither has anyone I am close to. I was nevertheless delighted to discover the acerbically funny Tertia and to go through her long, agonizing journey to motherhood with her. You'd think a memoir like this would be all warm and fuzzy mixed with earnest longing and sadness. You know, important, good for you, but ultimately kind of deadly. Not with Tertia as narrator, all prickly bad attitude with Chardonnay in hand and wisecrack at the ready. Somehow she manages to be snarky and sincere at the same time--how perfect is that? "So Close" is just a terrific book, funny and tragic, full of hope and, ultimately, joy. You'll wish, like I do and like her thousands of blog fans do, that she didn't live so far away (South Africa) so she could be your BFF.
A great book
Simply put, this is a great read even for those without fertility issues and a must read for those that do.