I Belong to No One – Publication Imminent

Only a little over four weeks to go until my memoir “I Belong to No One” is in store. It is all getting very real now. I am on a steep learning curve to establish a digital marketing presence:

Facebook Author Page – Tick – https://www.facebook.com/GwenWilsonAuthor  (I invite you to “like” it)

Update LinkedIn Profile – Tick – https://au.linkedin.com/in/gwenwilsonauthor

Establish a Website – Work in Progress – http://www.gwenwilson.com.au/

Make Blog look more professional – Work in Progress – But I have had the pleasure of emailing the WordPress Tech Team a mini essay when my self-help techniques maxed out. I mastered the idea of Parent Category and Sub-Category – but why are the relevant posts appearing in both when I only put them into the sub category? And I somehow lost my background photo in the meantime, but I’ll let that one run through to the keeper for now.

Work out why a post photograph in which I was wearing a tunic top as representative of a 70s mini-skirt turned up on a website of images under ‘galleryhip.com/worst-cellulite-ever.html‘. Hmm – okay, well, the phantom person behind the website took down the photo as soon as I complained, AND I have lost twenty pounds (10kg) since the photo was taken. So ‘just build a bridge’ I tell myself. ‘Get over it’ – ‘I have bigger priorities, etc, etc’. When you are lying in bed at night, however, willing sleep to come, worrying about how your book will be received . . . well, bridge building is no easy task, as I am sure you can imagine . . .

Banner: I BelongToNoOne_Coming Soon.

31 thoughts on “I Belong to No One – Publication Imminent

  1. Congratulations on the book Gwen – it’s a great achievement and I look forward to reading it. Norma is also looking forward to reading it and said she will be off to the book shops on 30th June to buy it.
    Sorry I couldn’t get to the launch, but between moving house and the recent trip, the year has been hectic.

    I hope to get back to the blogging soon
    Ingrid

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    • It was an amazing day Ingrid. You would have loved it if you could have made it. Very interesting speakers, and a great vibe in the audience. Let’s hope I can get over to Perth for an author’s talk one of these days. Say hi to Norma! And congratulations on the new house!

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  2. All the best for this last stretch before the launch. So exciting! I’ve liked you on Facebook with my private page and I’ve shared this post via az pictured … it’s all about cross pollinating in the social media world 🙂

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  3. Have followed your progress with ‘Belong to No One’ with great awe – your dedication and determination to succeed deserves great admiration. We wish you all the luck in the world as we stand beside you the BIG day!

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    • Thank you Jojo. It is finally starting to dawn on me. It has been a long journey, with a lot of waiting in between. Twenty drafts! Three manuscript appraisers / editors. Each step was an increment to success. With the jewel in the crown being my childhood friend flying in from the States to speak at the launch.

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    • Thanks Hillary. I didn’t plan to be here, not sure if you did.I am not sure whether the book will take off or sink like a stone, but for those who do read it, there are elements that will resonate deeply. I have already been booked to speak at a forum on domestic violence, for example. That took me by surprise, I was expecting more on adoption. Interesting times ahead.

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  4. Heaps of good luck for your book launch! The cover photo looks heart wrenching and will certainly catch people’s attention. I don’t have Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, but I can certainly ‘like’ your interesting Blog posts. All the best for your memoir publication. Agnes

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    • Thank you Agnes. You have always been such great support. The cover image sent me into a spin for the first 24 hours after it was sent to me for my “approval”. I had a bit of an emotional melt-down. Strange. I feel comfortable with it now. Not sure how I will feel when it is on shelf. The Hachette graphic artists are certainly talented.

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      • I’m really not surprised about an emotional melt-down – images can strike through to the core of you in an instant. I know you’ve obviously had to revisit your difficult past in depth, but still sometimes we can do it intellectually and hold our emotions at bay, but a haunting and personally meaningful image can sometimes open the flood gates. I think you’re very brave and generous to share your story. And, I hope the cover will catch the eye of browsers in bookshops as it is meant to.

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        • Yes, that is it exactly. Although I hadn’t realised until your comment. These memories are such a core part of who I am, and I have lived with them for so long – and talked about them freely – that I’d forgotten how deeply I was affected. When I saw that image, and also when I attended the National Apology for Forced Adoptions, just for one moment it is was if a curtain was held aside, and I stepped through . . .

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          • I really do admire you Gwen, you seem to be/have tackled this head on. I know we live in times that help us to be open, but still I think it takes great strength to face a difficult past and make it actively work for you rather than just bury it.

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