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Help to publish my children's book

$1,195 of $6,500 goal

Raised by 21 people in 7 months
My wife and I moved from the UK to Australia about 7 years ago. It was a tough decision to leave both of our families but it was one that we do not regret.

Just over a year ago, we were lucky enough to start our own family, introducing our little boy Harris to the world. Without the support network of family close by, we have had to learn through trial and error how to raise our baby into the toddler that he is today.

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As the majority of parents reading this will empathise, it's a tough job and without anyone supplying a rule book or an instruction manual, you find yourself with a severe lack of sleep and at your wits end when things don't go as expected.

One morning, when Harris finally went to sleep - yes, you read that correctly as he'd kept us awake almost all night...again, I decided to put pen to paper and write a children's picture book about his sleeping issues. This was a way that I could express and document what we were going through and make some sense of why Harris wouldn't sleep.

Having read my short story to family, friends and other parents, I have received overwhelming feedback which has inspired me to begin the journey of publishing my first book, "The Koala That Couldn't Sleep".

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This campaign is to raise money to self-publish the first print run of my book and begin to distribute it around the world with a hope to become the next Aaron Blabey (Pig the Pug) or Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo).

I am currently underway with the amazing illustrations, having already engaged a very talented artist and expect that the final draft of the book will be complete by the end of August, going to print in September for shipping by October which, coincidentally is the due date for our next baby boy!

I have already written another book with the same theme but covering a different parenting/baby issue and depending on the commercial success of this first one, then I will release the second in early 2019.

I would like to thank everyone in advance for any funds that are contributed and those people that fund $50 or more get two copies of the book once published, one signed to keep and one to give to a friend. Make sure you leave your address in the anonymous comments when you donate so I can post the books out to you when they are published. Alternatively, you can email your address through to me at leephethean@gmail.com.
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Here are the books all packaged up at the printers and ready to start their journey to their final destination - me!
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So, a busy couple of days! On Wednesday we were published in the Bayside Star and Northside Chronicle local newspapers with an article written by Elyse Heyn.

Today I did a pre-recorded interview for Sydney's 2GB and Brisbane's 4GB radio station which will go to air on Sunday afternoon. The interview was with presenter Kayley Harris (coincidental surname) who was great to talk to and even agreed to promote the book by offering listeners a couple of copies of the book if they phoned up after the interview.

Also today, the printers sent a couple of photos of the book in the folding stage:
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The first proof of my book has been printed and delivered and looks fantastic! I have had to make some slight tweaks here and there, but I reckon it is 90% complete.

Having furiously looked through the August publication of the Sandgate magazine about 10 times, I was disappointed to find that we didn't feature in it! Not to worry, the editor let me know shortly afterwards that we have been pushed back a month to appear in the September issue which actually fits in really well with the timing of the book release in October!

Another local newspaper contacted us last week regarding writing an article and we had our second dad and lad photo shoot on Wednesday afternoon for the Bayside Star and Northside Chronicle.

Also, today we received an email to feature on a radio show in Brisbane and Sydney. More details to be shared when we know anything further.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support!
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Just to clear a point up, this isn't a self-help book or sleep training book - it is a children's picture book that you can read to your child at bedtime but clearly relates to the issues of getting your child to sleep on their own. It is my way of making some sense of it all!
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4 months ago
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$30
Sarah McHugh
5 months ago
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Eric Phethean
5 months ago
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6 months ago
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6 months ago
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