Teika is the founder and managing editor of Mother's Milk Books

The ISBNs have come and the first proof has arrived!

I think this is all rather self-explanatory, but I did just want to share how things are coming along. It’s funny how ten sets of 13 digits and a whole stack of papers has made me rather happy And the pre-orders are coming in too…

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I'm losing the plot....

We’re all enjoying the novelty of having some hot summer weather, but it often means that my son is up with me at nighttime when I’m trying to do some work. I’m often typing away with him sat on my lap, as he forensically examines my wallet. I try to stay philosophical about it all. Being philosophical is my thing ;-)

It means that I’m making slow progress on the book and the e-commerce platform, and right now it feels as though I’m losing the plot…

So when I found the little ‘bendy’ man in the clutter beneath my cluttered desk the other day, I could empathise with his plight.

(By the way, since taking this photo his head has been glued back on.)

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First review - yikes!

Lois Rowlands, La Leche League GB’s Publications Director had this to say after reading through the first draft of Musings on Mothering:

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Never judge a book by its cover...

So the saying goes. But in reality we can’t help but do this, consciously, or subconsciously. We all have preferences, or leanings, towards a certain colour, text font and style. So the moment a person looks at a book cover, some sort of judgement takes place. Some may find that after time a book cover that they thought plain, or boring at first takes on an entirely different meaning… perhaps after they’ve read the book. Or maybe not. The design of book covers is a huge field in itself (as I’m just now discovering!) and trends in certain styles of book covers come and go…

As I’m now in the process of designing the cover of Musings on Mothering I find myself studying many, many book covers. I know that the design I end up with won’t please everyone – that, of course, is an impossibility – but I can’t help at least striving for universal appeal.

After much reflection, though, I have concluded that the main aim is to make the cover appealing enough to make an interested person want to pick up the book (or read the accompanying electronic blurb) and take a leap of faith and actually buy it.

Once they delve inside I am pretty certain that there will be something to hold their interest…

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A Cartoon Me!

My talented brother-in-law created this image of me from a photograph. I think the way he’s done the cartooning is great and I appreciate the time he spent doing this. Thanks a lot Matthew!

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