Some Exciting News

wpid-wp-1438929414523.jpegMany will already know that I self-published my first book Become the Best You last November, through Amazon’s CreateSpace.

In it I talk about my less than perfect upbringing, which led to me drinking and partying away my teens and early twenties. About enduring two mental breakdowns, and cutting ties with my entire family before hitting rock bottom. I speak about knowing how much I’d screwed up, and working damn hard to turn my life around. Become the Best You takes the reader on my life changing journey to liking myself, and is packed with bite sized chunks of inspiration to help others overcome their challenges.

I’m really proud of what I managed to achieve, considering how little time I’ve had to market the book. I got it into the Amazon self-help charts Top 50 the weekend it was released, and it currently has twenty six 5* reviews. A handful of fellow bloggers have raved about it on their blogs too, some because I sent them a promotional copy, others with absolutely no prompting.

In an interview at Writing Bubble earlier this year I gave some background as to why I decided to self-publish the book, and also said that I wasn’t ruling out getting a larger publisher on-board at some point. Well, in the midst of a truly awful time (possibly my lowest ebb since becoming a mum) an offer landed on my doorstep from Austin Macauley, an independent publishing company. They want to take me on as an author, give Become the Best You a little revamp, and get the book out there on a bigger scale than I could do. They’re even going to pay me an advance in royalties, not a sum I could retire on, but it’s an advance none the less. 

“Based in London, Austin Macauley Publishers has established itself as an energetic and imaginative independent trade publisher. Our publications range from historical romances to showbiz memoirs; from illustrated children’s tales to in-depth technical manuals; from hard-hitting thrillers to meditative poetry. Our team at Austin Macauley are optimistic and forward-thinking; we pride ourselves on being able to offer authors both new and previously published the opportunity to become established in the ever-expanding world of books.”

After having a solicitor check out the contract (can’t be too careful) and giving it all very thoughtful consideration, I decided to go for it. I have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. The production team have already been in contact and the ball is rolling on getting the book ready to be launched.  

So watch this space.

Exciting times are ahead 🙂


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  1. August 19, 2015 / 10:08 am

    Thanks very much Karen 🙂

  2. August 19, 2015 / 10:08 am

    Thanks so much hon, really kind of you to leave such a lovely comment. It had been a series of crappy events leading up to this and (touch wood) it seems that the bad luck spell has now been broken. Kids are still not sleeping great, but in the grand scheme of it all we are doing much better now. Long may it continue! xxx

  3. August 19, 2015 / 8:32 am

    Congratulations! That is such brilliant news 🙂 Really pleased for you.
    Thanks for sharing on #SundayStars

  4. August 18, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    Awesome news, hon, you totally deserve it! Still can’t believe you wrote a book with a newborn! Amazing. Hope life is getting a little easier for you? Really feel for you. Am so glad you have some lovely external validation to help you find your positivity again. Congratulations! xxx

  5. August 18, 2015 / 5:24 am

    Thanks so much Susan xx

  6. August 17, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Huge congratulations, that is so exciting x

  7. August 17, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    Thanks so much Jenny – it all feels very surreal at this stage! Best of luck for you too my lovely x

  8. August 17, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Wow huge congratulations and that’s such an amazing achievement. Its my dream to get my self published book out there from a company. So happy for you. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  9. August 16, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    Thanks so much hon xxx

  10. August 16, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Well done and VERY well deserved lovely lady. I am so pleased for you xx

  11. August 16, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Thanks so much Ellie xx

  12. August 16, 2015 / 9:42 am

    You’re very kind , thank you hon xx

  13. August 16, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Thanks Kirsten, it really did!!

  14. August 16, 2015 / 9:41 am

    Thanks so much! Please drop me a line and let me know what you think xx

  15. August 16, 2015 / 9:41 am

    Thanks Megan, really lovely of you to say that xx

  16. August 16, 2015 / 9:40 am

    Thanks so much Nomita xx

  17. August 16, 2015 / 9:15 am

    Congratulations! That is fantastic news – so happy for you. x

  18. August 16, 2015 / 8:56 am

    Such fabulous news! Well done, Rene. So very well deserved x #sundaystars

  19. August 16, 2015 / 8:17 am

    Oh wow congratulations! What fantastic news, you must be over the moon. I really want to read this book. It sounds like something I can really relate to. *hops off to amazon* I’ll let you know when I’ve read it. 🙂 xx #mysundayphoto

  20. August 16, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Congratulations. That is fabulous news. Well done. I am glad it has come at a time when you needed a boost. Kirsten

  21. August 16, 2015 / 7:22 am

    Well done hun! You are an inspiration pure and simple! xx

  22. August 16, 2015 / 6:50 am

    wow c ongratulations what an awesome achievement!x

  23. August 14, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    Thanks so much Denise, for your never ending kind words of encouragement and support. I never did send you a copy did I! You must give me your address so I can do that…

  24. August 14, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    Thank you honey, I’m so pleased you like the book. It’s all very surreal at the moment…

  25. August 14, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    Thanks so much Charlotte xxx

  26. August 14, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    Thanks my lovely, you are too kind to me!

  27. August 14, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Thanks Jo, for your kind lovely words 🙂

  28. August 14, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Thanks so much Emma 🙂

  29. August 14, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Thanks for all your support Maddy, you’ve been cheering me on from the start and it’s very much appreciated! xxx

  30. August 14, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    For you anything, mon cherie 😉

  31. August 14, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Thanks so much for all your support hon xxx

  32. August 14, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Thanks so much xx

  33. August 14, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Thanks so much Kiran. It all feels very surreal but very exciting 🙂 xx

  34. August 14, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    Thank you my lovely Carol xx

  35. August 14, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    Thanks so much Zaz. I truly believe that too, and if nothing else, it’s going to make for interesting dinner party conversation when I start throwing dinner parties again 🙂 xxx

  36. August 14, 2015 / 6:30 pm

    Ahhh I know that feeling so well. I must have twenty half read books lying around the place, and I only have three kids! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far lovely xx

  37. August 14, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    Thanks so much Zena. You’ve been a huge support and cheer leader right from the start, and I really appreciate it. Might come to you for some reader feedback at some point if that’s okay xxx

  38. August 14, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    Thanks lovely xx

  39. August 14, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    My door is always open… knock away…

  40. August 14, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Thanks so much Mandy!

  41. August 14, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Thanks so much Tas, still in shock tbh and of course I’ll be keeping everyone posted xx

  42. August 14, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    Thanks lovely, still feels very surreal xx

  43. August 14, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    Thanks so much Louise, I might be coming to you for reader feedback at some point if that’s okay xx

  44. August 14, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Thanks hon x

  45. August 14, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Thanks so much Yvonne, that’s really kind of you to say that xxx

  46. August 14, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    Thanks Kirsty x

  47. August 14, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    thanks so much lovely 🙂

  48. August 14, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    Thanks hon x

  49. August 14, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Thanks so much hon. I didn’t allow myself to believe it until the lawyer came back and said it was kosher xxx

  50. August 14, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    That’s great to hear hon! Thank you, I’m still in shock tbh xxx

  51. August 14, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    Thanks my lovely xx

  52. August 14, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    Thanks Kriss, so kind of you to say that.

  53. August 14, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    Thanks so much Carolynne, it was all rather unexpected! Can you tweet me the link once It’s been updated please, and i’ll promote it too xx

  54. August 14, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    Thanks so much hon xxx

  55. August 14, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Wonderful news Renee! And thoroughly well deserved. So happy for you! Xxx

  56. August 13, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Hi Renee that’s amazing! I will re promote your interview on Mojomums too and add this bit of great news on to it! 🙂 Congratulations! xx

  57. August 13, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    I am so thrilled for you. You’ ve had a tough journey in the past and are a wonderful writer.

  58. August 13, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Massive congratulations Renee, this is a huge achievement. I’m thrilled for you. xx

  59. August 13, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    This is such AMAZING news Renee!! I’ve got goose pimples just reading this. It is a fabulous book – I’ve had lots of great feedback from readers since featuring it earlier this year – it’s wonderful that it will be getting this exposure woo hoo! Xx

  60. August 13, 2015 / 8:51 am

    Hon that is SO exciting! Huge congratulations and we’ll deserved after all your hard work. Good idea to get it checked by a lawyer but like you say you have nothing to lose! So so pleased for you xxx

  61. August 13, 2015 / 8:12 am

    a huge well done to you, amazing and exciting news #sharewithme

  62. August 13, 2015 / 5:30 am

    Well done.
    Authenticity and hard work never fails . You are very authentic and hard working.
    Well done.

  63. August 13, 2015 / 5:22 am

    Wonderful news, congratulations. Well deserved too.

  64. August 12, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Congratulations again Renee, I’m absolutely thrilled for you x

  65. August 12, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    Oh wow!! A very huge well done, that’s fantastic news and I hope it brings a brilliant year with it and much much more xx thoroughly deserved!!

  66. August 12, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Brilliant! Congratulations 😉

  67. August 12, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    So chuffed for you – it’s fantastic and well deserved and proof that it *is* possible to get a book published. I’ll be coming to you for advice if I ever get my own book off the ground. I suppose I’d better finish planning and actually start writing …

  68. August 12, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    This is amazing news, and so well deserved. Well done lovely. This is just the start of your journey as an author, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you all. Much love xxx

  69. August 12, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Congratulations! I bought your ebook a while back, I’m about half way through and think it’s great. One day I will get round to finishing it but with 7 children I really find it hard to find the time to read much, maybe it will be easier when the older ones go back to school! x

  70. August 12, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    *happy dance happy dance*!!! Renee, I am utterly thrilled for you! The universe truly sends things in the way of those who step out into their passions. So so delighted for you, and look forward to hearing more xxx

  71. August 12, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    You my dear Renee, deserve this so very much 🙂 x

  72. August 12, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    Oh Renee this is just wonderful. It’s so well deserved, well done lovely. Such exciting times ahead indeed for you! XX

  73. August 12, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    that is fantastic news. Congratulations. I wish you all the very best of luck. x

  74. August 12, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Brilliant Renee – so proud of you and pleased for you. Looking forward to finding out what happens next, and seeing the new version in the shops! Xxx

  75. August 12, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Oh I am so excited for you, hun! I have already bought three or four copies of the book, but I’ll definitely buy the new version again. Yay to you. You do deserve this; and Become the Best You deserves to reach a bigger audience. I might be cheeky and ask for a signed copy!

  76. August 12, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Woo hoo! Am SO THRILLED for you! So well deserved! (and thanks for the mention). xx

  77. August 12, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    Congratulations, sounds like a brilliant opportunity to get someone else behind your book. Hope it all goes smoothly.

  78. August 12, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Well done you! What a fantastic opportunity for you and I wish you all the luck in the world with it. It gives hope to all of us writers out there, scribbling away everyday, that one day the dream will come true for us too and our efforts will be recognised. Enjoy the excitement, you deserve it!

  79. August 12, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    OH Renee this is such fabulous exciting news. You are brilliant and this was bound to happen. You are a star waiting to happen. I’m very very proud of you!!!!!

  80. August 12, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    Oh Renee, that’s such exciting news. Huge congratulations xxx

    Looking for to reading the shiny new version.

  81. August 12, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Yay! Fantastic news! Huge congratulations Renee, the book is fab so I’m sure you’ll do just amazingly

  82. August 12, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    Well done you amazing lady!!!! I can’t tell you how pleased I am for you, I have a big smile on my face right now.

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