Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A great unveiling (introducing Career Mums, the book)

I've tried a few openings for this blog post. It's an unveiling kind of post and I felt it should have some pomp and ceremony. But everything I tried sounded either too Barnum Bros Circus (Roll up! Roll up!), too 'Prime Minister opening large and important building' (It gives me great pleasure...) or too 16-year-old girl with Text Addiction issues (OMG! ZOMG! OMGOMGZOMG!).

Plus there was the slight problem of the picture being the first thing you see. Not so much unveiling as simply Putting It Right Out There!

So I thought I'd just, you know, Put It Right Out There.

Let's just take one moment to contemplate the cuteness that is the cover of Career Mums, my new book, co-authored with the lovely Kate Sykes, founder of careermums.com.au, Telstra ACT Businesswoman of the Year in 2010, and general all-round good egg. It will hit the stands on January 3, 2012, ready for any New Year, New You! thoughts you may be having about making 2012 the year that you make some changes in your work/life balance.

We set out to write a useful, informative, practical guide to using the Right to Request Flexibility (enshrined in legislation in January 2010) to help make your life as a working parent an easier road to travel. We tried to make it easy to follow, even entertaining in places, and to cover off as many of the issues facing working parents as we could in the space we had. Being a working mum is not a one-size-fits-all proposition (besides, we all know that one-size-fits-all clothes never fit anyone, not really), but we think that there are ways of making it work for you - and we hope that this book will help you with your journey. At the very least, it will give you lots to think about!

In a joyous coincidence, I discovered today, whilst Googling my name (as one does) in the name of researching a current feature (don't ask) that Booktopia is offering pre-orders of Career Mums at 20 per cent off! A mere $15.95 will secure you a copy.

So there it is. An unveiling and a gratuitous plug in one blog post. Who says I'm not creative?

PS: Join the CareerMums Facebook page to keep up to date with book news, part-time jobs around the nation, blog posts from some of Australia's best working mum bloggers and for the opportunity, at a date to be announced, to win some mentoring time with Kate - if you're keen to get back to work, or make work work better for you, she's the one to help!

44 comments:

  1. Oooooh! I feel so proud! Look at you! How wonderful!

    Well done to you, and to Kate.

    It will come as no suprise to you that I have done the pre-order thing.

    xx

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  2. Oh well done! The spruiking is always the worst part of anything but at least it's out there! xx

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  3. Congratulations! How very exciting!

    I think you are being very understated in your spruiking. If it were me I'd probably be doing the 16 yr old thing :-)

    Enjoy xx

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  4. How exciting! And a nice looking cover it is :)

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  5. Heh ... I just finished writing a post that had the words 'gratuitous plug' in it!
    Off to Booktopia now Al - so exciting!

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  6. Congrats to you and Kate - LOVE the cover.

    Kirstyx

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  7. Hurrah, wooo hooo and an OMGOMGOMG for good measure. How wonderfully exciting - can't wait to grab a copy. Yay!

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  8. Thanks so much everyone! We're VERY excited. OMG! ZOMG! (Does anyone know what ZOMG actually means?)

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  9. Congratulations Al. It looks perfectly you: straightforward, engaging & pretty! I only wish it was out in time for Xmas presents. Well done, can't wait to read. Alex X

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  10. Congratulations. Ordered. Can't wait to find the meaning the life! Or balance. Or something. Well done!

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  11. Just brilliant, Al! I am *so* excited for you. Here's to it being a best-seller! J x PS I think it's to be released in Jan 2012 ☺.

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  12. ZOMG Jane - what would I do without you???!!! Fixed. Correct date now in place. Thanks!

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  13. That's fantastic! Congratulations, can't wait to read it

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  14. What a good idea for a book. I was just speaking to a friend today about how she might best negotiate returning to work 2 days a week after having her second child. Now I can recommend your book.

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  15. Congratulations!
    I too think you are being very modest.
    For goodness sake - my honours thesis still sticks out a fraction further than all the other books on my shelf - don't know how that came to be??
    Look forward to reading it.
    In the sun. On school holidays.
    :-)

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  16. HUGE congrats!!
    looking forward to seeing it in the new year.
    cheryl xox.

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  17. Oh congratulation Allison, what a great achievement. It must feel fantastic to have your name to a book, like this. I'm excited for you xo

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  18. Woot!
    Squeeee!
    zomg!
    Oh yes, Congratulations!!!
    That is a wonderful looking book there ladies!
    And I am guessing a might informative one too!
    Go, Al, and I hope the key to Fibro Town is the next accolade!!!

    It is definitely pet-worthy!

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  19. Congratulations, you author, you! How awesome is that?

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  20. Congrats on your book! How exciting :o) I'm sure many working mums will find it very helpful!

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  21. That's awesome. Congratulations!

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  22. Awesome. Can't wait to read it. A topic close to my heart.

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  23. Pre-ordering now. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
    Finally a book about women that's not pink! That says good things to me. Also loving the discussion over at career mums. Kate and Allison, you're an inspiration.

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  24. Excellent Al! I am so happy for you. Congratulations. Huge, huge, congratulations!

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  25. Fantastic! Will purchase today and tell the FB Working Mums MASTERCLASS girls all about it! Congratulations!

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  26. I am so proud of you. But I think you already know that xxxx

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  27. Congratulations! Hope it's a best seller!

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  28. Wow, Al...HUGE congrats! Just brilliant. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy come January!

    xxx

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  29. Congratulations, Allison. Definitely a worthy topic!

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  30. fantastico. well done. me thinks should read.

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  31. You should be rightly proud Allison, this is a superb achievement and I've no doubt a must read for working Mums everywhere!

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  32. Congratulations Allison! What a fabulous achievement! x

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  33. Such a fantastic milestone in your sparkling career! Guess what I am getting for Christmas?!? Too proud for words x

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  34. It is very rare I read, let alone comment on, a blog these days. This is the exception. Beyond excited for you. xxxx

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  35. Very much look forward to reading your voice on this subject. Congratulations and chocolate eclairs ;)

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  36. Bloody awesome!

    So soon it'll be life in a pink rammed earth house. Or something. I'm sure you'll pick the right material to roll off the tongue.

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  37. So happy for your and well done, cant wait to get a copy!

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  38. Massive congratulations!!! This is huge/awesome/spectacular!!!! Enjoy all the accolades, you deserve them! can't wait to read it!

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  39. Congratulations what a lovely way to start 2012 for you.

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