Someone on a facebook group called HELLP Syndrome Survivors asked me how I went about writing and self-publishing my ebook ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. One of my friends told me I should turn my story into a book to help others and raise awareness. I meant to right there and then but there was something to do with a 2 year old running around and a family to run! In the Summer of 2012 (feels odd typing that!) I read a friend’s link on facebook that inspired me to finally do it. I googled and researched and finally found a free piece of software that converts word to pdf, I applied for my ISBNs from Nielsen and told them when I would be launching my book. On the day of the launch, I clicked a few times and hey presto there it was for all to see! I’ve got to say that I’m very proud but even more pleased that I HAVE helped to raise awareness and raise some money for APEC too I used a cropped section of a photo of me holding our little bear in hospital the day after she was born. I was more than a hint of yellow… I zoomed in on the hands to hopefully convey the trauma and, well, the complicated pregnancy I ended up having. My friend Maddy Wheal at Fairytale Photography worked wonders on making the cover more prominent.
I used Primo PDF to convert from word to pdf. It’s really very simple although it was all a bit daunting at first… However, I did it all by myself (ok with an awful lot of help from my hubby and google!) and can look back on 2012 and say that I did some good 🙂