Whenever the moment comes to tear open that first box, anticipating the look of the books, their feel, trying to gauge all the emotions – I tell you, it remains to be quite an experience. I doubt it will ever be different – assuming this happens again – and I wouldn’t want it to be either.

So I took a moment…


… before beginning Phase Two: readying the orders.



Invoices, press releases, cover letters, padded postage bags, books … and Mildred Pierce on the television to keep me company as I work.

This is the part I do as the publisher, ahead of delivering the majority of the rest of the stock to the distributors later today.

It feels good. It feels productive – and I’ve not felt that for a while.


(A reminder that time to pre-order your copy, if you’ve not yet done so, is running out. The form can be found here!)


Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Crying in the Car: Reflections on Life and Motherhood.