In 2007, I sat down with my infant daughter* in one hand and a pen in the other, and began a note designed to be read by my three children when they were old enough to become parents. That barely-decipherable scribble became a book full of notes about pregnancy and parenting. Eventually, those notes became a manuscript, which became The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond.
I decided to self-publish The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond after banging my head against the brick wall of agents and publishers who told me the market for eco-focused pregnancy books was saturated. Although I knew my pregnancy book was different—the sass of the Girlfriend’s Guide meets the essential info of Dr. Greene—I put the manuscript in a drawer and forgot about it.
Until a few months later, when a friend called in a panic to ask about VOCs—her infant nephew had just been admitted to the hospital and was having trouble breathing, and his parents were looking to reduce the toxic chemicals in his environment. After sharing information through email, text and phone calls, I realized: This would be so much easier if I could just send them my book.
And the drawer was opened once more.
Initially, I sold the book at events, but I’d rather give the rest away. If you’d like copy of The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. As long as you pay for shipping, I’m happy to send it your way!
Finally, a giant THANK YOU to the amazing parents, soon-to-be parents, and people who just love kids in the Mommy Greenest community. Your emails, comments, likes and shares inspire me each and every day. I can’t wait to hear what all of you think of the book!
*That’s Chloe on the cover, and that’s also her inside my gigantic belly in the pregnancy section!
P.S. Looking for my first self-published book, The Big List of Things That Suck—basically the old EcoStiletto site in a nutshell? You can download it for $2.99 or buy a copy for $4.49 by clicking here. Thanks!