Out now: The DIY Book PR Guide

DIYPR-Cover-10cm-300dpiIt’s been a long time coming but I’m excited to announce that my first book, The DIY Book PR Guide: The HAPPIER Guide to Do-it-Yourself Book Publicity in Seven Easy Stepsis now onsale. It contains everything you need to know about promoting your own book – from compiling a killer media list to giving a great interview – in just seven simple steps.

A big thanks to Grit for the cover and to Xoum Publishing for making The DIY Book PR Guide an actual, real-life, honest-to-goodness book.

To purchase your copy, simply click here.

Want to change your life? Set a goal – and stick to it

Extreme athlete, Hong Kong-based veterinarian and all-round great guy David Gething went from middle-aged overweight party animal to the winner of the World Marathon Challenge in a few short – but very tough! – years. To misquote Mao, every journey – even one of this magnitude – starts with a single step. David’s first step was […]

Relentless: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days

This amazing man made the ultimate physical transformation, from desperately unfit and more than 30kg overweight to extreme athlete and winner of the inaugural World Marathon Challenge – that’s seven marathons on seven continents in seven days – in 2015. Here’s how David Gething did it and, if you’re interested in reading more, David’s book Relentless is […]

Tales from around the kitchen table

This is such a beautiful piece on mindfood.com from bestselling novelist Mary-Anne O’Connor, whose gorgeous WWII saga Worth Fighting For is published this month. In it, she talks about the family legends learned around the dinner table of her youth, stories that would take new life in Mary-Anne’s delightful fiction. But in our busy modern lives, in […]

Blame Changer in Daily Life

This practical, instructive piece on how to leave an abusive partner ran today in Daily Life. Carmel O’Brien is the author of the excellent book Blame Changer, a long-time frontline domestic violence counsellor and all-round fantastic woman.

2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist announced

And they’re off..! Thirty outstanding writers were today shortlisted for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards – Australia’s richest literary prize – in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Australian History, Young Adult Fiction and Children’s Fiction. Check out the full announcement here and stay tuned for more information on the date and location of […]

Let’s shift the blame for violence to the perpetrator, not the victim

Blame Changer: Understanding Domestic Violence by long-time frontline DV worker and psychologist Carmel O’Brien is published this week and launches tonight in Melbourne. Carmel wrote this piece for Melbourne’s The Herald Sun to mark publication, calling for society to shift the blame for violence from the victim to the perpetrator – which happens less than you […]

This is the most important book we’ve ever worked on

Ever have those days when you just love, and I mean love, your job? Today’s one of those days at Noble Words HQ. Long-time frontline domestic violence counsellor Carmel O’Brien spoke to ABC TV News Breakfast this morning about Australia’s DV crisis, a problem that costs us $21 billion a year and destroys lives. The reason for the interview? […]

Making parenting classes available to everyone who wants them

The wonderful Melissa Hood, parenting educator and author, talked parenting classes and her new book, Real Parenting for Real Kids, with a rapt David and Georgie on Nine’s TODAY EXTRA this morning. Find out why every could benefit from a class or two here and read more about Melissa and her work with not-for-profit Chain Reaction Foundation here. […]