Hello beautiful people!

I am so grateful to my pledgeme tribe.  It is because of them that we’ve gotten this far.  I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support and I will be eternally grateful to each and every one of them.

It was even through the pledgeme campaign that I found my amazing co-writer Andra, who helped me turn my journals into the story you will read.  We did a pretty fabulous job, if I do say so myself!

If you missed the last few updates, I have changed the name to Double-edged Sword from Recalibrate.

Recalibrate was originally Recalibration – signifying my healing journey.

Recalibration Healing with Simonne is now the name of my holistic therapy practice, which seems more fitting.  Now that the editing and rewrites are finished I’m looking forward to putting more time and energy into my healing practice and my clients.

So! We’re getting close!

Double-edged Sword has had it’s final edits and rewrites, (Yay!) and is currently with the cover designer.

She is going to read it over the next few weeks and create a magnificent cover for us.

I’m excited to see what she comes up with.  I have ideas too, but I really want to see what her interpretation is.

She is wonderfully talented and I’m so grateful she’s on my team.

I’ll be sitting down with the whole Double-edged Sword team early May to look over her designs and for us to sort out the final production process.  Woohoo!

As you know, I lowered the target during the campaign, with the hope that perhaps I could get some services donated, including the necessary legal perusal to make sure I don’t get sued for defamation… or arrested.

I don’t think I will, but better safe than sorry.

I’m in talks with a few people about this, but nothing has come to fruition yet, however I remain hopeful.

What would be perfect is a lawyer, or retired lawyer, who is passionate about changing our domestic and sexual violence culture and wants to make a difference, so is keen to help.

I believe our book will change lives.

Maybe even save them.

If you know a lawyer that would like to help send them my way!

Because it’s not a certainty that we can get legal services donated, I have applied for a Creative NZ Arts Grant to help with the rest of the costs to publish.  We find out about that May 20th, so fingers crossed.

I also applied for the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award for the Mind Body Spirit genre.

The finalists are announced in July and the winner is announced in August.

If I win that, the money will go towards marketing and PR.

I did a free 30 day online book marketing course with BadRedhead Media earlier this year and have lots of tips that will help us too.  Some I’m implementing, some I’m still getting my head around, but it’s all steps in the right direction.

One of the things Rachel at BadRedhead Media suggests is that we apply for awards, so I can put a big tick in that box.

I printed the manuscript out for the first time to apply for the Ashton Wylie Award and it was so surreal to hold it in my hands.

I spent a while just staring at it rather disbelievingly that I’d been writing it for over ten years and there it was.

Double-edged Sword manuscript freshly printed and being stared at by me.

Double-edged Sword manuscript freshly printed and being stared at by me.

It was scary. Especially the idea of sending it off to strangers.  To be judged, no less.

it in it's protective butterfly box about to send it in.

At the post office with it in it’s protective butterfly box about to send it in.

I’ll let you know as we progress what our publishing date will be.

Lots of love

Simonne xxx