Beyond The Baby Blues – cover designed

April 10, 2011

in Books, Writing + Blogging

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I’m really thrilled with the cover of Beyond The Baby Blues.  This book is currently being printed and will be available from September if not before.

Myself, Benison O’Reilly and Cathie Knox, CEO of the Gidget Foundation,  are co-authors of  this first comprehensive Australian handbook for PND (though we now refer to it as ‘perinatal anxiety and depression’ and I’ll be posting more about that in the future.)

It was tremendously difficult to find an image for the front cover.  We three co-authors, plus our publisher and editor, all agreed that  we wanted a photograph of a mum and baby.  But how to find something that was thoughtful and reflective rather than an over-perfect image of smiling mum and bub?

It took a lot of searching to find an image and this was the only one that all of us saw and said: ‘Yes!’

To read more about the book, here is the back cover with its explanatory blurb.

Have you had PND? I have and I will be writing about it a lot over the next few months.

Does this cover photograph appeal?

We see it as reflective and hopeful.  We hope you agree, what do you think?

I’m linking this to Point & Shoot over at the lovely sunny + scout, where you can see some really gorgeous baby photos amongst others today.  I know this isn’t really a photo from my weekend, except that the front cover is a photo and seeing it finalised really made my weekend and got me all emotional.

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Dr Amanda Sainsbury-Salis April 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Congratulations Seena and Al for your new book. The cover photo is gorgeous, lots of skin – so wonderful for hugging a new baby with – and no perfect happy smiles to make anybody feel even worse about not brushing their teeth for 2 days.

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Seana April 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Thanks you Amanda, I have been reading your new book “Don’t Go Hungry For Life” and getting a lot out of it. It’s very much in the down to earth and practical, so here’s to a week of eating when hungry.

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Lou April 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

I think it’s the perfect cover!
You can see the love that’s there between mother and baby, but it doesn’t necessarily say ‘I’ve got it all together’. Love it.

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Belinda April 11, 2011 at 9:43 am

I think you’re cover choice is fantastic.,
I myself didn’t suffer from PND so I can not give you my opinion from that point of view, but as a mother I think the tenderness of this image is beautiful

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Benison O'Reilly April 11, 2011 at 10:44 am

Yes, it’s a beautiful cover, Seana. I’m getting more and more excited about the book’s release now, but we have to be patient until July.

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Morag Smith April 12, 2011 at 5:09 am

Heh Soshi, a beautiful picture – shows the love between mums and their babies really well but not in a fake way. Awww now I feel all maternal!!

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Chantelle {fat mum slim} April 13, 2011 at 8:10 am

I think it’s the perfect image too. For part of my job I write newsletters, and finding the perfect image is never an easy task.

I can imagine the sense of relief when you spotted this one. x

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Seana April 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Thanks so much Chantelle, we’ll send you a copy when the books arrive.

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Mairi Stones April 14, 2011 at 11:39 pm

It’s beautiful Seana, sensitive. I feel like I have a famous sister now, 3 books and counting!

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seana April 15, 2011 at 7:09 am

Not a famous sister, a knackered one! And one who is reading your blog as simplifying life is v v appealling.

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