Originally Published: July 2, 2017
Update: July 13, 2020
Summer 2020 UPDATE: With all that has been going on with the legal battles defending my advocacy work over the past four years, the book has continued to take a back burner to work that generates $ to pay lawyers (and work that generates $ to repay friends who have helped with legal fees over the years!) I am spending July 2020 getting caught up on reporting of test results (for clients, friends and readers) and then anticipate spending August / September 2020 on finalizing the layout for the book (while I am on the road for our cross country trip!) Stay tuned!
I’m so excited to share that I will be self-publishing my very first book, thanks to the 72 friends who supported the project for the book on Kickstarter!
The title of the book is “I Make Women Cry & Throw Out Their Shit” and per the Kickstarter project description, the book will be: “A high quality coffee table photo book showing the levels of environmental toxicants in every day things with stunning colorful images.”
The intention of the book itself is that it will serve as a tool for families with lead poisoned children (and others with concerns for the presence of environmental toxicants in their homes and daily life) to start a discussion with friends and family about the issue of environmental toxicity (in general) and childhood lead poisoning (specifically). By creating something that is colorful and beautiful, with a touch of humor – yet featuring images of nostalgic objects, the book will be an easy conversation starter.
All toxicant levels reported in the book will be in the form of XRF readings done by an operator trained and certified in using the instrument.
The book will probably also be a lot of fun for kids to share with their science classes! (For those concerned about profanity, I’m offering two versions of the book – the original title, and one without the “offending word” spelled out on the cover!)
Funding raised through the Kickstarter project helped me to collect and test all of the objects that will be featured in the book and I continue to actively work on completing the project. I will keep everyone who pre-purchased a book updated about my progress via Kickstarter and my newsletter.
[Please note that the images featured in the promotional photos of the prototype book here, on Facebook and for the Kickstarter projects are sample images similar to some of the countless items I have tested — not the final images that will be used in the book.]
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for reading and for sharing!
I welcome any tips for best self-publishing resources/ companies! Thank you.
I have found lulu to be very good. Expensive for hard cover with colour photos though.
Thank you so much for commenting Fiona! – Tamara