School Exclusion – the book is released!

It’s no secret that I quite enjoy writing.  Although, to be fair, I can’t write in a formal and proper manner.  It may be that I find that style of writing a little ‘boring’ to read.  So, I write the way I talk.  From the heart, with a large dose of honesty and a pinch of dry humour.

It also comes as a surprise to others in my field, how quickly I can produce work.  My first book – The SENDCO, took me a weekend to write.  To be fair, it had been in my head a lot longer and wasn’t something I needed to research.  My second book – Approach It, Map It, Manage It, took just over a week of concentrated effort, followed by two weeks of hunting for the spelling errors.  My Christmas break was spent writing two books (!) one on Dyscalculia and one on Dysgraphia.  These both required a little bit of research to support what I was writing, and trying to track down the images for those books was incredibly time-consuming.

The book that has taken me the longest to write was “School Exclusion: The Parent Guide”.  Back in February, I realised that I was responding to lots of parents on Facebook about their child’s exclusion.  I flippantly suggested I needed to write a book about it and was inundated with requests.  So, I sat down, did my research and discovered that much of what has been written and is available on the market, is designed to avoid exclusions rather than what these individuals were asking – “My child has been excluded…what now?”

So, starting from the DfE guidance written for schools and translating this into ‘parent speak’, alongside using the questions I’d been asked on social media, and my experience of dealing with exclusions, I was able to construct “School Exclusion: The Parent Guide”.  I have no doubt that it probably misses out someone’s very specific example, and I’m sure my inbox will still end up full of requests for support…(version 2?)…but now there is something for families to refer to other than the books that have very obviously been written for the educational/academic audience.

For anyone who doesn’t know about self-publishing, it means that I am free to write what I want without the censorship of anyone else.  It also means I don’t get paid for writing the book in the first place!  There’s no lump sum or up-front fee.  Just an author squeezing in time to write between whatever it is that they do for work to pay the bills.

I played about with the pricing of the book for a long time.  On the one hand, I need to reflect the number of hours I’ve put into writing the book working every evening (usually through to the early hours) and weekend since February…on the other, I’m very aware of the fact that I’m asking vulnerable families to pay for something during a time of crisis.  As a result, I agreed with my husband that I’d price the book at £12.99 for the first two-weeks of publication (so that all those wonderful families on Facebook that supported me could grab it ‘on offer’) and that after that I’d price it at £17.99.  Honestly, for a 207 page non-fiction book, it is a reasonable price and for the advice contained within, it would cost much more to consult a solicitor or specialist advisor.  One parent told me it costs them £200 to have a 30 minute chat with their solicitor!

So, until May 15th School Exclusion: The Parent Guide, is on offer for £12.99 going up to £17.99 at that point.  I promise, by the time KDP/Amazon have taken their cut for printing, hosting, dealing with the order and delivering, I don’t make an awful lot of profit…so every purchase counts!