SA blogger has a book published because of her blog

Cherryflava, one of my favourite local blogs, has reported that a local blogger, Tertia Albertyn, has published a book as a result of her blog, So Close, about her struggle with infertility:

Its not just big, A-list American and European bloggers that are attracting the attention of book publishers.

Great news is that local Cape Town blogger, Tertia Albertyn who blogs the very popular So Close, has just been published because of her site.

Tertia’s blog and book are a personal account of her own struggle with infertility. And subsequent triumph with the birth of her twins in January 2005.

This is yet another illustration of the potential of blogging or online publishing and its power for smaller content creators and providers. Blogs (and the Web as a whole) are great levelers because they enable anyone to express their voice online where potentially millions of people can hear it. Of course, all you need is that one response from, say, a publishing house and you bridge the divide between the blogosphere and the physical world.

Tertia’s book, So Close, is available from and presumably your favourite bookstore. Here is a little bit of information about the book to whet your appetite:

This is the heartbreaking, exhilarating, devastatingly funny story of Tertia Albertyns battle with infertility. Tertia wanted a baby so desperately, that she went through nine IVFs. Most people give up after the third.

I dont think I am being brave at all. I am just too terrified not to try again.

In her worst nightmare she could never have imagined that making a baby would take her four years, each treatment bringing her and her husband Marko closer and closer to making a family.

During Tertias journey everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Until, finally, everything goes just right.

Tertia is as hilarious as she is irrepressible, as approachable as she is knowledgeable. If you are struggling with infertility, have triumphed over infertility of have felt empathy with someone who is going through this experience, you will find a friend in Tertia.

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