We receive many more emails than we are able to answer, so have created this page in order to offer some general answers to questions that we are commonly asked and in the hope of saving time for everyone.
Can Sara come and speak at our conference / workshop / study day?
Sara would love to, though she receives lots more invitations for speaking engagements than she is able to accept, so please ask as early as possible, send as much information as you can (dates, location, topics, times, budget etc) and understand that (a) Sara is busy, so it may not be possible on this occasion and (b) Sara works completely independently and will charge a professional fee.
How far ahead do we need to book Sara?
As far as possible! Often, speakers get booked for conferences and workshops a year or more in advance, especially where significant travel is involved, and so the more notice you can give, the more likely you are to find speakers that are free.
Can I have a copy of your presentation?
Sorry, but no. We’re delighted if you enjoyed Sara’s talk (and/or sorry if you were at a birth and missed it), but this is how Sara makes a living, and she would not be able to continue to do this if she shared her presentations. She also sometimes uses pictures of women, babies and families who have given their consent to have these shown in professional workshops but not to have them shared, copied or (especially) put on the Internet. Sara always asks people not to take photos of my powerpoints or to video my presentations for the same reasons, so any videos of my presentations or powerpoints that are out there have been taken without her consent. In lieu of handing out her work in this form, Sara always offers handouts, notes and/or links to free materials on this website.
Why haven’t you answered my PM/DM on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?
Because we haven’t seen it. We have had to turn the personal messaging systems off on social media because we receive tons more messages than we can keep up with. The vast majority are from people asking for time or information, and we just don’t have the time/resources to respond. That’s why we have a search box, online courses, a whole range of books and a contact page, although please be aware that we can’t give free personal, professional or academic advice even if you send inquiries via the contact page.
Can I quote the articles on your website?
Yes, please do (bearing in mind that you can quote small parts but not the whole), but if the article you want to quote is in a form other than the PDF of the original article from the original journal then you may need to go back to the original to get the exact page number of the lines you want to quote. Please read this post, which might help you.
Can I copy and paste your article / post onto my website?
No, please don’t do that, because it directly undermines Sara’s ability to do this work. If you see Sara’s articles on web or file sharing sites other than those of the original publishers, then they are likely to be there without her consent. But by all means add a link to this website from a relevant page on yours and then we will both benefit. Please read this post, which might help you.
Can I translate one of your articles into my language?
This depends very much on which article, who it is for, who wants to translate it and who the original publisher was. So please contact us and send as many details as possible. Please understand that it is not usually just up to Sara and that it may take some time to sort this out. Sometimes it is easier to write a summary of the main ideas presented in an article in your own words in your own language, which you don’t need permission to do. You should always be clear that this is what you are doing, however, and include a link to the original.
I have a question about your work or website that you haven’t answered on here!
No worries; send us an email via my contact page and, if we think it might be of use to others too, we will write an answer and add it up on here. Please note that Sara doesn’t have time to answer individual requests for personal or academic advice, sorry. But she wrote this book for anyone needing academic advice.