Help me help people find my book

So the Expat Partner’s Survival Guide has been out for a few weeks now. So far so good, but chatting to fellow authors one of the things that’s blind-sided me slightly is how to get people to know that it’s there. According to most people, it should start promoting itself on Amazon once enough people know about it, but this means they have to find it first.

One of the things that other writers have explained to me is the importance of search terms on the Amazon website. I have tried playing around with this a bit but I thought it might be helpful to ask the experts (eg you lovely people). So here is the question:

When you were moving abroad or, if you are not an expat (and even if you are never to be an expat, I’d still value your views) what search terms do you think you would use to find a book to help you with the move? Please take my poll to help me out – it’s very quick and easy🙂

Thank you!


The Expat Partner’s Survival Guide – a month old and five star reviews!

So I have been a bit neglectful in holding a birthday party for the Survival Guide but last week it turned one month old! This reminds me of the days of having a baby and celebrating each little milestone – birth, one week old, one month…next it’ll be crawling, first steps and learning to talk!

happy birthday book

Anyway apart from that, I have been getting some lovely reviews on Amazon, which have included the following:

Don’t move abroad without packing this book…..Honestly, it’s the best leaving gift you could possibly buy for any man or woman ‘trailing’ after a partner who has a job abroad.


Essential reading for all current or future expat partners… Easy to read, detailed chapters on every aspect:preparing your move, settling in, schooling, returning home, etc. Would recommend this book 100%.


The book is guaranteed to help even the most chaotic person get organised, and will definitely guide anyone who is feeling overwhelmed.

You can read more of my reviews at and at

In the meantime, I have also had a lovely review from blogger Rachel Pieh Jones, whose blog Djibouti Jones is a fascinating insight into Rachel’s life in a largely-unknown area of the world. As well as her blog, Rachel is a regular contributor to well-regarded publications like Brain, Child and provides some really insightful articles about life as an expat and mother to TCK’s. In her review she says:

Clara’s voice is down-to-earth throughout and the anecdotes she uses to illustrate her points fit perfectly. This is a book I wish I had when we first moved overseas (especially because I’m the kind of dork who loves checklists!)

You can read the full review here, and while you are there have a nose through her excellent blog.

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Hurrah the day is here at last! There’s been blood, there’s been sweat and there’s been tears  – but finally you can now buy the Survival Guide in both ebook and hard copy from Amazon, or ebook from Smashwords, from just £2.99!

it's here!

About the Book:

From how to organise an overseas move to what to do in the event of an earthquake, the Expat Partner’s Survival Guide is a light-hearted yet in-depth guide for anyone accompanying their partner on an overseas assignment.

In our increasingly globalised society, more and more people are moving to another country to work – and many of these people are taking their partners and families with them.

What does it feel like to sit at home alone in a strange country on the first day your partner leaves for work? How easy is it to find the right school for your child – and what happens if your child hates it there? Where exactly are you going to track down all the ingredients needed for tonight’s dinner? And what happens when it all goes very, very wrong?

This authoritative guide draws on the expert advice of more than 70 expat partners who have been there, done that and survived to tell their tales. The experts include myself, having spent my childhood as a ‘trailing daughter’ accompanying my diplomat parents on various exotic postings including the Philippines and Venezuela. I later saw life from the other side, when I was posted to Jamaica and then took my young family on my husband’s postings to Islamabad and St Lucia.

I am currently preparing for another move, to South Africa.


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