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10 Ways Self-Publishing Is Like Childbirth

The last time I felt this excited about the fruits of my labor, I was having my flaps stitched back together.


I cannot believe this day has finally arrived.

We just published our first book! It’s a humor anthology of 39 original short stories titled: “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth” and Other Things You’ll Only Hear from Your Friends In The Powder Room.

And it is A HOOT!

We asked some of the wittiest writers we know to share stories they would only tell their closest friends, most likely from within the haven of a ladies’ room. “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth” is chock full of (mostly) true tales by women, for women, about being women—bodily changes, relationships, careers, motherhood, aging, illness, and more—written with the humor and grit that proudly sets In The Powder Room apart.

Y’all, can I tell you something? The last time I felt this excited about showing off the fruits of my labor, I was cradling newborn baby Bucket Head in my arms and having my flaps stitched back together.

Fortunately, this project only took about half the time to create, involved no strange cravings, and probably won’t end with me pooping myself on a table in front of a dozen medical professionals. (No promises though . . . the day is young!)

Truly, I could not be more proud of this “baby” had it entered the world through my own ring of fire. In fact, I might just wear it strapped to my chest in a Baby Bjorn for the next few months. (Don’t judge.)

Because actually, now that I think of it, compiling, editing, and releasing a humor anthology really is quite a bit like pregnancy and childbirth in many ways:

1.) Everyone has an opinion about how to do it.

2.) There is very little sleep involved.

3.) The first try takes the longest to spit out and ends up looking a little like an alien at first.

4.) Your ass grows exponentially.

5.) Someone compares you to a buffalo.

6.) At least once, you wonder if running away is an option.

7.) You find yourself on a first name basis with Jacob at

8.) During transition you become physically violent toward people you love.

9.) You reach a point where you are like “FUCK IT. I DON’T GIVE A SHIT ANYMORE. JUST GET IT OUT.”

10.) But when it’s finally over, you bask in the warm, sweaty afterglow and start thinking about doing it all over again.

Yep. I think that sums up the experience. It was really hard work, and it was totally worth it.

We cannot wait for you to read it!

Curious about the other 38 hilarious authors we selected to be a part of our maiden anthology voyage? Click HERE to meet them!

What are you waiting for? BUY THE BOOK ALREADY.

Seriously. Don’t make me beg—my book might fall out of my Baby Bjorn.

Leslie Marinelli is a writer, wife, mother of three, toilet humor aficionada, and transplanted Pittsburgher trapped in the suburbs of Atlanta. She’s the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of In the Powder Room, the creative force behind the award-winning tell-all mom blog, The Bearded Iris, and the editor and co-author of In the Powder Room’s hilarious bestselling anthology, “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth.”

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