On 8th March 2018 (International Women’s Day), I headed to the News Building to meet with Michelle Kane, head of publishing at 4th Estate Books; an innovative imprint under the Harper Collins umbrella.
A few months prior, we’d agreed that a book on how to freelance, as a mum, might work well. That day, I was going in to sign the contract.
We sat with an amazing view over London and I thought: when is someone going to rush in and say “you’ve got it all wrong! We don’t want to publish a book by this woman!”
But they didn’t.
I signed the contract, Michelle signed too and we excitedly took some Boomerang shots to share on Instagram (as you do).
That day felt important.
It was the start of a new arm of my career. I was doing journalism, editing and copywriting – and now I was adding ‘author’ to my bio. I was elated.
After signing, I sat in a coffee shop in Spitalfields and remember feeling very, very happy.
Then I had to write the book. It was stressful at times, but also fun and inspiring. Once submitted and edited, there were various stages to look forward: the cover reveal, seeing it printed, holding the first copy. Then the book launch and seeing my book appear on people’s social media feeds (and bookshelves).
Having a book published changed my career.
It raised my profile as a writer, and helped me to carve out a niche. Off the back of the book, I was able to launch my online courses business, which brings me a good income and allows me to continue writing articles and books.
(The next one, SHY, is out in January 2021. Also published by 4th Estate).
So now I’ve designed a course to help others refine their book idea, write a proposal (using mine as a template), pitch it to agents/publishers, grow a profile in your niche, write the actual book and then market it, alongside the publishers.
At £125, it’s bloody good value. Because if your book proposal is successful, and you get offered a book deal, your advance will be a whole lot more than that – and your life may well be changed, for the better, just like mine was.
‘Writing non-fiction and getting it published‘ starts 10th February, but you can access it whenever you like and work in your own time.
Let me know if you have any questions…