What is your specialism within book publishing?
I am a Book Mentor and at Librotas I support business authors who want to write a book that builds their business and raises their credibility. They may be writing a self-help book, how to guide, or their memoir, and I provide support to ensure that their book helps them to reach their business goals.
I initially work with clients on the structure of their book, and provide regular accountability, support and advice to help them to go from their idea to a published book in their hands. I’ve written and published five books of my own and have helped hundreds of clients with their books, so I know the pitfalls and the things to watch for.
I have a team who support clients with the editing, proofreading, design, and publishing of their book through the Librotas Books imprint, and also provide marketing advice.
Can you describe what you do in 10 words or fewer?
I help business experts to write a business building book.
What led you to go freelance?
I started out in business in 2006, although at the time I was a coach, and I wanted the autonomy to work for myself. My business started to change when I wrote my first book in 2009 and many of my clients asked for support to write their books.
Do you work primarily for publishing companies or independent authors or a mix?
I work for independent authors and have my own publishing imprint. We support clients through one-to-one mentoring, our writing retreat in Spain and Author’s Journey Mastermind group programme.
What’s the best part of doing what you do?
I love the joy that clients get when they’ve finally finished and published their book and get their first copy in their hands. They realise that all the hard work was worth it!
What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started your freelance journey?
When I started out in 2006, I didn’t have a clue how to run a business, and it was writing my first book that helped me to join the dots – as I interviewed successful business owners for this book. So I wish I’d known this side and it’s been a huge learning curve.
How many books are in your TBR (to be read) pile/list? And do you plan to read them all eventually?
Gosh. I have no idea. I’ll often download books to the Kindle app on my iPad on a whim, but I haven’t read them all yet! So probably somewhere in the region of 5-10. I’ve also got lots of books in my Amazon wishlist, yet to be purchased, many of which clients have recommended.
Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?
I prefer physical books as I’m very tactile, although my bookshelf is groaning under the weight! These days I find ebooks very easy to download but as the book is not physically in front of me, I don’t always read them. If I love a book that I’ve bought as an ebook, I’ll order the physical copy too.
Do you have any advice for anyone considering a career in publishing?
There’s a huge difference to being a freelancer and running a business, and my biggest piece of advice is to put your business head on first. Be clear about who you want to work with and why they should hire you.
What is your favourite children’s book and your favourite adult’s book?
As a kid, I was an Enid Blyton fan and had most of her books, and as an adult in my early twenties, I devoured all of the Harry Potter books. I’m not sure I have a favourite adult’s book. I love learning from business books and enjoy autobiographies. And occasionally I’ll have my head in a chicklit whilst on holiday, as this is a great way to switch off!
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