What is your specialism within book publishing?
I’m a freelance writer (and ghostwriter)
Can you describe what you do in 10 words or fewer?
I use my love of words to create emotion.
What led you to go freelance?
I worked for the NHS in what I now call my former life! I was so stressed and exhausted all of the time – it felt like a treadmill I couldn’t get off. After suffering from a bout of stress and depression, I decided that working for myself, and doing something I loved, was a way to take back some control.
Do you work primarily for publishing companies or independent authors or a mix?
Mainly independent authors but I’ve done both.
What’s the best part of doing what you do?
There’s so much I love about what I do. But most of all, I love creating emotion with words and making people feel something when they read my work.
What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started your freelance journey?
That it’s not as scary as you think. I remember being so fearful about leaving a full-time salary. But fear of what might happen is not a reason to stay unhappy. It can work out if you have the right mindset, you’re prepared to work hard, and you have a little bit of luck too, of course.
How many books are in your TBR (to be read) pile/list? And do you plan to read them all eventually?
I’ve recently read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho which had been on my list for a long time but I have around 5 books on my bookshelf waiting to be read, including some business focused stuff (I have to be conscientious, you know!) and some books on creativity. I like to read for my own benefit and for the benefit of my business.
Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?
There’s nothing better than reading a physical book. Turning the pages, the smell, everything! And I already spend long enough looking at a screen!
Do you have any advice for anyone considering a career in publishing?
Work hard and work out where your passion truly lies.
What is your favourite children’s book and your favourite adult’s book?
My favourite children’s book is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
My favourite adult’s book: I have to say any of Stephen King’s books. I can’t narrow it down!
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