Remember a couple of years ago when I was bombarding you with information about my first book, Cast Life?
Well, I am going to start to do it all over again.
Following on from the success of a book that helps parents to navigate the murky waters of hip dysplasia, my Editor took a bet on me that I could repeat writing history.
It took longer than expected because we decided to relocate to the other side of the country and life generally got in the way, but I have done it.
I have written a second book.
Determined not to be a one-book author, on Friday the manuscript for ‘PR School – Your Time to Shine’ was finished and sent away for review.
I will be honest, there were times when I wasn’t sure if this was going to happen.
Hours spent in coffee shops with record cards and Post It notes.
Writer’s block was real and Imposter Syndrome might have reared its ugly head, but I powered through and did it.
My plan was in place, my vision board was on the doors of my office cabinets and as I clearly saw the cover of this book in front of me, there was no way it wasn’t going to be written – a scenario one of my sons suggested, but one I wasn’t prepared to consider.
The boys escaping to London for a few days meant I was able to pull a couple of all-nighters and that broke the back of this book (and my much-needed sleep pattern).
While there will be changes and edits I am sure, knowing you got 58,000 words down and into a readable format is pretty amazing.
While my PR career has spanned over two decades, the essentials of how to shine with confidence will be covered in just over 200 pages.
Business owners and experts have offered their advice and comments to make it balanced and real.
It isn’t just me talking, but it was me writing.
Many people ask me how to do it.
How can they write a book?
Well, there isn’t a one size fits all approach.
There is no magic wand, although I do know a ‘book witch’ (Jessica Killingley) who might be able to send some good vibes your way.
You won’t find a definitive guide.
This is because, at the heart of writing a book, as I discovered this time around, is knowing your ‘why’?
Why do you want to write it?
What do you want to get out of it?
Who do you want to read it?
For me, it was to build my career, capture my expertise and set me on a new route as a PR coach and mentor.
I am no orthopaedic surgeon, but over the past few years I have been asked to attend events, sit on boards, help with research and parents ask me for information and thousands get the support they need from the organisation I have created.
Now, if I can do that as a mum on a mission looking to make a change in the world, what can I do with something that comes as naturally to me as drinking coffee, buying shoes and singing along to Absolut as if I am a rock star (I clearly am not).
For you, it could be to make money (that is a lot of books but it can be your why).
Maybe to raise awareness of a condition or a cause.
To expose someone or something.
To make people laugh.
To tell someone you love them.
To take away the darkness and replace it with a light.
To educate and inform.
For no reason other than you love to write.
Whatever it is, that is what you need to find and then you can move forward and write the book you have always dreamed of seeing for sale.
Over the next few months I will keep you posted on my progress, offer some hints and tips and there might be a few giveaways too.
Thank you for reading.
p.s. Devon internet today wasn’t on my side so I hope this now works x