The accountant who wants to be a children’s book author

Pamela is a single mother of two young girls in her 30s and also a part-qualified accountant in London.

When we asked her what she would ideally want to do she said that she really would like to write a children’s book. She had an idea for a story and she had always wanted to write but never gotten herself space to do so.

“So what’s stopping you now?” I asked her.

“Nothing really. I just need to do it.” She answered

And in our experience, this is the biggest part of making it happen, once you know what you want. Making it important enough to prioritise in your day. We discussed what was possible in terms of time and what else she needed. Contacts in the book world was also something that would be useful.

So we found an event with children’s authors and publishers, and we recommended her to attend, with a view to widen her network with the speakers and peers. Had she ever networked before, is she comfortable doing so?

“No, not done it before, would like some help”, she said.

We had a couple of sessions beforehand to prepare her for how to network confidently and also gave her some exercises.

“It was amazing” she said after the event. She’s gotten contact details and been given advice by the speakers and other budding authors. She’s heard stories from others how they have held full time jobs whilst they have been working on their books and been rejected 92 times before finally getting results.

So after three months what has she been able to do? She has created an outline of her book, finished the first chapter, has contact details of other budding authors and publishers, gotten herself out of her comfort zone to network, learn new skills and understands how she can make it happen for her.

She’s inspired now and we’re very excited to see what will happen in the future!

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