As a young child, I dreamt of one day becoming a published author. I read at every opportunity, fiction and non-fiction, I consumed it with a passion. I was book mad. There was just one problem. I wasn’t very good at writing fiction.
So what did I do? I got a degree in non-fiction writing (Bachelor of Communications Professional Writing). And my dream of being an author went into hibernation while I got busy having a corporate career where I did use my writing skills constantly.
Then one day, my dream of being a published author resurfaced. Very quickly, the dream became a reality. I then fell in love with the whole process of writing books and my passion became contagious and other people asked me to help them write their books.
It Started with an Idea
In August 2014, I went to a three-day book writing conference. I went there with the idea of writing a book about inspired aging as I was struggling with this issue myself. The whole three days, I worked on my aging book. Then, on the drive home, a light-bulb literally went off in my head and I had the bright idea (excuse the pun) to co-write a book with my husband Nick Shady.
Nick is a farmer of more than two decades experience. He’s a great farmer and a gifted businessman who provides us with a good lifestyle. He’s got a Masters Degree in Business and is passionate about his local community and making a difference. I thought that writing a book with him would help position him as the expert in the niche of family farming and give him a bigger platform for creating change in the sector.
Who Gets the Farm
I spoke to Nick on the drive back from the book writing conference. He was keen, though maybe not as much as I was. I think he was a bit daunted by the idea of writing a book. I wasn’t. I knew that we could easily and quickly write a book.
We decided that we would like to write a series of books on topics that we thought were important to the family farming community. As we had seen so many people suffer from poor or no succession planning, we decided to takle that topic first.
Within weeks we had our first draft done. We had a publisher, the Global Publishing Group, who would help us get our book out into the world. It all happened so fast. And it wasn’t even that hard.
I can tell you, my experience with farm succession planning was limited, but I’m a quick learner and google helped me with what I didn’t know. We also did a survey of farmers that was very informative. Farm succession planning is a bit of a dry topic, but I wanted to write the book so that it was engaging and easy to read.
Who Gets The Farm is due will be published in late 2015.
FAST Book Writing
Writing Who Gets the Farm taught me a lot about the process of writing a book and how you can do it really quickly if you have some simple strategies in place to help you. I became interested in helping business owners, coaches and entrepreneurs grow their business and profile by becoming a published author.
I decided to write a book that would help people write their books fast. I called the book FAST Book Writing: write your book in 30 days or less. This then lead to the FAST Book Writing Bootcamp because reading a book is not enough. People need to implement and take action to achieve success.
I have fallen in love with creating coloring books. I have recently released two – one inspired by South East Asia (I grew up a Buddhist and lived for some time in India) and the other inspired by the Pacific Islands. I am working on more coloring books and journals at the moment.
In the meantime, I was also invited to participate in a number of compilation books where I could contribute as a co-author. These were interesting experiences and each had their different challenges. There is great value in being a co-author – you can write your contribution quickly, you’re exposed to a different audience, and you network with a range of other people you might not ordinary get to engage with. And it is far easier to make the book a successful if there is a team of your promoting it – which is what happened with Superwoman Myths and we were able to make it an Amazon Bestseller.
I have contributed as a co-author in these books:
Participating in these books has been interesting and lots of fun!
- Romance Your Tribe Online: Client Attraction in Action (an Amazon Bestseller)
- Secrets of Success: unlocking the secrets of a successful life
- Superwoman Myths: Breaking the code of silence and speaking up your truth (an Amazon Bestseller)
- Chocolates & Diamonds for the Woman’s Soul (an Amazon Bestseller)
- 365 Ways to Communicate with Your Soul (an Amazon Bestseller)
Now that I’m an author and writer, there are so many books I want to write. I am really like a kid in a toystore at Christmas. It is hard for me to stop and settle on just one idea and see it through, but I must. I’m working on a book about breast reduction surgery (something I chose to do in early 2015) so that I can help other women with their decision and recovery. I’ve also got another compilation book coming out in June 2015 that is aimed at women entrepreneurs.
Once you write your own book, you too may get the book writing bug and see opportunities everywhere to write on topics that interest you or serve your target audience.