When I first started writing my book last year I reached out to my favourite psychologist and author to ask for his advice. I’m truly touched that he took the time to respond and have held his words close ever since. One of the things he said was to not lose sight of why I’m writing the book and for whom it is intended for. Such simple wisdom, but I can imagine it would be too easy to do if you weren’t aware of it.
Why have I written this book?
I didn’t go to uni but during the years I would have done I lived in a hardcore party house with a dozen or so crazy antipodeans. Every time I regaled them with a story from my childhood someone would pipe up ‘you have to write a book’. Over the years many more people have said the same thing to me and it’s ended up being a personal goal of mine for a while now.
Starting Mummy Tries was the first step to writing about my past, and blogging has helped me form great writing habits. Then a chance encounter with a literary agent last year gave me the idea for it to be a self-help book. My aim is to be able to put my dysfunctional past to good use and help others turn their lives around the way I did.
Who have I written the book for?
My ideal target audience is women in their late teens or twenties that are lacking in confidence and have lost their way. Perhaps they had a difficult childhood or a bad experience early on. They are looking for guidance and need some easy to read, straight talking advice to help sort their heads out. I hope to be able to engage the reader from word one, and rather than me bang on and on telling them what to do, I’d like to empower them to start making their own good decisions.
I’ve also been cautious not to completely kill the book with my own story, and have tried my best to keep the autobiographical parts succinct. I have a half written memoir lurking in Evernote, and am thinking of turning it into a novel if I get this one published. It’s safe to say that I have been well and truly bitten by the writing bug!
My 11 page critique came back from the editor today. Overall the feedback was positive and he’s included lots of very constructive advice on how to ensure the book will reach its full potential. I have a fair bit of work to do on it now, but nothing so daunting that I feel like throwing in the towel. It will mean blogging less but that’s fine, this has to be my number one priority right now.
Watch this space!