If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will have noticed that I have not written new blogs for a few months. This is because I have been concentrating on writing a book.
I was approached last year by Joanne Henson, publisher of the marvellous What's Your Excuse series of books, to write What's Your Excuse for not Succeeding as an Artist? Overcome your excuses, nurture your creative potential and thrive.
This whole series of self help books are written by different coaches and offer light touch, supportive answers and ideas to help people address the things which stop them in their lives and plans. As a reader and coach, I have enjoyed each book and was delighted when Joanne suggested I join this esteemed group!
Writing the book has been a fascinating process which has meant me overcoming some excuses of my own! “Not good enough”, “why would people be interested in what I have to say”, “what do I know about this”… Yes, having to read the advice you give to others and apply it to yourself is a slightly bizarre and very humbling experience!
I also had to open up my work to criticism by others. Four marvellous artists read through the almost final draft and I had to make myself vulnerable and open to their very clear and excellent critiques. I have made changes, tightened up copy and it is now with Joanne for her very close scrutiny. (Someone said that once you have written your first draft, then the real work begins - they were not kidding!!) It has been marvellous to have others’ insights and feedback, good and bad, and to be able to improve and develop the book.
We still have a way to go until the book is finished, but we have a publication date of 1st October, and a beautiful cover designed by Annette Peppis (teaser above!). We will be having a launch event in London in October so watch this space!