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Over the last couple of months I have been putting together the queen of all business plans in a bid to become one of Britain’s newest entrepreneurs. I have also been playing email tennis with a very kind-hearted successful businessman with a nose for an interesting opportunity and the patience of a saint (lots of theological references here for some odd reason!), I don’t know what I would have done without said Business Angel (he really is an angel).

I knew that the idea for my business was sound and original, that my services would be welcomed and appreciated, and that i’m not scared of hard work, but i’ve spent nearly eighteen years making money for others and this was all new to me. I have a sound corporate background working in a variety of positions and sectors, I knew that I could do this … or could I? I have spent so long being protected under the shield of a large organisation, suddenly I would need to protect myself.

Confidence, or a lack of it, began to attack me for the first time in my life. What if I couldn’t get anybody to deal with me? What if my great ideas and creativity weren’t so great after all? Blah Blah Blah. I no longer had a Director to pat me on the back and tell me how great I was, I was REALLY alone. I told my wonderful business angel and he kindly rounded up all of my stray confidence and put it calmly back where it should be, “YOU CAN do this!!!”

I didn’t have a great deal of cash to invest in this venture but I had an abundance of enthusiasm and a resourceful disposition. Oh and a ton of determination. I had my experience and contacts and wonderful friends. I CAN do this!!!

Because I am over thirty and don’t live in a developing area, I couldn’t get any funding or financial help. So much for the Conservative government desperately needing entrepreneurs! Ha! I had to do this on my own. Scary. Where do I start?

Business Link was my first point of call, helpful to a point … though the website is an excellent resource www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/home .

Business Link then referred me to Business Enterprise Support (BES), they assigned me a Business Support Rep, Pascal, very helpful chap. I attended a one day training event then I was on my own. I still had questions and so The Chamber of Commerce was next. I made an appointment with the senior business advisor for my area and took in all of my documentation and business plan. This was an excellent meeting and filled me with confidence that I was making the right decision. I was actually doing this… YIPPEEEE!

I have now designed all of the literature for my business, designed and produced a basic website, and purchased all of my stationary. I have found the perfect office to work from and I have networked my wee butt off. I have gained my first clients; the launch of a new bar, Passion Cocktail and Tapas Bar Fazeley, and I have arranged a number of seminars for a Story Consultant / published author, David Baboulene across the UK.

http://passionfazeley.co.uk/

http://www.baboulene.com/

I can’t tell you how good it feels to be your own boss. I feel like I have powerful wings that are carrying me skyward without limits. I can do anything I put mind to. After my soul destroying 2010, I never thought that I would get to where I am today. It’s taken a lot of hard work and determination (and a few sleepless nights) but i’ve done it. I’m under no illusions that this is going to be easy and i’m learning every day, but it’s worth it.

My writing continues, though in smaller chunks of time, and I have every intention of continuing with this blog so please stick with me. I’ll keep you all posted of how my journey progresses.

http://www.kiriehansen.co.uk/

 

 

 

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The last two weeks have been exciting for me in so many ways.

  • I am proud to announce that I have become a Blog Tour Host for the wonderful author promotion website, Novel Publicity (see my lovely little parrot picture on the left below). I will be reviewing my first title on here on the 11th May 2011 so please keep reading my lovely followers.
  • After careful consideration and the creation of a rather in-depth Business Plan, I have decided to start my own business (well, become a sole trader). I am currently in the middle of a copy-editing / proofreading course through Chapterhouse, and upon completion of said course, I will become self-employed. Exciting stuff. I’m thinking of running a competition on here to help me think of a business name; just a bit of fun.
  • A talented illustrator, Andy Carolan, has created perfect images of how I pictured the main character for my forthcoming graphic novel, details to be disclosed on here soon!
  • This weekend I will be attending the York Festival of Writing. Attendees are offered the opportunity to submit work to be critiqued by an agent or book doctor; I have submitted to both. I’m so excited about hearing their comments and advice. I’ll let you all know how it goes; good or bad.
  • This blog received a record number of hits on one of my recent blog titles, so I want to thank all of you who took the time to read and comment. Without you, this site would not exist.
  • This year I have made a number of what I hope will be lifelong friends or acquaintances through Twitter / The Word Cloud / this blog and networking events I have attended. These new friends have taken the time to talk to me, offer me advice and go out of their way to help me on my writing journey. I am hoping to meet many of you in the future and look forward to getting to know you all a lot better.  Please know that I am here to offer support to all of you too. Thank you.
  • My name has been published in The Winchester Writers’ Conference 2010 Anthology with a lovely compliment from the adjudicator about the quality of our submitted work. This does wonders for your confidence!

2011 promises to be an amazing year, I am determined to make it so. Working hard at something you love does not feel like work at all.

In the comments section below, please let me know about your recent achievements / plans or aims for this year. I would love to hear from all of you. I would like to write a blog in the near future dedicated to all of your good news.

 

I wish you all the best for the future and an abundance of happiness.

 


I recently blogged about a very good (cloudy) friend of mine and the release of his forthcoming biography of Wellesley Tudor Pole, an extraordinary English gentleman.

SEE – Author Interview with Gerry Fenge.

Well, he’s only gone and done it, by jove! The book is printed & delivered & ready for purchase.

The book is available for order on Amazon (see link details below).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Worlds-Wellesley-Tudor-Pole/dp/0979170060/

I am so proud of Gerry. I’m sure that all aspiring authors will join me in congratulating him on his first (of many) published work.

A proud Gerry receiving his first batch of books (FREE from his very generous publisher!!)

 

If anyone would like to feature Gerry’s amazing book or contact him for an author interview / feature, please see my previous Author Interview blog or feel free to comment on here and I will pass your details on.

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Worlds-Wellesley-Tudor-Pole/dp/0979170060/

In the words of the organisers; 

“Writing West Midlands is the Literature Development Agency for the West Midlands.”

“We focus on work to develop opportunities for writers, including supporting young writers and building audiences for writing. We exist to help good writing and literature activities flourish in the West Midlands.”

(Event held at South Birmingham College, Saturday 20th November 2010)

This was the first time that I had attended a Writers’ conference in The Midlands, though it was their third gathering; I have always had to travel further afield as I didn’t realise there was such a vast and enthusiastic pod of writers in my area (what is the name for a group of writers?? Suggestions in the comments box please). I came across the conference details purely by chance whilst reading about funding information on The Arts Council UK website; i’m so glad I did!

The event is organised by and hosted by Writing West Midlands; Jonathon Davidson, Chief Executive and Sara Beadle, Director. The day is extremely well organised and thorough, covering a wide range of topics with each Panel Session. They welcome writers of all kinds as well as publishers, agents, producers (Radio, Film and TV), teachers and literature development workers.

The Panel Session Topics were as diverse as they were informative: Writing for Broadcast, Real Writing Lives, Writing and Reading in the Mental Health Sector, Different Fictions, Understanding Publishing, Creative Writers in Schools, The Rights of Writers, Doing Digital, Writing and Science, Writing in Places, The Future of Theatre Writing, Building Audiences for Poetry, Creative Writing and Higher Education.

The speakers / panel members for each session appeared to be both enthusiastic in promoting the aspiring writer / established writer, and encouraging and forthcoming with help and advice. The question and answer sessions at the end of each panel member introduction (of which I seemed to dominate slightly) were helpful and stimulating. Not wanting to come across shy or self-promoting (ahem), I made sure that I asked any questions which I thought could potentially help others, I hope that this worked!

The keynote address: No Messages, Jim Crace, novelist, was humorous and enlightening. I am ashamed to say that I had never heard of Jim but have now ordered some of his books from Amazon!

Book Titles: Continent, The Gift of Stones, Arcadia, Signals of Distress, Quarantine, Being Dead, The Devil’s Larder, The Pesthouse.

The Closing Address: The Writer’s Smoking Jacket, Graham Joyce, author. This was an informative and concise speech by Graham and opened my eyes to many possibilities and opportunities.

Book Titles: The Devil’s Ladder, Simple Goalkeeping, Do the Creepy Thing, Memoirs of a Master Forger, The Limits of Enchantment (and many, many more!).

In conclusion, I would recommend that you look for future events held by Writing West Midlands and come and connect and socialise with “others in the business of writing”.

http://www.writingwestmidlands.org

In their words;

“The Word Cloud is a free community where writers can read each other’s work, offer comments and get feedback. Our forums allow you to discuss books, scripts and writing with fellow writers, enter regular competitions, and much more.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself!

The site is run by The Writers’ Workshop & York Festival of Writing organiser; Harry Bingham, “The Boss”.  Harry is a busy published author of five fantastic but very different books, his most recent work being “Getting Published” which was published this year by A & C Black (The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook).

By Harry Bingham

Other regular professional contributors consist of a mixture of non-fiction and fiction authors across a variety of genres including:

Emma Darwin (A Secret Alchemy, The Mathematics of love)

By Emma Darwin

Jane Struthers (The Psychic’s bible and many, many more titles)

By Jane Struthers

Kate Allen (Fateful Deception, Perfidy and Perfection)

By Kate Allan

Debi Alper (Nirvana Bites, Trading Tatiana)

By Debi Alper

How these fantastic authors find the time to contribute, comment and critique, is beyond me! Their advice is invaluable to all who write.

From personal experience I can say without doubt that this is the most honest, friendly and unpretentious writers site that I have come across. Once you become a member you can understand why thousands of other writers have done the same; both published and unpublished alike.

It is devoid of any form of prejudice, bullying or cliqueiness, which I have observed on other sites and the critique is honest and professional.

I have made many friends through The Cloud, both cyber and in the flesh, and may not have continued on my writing journey if it had not been for this wonderful and encouraging people who camp within.

http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk

An excellent evening and great opportunity for all artists in the local area

After completing a vast amount research, it has become apparent to me that to become a fully fledged author, I must first creat a blog. “Easy” you might say. Setting up the blog was easy; knowing what to write is a little harder and this required more research.  Not wishing to bore my potential audience / readers, I have decided to be honest and interactive on this blog. I want others to join me on my journey to Word World (my name for the publishing industry) and be a part of my success.

My intention is to entertain and tell fantastic, amazing and enthralling stories to those that are willing to read them. So here goes nothing, and I thank you for accompanying me in advance. 🙂

Every reader is valued.