When I was in high school, my father was the head of English.
We lived walking distance from school and one afternoon on our walk back home across the oval, we got chatting about my latest English results.
The results were ok but it wasn’t my best effort.
The reason? The exam involved writing a creative story. Not my forte. AT ALL.
In fact, Dad’s life lesson stuck with me that afternoon as we jumped the stainless steel fence and walked towards home.
“Niks,” he said, “write about reality, not fantasy. You write better when you stick to what you know.”
He’s probably surprised to know that I still remember those words. Probably doesn’t remember them himself. That’s ok.
Those words served me well in my choice of my first career. As a journalist.
They served me well in my second career. As a blogger (you can get the back story on my blog to business story here).
And I’m counting on them to serve me well in my third career. As an AUTHOR.
Yes, you read correctly. All going to plan, this time next year I’ll be getting set launch my first bookstore book.
I honestly still don’t quite believe it.
I’m not one who ever thought they had a novel in them (see above) but, since starting Styling You five years ago, I had hoped that one day I’d have the opportunity to author a book.
Well, that day has come.
As of yesterday, it’s official. I’ve signed a publishing deal with Hachette Australia.
The offer came through a few weeks ago at the height of my dastardly flu. I drank champagne anyway.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Those moments are mandatory champagne ones.
So, how did it get to that champagne moment?
The commissioning editor at Hachette (*waves* to Robert) bought my e-book, loved it, asked me to a meeting, asked me to submit a proposal and took that proposal to an acquisitions meeting. They loved the concept, it passed the number crunching, the offer was made and here I am just a couple of months later.
I’m really looking forward to get stuck in. It will be a handy, fun resource that looks as good as the advice contained within.
What does it mean for the content here on the blog?
Nothing, I hope.
I will still aim to post here each weekday but I may get a little help with the posts along the way. It may take a little longer to reply to comments but I will reply. Blogging is a conversation and I love that I get to start a few conversations each week.
If the schedule gets too much, you’ll be the first to know and I’ll adjust as needed.
My deadline is November 1 … but I’ve brought that forward by a couple of weeks so I can enjoy a girls’ week in Bali in October.
I think that will work better, anyway. I’ve always loved a tight deadline. In each of my careers.
Now, you didn’t think this post would be all about me, did you?
Not a chance.
You’re the reason that I’ve even got to this point in my blogging career. Without readers, I simply don’t have a blog. Without a blog, I would not have got this opportunity.
So, together with my girlfriend Natalie Hanley, who owns Zambezee Boutique (Mooloolaba, Noosaville and online), we’ve got an amazing prize that will go to one very lucky reader.
One reader will win this capsule wardrobe – five of my favourite wardrobe items from Zambezee.
Are you excited?
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED!
This will be a random draw. Australian entries only, sorry. Entries open on Tuesday, July 22, 2013 at 6am (AEST) and close on Tuesday, July 29 at 5pm (AEST). The winner will be notified via email and his or her names published here. Full terms and conditions here. Zambezee Boutique will ship for free to the winner after selections are made via the Zambezee online boutique.
Good luck and thanks so much for showing up here – every day, every week or just when you feel like a fix! I so appreciate each and every one of you and look forward to taking you with me on this next exciting, dare I say use the “J” word … journey.
PS. Miss out on the big prize? Enter stylingyou at the Zambezee online checkout for a 10% discount.
PPS. If you’re a blogger and would like some tips on how to get your work noticed by a publisher, the very talented blogger and author Allison Tait wrote this post here on Styling You: Are book publishers looking at your blog? I can also highly recommend the writing courses through the Australian Writers Centre.
PPPS. If you’d like to follow along my book writing and publishing journey and be the first to know when pre-orders are available, plus have a say where and when book launches will be held, sign up here.