I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with Mum of two, Vicki Psarias about her bestselling book, Mumboss, recently and was inspired by how she found the time to write her book with a full-time career as a blogger and vlogger, as well as caring for her two children, and being the Founder of Honest Mum.
What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve wanted to write, Mumboss for several years now (writing a book has been a dream since childhood) but I’m glad it’s was published in 2018, as the 7 1/2 years of experience garnered, working in the digital industry hopefully makes for a truly meaningful and also comprehensive book which encompasses many areas from finding your voice to returning to work after maternity leave with greater confidence and a nuts and bolts guide to setting up your own e-business and more.
This is your first book, what was your writing process like?
I wrote the book between the hours of 10pm and 3am most nights so it was a real labour of love and much like a baby, required me sacrificing a lot of sleep! I had two brilliant editors, Jillian and Anna who empowered me with confidence throughout and, skilfully, cut lots out making for a stronger, more concise book. Jillian encouraged me to get as much of me into the book too.
How long did it take you to write your book?
It was a year-long process that I did whilst working full-time as a blogger and vlogger.
Do you stick to a timetable when it comes to writing?
I wrote the majority of the book at night whilst the rest of the house slept. My final draft was written and polished in daylight hours and I took a week off blogging to focus on delivering that final version, even hand-delivering it on the due date (told you it was like having a baby).
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Keeping it as concise as possible as there was so much I wanted to cover but my editors kept me in check! Overcoming self-doubt while ironically writing exactly how to do that. Questioning whether people would enjoy the book and want to read it? Luckily people have.
Having gone through the process of writing a book, what advice would you give to anyone who is currently writing, or thinking of writing their first book?
Just get it onto the page and start. The writing, and magic is all in the rewriting. It’s like a piece of clay, keep moulding. Bounce off your editor and don’t show your work to too many people as everyone comes to art with their own baggage. Trust yourself, and your editor.
What other writing projects do you have coming up?
I’m loving writing my blog as always and have lots of exciting campaigns coming up with global brands and more book tour dates all over the country right up to April next year. It feels like a joyfully creative time at the moment.
I’ve started reading Mumboss and am really enjoying it. If you’re a mum who would like to have it all, then Mumboss is a great place to start with top tips from someone who does. It’s available on Amazon and honestmum.com, as well as other outlets.
Co-founder Vision Maker Press