Want to be a published author?

I know many people harbour a desire to write and publish for many years. Some never write their book(s) – let alone publish.

On the face of it, publishing book seems so difficult to do, when actually there is a lot of supportive websites the give step-by-step guidance.

For me, I just wanted to be able to say I’ve written a book and anyone can buy it – not necessarily make lots of money and/or get a best seller. It was just a personal goal I set myself about three years ago and took a look at every now and then adding extra bits here and there.

Lockdown in March 2020 was a period of reflection and determining some goals to achieve in the coming years.

One of these was to get a book published by the end of lockdown – although, I never expected this would be over a years later!

From my work over the last twenty years, my own personal experiences coupled with the pressure of lockdown on many people from diverse backgrounds, I realised what I had to say could be really helpful to some others who, like me years ago, want to change their lives but don’t know how or where to start.

I finished my book in early 2021 and asked some people who I knew had been through challenging times to read it. Both said it was inspirational and gave real steps and ideas people can utilise.

Thankfully, Kindle Direct Publishing, owned by Amazon, made it really easy from designing a cover to formatting the manuscript into hardbook, paperback or kindle versions. You can easily link the different formats which is so important to be inclusive to all pockets.

Of course, I really wanted a printed version to keep for myself. I selected the print quality, colours, size etc ad will make 79p for every paperback sold! Whilst it’s not as tactile as a paperback, the Kindle version is a great option for many.

It’s said everyone has a book in them. If, like me, you harbour an idea to publish, set yourself a challenge to do so. Believe me, it’s such a great feeling when you see it on the screen for others to buy if they want to.

The best kind of appraisal!

Today I received some flowers and a card – a thank you from someone who completed Growing Talent and went into work.


It’s easy to forget the difference we make to people’s lives especially when mentoring and coaching is what we do.


But we all need affirmation now and then.  Reflection to know we do a good job.  But we can’t always do that until people tell us we’ve made a difference to them and done our job well.


Take the time to thank those who you see doing a good job and make a point of reflecting on what you have done each day to deliver a ‘good job’ to someone.


No matter how small, it matters and makes a difference.


What an honour – #HiddenCredits

Like many people working to empower others to be the best version of themselves, I have never thought of myself as doing something extraordinary or inspirational.


When someone I’ve been encouraging told me they had nominated me for the Mayor of London’s Hidden Credits gallery to celebrate extraordinary women making a difference in London as part of the #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign to mark 100 years since women secured the vote, I thought little of it.  Until I received the email below.


Now I’m reflecting and affirming just how much I do try to do.  I’m even starting to believe I am inspirational to some who go on to make a real difference to their lives.  Knowing I do make a positive difference to some is the most empowering feeling.


But why do we find self worth so hard?  I know I will do my best to actively ‘pat myself on the back’ every now and then.  We should all take time to do this.  It doesn’t matter where we are, what issues we are dealing with, getting through each day and learning from it is the important thing.


Let’s all try to spread the affirmation and empowering ‘dust’ more than we maybe do.


Dear Jane,

Women are behind some of the greatest achievements and discoveries in London and we want to recognise this. So, we’re releasing an online gallery of all the incredible women Londoners have put forward for our Hidden Credits series – and this includes you!


If you have any questions around this campaign and your feature, please don’t hesitate to ask us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

The City Hall team


More information about this campaign:

Hidden Credits celebrate extraordinary women who make a huge contribution to London, it is part of the Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, marking 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in the UK and driving forward gender equality across the city.

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