I’ve already made public my first big announcement this year, the arrival of my little one! So now is the time for the second big news that will make 2020 a year that will be filled with positives as much as negatives……I got a book deal!

Writing a book is something I’ve always wanted to do. In fact, ‘author’ was one of the first career ideas I had for myself back in Junior school. I put it on one of those school reports they send you home with under ‘what do you want to be when you’re older’.

Although I knew what I wanted my first book to be, I hadn’t got anywhere near writing a draft until this year. That was partly down to time. Love Her Wild always keeps me so busy. And partly down to lacking in confidence. Blogging, no problem, but a book is immensely intimidating in comparison to a 1,000 word blog!

With the collapse of all my work though there was nothing else for me to do except focus on the one thing that I knew I should have been prioritising.

Aim for plan A

Over the last year (largely thanks to the support of my two amazing published friends Emma Rosen, author of the Radical Sabbatical and Emily Hunt, author of 15-min STEM) I’ve learnt all about the business of book writing and what the options are. I could go down the traditional publishing route or self-publish.

Outwardly I kept saying I would probably self-publish and I honestly thought this would end up being my only option. But first I would try and get a book deal. Deep down I knew this is what I really wanted. I wanted the knowledge that a publishing company believed in my writing so much that they’d put their name against it. Plus I really wanted to experience the process of working with a publisher, understanding all that goes into launching a book.

If ever there was proof that you should always aim for plan A! 

It took some time, a lot of work (and ignoring my self-doubt) but I found myself a great literary agent. And last month signed a contract with an amazing publisher – Bradt!

Hiking up a mountain

What’s the book about?

My book is about going on my first big adventure, hiking the length of Israel. It’s the trip that ‘made’ me and led me to where I am today. Living my best life! The book also covers how I noticed the lack of women accessing the outdoors. And how that led me to launch the Love Her Wild community and running my first all-female adventure.

I’m so excited about sharing this journey I can’t get my words down quick enough sometimes!

On having a baby and a book deal!

There’s lots of nerves that come with having a baby but one of my biggest was that being a mum would mean I wouldn’t have the time, inclination or energy to do things that I would have been able to do before….like writing a book. I’ve been told this so many times throughout my life I really believed it was true!

While this may be the story for some women, it’s not mine. One thing I’m learning fast is that no two mums stories of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood are the same and I find it stifling that as a society we are grouping women in this way.

I’m not saying it’s easy but it’s also not been anywhere near as hard as I expected, and like so many things in life it’s just been about finding the right way to do things for me. I carve out slots of 2 hours (I aim for 3/4 times a week) while Gil takes on the child care and I sit down and write. Far from not having energy, sometimes I have bursts of creativity and excitement that I’ve not felt in a long time. And having that space to be me and do something I love totally makes me a better mum because when she’s back in my arms she gets so many cuddles and attention.

So that’s my big news and my focus for the next few months until the world normalises (we hope) and I can re-launch Love Her Wild again. We aim to launch the book in summer of 2021…..although like everything at the moment this is said with some uncertainty.

In fact, the only certainty in my life right now is that the little one needs feeding so I need to go! Thanks for reading and I look forward to updating you on more book news (and sharing some of my recent adventure endeavors) with you soon! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Or you can subscribe to my YouTube channel.