blogger Honest Mum writes her book

Whoop, whoop shimmy shimmy (a million x those dancing red dress emojis I love so much) because I’ve submitted the first draft of my book to my editor Jillian Young at Piatkus/Little Brown (Hachette) and I’m currently feeling all of the feels: elation, excitement and absolute relief!

This book means so much to me so making my deadline (I’ve not missed a single one in my career yet and wasn’t about to start now) and writing something so personal packed with advice and tips to help fellow wannabee mumbosses feels rather life-affirming if I’m honest.

It’s a dream come true.

I feel honoured to not only share my own journey from setting up my blog on my kitchen table to becoming a personal brand (with my experience and tips accumulated in almost 7 years), but also the wisdom many fellow accomplished mum and dadbosses within, as well.

I started writing the book back in January and I’m going to take my own advice and share the pride I feel at having written my manifesto whilst juggling a busy blogging career and caring for kids and a sick relative. This book is mumbossing in action, and it’s brought me so much joy, and respite from what has been quite a traumatic year. One filled with tremendous highs career-wise and immense lows, personally.

I’m still healing from the adversity of it all, really.

I’m rather like a hibernating bear squinting at the sunlight seeping in who is slowly veering from its cave. It’s rather odd as I currently feel both delicate and vulnerable yet stronger than ever.

Art has saved me once again.

I wrote this book at night whilst the house slept, finding therapy in giving to others, in taking the onus away from the sadness of my own personal events by returning to what nourishes my soul and could give me breathing space away.

Similarly, I started this blog after suffering from a traumatic birth and along with a move closer to family and the help of a therapist, Toby (who also features in my book), my blog gave me the creative space I deeply craved, a platform in which I could rediscover my voice and identity at a time I felt lost and broken.

From the first day of writing this blog back in 2010 to today, Honest Mum serves as a vehicle in which I can process and make sense of the world whilst giving me a place IN the world itself: a home I’ve created and curated where I feel I belong.

There is nothing more liberating than carving that space for yourself, online.

So what is next?

Once I receive notes from my wise and wonderful editor, I’ll crack on with my second draft.

That first mound of clay is now down, words on the page, the foundation laid and soon it will be time to restructure, carve, edit and polish.

I was a screenwriter and director pre-blogging and vlogging, and can safely say the magic happens in the rewrites. I adore the development process, the feedback from those you trust, who are invested and serve the story as much as you do.

Then of course, there will come a time I have to step away, to stop rewriting and editing and let go, releasing my book out into the world. Scary but worthwhile times ahead.

I love the words of Seth Godin (who also features in my book) who reminds me that release is the purpose,

‘If it weren’t for the ups and downs, we could just stay at home and keep our work in the attic. We put it into the world precisely because of the challenge’.

Before long, I will be welcoming that challenge, hopeful my book connects, resonates and inspires others to fire up their laptops and write. To trust they have the ability and strength to set up that business they’ve always dreamed of, that they can find themselves again, that confidence will come…

I will of course continue sharing my book journey with you, here.

The cover shoot is coming up next and the pre-order link will be live in no time at all, and well before the book hits the shops in March next year.

Wow. A whole new chapter await. Literally.

And breathe.

 

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58 Responses

  1. Nichole Goodland

    That is such exciting news the first draft is done. Before you know it all of us lot here will be reading it and I can not wait to get my hands on a copy. 🙂 x
    #brillblogposts

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  2. Nat - Awaybies

    Well done with your first draft submission! What a role model you are. I look forward to the book!
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  3. Sarah Hughes

    I’m amazed about everything that you have been able to achieve. Even though I don’t know you, I am so proud of everything you have achieved so far. I hope that I can keep working hard an achieve my own goals and dreams one day! I’m looking forward to reading your book…I already know it is going to be amazing.

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  4. hayley balozi

    So exciting! You must be feeling so proud. I also started my blog after a huge event in my life, we found out River had Down syndrome and writing everything down was so therapeutic for me. If it helps some other families going through the same thing then I will be so happy, it’s the reason why I’m constantly trying to better it. You have done such a fantastic job, and I can’t wait to read the book x x x

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    • Honest Mum

      Thank you Hayley and blogs are such a wonderful way to process our own lives and share and touch others too. Your blog and children are beautiful x

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  5. Susan Mann

    Way to go lovely. I am so proud of you and so pleased you got your first draft done. It is a huge step. Hope the edits aren’t too bad. Lots of love xx

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  6. Babes about Town

    Amazing hon, and don’t say you ‘met’ your deadline, you smashed it girl! I always knew you would. It’s def gonna be a hit too because you’ve built up such a loyal following, and also your generosity in involving so many others can only add to its success. It’s truly been something to follow your journey from beginner blogger to (almost) published author, to add to your many achievements. I know some of what you’ve been through and you can be truly proud of yourself, that you completed this and are bringing this new baby into the world. Massive high fives and fist bumps, can’t wait for the launch! x
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    • Honest Mum

      Aw thank you my darling friend, as always welling up reading your words. Thank you for being a great friend to me and being there for me. I am so endlessly proud of you and truly lucky to have you in my life. Lots of love, always xx

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  7. Susie/So Happy In Town

    Wow Vicki, what an amazing achievement – you must be bursting with pride as you should be – to have come from your kitchen table to finishing the first draft of a book, while inspiring many via your blog at the same time…just phenomenal. I’m sorry you’ve had a tough year personally, but hope that your professional achievements have helped you keep going. Huge congrats! xx #brillblogposts
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    • Honest Mum

      Thank you darling for your support (I still have that first email you sent me which meant so much). Hope we get to meet soon, you are an inspiration yourself xx

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  8. Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

    It is such an incredible accomplishment – a huge congratulations to you! It is so inspiring to understand that you can still achieve your dreams despite hardships x #brillblogpost
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  9. Emma Peach

    Massive congratulations! You amaze me at how much you manage to squeeze into your busy life!

    Emma xxx
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  10. Lisa (Mumdadplus4)

    Wow congratulations your own book that is a great achievement slightly envious
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  11. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    Big congratulations Vicki! Such an exciting milestone! You are such an inspiration to so many of us mums and bloggers who are trying to claim our own little space in this enormous cyberspace. You’ve been teaching and showing us the ropes! Cannot wait to get my hands on your book next year lovely lady! xx
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  12. Lucy At Home

    *SQUEAL* This is sooooo exciting! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy – it sounds absolutely fabulous. I can’t believe you’ve managed to pen an entire book as well everything else that you do! You should definitely feel proud! #brillblogposts
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  13. Mama Grace

    That’s a huge milestone and it must be so satisfying to meet your deadline but this time for something so personal and with lots more going on. Congratulations. #BrillBlogPosts
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  14. Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    Fantastic news! I am super proud of you hun, and cannot wait to read it. I know it will be amazing as it is written by you. xxx
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  15. Becca Farrelly

    Wow how exciting! It must be an amazing feeling and your post just shows how exciting it is for you! I cant wait to see the finished book 🙂

    #brillblogposts
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  16. Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    Woo-hoo! I am so excited for you!! That must feel like an amazing milestone, to have the first draft written…now the fun part begins! I am so with you on the ‘editing is where the magic happens’ thing – I much prefer editing to writing…I find focusing on that helps me almost totally avoid writers block – I give myself permission to write total drivel in my first draft, and then come back later to polish and hone my draft into something I’m happy for others to read…I’m always so much happier that way…if I felt it had to be right first time, I’d never get anything written!! I think there’s something that goes on in my brain, which means I just can’t write and edit at the same time…and I don’t think I’m alone! Anyway, super looking forward to reading your book, when it comes out! Eb x
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  17. Laurie Girl & Tonic

    Congratulations Vicki!!! Such an exciting process.

    Even though I’m not a mum (yet), I love following your journey and your blogs.

    L xx #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  18. Suzy Turner

    Congratulations Vicki!! That’s absolutely, bloody brilliant. I’m so excited for you… and excited to read it too. I would imagine it’s a fantastic read!
    Hugs from a WAY TOO hot Algarve lol
    Suzy xx
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  19. jen @ thehollyhockdoor

    Congratulations! 70k words is such a huge achievement! It sounds silly but when I submitted my thesis (kind of a book, but way less fun to read than I’m sure yours will be!) I had the same sort of wobbly-knees feeling as right before our wedding 😉
    Can’t wait to read the finished version!

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  20. Emma T

    Such exciting times and I bet it has been a real labour of love, just like your blog. Look forward to reading it

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  21. Chloe

    Oh how exciting the first draft has been submitted. All of those late nights have been worth it. I like many others will look forward to reading it.
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  22. Nico @ yumsome

    Yay – I can’t wait to read and review it! And already you’ve spurred me on to actually get my own book finished. It’s definitely true what others say about you, Vicki… you really are an inspiration – thank you!

    Reading your account of how you’ve been juggling writing, parenthood, being a carer, wife… and all the other hats you have to wear, reminds me of that saying; if you want something done, ask a busy person!

    Keep it up, chica, and never stop being awesome! xx
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    • Honest Mum

      Aw Nico, I’m filling up with tears reading yours and everyone’s kind and touching words. They really mean so much, thank you… and I love and live by that saying xx

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  23. Lisa

    Ooh this is all so exciting and you must absolutely give yourself lots of huge pats on the back and maybe open a bottle of wine or whatever. Well done you #brillblogposts x
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  24. Rebecca Smith

    Wonderful, you post just ooozes positivity and achievement, so pleased for you xxx
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  25. Clare

    Oh you clever lady – well done! Literally cannot wait to read it!!!! How very bloody exciting Cx
    You already know I love you Mrs, I love your motivation, your energy and you passion! You inspire!
    Cx <3

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    • Honest Mum

      Aw thanks so much darling, so happy to have connected to you and your glorious blog thanks to social media. Hope to meet soon IRL xx

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  26. Jacqui Paterson (@JaxFortyNorth)

    Aaaaaargh – how exciting!!! How crazy that you’ve written an entire book – something that will be around FOREVS! Such an achievement; can’t wait to read it. xx
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