author of Mumboss

I’m going to be honest as per and share that whilst writing a book was a dream come true for me, a ticking off of a bucket list if you like, it’s also a hugely vulnerable pursuit, as is blogging, really, and I’m pretty nervous for publication date (May 3rd), so much so, I’m writing this at 3am as insomnia hits!

Being creative can be tough-going (the self-doubt can hinder us ALL at times) but the pros, thankfully, always outweigh the cons (the fact being honest helps others and of course doing what you love). Writing Mumboss was much-needed therapy for me during one of the hardest years of my life last year with a close relative unwell and the loss of my auntie Zak who was a second mum to me, not to mention juggling a crazy-busy blogging career and family-life with two young sons. I’ve proclaimed this year, a much-needed Year of Fun, a chance to live boldly and to do what scares me a little hence getting my third baby out there!

I wrote the book between the hours of 10pm and 3am, the only time I had in which to do so, and Mumboss is a true labour of love. I wrote 7 drafts and could have written an eighth but that’s creativity for you, you can work and work and never stop editing and honing it. It’s time though…

A lot of you have asked about the process: how I got a book deal and what it was like writing my first book.

Here’s a quick wrap-up of the series of events which led to Mumboss.

I was approached by a publishing house after winning the BritMums Best of the Best Blogging Award which prompted me to look for a literary agent. Once I’d met an agent I clicked with, I developed a proposal for two book ideas along with a detailed chapter breakdown for each. The other idea was a more general lifestyle idea based on the book. My agent at the time, Robyn (who moved on to be a commissioning agent) and I met with various publishers and accepted a deal with Jillian Young who I loved at Piatkus/Little Brown under the Hachette umbrella. It took me approximately 9 months to write the first draft of the book and I wrote each chapter based on my detailed chapter breakdown which offered me a guide. I actually changed the first chapter I’d originally submitted a fair bit but a lot of what initially demonstrated my voice and story are in there.

It’s a combination of my own journey along with tons of advice I’ve picked up along the way and know-how from experts. My Mum who read it over 2 days (she’s a quick reader as a former English Uni Lecturer) said it’s, ‘the ultimate manual for anyone wanting to blog and vlog’! I’ll have to get her to write an Amazon review!

Writing Mumboss was a stream of consciousness to start, I just wanted to get my story and insight onto the page, one chapter at a time. I also reached out to experts and friends for lots of quotes (75% of those were cut by my editor) who wanted more of me in the book but by laying down the foundations, I was able to rewrite, tweak and hone each chapter and did so until my final draft. As with screenwriting (my job before) and even blog posts, the beauty is always in the rewrites, but you need to get the page filled to have something to work from and sculpt.

Some chapters were easier to write than others. Detailing my traumatic birth again was emotional but it’s contextualised in such a way to help others, as is the entire book. This is a self-help book which covers many areas: maternal health, confidence, launching your own business and returning to work after maternity-leave.

Anna Steadman, my current editor who took over from Jillian who went on maternity leave, was crucial in helping to reassure me that the book worked and equally she ensured structurally, the order flowed. Neither editor rewrote a single word of mine, but a lot was cut and a few pages were switched around, and I’m grateful for their insight because the book benefits hugely from it.

Honest Mum

So what’s the book about?

In Mumboss-The Honest Mum’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home, I share my own personal journey from creative child to TV Director then first-time parent suffering- and overcoming- a traumatic birth, to blogger and vlogger of one of the UK’s most popular blogs. I offer tangible advice and tips on absolutely everything I’ve learnt during these 7 years plus years as a digital creative building my personal brand and working with global brands. I also feature experts on everything from PR, SEO and even confidence.

This book promises to not only help you pivot into a digital career if you choose to, but it will equally support you as you return back to work after maternity-leave or time away, giving you greater strength in the process.

mumboss cover

I might look crazy confident smiling back at you from the cover but I’m honestly s******* myself right now. That’s the reality and no bull honesty right there.

No one said it would be easy but being authentic and stepping up to your share your voice is life-affirming (what’s the alternative: hiding away) and as cheesy as it sounds, if this helps just one person, I’m happy.

I never thought I’d be blogging 7 years on from starting my site up back in November 2010, lost, alone and broken post-birth, unsure of who I was anymore and lacking in identity and purpose, but Honest Mum has opened up so many incredible doors, opportunities and experiences from honing my voice, empowering me to work flexibly and of course having the opportunity to collaborate with absolute heroes of mine from interviewing women like Emma Bunton and Anastasia to cooking with Jamie Oliver and even making history when I became the first blogger in the UK and quite possibly the world, to represent an airline, and more.

This very moment pre-release, feels exactly like I before having my first baby, Oliver. Exciting but nerve-wracking.

I literally have no idea what to expect from the book but it’s happening, so I’m embracing the unknown, going with the flow and trusting my gut while knowing the road and creative-life, like motherhood, is never easy but it’s always worth it for the love of it.

Wish me luck!


This is what others have kindly said about the book:

mumboss cover

‘Vicki is one inspirational mumboss, who shares her secrets to juggling a thriving business with raising a family in this entertaining and empowering read!’ Una Healy

‘If ever there is a person who has shown just how successful you can be online whilst also being an amazing parent it is Vicki. Read, learn and follow. A brilliant book from an inspirational mother’. Natasha Courtenay-Smith, author of The Million Dollar Blog.

‘A must-read for the modern Mum; particularly one who has aspirations to build her own business. I wish I had been able to read it three years ago!’ Katie Massie-Taylor, Co-Founder, Mush.


It takes a village to raise a baby and a village to raise a mumboss and I cherish everyone’s love and support on and offline so thank you!

You can preorder the book from Amazon or the audio book from Audible (the first book is free when you join).

For your chance to win a copy on publication date: May 3rd, enter below.

UK only.

No cash alternative.

If the winners do not respond within 7 days of the emails being sent, new winners will be randomly selected.

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64 Responses

  1. gaynor Vincent

    I have recently given up work to care for my four sons, one who has special needs and benefits greatly from a full time mum being at home. Blogging is something I’m looking into to warn a little and improve my networking

  2. Dean T

    Would love to win for my partner, I am sure it is full of amazing insight and useful tips

  3. Karen Hughes

    I would love to win a copy of your book as you are an inspiration as to what can be achieved if you put the effort in

  4. paula cheadle

    would love to win this for my daughter, to give her some confidence in herself like you have

  5. Elzbieta Znyk

    I love your blog and post, this book could be inspiration for me. I have got two daughters: 4 and 6 years old.

  6. Iris

    I would love to win this as I’m always really enjoying reading your blog so I’m sure this will be a great read. Congrats on your book

  7. Christopher Read

    I enjoy reading people’s stories and I’d like to find out more about blogging/self-employment. Congrats on the book!

  8. Natasha Mairs

    I would love to win this and read how you grew your blog while looking after your boys. Bit jealous, actually, as I would love to write my own book one day

  9. cheryl hadfield

    Congratulations , I would love to win so I can read on my holiday next month

  10. claire glace

    Read quite a few of your blogs, great to have a book to investigate lol !

  11. janine atkin

    ive followed you for a while and id love to see how you started and your tips for success

  12. Sheila Reeves @cakereev

    Followed your for a long while and have loved reading about your story of how the blog came to be – would love to read the whole story from creative child to now

  13. Susan Jane Gray

    I would love to read this book. I work part time and I have three children so I know how hard it is to juggle things around.

  14. amy bondoc

    its sometimes hard to balance work and home life, bet this is a helpful read xx

  15. Jamie Edwards

    Anything to help get that work/home balance right. I know a few of my friends who would also love to read this!

  16. Laura Pritchard

    I love reading your blogs and am always dreaming about leaving the 9-5 office job so this might inspire me!

  17. Clare

    Quite simply I cannot wait to read your book Vicki!! You are such an inspiration to me and many others I know. Looking forward to seeing you on 3rd to congratulate you in person.
    I write some deeply personal posts as you know – but I do so love it! But one needs to be in the right space to do it!

    Someone once called me a success magnet – but I’m going to take that accolade and pass it to you!!

    Big love Cx

  18. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    Such a great insight to all the work and emotions that has gone into creating your third baby Vicki! You are a wonderful lady and inspiration to us all and you definitely don’t need any luck, you’ve got it girl! 🙂 And it’s not luck either it’s your hard work and passion! You will absolutely smash it and I cannot wait to read your book and report back! xx

  19. brenda heads

    I think it will be a very interesting read, how you evolved over the years.

  20. Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    So exciting! I cannot wait to read it 😀 That thing you said about the beauty is in the editing, but you need something down on paper first to work from a sculpt is so absolutely bang on! That was the best writing tip I was ever given (by someone so long ago I’ve forgotten who it was!) – to give yourself permission to write complete drivel on the first draft…just write and be creative and don’t worry about it, don’t try and edit as you go along…and then once you have something down, then you can go back and turn that into something beautiful. I firmly believe that my writing brain and my editing brain cannot exist in the same room at the same time. They just stifle each other and that’s how you end up with writer’s block! Eb x

  21. Suzy Turner

    Simply because you’re such an inspiration to us all, Vicki!
    Suzy xx
    P.S I know it says UK only but I do have a UK address for mail 🙂

  22. Vicky R

    You’re an inspiration. Would love to read your book and give my own life a kick up the bum! 🙂

  23. Sobia

    I have struggled for years to maintain a balance in my life between the kids, house work and my creativity. I often take out my writing, knitting etc when the kids are in bed. This book will be an inspiration.

  24. Ailsa

    I’d love to read and pass it on with this. Have followed Honest Mum for some time

  25. Laura Britton

    I’d love to read this book, it’s so hard trying to balance being a mum with doing anything else!

  26. Margaret Gallagher

    Learn FROM the best how to get more from life – great achievement FOR you

  27. Kelly Chrascina

    Good luck for 3rd May! I’d love advice on working out how get into a digital career – summer read I think!

  28. Charlene Merrall

    I’d love to win because I love a good book and I tried to become a mum boss last year and gave up after a while, so this would be a inspirational read

  29. Laurie

    You don’t need luck! It will be fine! You will smash it. I’ve had to re follow you to enter!
    Laurie xx

  30. Fiona Hogan

    I’ve been following your blog for a few months now.
    Your always honest, upfront and make it a thouroughly good read.
    Congratulations on your book xx

  31. Karen Usher

    Very interested in reading it, how you make it work balancing a family and working full time!

  32. Tracy Nixon

    Congrats on your book! I would love to win a copy of it as I am interested in finding out what you have to say x

  33. Angela Treadway

    im a follower of your blog and would love to read your book x


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