Emma Gannon is a blogger, author and marketer at heart and loves the science behind building a good brand.
She’s worked at some of the smartest creative agencies out there: Hill & Knowlton, Edelman & We Are Social, and loves writing.
She wrote her own weekly online column for the Telegraph in 2013 called ‘Women’s Bits’– and has written for the likes of Stylist, Grazia, The Independent, Thought Catalog, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Time Out and more. She used to be the social media editor at The Debrief and British GLAMOUR.
Emma is signed with the brilliant Diane Banks Literary and Talent agency (books) as am I- and Chartwell Speakers agency (talks & panels).
Her debut non-fiction book for young adults CTRL ALT DELETE: How I Grew Up Online came out in the UK in July published by Ebury Publishing, Penguin Random House and is a must-buy book.
It was selected as Amazon’s ‘Best Books Of The Month’ in July.
Describe a typical day for you?
Everyday is totally different for me! Which is fun, but also slightly difficult at times especially when I need to sit down and solidly work on something. I might be out having meetings with my agent or clients; working on a proposal, on a shoot, doing book promotion, delivering a talk at a conference; filming, working on a writing project or updating my blog from a café or out all day interviewing people for my podcast series or editing episodes from home.
2. What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
Being able to earn money working for myself. I’ve always wanted to be self-employed, I feel lucky that I’ve always known that’s what I wanted from very early on. Most of my family are entrepreneurial in some way or another. After years and years of building up to it, I feel proud to now be in the position where I can be in charge of my own time and schedule and still collaborate with amazing people.
3. What’s in your handbag/ satchel?
Two notepads. One for blog/article ideas, the other for clients & work stuff. My kikki K diary (I’m a paper diary kind of girl). My laptop. Sunglasses (even if it’s raining, I’m optimistic!) Lip balm. Pens. A book.
4. What are your ambitions in life?
Personally, to spend time with people who mean the most to me. I have a close-knit of friends and a big family. To travel and experience new things with my boyfriend, Paul. Plus experiencing new things means I have more inspiration for my work.
Professionally: to create things I’m proud of. To carry on getting published. I just want to spend my life being creative and making my own kind of art and connecting with people.
5. What do you wish you’d known at the start of your career you now know?
That not everyone will be happy for you. And it’s OK to filter those people out instead of trying to pander to them. You can’t be everything to everybody. Being universally liked isn’t possible and that’s what makes life interesting.
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Hopefully still writing, creating content I love and working with other creative people who inspire me. Oh and to be really, really rich. Joking. Or am I?
7. What advice would you give a budding podcaster, blogger and author?
To just keep on making things. Try not to be crippled by perfectionism. To be brave enough to put things out there even if they are rough around the edges. Keep the faith. Keep on. There is no “overnight” success.
8. Finally, happiness is…
A dinner party with people I love, with good music and red wine.
Excitingly you can win yourselves a copy of Emma’s brilliant book-5 of you can win in fact so go enter. It’s the book I wish I had as a young adult and brought back lots of long forgotten memories which made me laugh out loud and cringe in equal measure).
Photo by Holly McGlynn (also interviewed on Wonderful Women)
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