Karen Williams, The Book Mentor, Librotas
After writing a book to put her business on the map, Karen Williams quickly found herself mentoring others on book-writing. Karen talks to The Industry Leaders about what her work involves and why imperfection trumps inaction.
How did you end up sitting where you are today?
After starting out in business in 2006 as a coach, writing and publishing my first book a few years later was the key thing that put me and my business on the map. Although I never planned to become a book mentor, my experience of writing my own books alongside my business acumen made it the perfect combination for myself and my clients.
What kind of work does your role involve?
I work with business owners who dream of writing a credibility and authority building book, but they don't know where to start. Or they've started and have found themselves stuck. My role is to take them from idea to final manuscript, ensuring that they write the right book that supports their business and makes a difference to their readers and clients. The role is varied and includes anything from giving feedback on their manuscript to supporting them with their marketing and book launch.
What gets you excited about your industry?
I love supporting clients who want to make a bigger difference in the world, and I encourage them to be brave enough to share their wisdom and expertise in a book that changes lives and makes an impact.
What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?
One of my business coaches said, "Imperfect action is better than no action at all". And although I'm a recovering perfectionist, I know that sometimes we have to go for it, even if we don't feel ready enough!
What, or who inspires you?
My clients who are ready to step up and show up in the world.
How do you keep up to speed with what's happening in your industry?
I'm a member of ALLi (the Alliance of Independent Authors) and keep up to date with personal CPD. I keep abreast of changes in publishing and business by being an avid reader and podcast listener.
What was the most challenging project or situation you've overcome?
Workwise, writing my first book was particularly challenging due to three main reasons.
Overwhelm with the information that could go in my book.
My inner critic, which could have easily have stopped me.
Not knowing the practical elements of writing and publishing a book. It took me 18 months to get to the endpoint, but I was incredibly proud of achieving this.
Personally, it was walking the Inca Trail due to incredible altitude sickness, but somehow I achieved it!
You finish work today and step outside the office to find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
I love what I do, so it wouldn't stop me from doing it. But I'd probably do it for free! Oh, and I'd also travel the world!
How do you switch off after a day at work?
Walking daily is an essential part of maintaining my mental health and wellness, and I love to put my feet up and watch a film with my hubby.
If you had one wish for the future of your industry, what would it be?
For authors to produce their best book in terms of quality and content to truly reflect their brand and expertise.
What book or podcast should everyone know about?
Any of mine! In all seriousness, I could recommend so many books and podcasts. One book that I love, due to the message, is The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma.
How should people connect with you?
You can connect with me at LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenwilliamslibrotas. Plus, I'm on all the usual social media platforms.
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