Cathy Presland

Cathy Presland is from the UK. She is former economic advisor to government around the world. Now Cathy is a speaker, trainer and writer. She helps people write, publish and market their non-fiction books.

I found her through the How to Publish an eBook on Kindle – eBook Publishing  Udemy course, which I took when I was just starting my self-publishing journey.

Unlike many others, who left their jobs because they did not like it,  Cathy really enjoyed what she was doing. Simply at some point she decided to look for a different lifestyle. She started working with entrepreneurs first. Later, she focused on working specifically with writers.

About writing a book

It is a self-development process and it massively boosts your self-esteem and confidence.

It’s always a learning curve.

About the self publishing service providers (such as Book Baby for example)

Those have both advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage, especially for the first time writer is that they take away the burden of formatting, uploading, etc. The biggest disadvantage of using the service is that you don’t have control over the marketing.

The best thing you can do as first time writer is just get your book out there, see how it goes, learn some lessons and produce more content.

Struggles newbie writers have (and how to solve them)

1. Most people say that they don’t have time to write

We make time for the things that are priority for us. We all can make time. The issue is not that we don’t have time. The issue is something else… and it usually falls into two things

– you have too many ideas and no structure 

Solution: Structure your writing. Make a plan. Outline. Write down the chapters and sections. Choose a particular section and write it up. That way it will be easier

– there is emotional component to writing your own story. It is about exposing ourselves and feeling vulnerable.

Solution: None except – you will have to write despite it. You have to write anyway, because you want to. Keep in mind all those readers, whom you will help with your book and who will appreciate your book.

Advise to newbie writers

The lot more books you have there are more things that you can do.

Build your portfolio of your books.

Useful links

Cathy Presland’s website

Cathy Presland on Facebook

Cathy Presland’s Udemy Courses

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