This was my first book and my most personal. It chronicles my long and difficult struggle with Anorexia Nervosa and eventual recovery. The book was well received and led to many speaking engagements, radio and television interviews, and the opportunity to join the board of the Eating Disorder Foundation of NSW.
In 1993, with no publishing experience and limited resources, I started a magazine from my home; a magazine that grew to become the largest small business publication in Australia. When I was approached to write a book about the magazine’s success, I jumped at the offer. Not only was this an opportunity to tell the Dynamic Small Business (DSB) story, the book was to be written with DSB’s first editor, Lowell Tarling. Never has writing a book been so much fun!
As a mentor for the NSW Department of State & Regional Development’s Women in Business Mentor Program, I relished helping other small businesses to grow. The Department decided to mark the 10th anniversary of the program by writing a book and I was asked to help bring the project to fruition. I worked with internal and external stakeholders; most particularly working with the authors to turn hours and hours of interviews into lively case studies. Heels in Motion is a celebration of the mentoring process and of the ingenuity and tenacity of small business owners.
When Peter Hickey launched a new computer program for people wanting to sell their business, he needed someone with an intimate knowledge of small business to edit the accompanying book. Working to a strict deadline and the structure of the program, I took technical information and combined it with more general information about the sale of a business, to produce a valuable, easy to read manual.
I wrote a number of business case studies for this highly respected university text book.
After completing a doctorate in comparative religion and leadership, Annie Stewart was commissioned to write a book on how to find your calling in life. Whilst Annie was comfortable with academic writing, the prospect of turning her research into a book was a daunting one. I worked closely with Annie to help make her specialist knowledge accessible for readers, to reassure her when her confidence waned and work through the difficult periods that arise with development of a manuscript.
Eighty-year old Claude had dreamed of writing a novel his whole life. He knew the plot, but was overwhelmed at the prospect of actually producing a book. I took his handwritten manuscript and typed it, and so we began. What a ride it was, and what a thrill when Claude was finally handed his novel.
Sharon Billingham knows style. She has made a career from teaching people how to present themselves to the world with confidence and flair. But when it came to taking her advice to a wider audience through a book, Sharon knew she needed help herself. I was the first person to set eyes on her manuscript and, in her words, “Clare challenged me to open up and just be “me” on paper.”
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