It was my last summer in NYC. Trading conditions at fairs such as the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show and flea markets, such as the Artist and Fleas in Brooklyn, were tough! It was a combination of big competition and not enough foot traffic going through for the smaller trader. I understand that now, but in 2016, I really thought I’d gone wrong somewhere. I was completely torn about what direction to go in, as I didn’t want to just stop and give up.
Along the way, I had at the back of my mind, the idea to write an e-book about vintage jewellery and accessories, to help boost traffic to my website. I had noticed two significant factors that contributed to this way forward. The first was, a lot of people asked me how I bought my collections of vintage jewellery and accessories. The second was, online trade was still positive at that time, and I saw a good opportunity to channel more energy in that direction. Then, to help kick start this project I joined Lucy Shahjahan’s Momentum Circle program that summer.
Every week, for approximately 8 weeks, I met up with Lucy and three other beautiful New Yorkers who all had interesting projects on the go, but were stuck in various ways. Lucy worked rigorously with all four of us, to break through the various blocks, such as internal beliefs, that were slowing down our way forward. She also held us accountable to what we’d planned to achieve during the time between meetings.
Touching base every week and working with Lucy was a commitment that led me to a finished e-book product, which I promoted through my email newsletter subscribers and social media. I sold a few copies, but somehow all that work seemed to go a bit flat. So then, I looked into publishing my ebook on the Amazon platform. As my book was a PDF, every time I converted it to the Amazon format, it looked terrible. It didn’t feel right so I never officially published it on Amazon.
At that stage, my husband, daughter and I had packed up our life in New York and moved to Sydney. It was a really hot summer that year and I remember going through a printed version of my e-book at my desk, wondering what to do next. It still felt like there was more life in it! I did a quick google search for publishing companies who accepted author manuscripts direct. As a result I found Austin Macauley, based in London. I’d spent five years living in London from 2007 to 2011, and I felt comfortable with the prospect of a British publishing company, taking on my book! And… much to my surprise, they did.
It was a long production process, but completely worth it when I look at the number of platforms my book is now available to purchase worldwide. These platforms include; Barnes and Noble, Waterstones, Foyles, The Telegraph, Angus and Robertson, Booktopia, The Book Depository, Amazon etc etc. Thank you again Austin Macauley and to everyone who continues to support my creative endeavours! It’s a dream come true.
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