Welcome to another Small Business Update – today we are saying hello to Leila Rasheed, children’s writer, for the fourth time! We met Leila in July 2011 (well, I met her much earlier than that, but that’s another story for another day) and then did updates in September 2012 and October 2013. I know that quite a few writers read this blog, so it’s nice to be able to feature writers, too! At the time of our last chat, Leila’s plan was this: “Hopefully I will have at least one of my own novels published, and be in contract with a UK publisher.” Let’s see how she’s doing …
Hello again, Leila! Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
I think I was over-optimistic, but things are on track. I’ve finished my novel and my agent is pleased with it, so I feel good about how things are going. A few other opportunities have come up too, so that’s good.
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
I have finished the two long contracts for publisher led work, so that leaves me more time to focus on my own writing and on teaching/ development work.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
That sometimes turning work down is the best strategy, although it goes against my very soul to do so!
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
Hopefully with some of my own books published and doing well, and with some more teaching work established.
Ah yes – the turning down work thing. I do it regularly and am lucky enough to have a team of people I can recommend prospective clients on to or pass to my regulars as a back-up, but I’m not sure how you do that in the world of creative writing! I always get excited when I spot Leila’s books in the bookshop – and hopefully we’ll have more to look out for soon!
You can find Leila online at leilarasheeddotcom.wordpress.com and I will leave the note below up until the event is over – Leila does a fair bit of teaching, as we’ve learned from her update, and she’s involved with this course, so if you’re in the MIdlands and want to learn more about writing for children and teenagers, do take a look!
Short Course: Writing Children’s and Teenage Fiction.
Running in Birmingham from 23 Oct 2014.
TO BOOK: 0121 245 4455 / www.writingwestmidlands.org
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