Swansea woman Marianne Pettifor of Frogmore Consulting writes book for Kindle in just five months
THE challenge was for people with no experience of writing to produce a book in Kindle format in just five months.
And one Swansea woman not only achieved it, but managed to pick up an award for her efforts.
Marianne Pettifor was one of 12 to land a prize from business network I AM WOMAN, which set the writing challenge for International Women's Day on March 8.
Aspiring authors were asked to write a book for the electronic reading device, Kindle, to raise their own profile, share their experience, and encourage other women to do the same.
Marianne Pettifor, of Frogmore Consulting in Swansea, completed her book, entitled 'An expert in my field – Tales from a Welsh Rarebit'.
She said: "I never thought I would write a book with my busy schedule. This has been an amazing experience and proved how important it is to continually seek out new ways to develop your business.
"Having my own business and working flat out five days a week, I had very little time to write the book — but it was worth it.
"My book features funny stories about a dysfunctional family who owned a hotel like Fawlty Towers before Fawlty Towers was even thought of, with a strong matriarch — my mother.
"And if I had to do it all over again, I would make it a larger book as I have more tales to tell."
The writers were given advice and guidance from book coaches Cathy Presland and Jacqui Malpass, designed to help them stay focused and keep them motivated.
The challenge was organised by Cheryl Bass, who launched the I AM WOMAN business clubs in the UK over a year ago, with the intention of creating a community of women who could learn and share business and life experiences.
She said: "All over the world women are sharing their skills, and at I AM WOMAN we have been encouraging our entrepreneurs to publish books and build successful on going careers from their many years of experience."