This is a blog post I've been meaning to write for months. Where to start?
Over a year ago I answered a call for submissions to Fiona Humberstone's latest book, Brand Brilliance. I very nearly didn't - I have this voice in my head that quite often likes to rein me in by telling me I'm not quite good enough yet. Close to the deadline I sent a selection of images that illustrate various points about branding - colour palettes, packaging, work in progress etc. Hoping that maybe one of my images would be used as an example for something, somewhere in the book.
I received an exciting email back from Fiona's team saying my images were liked and they would try to work them into the book. I was trying not to get too excited and manage my expectations. So much so, that by the time I received the next email I would have been made up to have one of my images the size of a postage stamp - as long as I made it into the book I'd be ecstatic. When I opened the attachment to see I had a whole page to myself I wanted to scream with joy. However, I was sat in the middle of Nandos waiting for my husband to arrive for lunch, so had to scream a little inside! It was all I could do to stop myself telling the people on the next table.
I eagerly awaited for the book to be published so I could share the news with the world. I finally got my hands on it back in May and it didn't disappoint. It's a beautiful book full of inspiring and useful content, gorgeous photography and amazing business advice. I feel very lucky and proud to have been featured in it.
Fiona said some lovely things about my work in the book which is a huge boost. The thing is, if it wasn't for Fiona's previous book, How to Style Your Brand, I wouldn't have had a) the courage or confidence to submit my work, and b) the knowledge of how to make my brand appealing enough to be book-worthy.
I've already started to implement some of the ideas from this book, and I'm excited to see how my brand and business develop as a result.