Businesswomen's push for publishing

Businesswomen: Rommie Corso, Leanne Reynolds, Jen Binney, Flora Huang, Karen Green and Chris McRae were some of a number of women treated to a publishing lesson at the latest Women in Business Regional Network lunch.

Businesswomen: Rommie Corso, Leanne Reynolds, Jen Binney, Flora Huang, Karen Green and Chris McRae were some of a number of women treated to a publishing lesson at the latest Women in Business Regional Network lunch.

Businesswomen were treated to a lesson in book publishing at the latest Women in Business Regional Network lunch in Victor Harbor on April 29.

The guest speaker was local businesswoman Rommie Corso of Hardshell Publishing, who has helped many people to achieve their dream of writing and publishing their own books.

She showed many examples of books that had been produced through her career including colouring and educational books, reference and picture books, cookbooks, novels and life stories.

Although many ladies in the room had never thought about becoming a published author, it was clear the presentation had also sown the seed of an idea for one or two, with some great projects now being considered including celebrations of major business milestones and life stories.

Rommie said publishing considerations were a lot like the considerations for all entrepreneurs in setting up and running their business.

She said there were three areas to consider:

Heart - why am I publishing or why am I in business? Mind - what stage am I at? What can I do myself now and what do I need help with? Action - What is my next step? Who is my audience and how will I reach them?

The presentation covered traditional publishing (where a publisher pays you to write the book), self-publishing and hybrid publishing (a mix of both).

Rommie said writing a book might seem a daunting task but she urged those in the room to consider taking small steps on a regular basis, such as setting aside time to write.

"Bite size is the right size," she said, while encouraging everyone to support Australian authors and independent book stores.

"It costs nothing to like and share social media posts, pages, blogs; write reviews or refer a friend and talk about it," Rommie said, also added that we could all do the same to support each other's businesses. The next Victor Harbor function will be a dinner on Monday, May 13 at the Hotel Crown when Cathy Domoney will be speaking about harnessing your inner voice for personal and business success. The next Strathalbyn dinner will be held on May 21 at the Victoria Hotel, with a focus on sales and cold calling. The guest speaker will be Mardi Badcock from Regal Sleep Solutions.

You don't have to be a member to attend the network's events. They welcome business owners, managers, employees and those dreaming of owning their own business.

Bookings are essential through Eventbrite.com.au.

For more information phone Carolyn on 0435 432 203 or visit the website wibnetwork.com.au.