This word 'expert' comes up a lot when working with memoir or non-fiction books. It comes from the question … am I actually qualified to tell people how to do this? It could be ….. make money, control diabetes, train a dog, lose weight, make money, cope with grief. But am I qualified....
Good questions ... do you have to be an expert to write a book?
A year ago I had a full and busy life. I was the group editor of a publishing company, mom to two young kids (eight and ten) and busy training for a 10km run. My husband of 10 years was also dying of brain cancer. I was emotionally exhausted and I simply had no reserves. On Wednesday I went for a 5km run during my lunch hour. That is the last thing I remember for over a month.
* This article was published in Women's Health SA under the title A Year On
Sarah Bullen is a writing coach, literary agent and book editor. She coaches writers on how to become authors and how to write to get published.