GETTING UP AND GETTING STARTED
So two years ago nearly I decided to start a project called Word of Mouth Guide NSW. It came as a light bulb moment and essentially quickly moved into a serious let’s just do this mode.
I got a great team together to a pub in Paddington, Sydney April 2016 and since then we have created a dream team, and together created a photography guide book to NSW.
They say when you renovate a house if you knew what you knew now you wouldn’t do it again. The same might be said for a book. Or not!
Early on I was lucky to get some great advice from people championing the project and people worried about the many risks of a group creative project. I have really tried to listen and be mindful of all the pitfalls that could come my way and learnt a lot too. Here are my top tips and learns from starting WOM Book.
- At the beginning I was really nervous. I was definitely faking it until you make it. I couldn’t believe I had got these people together to a pub. Let alone they wanted to be involved in the project. I hoped people didn’t notice.
- Plan to succeed. What helped me is I prepped for the meeting. I printed out a list of names and a few quirky things that they did for example, wine lover, surfer, photographer. That kind of thing so people get an insight in to the other people.
- Make a killer powerpoint preso. I actually made a Powerpoint presentation and printed in out. I had even worked out timelines, roles, vision & commercials.
- Be passionate. I think this really helped me get through to the team and through the highs and lows I always had a very clear vision in my head of what I wanted to achieve.
- Know what you can compromise on and what you can’t. There were certain elements of the book structure and having the locals tips that were non-negotiable and other things that I was open to. In the end the team created how it all looked and felt and came together.
- Legals. This is something I definitely have more of a handle on from this project. Check out Arts Law if you are a creative, and get some good legal advice and templates. Also search around and get a pro to write your agreements as at the end of the day they are the experts. If you shop around and engage on your project people are willing to help at lower prices.
- Accounting. This is definitely not my strong point. It has been good to learn Xero and I am good at accounting for all spendings and that sort of thing. It’s just another element to have licked and in place.
- A great team! The team just mesmerised me. They really put in 1000% of their effort, time and skills for this project. I really can’t thank them enough.
- Don’t give up. There were never moments I wanted to pack it in. But there were emotionally tough moments when things weren’t going well, the team was upset and things weren’t going to plan. It can be tough and draining but I always remind myself I am twenty times happier following my dreams than not.
- Get outside and travel. This project has got me out and about to places I would have never gone to or dreamed of. From snow camping, to cliff edges, to huts in the Blue Mountains its been great fun and a great experience. So check out the book and I hope you enjoy. Theres some of the back story shared.