Do you write? Come and join me in Hastings next month, on the 3rd of November, and find out how to move your writing on to the next level, whether you want to finish something short, get a publishing deal, or earn your living from writing.
Antonia Chitty is a writer and author of 20 non fiction books including How to Earn a Living as a Business Writer and Making Money Online (both Hale Books) and Blogging: the Essential Guide. She combines writing for a living with studying for a MA in Critical and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex.
Antonia originally trained as an optometrist and says, “Back then, I never dreamt I could write a book, and didn’t know what I could write about. I don’t ever regret my initial training, though, because it has provided me with a unique niche and one of my income streams comes from writing features about business and optics, while another is from managing social media for an optical organisation.”
Antonia made the move from optics to PR to journalism after working on an eye health campaign with RNIB. She says, “It was then I discovered that I liked writing and research more than seeing patients every half an hour.” She wrote on health for Which? Magazine for a number of years, and worked for the BMA before having her children. She says, “I ran my own PR business for a number of years, alongside having children, which brought me into contact with women running family friendly and flexible businesses. That inspired one of my first books, Family Friendly Working. I started a blog as a spin off from the book, and www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk has been running for around 7 years, showcasing parents who work flexibly, and sharing information and advice for those who need it.” Antonia has also run networking events and conferences for women in business, as well as an online training business. She is now focusing on developing the more creative side of her writing, as well as researching how experiences become stories.