5 Questions for Keith Churchouse

Having been in the financial services industry for over 24 years and having qualified to a high level within UK retail financial services, Keith set up Churchouse Financial Planning Limited with Esther Dadswell in 2004. A Chartered Financial Planning Company in Guildford, Surrey the company offers independent bespoke advice to our clients and enquirers. Keith is the author of 3 books ‘Addicted to Wedding Cake’, ‘Sign Here, Here and Here…’ and ‘Divorce Recovery: Nagged, Tagged and Bagged’.

What was the last book you read?
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Which book would you recommend to a younger version of you that hadn’t yet read it?
Flip by Peter Sheehan. This book really made me think about how I viewed business.

What was the first book you remember having a big impact on you as a child?
The Fog by James Herbert. Scared the living daylights out of me!

What has been the hardest part about getting your ideas into print?
Rejection letters. Knowing that you have a good idea for your book, and keeping the faith in your ideas. It is very easy to believe the rejections, remember it took over a year for J K Rowling to get published. The Beatles even got rejected by Decca Records.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author that you wish you had been given when you first started?
Investigate the self publishing/Print on demand options available to you, just in case you get a few rejection letters first. Unfortunately because you’re not a household name you may have difficulty in getting published through a publishing house. Find a good editor, designer and someone to hold your hand through the process when publishing your first book. It is easy to get it wrong. Tell everyone about your book when it is published, as no-one is going to do it for you. Local and national papers, radio etc. Also write more than one book if you can or if it’s a large manuscript think about splitting it into two. I’m informed if you have 3 books then publishers are more likely to publish you as you have a track record of sales. Don’t forget to write to Peter North at Waterstones to get your book included on their distribution list. Remember John Grisham’s first novel “a Time to Kill” he had 5000 copies printed in 1989 which didn’t sell, until he published his second book “the Firm” 3 years later.

Keith will be at WORDfest for the Getting Published panel on Friday 8th at 6pm at Crawley Library.

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