A Flintshire woman who founded her book editing business five years ago after attending a literary lunch has returned to the same event with an army of published authors by her side.
The occasion marked an important milestone for Sue Miller, founder of Team Author UK, who by the end of this year will have helped writers self-publish more than 60 books across a range of genres.
The annual Literary Lunch, which was held earlier this month at the Belle Epoque in Knutsford by Sue France has also gained considerable recognition over the years as a must-attend event for indie authors.
Mrs Miller, from Mold, said: “This annual literary event was started by Sue France in 2012 to encourage writers to realise their dreams of becoming published authors.
“I saw the first lunch advertised on Facebook. At the time I was running my business All Words Matter offering editing, copywriting and proofreading services to businesses. However, attending this event was a complete game changer for the business.”
Mrs Miller was one of just a handful of people to attend the first event. Among them was guest speaker Nicky Abell-Francis, who had written her book ‘Rekindling Connections’. The second year, she met writer Christie Barlow, who had self-published her first novel ‘The Misadventures of a Playground Mother’.
She said: “After meeting both Nicky and Christie, my work with author clients really took off. From that day on I began offering more and more services to help support writers become self-published authors.”
The business grew quickly and last June Mrs Miller re-branded and launched Team Author UK (TAUK) – an established alliance of professionals which provides expertise to authors in a number of areas including editing, proofing, illustrations, cover design, marketing, PR, web design and writing workshops.
Commenting on the growth of TAUK Mrs Miller said: “Through this alliance I now support writers across the UK but with a particular focus on the North West region and to date I have worked with more than 30 authors of all genres based in North Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire and Merseyside but also further afield in Scotland, Yorkshire and the South of England.
“Returning to Sue France’s fifth Literary Lunch this month has marked a real milestone for the business. This year I was not on my own, instead, I was joined by 29 ladies who either provide services to TAUK or have now become self-published authors through the alliance. It was an incredibly enjoyable day and I’m extremely proud of how far the business has come in a short space of time.”
More than 75 people attended the event including bestselling authors, magazine editors, TV presenters and book bloggers.
Mrs Miller was also joined by author Christie Barlow, who has since gone on to become a successful published author with seven books to her name and the title of Amazon Bestseller. TAUK author Jude Lennon, from Merseyside, was also the first children’s author to have a guest speaking slot at the event.
Mrs Miller, who is also a founding committee member of the Wrexham Carnival of Words festival, has also been passionate about helping writers to publish their own books.
She said: “TAUK started out as a very simple concept and I had no idea it would take off so quickly. The last 12 months has seen phenomenal growth in the business and I now have a team of more than ten professionals providing various expertise. Together we will have helped to self-publish 60 books by the end of this year.
“We have lots of exciting plans for the future which will hopefully see more of our authors working in collaboration. We have our second writing retreat coming up in November and we are continuing to grow our team of professionals.”
For more information about Team Author UK visit www.teamauthoruk.co.uk.