Sarah ProutSarah Prout is founder of Sprout Publishing, author, award-winning entrepreneur , publisher, business coach and online socialite. Watch out for Sarah’s latest book, THE POWER OF INFLUENCE.
How did the idea to start Sprout Publishing first come about ?
In 2006, I was invited to contribute a chapter in a compilation book called THE PATH TO SUCCESS which featured leaders in the field of personal development such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (just to name a few). I had to write a chapter about my entrepreneurial adventures so far and I was producing an online magazine called SPROUT. The next logical step seemed to be to create my own compilation books so SPROUT Publishing emerged as an initial concept.
Sprout Publishing produces publications that promote success stories of female entrepreneurs. What made you decide to focus solely on inspiring female entrepreneurs, rather than both male and female?
I think the decision to focus on female entrepreneurs was because I am a mother of two children and could really associate with women with home-based businesses balancing parenthood and entrepreneurialism. The focus has somewhat shifted now that my new book from Wiley is due to release soon. It’s called THE POWER OF INFLUENCE and is all about using social media to create a business you love. The publisher asked me to write it with a male and female marketing perspective in mind to target a larger audience.
What is the best piece of advice you can give to female entrepreneurs looking to publish a book aimed to inspire fellow females?
Speak from your heart. People will naturally resonate with you and your story if you are authentic and willing to share all of your experiences in a succinct and uplifting manner. If you are looking to publish a book you need to make sure everything is balanced in your life. When I was working on my first book I stayed awake working until 3am each day and then I had to get out of bed at 7am to get my children ready for the day! Taking care of your health, wealth and happiness is extremely important when creating material designed to inspire others.
In order to save yourself a lot of heartache look at how other people have published books with ease. Model their actions and pay close attention to the way they have created a product. This is key to saving yourself hundreds of hours of research.
Watch out for THE POWER OF INFLUENCE by Sarah Prout.
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