My life in a minute: A story with a VERY happy ending!

Life in a minute 28 Sept POST


Celebrating: 7 years in business
It’s been 7 years since we opened the doors of the Sydney Writers’ Centre. When I first started out, I was the teacher, receptionist, accountant, marketer, janitor, chief cook and bottle washer. A lot has changed since then and I’m so grateful for the incredible team we have at the Centre.

Unlike some entrepreneurs who get the 7-year itch in business and start looking for distractions, I’m even more enthused than ever before. I never imagined that we would grow to become Australia’s leading centre for writing courses and we have so much more planned for the next year.

So stay tuned!


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The beautiful cupcakes sent to us from the wonderful team at Business Chicks


Loving: The Spring issue of Latte magazine
I love editing Latte, which is published by Business Chicks. It’s everything I want in a magazine for a working woman. It’s such a unique magazine in that it focuses specifically on the needs of corporate and business woman and has articles on everything from careers, fashion, travel, entrepreneurship, leadership and stories that inspire.


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This issue of Latte features my article on "Power Stories"


Signing: My latest book
This week I headed over to Booktopia to sign the first batch of books for people who pre-ordered their copies. I couldn’t believe it. There’s been such a positive response so far from early readers of my new book Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business.

The pre-order bonuses are now no longer available. Thanks so much to everyone who took part in the pre-order campaign! If you would like to copy, you can buy from:
* any good book store around Australia
* on Kindle through Amazon.
* Or Booktopia is offering you a very special price at 20% off. Thanks Booktopia!



Missing out on: Helping kitty Rexy become a star
The lovely producers from the television program Can of Worms invited me to be on the show with my adorable kitty Rex. They were doing a segment on pampered pets and, well, Rexy is certainly pampered. Alas I already had another engagement and Rex may have missed his chance at fame and fortune. Plus I wasn’t sure it was such a good idea to perpetuate the “crazy cat lady” image (although it might be too late for that …)


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My adorable kitty Rex


Speaking at: To entrepreneurial students and children’s book writers/illustrators

This week I spoke at an entrepreneurial conference for business students at Macleay College about how to grow a scalable business. I also met with the very talented people at the Sydney chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and spoke about how to build your profile as a writer – and sell more books!

Totally thrilled by: A story with a VERY happy ending!
One of the things I’m most inspired by is the success of our students at the Sydney Writers’ Centre. I remember when Jessica Shirvington first enrolled in a course with us. She hadn’t published anything but she knew she loved writing. Jessica enrolled in an online course in Creative Writing Stage 1. To keep the momentum going, she followed up with Creative Writing Stage 2, this time coming into our training rooms.

This helped her develop her writing style and voice. Before long, Jessica was writing whole chunks of a novel and she used our manuscript assessment to get feedback on it. Clearly, the woman had talent. So I was thrilled when she scored a four-book deal with Hachette starting with her first book Embrace.

Last week, another exciting chapter was added to this story. Steven Spielberg’s production company announced it would be turning her book into a television series. Yes, you read that correctly. I’m so thrilled for Jessica I think I could bust!


L-R: Yours truly, Jessica Shirvington, Cathie Tasker


About Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo is founder and national director of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. She is a journalist, blogger and author. Her latest book is "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" (Wiley). Valerie is a keynote speaker, small business commentator, and investor and mentor to startups and businesses in Australia.
  • Emma Isaacs

    Here’s to seven more fabulous years Val! Proud of you, and everything you’ve achieved.

    • valeriekhoo

      You’re an inspiration Em! Here’s to many more years in business for both of us.

  • Glenys Power

    Congratulations on your 7 years! I can’t wait to say that too, I have a few to get through first though. The cupcakes look yummy :)

    • valeriekhoo

      Thanks so much Glenys. The cupcakes seem to be a regular occurrence around here!