“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” Jack Kerouac – The Dharma Bums

My name is Julie, I am 33 and I come from Paris. I moved to Australia 4 years ago then Love has brought me to Auckland in New Zealand.

My dream is to publish my first children’s book. And then publish more books, until I become an international best-selling author.  

I have just finished my manuscript and today the time has come to venture into the publishing world! 

As a complete novice, the journey ahead of me will be long and difficult. And even more challenging for not writing in my native language. But all writers have to start from somewhere, so I am doing it. It’s the only way to fulfil my dream. 

This diary is my way to share the intense journey that lies in the process of writing and publishing a book. From the day you write your first lines, to the day you’re sending your script away, it’s a true emotional roller-coaster. And it’s only the beginning. 

The journey is scary, I have cried many times, and I will cry again, but I’d rather take the leap than give up on my dream. 

I hope other budding writers can relate to my prose and that my story will resonate with you. I am happy to collect your thoughts. Sharing our experiences is the best way to learn and help each other. 

Good luck to anyone who is in the same boat. May our endeavours lead us to success and whatever happens, DO NOT STOP DREAMING AND TAKING ACTION.