Indie Author Interview: Janine Green, Effective Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Case Management Principles: A Guide for Social Housing Providers
Congratulations! Your book is now available on the Amazon bookstore. How did it feel to see it there for the first time?
Honestly? A real mix of emotions: fear, relief, excitement, pride…. It had been something that had been an ambition for a number of years but always felt slightly out of reach. It was almost overwhelming to see it listed, initially!
It’s definitely emotional! Can you tell us about your book and why you felt compelled to write it?
My book is actually a textbook. It is designed for officers who work in the field of anti-social behaviour. As you can imagine, quite a niche subject matter! There is one other textbook published on the same subject but by a barrister and therefore quite challenging for a layperson to understand. I wanted something that was reader-friendly and that could really make a difference in terms of front-line practise; making it easier and quicker to tackle ASB and ensure that victims and communities are protected.
Sounds like the perfect reason to write your book. Have you always wanted to become an author?
Yes, although not of a textbook! When I was much younger, I used to write short stories and poems. I did, in fact, have some poems published in a book. English was always my favourite subject and I even studied English Literature as my minor at uni (although, full disclosure, I never finished any of the books we were studying – advanced York Notes are a wonderous thing (sorry Mum!)).
What made you take that leap and publish your book?
I had so much of the content written. What was holding me back was confidence (I have always been plagued by imposter syndrome), having my book read and judged. I realised, however, that the pull to get it done was stronger than my fears. It has taken every ounce of courage that I possess to do this, but I am delighted and proud that I have.
Have you any more book plans in the pipeline?
A question I often get asked! I have so far compared it to having a baby (albeit, not something that I have ever done!). The pain of writing it may in time wear off and I may well want to do it again! Who knows…..
What advice would you offer other aspiring authors who want to self-publish their books?
I have some preconceptions that self-publishing was something only done by people who were not good enough writers to get a “proper” publisher. I quickly realised that this is not the case – many respected academics and practitioners in my field have used this route, and actually the control you get (and higher royalties!) are all massive pluses. That said, I could not have done it without the support of Michelle – I know that the finished article would not have looked so polished or professional. I also think that a self-published book can be identified by things like spelling errors and typos – I wanted mine to be something that I was proud to put my name too. Michelle helped to make this happen. So, I would say absolutely do it! That first 5-star review is worth all of the pain….I promise!
Thanks very much, Janine! Very best of luck with your book!