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The Money Compass Book Launch

Oct 21, 2021 | Episodes | 0 comments

This episode of the Money Compass podcast was published on 21st October 2021. You can listen again by heading to our Episodes page, or on your favourite podcast player.

We have exciting news – Julie has written a book and it’s out now!

In this episode, Becky and Emma talk to Julie about her new book, The Money Compass: An Insider’s Guide to Financial Success.

Julie’s book is available on Amazon in hardback, paperback and on Kindle. The Kindle version is only 99p so why not download a copy and discover how to take control of your finances and live the future you want?

Buy your copy on Amazon.

 

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Emma Knights 
Today is a very special day!

 

Becky Campion 
It certainly is, I’m very excited. It’s like Christmas has come early.

 

Julie Hunt 
Okay, going a little bit extreme there guys!

 

Emma Knights 
It’s not, it’s a very exciting day for you.

 

Julie Hunt 
It is a very exciting day for me thank you, yes it is.

 

Emma Knights 
So, are we going to tell everyone what that exciting day is? What’s happening Julie? Go on.

 

Julie Hunt 
It’s my book launch day, and I can finally announce the name of the book! You may have guessed it already. So of course the book is called The Money Compass: An Insider’s Guide to Financial Success with the tagline, how to take control of your finances and live the future you want.

 

Emma Knights 
Very good.

 

Julie Hunt 
Try saying that after two glasses of wine, that’s going to be tricky. So, I’m very very excited. I have had the author’s copy for a couple of weeks, which has been very good because I actually get to see it. It’s actually in print so all that hard work earlier in the year too now means I have an actual real bonafide book. Do you want me to do some thank yous now?

 

Emma Knights 
Let’s start with some thank yous!

 

Julie Hunt 
Okay, it makes me sound like I’m like received an Oscar.

So obviously the book was a bit of a labour of love, I ended up doing the book because I joined Lisa Johnson’s mastermind, at the end of 2020 for 2021. Part of that mastermind was actually to write a book with Abigail Horne from Authors and Co.

When I first joined, I was a bit like, ‘what am I going to write about?’ I met with Abigail to have a chat about it, and we started chatting and it just kind bit of a no brainer really. It needs to be about money, and about financial success, which is what we talk about in The Money Compass all the time. So that was the idea, we put together a blueprint for the book and it kind of went from there.

So, obviously, thanks to Lisa and to Abby for all their help and support and all the guys Authors and Co as well for their work to put the book together.

Thanks to Ralph, who is my husband and long suffering, having to put up with the book, and everything that went with it. He actually read the first edit as well and gave his feedback so that was very good.

Also thanks to Emma and Becky who are here with me today because they also read the book and gave their feedback.

And a huge thank you to Emma Raines who not only read the book, gave feedback, and then she actually proof read it as well before it went to Authors and Co for a final proof read so Emma Raines is a superstar because she’s not read it just once but she’s read it twice. And I’m not sure if she wants the signed copy that I’m putting in the post to her, but I’m sure that she will. I’m sure that she will read it again for a third time when it arrives!

 

Emma Knights 
So, how on earth did you go about writing this book? Where did you start? Financial and financial success is a really big topic so where on earth did you start?

 

Julie Hunt
The first thing is to think about who your book is aimed for. I really wanted mine to be aimed at female business owners and female entrepreneurs. Although if you’re a man and you’re listening, there’s no reason why you can’t read it too! But I kind of wanted to aim it at that kind of area.

I found over the last sort of 18 months to two years that this is certainly a group of people who find money quite a taboo topic to talk about, and I think it’s really, really important to be able to have those money conversations with people now. And that was why the book begins by covering the basics to help you go through sorting out your finances to help you understand what you’ve currently got, what your plans for the future are, how to put your goals together and how to actually put it all together.

Then it goes through more detail about how to budget along with different bits and pieces for investing, and right at the end some safety nets are things that I think are really important for everyone to consider.

 

Emma Knights 
Do you remember the pain we went through with this? When Julie went away, and how long it took, and how long she took to write a chapter and the countdown of each chapter to do!

 

Becky Campion 
Yes I do!

 

Julie Hunt 
It wasn’t that bad.

 

Emma Knights 
No you weren’t you weren’t at all. So, what did you do, how did you go about actually writing it?

 

Julie Hunt 
I was actually quite lucky because I started to try and write it at work. I did my blueprint really early on and one of the first things that we had to do was to write the introduction. That was, I think, one of the hardest things to write. I remember sitting at home in January or February with snow outside looking at the birds in the garden and thinking, ‘where do I go from here?’

 

Emma Knights 
I’m a nightmare with stuff like that as well. I would always write the introduction last because I like to write what I write about and then go back and then I can introduce it.

 

Becky Campion 
Yeah, I completely agree, then you know what you’ve written about.

 

Julie Hunt 
But this wasn’t the process girls!

So I got the introduction done, and then nothing happened for about three months and obviously we were in lockdown if you remember earlier this year. One of the things that was part of the mastermind was that Lisa’s got a house in Stamford and being a masterminder means I got a week, or like a midweek, to go and stay at the house.

I think I was actually the first masterminder to actually go, the minute I could actually get booked in and we were allowed out from a COVID point of view, I booked myself in for a week in the house in Stamford. It as good to get away from everything so I could actually sit down and write the book. I’d already got the contents and what I wanted to write about laid out. Not that I stuck to that because I started writing and several chapters merged with other chapters, new chapters appeared that kind of led on naturally to what I was talking about.

So I basically so wrote the first half of the book in Stamford, in Lisa’s house. Second house, Lisa wasn’t there as well, just to clarify, she didn’t have to put up with me for an entire week!

 

Emma Knights 
So what about the second half of the book, did that just magically appear overnight?

 

Julie Hunt 
When I got back after my week at Lisa’s house I realised that there was no way that I was going to be able to write it at work in between what I was doing. I mean, sitting at my desk people would come and ask questions, sitting in a meeting room I’d know things are happening in the office and I’m far too nosy to be sitting in a room and wondering what’s going on. So I decided the best thing to do was to go away again.

I went on Airbnb because everybody talks about how cheap Airbnb is and I thought well you know what I’m not really open Airbnb kind of girl but let’s give it a go. I looked and the thing is I didn’t just want a bed, I wanted a room which had a table and a chair that I could sit and write at. I couldn’t just have some old wooden spindly old chair that was in someone’s spare bedroom on Airbnb.

In the end I ended up in a caravan down at Bredon Waters just outside Yarmouth. I went down there for a midweek break, and I wrote the second half of my book, and I think you came out and saw me for pizza? I think I cooked for you!

 

Emma Knights 
I was honoured, I think it’s the first time that you’ve ever cooked for me I actually took a picture of the moment!

 

Julie Hunt 
And that was the book finished. But that wasn’t all of it. I had to edit it next which is when you guys all came in.

You read it, and I had to make all the changes that you’d suggested or go through the changes that you suggested and decide whether or not I was going to make them or not.

 

Becky Campion 
Delete out all the extra commas!

 

Julie Hunt 
Becky’s my comma queen, she basically takes away all my commas, although I have to say some were put back in again.

 

Emma Knights 
Commas are a personal thing.

 

Becky Campion 
Yeah, I agree.

 

Julie Hunt
And then it went to Emma Raines for her to read, and then to proofread and then it then went Authors and Co for them to proofread.

I think by the time we did this, I’d read it about 20 times. It feels like 20 times, it might not be 20 times. I felt like I had a bit of a love hate relationship with it at one point but I feel now it’s here I love it again!

 

Emma Knights 
It’s very real.

 

Julie Hunt 
Absolutely, it’s very pretty too. It is shiny, I just want to hold it and stroke it.

 

Becky Campion 
So, do you have a favourite part or chapter of the book?

 

Julie Hunt 
Oh, that’s a really hard question. I think it was quite difficult because bits, I want to say the word technical but not sort of technical and more about investments, they came easy to me because it’s a topic that I talk about and I work with and I have done for the last 23 years. So they came a lot more naturally to me I think than some of the other chapters. But then I had the other element of that which was to make sure that they were readable by everybody and understandable. I found that quite difficult, to kind of get them to be the right language so everyone could understand them and I think or I’d like to hope that I’ve achieved that.

I don’t think I have a favourite part. There were definitely parts I really enjoyed writing, which is the investment side of it, but I also liked looking at the five stages of looking at your goals and going through and organising your finances, I really enjoyed those parts as well.

 

Emma Knights
Did you learn anything that you didn’t know already when writing your book?

 

Julie Hunt 
In part of the book I talk about cash flow modelling and what that means is looking at your finances and making your plans for the future which is a topic that I feel quite passionate about. I actually put the figures in to take a look at my own future, and that was quite eye opening. I talk about it every day, and I deal with it for clients every day, and obviously I know my situation and where I’m at but it was quite interesting to do that process and due diligence on myself to see where I am at.

 

Emma Knights 
So this is book one. Is there going to be a sequel Julie?

 

Julie Hunt
At the moment I’m just kind of like almost in that euphoric moment of enjoying the moment of book one. Let’s just see how this goes before we see whether or not there’s going to be a book two.

 

Becky Campion 
Never say never.

 

Emma Knights 
It depends how many listeners go out and buy it I suppose as well.

 

Julie Hunt 
This is very true.

 

Emma Knights 
So where can our listeners buy the book from and when can they get it from?

 

Julie Hunt 
The book is available from 21st of October. It’s available on Amazon, and there’ll be a link in the in the podcast description. It’s available today, so if you’re listening today you can go and buy it for 99p on Kindle. If you’ve got a spare pound, and you’d like to read it all purchases will be very very gratefully received and it would be fantastic to get it on the charts on its opening day. It’s also available in paperback, and it’s also available in a rather beautiful hardback too.

 

Becky Campion 
Very fancy indeed, I’m certainly looking forward to getting my hands on another copy and to the launch tonight.

 

Julie Hunt 
Absolutely, if you’re listening in the morning of the 21st of October then we have got a book launch tonight, it’s at Ketteringham Hall. If you would like to try and come along, give us a shout, and we will have a look and see whether or not we’ve got any spaces left.

 

Emma Knights 
Thank you, Julie that was wonderful.

 

Julie Hunt
Thank you very much.