Q & A with Sally Symonds

Why did you decide to write your book?

I wrote my first book, 50 Steps to Lose 50kg … And Keep It Off to help and inspire others who were struggling with their weight, just like I had for the first three-quarters of my life (i.e. before I lost the 50kg!).

My next two books, 50+ Recipes to Lose 50+kg … And Keep It Off and 50 Ways to Weight Loss Motivation were really a case of meeting the demands of customers who bought my first book: they wanted to know what I ate and how I made my food decisions and then how I managed to motivate myself and transform myself from an exercise loather to an exercise lover!


Who/what inspired you to write?

I kept a diary while I was losing weight and this became the basis for my first book. Then it was mainly the success of the first book, and people wanting more and more, that prompted me to write more and more! I also recently launched an online weight loss system called “Love Your Weight Loss” so now people can not only read me, they can see me and talk to me and cook with me and exercise with me, every week in the privacy of their own homes.


What was the most rewarding part of the writing process?



What are your top tips for writing a book?

Have something interesting to say. There’s a lot of boring books out there!


Which books/authors have inspired you?

I actually have a couple of degrees in English Literature and my theses were entitled Jeanette Winterson: A Passion for Passion (MA), and Franz Kafka and Katherine Mansfield: A Comparative Study (BA Hons) so those writers influenced me enormously.

I also contemplated a PhD on sex and metafiction so I’m really into metafiction. One of my favourite books is Italo Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller

Plus I’m a big fan plays and poetry as well. I love Patrick White (A Cheery Soul is my favourite but all his novels are fantastic as well) and I love the Romantic Poets. I love Byron. 


Why did you decide to self publish and why Palmer Higgs?

I initially sent my manuscript to another self-publisher. She sent it back and told me to go to the Queensland Writer’s Centre and take some writing courses. LOL. (Apart from my degrees in English Lit, I also worked at one of the universities tutoring in English literature!)

Rejection is the basis of success!

Then Palmer Higgs came recommended to me and they were fantastic.


What do you hope your readers get out of your book?

I hope people read my books and become one of “those people” who never have to worry about their weight again … just like I did!


Would you consider writing another book?

Just finishing one now actually … stay posted!


Do you have any other tips for new authors (i.e. book launch, research, marketing etc.)?

If you want your book to sell then you have to get behind it in terms of PR.  PR is priceless.