I presented my idea for the We Are Cardiff Press at the very first expo of the Cardiff Urbanistas, and I don’t think the Press would have been launched or our first book would have been published without them. I’m not a great public speaker, and the idea had lived in my brain for so long that I didn’t really believe that it was any good. Being given a space to explain and ‘sell’ it to a group of professional but entirely unthreatening women gave me the confidence to take it forward. I knew that they would tell me if any part of my plan sounded unworkable, but their positive feedback gave me the confidence to develop the idea and make it happen. I made new contacts, got really good advice from people in the business and most of all, became more sure of myself and my idea.
As a result, the We Are Cardiff Press has launched its first book! We ran a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign to pay for the print run that hit its target early, and our launch party was a sell out. I’m currently planning our next book, and I’ll probably do a second edition of our debut book as we’ve nearly sold out after less than a week!
The Cardiff chapter of Urbanistas is a brilliant place- full of advice, creativity, encouragement, support and goodwill. I felt like they believed in me, and without that boost my idea would have lived and died in my head, never seeing the light of day. Thank you!
Hana Johnson, Director