Writing is my passion. I have 20 years experience.
I write self-help books on the big world of business and well-being from a little village in Hampshire.
Cheryl Rickman has been writing books on flourishing in life and work for the past 15 years. During that time she’s helped bring out the book in a number of well-being experts, TV personalities and business leaders, who didn’t have four to six months free to craft a manuscript, but did have sufficient expertise and a compelling story they wanted to share with the world.
Cheryl has ghostwritten 10 books, including Sunday Times Bestseller, Tycoon for a BBC ‘Dragon’, Mumpreneur for TV personality and child nutrition expert, Annabel Karmel, and Self-Made for The Apprentice runner-up, Bianca Miller.
Alongside ghostwriting compelling books for others, Cheryl is a best-selling author in her own right, with the first book she wrote, The Small Business Start-Up Workbook, (Foreword by Dame Anita Roddick) going straight in a number 1 in the Amazon ‘start-ups’ category back in 2005, and remaining in the top 25 ever since.
She has since published six more books under her own name, including the The Flourish Handbook, The Flourish Colouring Book, and The Digital Business Start-Up Workbook, (Foreword by Martha Lane Fox). Since 2000, she has founded, run and sold two businesses of her own.
Her most recent books include Be More Wonder Woman for Dorling Kindersley, The Little Book of Resilience, The Little Book of Serenity and The Happiness Bible.
In 2016, Cheryl qualified as a Positive Psychology Practitioner with a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) and is an Ambassador of Wellbeing for the Network of Well-being.
Cheryl specialises in ghostwriting practical and engaging books that are easy-to-digest and offer a blend of inspiration and information. Examples include:
Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for Leila McKenzie Delis - November 2019
Life or Lie for Psychotherapist, Catherine Taylor - November 2019
The Beauty of Eczema for Influencer and Entrepreneur, Camille Knowles - August 2018
Self-Made – The Ultimate Guide To Succeed In Business: for BBC Apprentice Runner-up, Bianca Miller. Autumn 2017.
Mumpreneur: The Ultimate Guide To Being a Mum In Business for Annabel Karmel. (Vermillion, February 2015).
Sunday Times Bestseller, Tycoon for Peter Jones of BBC Dragons' Den fame (Hodder 2006).
IP: Innovation & Progress: Debunking Anti-Patent Myths for Italian Lawyer, Giustino De Sanctis (Due for publication late 2017).
Born Global for serial entrepreneur Neal Gandhi of Quickstart Global (HotHive 2009).
From Vision To Exit: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Building and Selling a Business for Guy Rigby of Smith & Williamson (Harriman House, Sept 2011).
Family Business: The Ultimate Guide (Chartered Inst. of Accountants Sept 2014).
1000 CEOs by Andrew Davidson (Dorling Kindersley 2006).
The Story So Far...
After working in editorial for three years post graduation, Cheryl joined an online information publisher and wrote a number of booklets about internet business and web marketing. In 1999, Cheryl decided to combine running her own internet business with a freelance writing career; focusing on entrepreneurship, business start-up and company growth.
What sets Cheryl apart from many writers in her field is that she has experience of starting up and running her own businesses. She started her first internet business, aged 25. WebCritique was a web usability and web content consultancy which she sold in 2005 to focus on writing. Clients included Microsoft, Business Link and Motorola. Additionally, together with her partner, Cheryl co-founded ilikemusic.com (I Like Music) in 2000, which, until recently, her partner continued to run. During her time as Editor of ilikemusic.com, Cheryl spent seven years interviewing popstars and developing the business.
From popstar Katie Melua to rapper 50 Cent; from a death row prisoner to multi-millionaire business leaders, Cheryl has interviewed a variety of incredible people with extraordinary stories to tell.
20 years after beginning her writing career, Cheryl continues to bring the stories of successful people to life. She's interviewed more than 100 entrepreneurs running businesses of all sizes, from one-man bands to large corporations; equally dedicated, passionate and insightful.
Cheryl also founded WiBBLE – an automated online support network for self-employed women, which she sold in 2015 and Flourish, through which she aims to make the world a little less frowny and a lot more appreciative, resilient and positive. Founding and running three businesses from the age of 25 taught Cheryl about survival and enhanced what she was learning as a writer. This combination of knowledge and understanding gave her the confidence to write her first best-seller. "Probably the best book for start-ups ever written."
Cheryl's first book, 'The Small Business Start-Up Workbook' went straight to number one in the Start- Ups category on Amazon when it was published back in 2005. It has remained in the top ten of the best-seller charts in its categories ever since. The late great Dame Anita Roddick kindly wrote the Foreword to this book.
Since then Cheryl has ghostwritten a number of best-selling books, including Sunday Times Bestseller, 'Tycoon', for Peter Jones of BBC Dragons' Den fame, and 'Born Global' by Neal Gandhi of Quickstart Global. She also contributed to '1000 CEOs' and recently co-wrote 'From Vision To Exit' for Guy Rigby. This was followed by another book authored under her own name, published April 2012 by Wiley/Capstone, which has a Foreword written by the UK's Digital Champion and founder of Lastminute.com, Martha Lane Fox.The Digital Business Start-Up Workbook is a thoroughly practical guide to starting up a digital business, covering the full journey from idea to exit, with easy-to-implement strategies to make your online venture an ongoing success.
More business and wellbeing books followed for leaders in their field in diversity, beauty and psychotherapy.
Positive psychology and business know-how
In 2012/2013, Cheryl spent the next year researching the concept of flourishing in the field of well-being - something she feels incredibly passionate about, so that she may help others to make the most of what life gives them; to help people to savour, respond well, flourish and thrive. She wrote and self-published The Flourish Handbook after being unable to find a book on flourishing which broke down the concept into accessible and actionable chunks.
In September 2014, Cheryl finished ghostwriting a book for number one parent's author and nutrition expert, Annabel Karmel on How To Be a Mum In Business. Mumpreneur was published in Spring 2015 by Vermillion. After that, Cheryl penned a book on patents for an intellectual property expert and published The Flourish Colouring Book filled with tips on how to flourish in October 2015.
During 2016, Cheryl ghostwrote Self-Made for BBC The Apprentice Runner-Up, Bianca Miller and her entrepreneur husband, Byron Cole, which is due to be published in 2017. Cheryl has also worked on The Interim Revolution for recruitment industry expert, Pat Lynes. She has also pursued her passion for well-being by working with leader in positive psychology, Emilia Zhivotovskaya, of The Flourishing Centre on a 5i Change Agent Model e-book.
In 2016, Cheryl qualified as a Positive Psychology Practitioner with a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP).
Cheryl lives near Winchester, Hampshire, UK with her husband and daughter.
In 2013 and 2014, Cheryl reached the finals of the Southampton Venus Women of the Year awards and was a finalist in the Influential Woman of the Year category.
Over the past few years Cheryl led a successful Kickstarter campaign for a gender-stereotype busting children's book called Yes You Can and has written/ghostwritten another nine books, taking her tally to 19, with a few more being published in the next year.
Cheryl is an Ambassador of Wellbeing for the Network of Well-being.
Cheryl also has a regular monthly lifestyle column in The Daily Echo, which has a daily readership of 20,000 readers.
As founder of Flourish she focuses her time on projects and books that enable flourishing in life, at work and in business.