Featured Stories


are my thing

Whether I’m writing them, reading them, editing them, using them to tell my clients’ or others’ stories, publishing them, or teaching stuff about them – words pretty much inform my whole life.

I would love to help YOU to get pen to paper, entertain you with some good reads, or help your business with content creation.

If you need a guest speaker, I regularly give talks on a range of topics.
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Updated version relaunched on Amazon!

Visit Amazon to purchase the latest edition of Never Forget with its gorgeous new cover! See below or click here to learn more about the book.

Available as an eBook or paperback 

Writing Life Stories Your Way Workshop

Writing your personal or family stories is an amazing gift to leave for future generations, and can also help you to make sense of things you have experienced in your life. Preserving your stories doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect. During my Writing Life Stories Your Way workshop you will gain lots of practical tips, take part in some fun exercises, and put together a personalised Road Map, to guide you to create your stories in a stress free way, that is unique to you. 

For details about future courses, follow my Jo Bailey Author page on Facebook,  sign up to my newsletter (at the top of this page), or visit my website.

Perhaps you have a group that might be interested in this workshop? Let’s talk about how we can tailor the course just for you! Email me at jo@jobailey.com for more details.

Do you love stories from the past?

My fourth book, Never Forget is a collection of compelling true World War II stories featuring two New Zealand servicemen, and children of war from around the globe.

This book of courage and survival is a timely reminder about the futility of war and its impact on us all. Read about the inspiring people in Never Forget here.

I still have some print copies of the third NZ print edition available for sale.

Praise for Never Forget

“I devoured it in one sitting. Such a wonderfully written collection of peoples’ experiences. It really got under the skin of each of them.”
Tony Wright, Filmmaker and producer

Looking for another good book to read?

The Long Way Home is the the story of an underprivileged British boy, plucked from the slums of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with his two brothers, and sent to an Australian farm school in 1950 under the Child Migrant Scheme. It was 36 years before the boys saw their mother again, and 55 years before Ronnie finally returned to the UK.
This book tells the positive side of the children migrant story, with Ronnie crediting his upbringing at the farm school in Australia for turning his life around. 

Does your business need dynamic content?

I help SMEs and corporates with a range of interesting projects, utilising my background in journalism and extensive experience as a publisher and editor.

I can walk you right through the process from concept, creation and design to the implementation and delivery of your printed or online projects, including in-house publications, website content, blogs, press releases, marketing and communications copy, newsletters, eBooks, social media and more. Need a script for a promotional video or advertisement, or some compelling words for a funding application or award nomination? I can help with that too.  Check out my full list of services.

Have a question about any of the above? Send an email to jo@jobailey.com

Want to learn some cool writing tips?

Have you dived into some writing, but could use a few pro tips? Why not check out one of my all time fave Writing Tips of the Week below or watch some other video tips here. For even more writing advice and book news, sign up for my email newsletter, read my blog, or join the conversation at Jo Bailey Author on Facebook.

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Ready to write your COVID-19 story?

As we collectively experience the global COVID-19 pandemic, we all have our own unique stories to share. I believe there is no better time than RIGHT NOW to get your pandemic experiences and thoughts down on paper. If you find the prospect a little daunting, why not download my FREE printable PDF worksheet? It has lots of tips, writing prompts, and plenty of space, so you can get writing while the memories of this time are still fresh! 

Let me help you to write your pandemic story!

Download the worksheet with BONUS infographic here