Industry pioneer, businesswomen and NAJ chairman, Harriet Kelsall, has won an award for her debut book, which launched last year.

Last night at the Business Book Awards, Harriet Kelsall scooped the ‘Start-up Inspiration Book’ award for her title: The creative’s guide to starting a business: how to turn your talent into a career’.

The annual Business Book Awards celebrates the work of authors who have shared their industry or market knowledge, experience and expertise in published book form.


After reading their way through hundreds of entries and spending many hours in deliberation and hot discussion, the Award’s esteemed judges – including top authors, broadcasters, publishers and people from all areas of business – whittled down this year’s entrants to a thought-provoking shortlist of books at the forefront of their field.

Kelsall’s title was shortlisted alongside books on freelancing, working in the gig economy, and becoming an entrepreneur.

In the end, it was Kelsall’s named which was announced as the winner at a ceremony held at The Grange Hotel in London.

Taking to social media, Kelsall shared: “I’m thrilled, amazed, overwhelmed and extremely grateful to have won at the Business Book Award, thank you so much to my amazing publishers and to Lucy McCarraher and Choudhry Kasim and all of the judges.”

Kelsall’s book is for anyone who wants to turn their passions into a profession.

As a highly successful creative business woman and mentor to creative start-ups, Kelsall has drawn from her own experience and the advice of accomplished industry experts to write an easy-to-follow, inspirational guide which is packed with interviews, real life case studies, and easy-to-follow tips.