What does it take to run a successful business? Years of experience in a particular field? Industriousness? A passion for your job?
Marianne de Raad has combined all of those qualities when she created her business, Skirinish Publishing.
Marianne's first publishing experience came when she was in her 20's. Back in her native Holland, her passion for books led her to become head of the production and editorial department at Amsterdam University Press.
Marianne founded Skirinish Publishing earlier in 2016 and aims to publish books that celebrate the Isle of Skye. “That's where my enthusiasm lies,” Marianne explains. “I am looking to publish interesting books about Skye and to work with local people.”
One of those locals is Marianne's neighbour, Ruaraidh Hilleary, whose autobiography Whatever You Are Doing... Don't! is the first book produced by Skirinish Publishing. The book chronicles Ruaraidh's life growing up on Skye and his adventures both as an entrepreneur and serving in the Scots Guards and the SAS. Ruaraidh will be signing copies of his autobiography at Skeabost Country House Hotel, the place where he spent part of his childhood. Photographs of the Hotel feature in his book, making it a perfect setting. The event will take place on December 17 from 2-4pm.
Marianne says: “Ruaraidh originally wrote the book as a family document, but it seemed to grow and grow and the result is a personal story that I think will make people see him in a new light. He is an adventurer and an entrepreneur and has a very interesting life!”
In 2017, Marianne also plans to publish a coffee-table book. This will be the result of a collaboration she is planning with a local photographer. The details are top secret, but Marianne has revealed that the book will be a celebration of Skye's iconic and rugged Cuillin Range.
So, if you have an idea for a book, Marianne (pictured below) encourages you to reach out to her. “I see so much potential. I am looking forward to working with local people to create books. If anyone has a vision for a book, or needs some advice, they can freely contact me.”