Tell the truth…Were you going to start NaNoWriMo in 2018 but then quit?
Is your New Year’s Resolution for 2019 to write your book, but now you’re nervous about it because you’re afraid? Unsure? Frustrated?
I get it.
For years, I considered myself an author without a subject. I was the one people turned to for writing advice. Everyone said, “You’re a great writer!”
But when I wanted to write my own book, it seemed impossible.
It was too hard.
I didn’t have time.
I didn’t know where to start.
I was going to start tomorrow.
It wasn’t until 2016 when I had a crisis at work that shook my world that I knew nothing was more important that sharing my message with the world. It meant so much to me that in 2017 I quit my steady full-time job to become a writing coach and publisher.
Now it is 2019 and business is good. I make a living by helping writers like me - like you - who don’t know where to start. Eighteen writers became authors and published their books because they worked with me and my company, KWE Publishing.
I want YOU to experience success and publish your book this year! For the next 12 months, I will share two tips a month. These are the steps you can take to write your book.
Here’s my blog schedule of topics:
Make It Happen
You Need to Know This & Be Prepared
What’s Your Intention?
Who’s Your Ideal Audience?
What Are You Writing About?
A Take Action or An Analyzer? Writer, Know Thyself
What’s It Going to Cost? Time and Money for Self-Publishing
Do Your Homework - Researching
Talk to Peeps on the Know - Interviews
Know When to Say When and Start Writing
Outline Are Awesome!
Hold Yourself Accountable by Setting Deadlines
Write it Sh*tty - Give Yourself Permission
You’re a Professional For Heaven’s Sake - Act Like It!
If Your Don’t Know Where You're Going, You Won’t Get There
Take a Break
Edit Edit Edit - Where the Real Work Happens
And Then Someone Else Edits
A Fresh Pair of Eyes
The Icing On the Cake - Formatting
What to Expect When You’re Publishing
Stop Already! Ending It Is Hard to Do
Book Buzz - Marketing Your Book
You’re the Star of the Party! Your Book Launch
Let’s get started!
Make It Happen
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou
I’ve seen it because I’ve lived it. “I’m gonna write a book!” You declare it to yourself. You might even say it out loud. You dream about holding your book in your hand. You envision being at an incredible book signing with people lining up to get your signature on your book. You imagine being at a party saying, “Yes, I’m an author!”
And then you don’t do anything about it.
Inertia is a tendency to do nothing or remain unchanged. It’s so easy to do, and so deceptive. Doing nothing seems comfortable. And it is comfortable in the short term. Binge watch TV, get sucked into social media, or go out for drinks. But your desire to write is still there. And it is painful.
You had the desire to write a book because you have an important message to share. And in the long term, that desire will still be there, gnawing at you. It’s a feeling of defeat that will not sit well with you.
STOP! Make it happen this year. Make the commitment.
In the short term it will not be comfortable. Inertia is a powerful force. But you are stronger.
You Need To Know This & Be Prepared
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”— Louis L’Amour
You need to be prepared to:
Make a commitment
Know that you are a writer. And you have the ability to write this book.
You’re not alone.
I’m here for you, other writers are here for you, and you can reach out to lots of resources.
A writing coach - I know, big shock, I’m a writing coach recommending you get a writing coach! But it doesn’t have to be me. Choose someone who will work with you, bring out your best, and be a trusted accountability partner.
A writer’s group - Collaborating with other writers in a good writer’s group is incredibly rewarding. As writers we often write alone. Most writers are introverts. Something amazing happens when we get together, support each other, hear and listen to each other. You grow together, improve your writing together, and support one another.
Self-publishing companies - Check out Ingram Spark and Book Baby. They are self-publishing companies that offer lots of support. I attended a Book Baby Indie Author Conference in November 2018 and it was amazing! There were great vendors, speakers, and people who work for Book Baby who answered questions. It was a marvelous event and a great resource!
Here’s my parting thought: Start your journey by envisioning the end of your journey. Picture yourself holding your book, signing it at your book launch, and walking by a bookstore and seeing your book in the window. Now, work backwards. How do you get there?
Join me every month this year as I blog more about the steps you can take to make your dream happen. Be prepared - it’s like starting a marathon. You’ve gotta start slow and develop your writing like a muscle.
But know this - YOU’VE GOT THIS!
See you in February!