If 200 million Americans want to publish books, then chances are, you are one of them. If you have not yet been coached by me and my publishing company 13th & Joan, then maybe, just maybe, there is something holding you back. When I say something, I mean YOU! It is possible that you are the major factor as to why you haven’t yet written and published the book of your dreams. And while I am equipped to bring all of that to an end and take you from blank page to published author, it’s equally important that we expose the lies that hold too many talented individuals like you from adding the title “Author” to their names. Let’s dig in, shall we?
- I don’t have enough money to publish.
Let me stop you right there. Our financial priorities are just that, priorities. The first time that I was quoted a price to publish my first book, I was told that it would be $10, 000. I knew right then, that I would never be an author. Fast forward, after writing 10 books, I’ve learned that equipping myself with the right knowledge and the most knowledgeable professionals to assist me along the way, saved me thousands of dollars. In hindsight, I also recognized that becoming an author would be a financial investment. I recognized that all of the random purchases at the mall, lattes from Starbucks and eating out, totaled up to be just what I needed to make an investment not just in my book but also in myself. Not only have I made my money back but also realized that leaving a legacy was much more important than the green tea latte anyway.
2. I don’t know enough people to read it.
I coach countless authors who begin the process with little to no followers on social media. And while social media is not the end of the author’s platform, it is most certainly a key component. I will always believe that life and everything that we desire to have isn’t about how we start, as the bigger picture reveals the finish. Building an author’s platform takes time, effort and elbow grease. One of my authors who I consider to be a success story was completely unheard of prior to publishing her book. During her first week of sales, she beat out an author who had millions of followers on social media. This is a testament to the power of the internet and connecting with new audiences. My tried and true marketing strategies paid off in dollars and cents.
3. My idea isn’t good enough.
I don’t even need to go there. The fact that I just picked up a book on my personal bookshelf about bullfrogs is a testament to the fact that someone is willing to read your idea. The bigger task at hand must always be finding those people before completing the book. Too many people write their books with the assumption, that people will automatically read. Lies! You have to know your audience, speak to them continually and know that they are speaking back to you. This same concept applies when launching a new product for a business. Knowing your audience and working diligently to establish one is key to any book idea, even for established authors. I guess the author of the bullfrog book had a bunch of fans who took great interest in bullfrogs. LOL!
4. I’m Afraid.
You should be! If you are out there chasing goals that you feel comfortable with, boy do I have a word for you. Newsflash, YOUR GOALS ARE TOO SMALL! On a daily basis, I commit to doing something that scares the living daylights out of me. Now if you are interested in a mundane life, with no upward mobility, stay in the slow lane. This is not the lane for you. But if in the event, you are up for some action, accelerate, drive faster, pick up the pace and get your adrenaline flowing. Writing a book was one of the scariest leaps of faith that I had ever taken. I had every single concern that I have posted in this list and more. After my first book, my perspective evolved. Believe me when I say that this was a goal worth chasing. The doors of opportunity that opened as a result of doing so, far outweigh anything that I have ever done. From paid speaking engagements, increased clientele, wider brand awareness, and last but certainly not least, residual income, the possibilities are endless. I had to step out of faith and tell fear to flee!
5. I don’t have time.
No one does. The win goes to those who make the time. I tell all of my clients that if they are willing to cut their social media usage in half, they have miraculously discovered writing time. Consider this, it takes valuable time, thought, energy and insight to simply decide what you are going to post on social media. Imagine if you took that same time and devoted it to creating just two paragraphs? What a difference you could make in your writing journey! We make time for what we want to make time for. Writing is sippy no different.
6. I’m not a good writer.
Ok. Fair enough. There are good writers and then there are those who, well, there are those who know exactly what they want to say but formulating a plan to capture those thoughts in a way that resonates with readers can sometimes prove to be challenging. This is still no excuse for not getting your book done. Cues: ARDRE ORIE, QUEEN OF STORYTELLING:) Hire a ghostwriter! Gone are the days that ghostwriters are used strictly by celebrities. To date, I’ve written for politicians, lawyers, educators and a bevy of everyday heroes who were all well versed in communicating their thoughts and ideas but struggled to commit them to paper. There is no shame in hiring someone to get the job done on your behalf. If you aren’t’ good with accounting and taxes, does anyone think twice when you hire an accountant? Of course not, it’s silly. This same pattern of thought applies to writing.
I could go on and on. I’ve clearly developed 14 reasons but I’ve also decided that this list would be a phenomenal addition to a book that I am almost composing called “The Art of Storytelling”. This book is purposed to give the business and branding aspects that anyone who had remotely considered writing a book, should be knowledgeable of. The Art of Storytelling is all of the valuable lessons that I wish someone would have told me, prior to becoming an author and after.
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If I could leave you with one message, it would be to write your book now. You’ve only read this far because you’ve gleaned something valuable from what has been stated, or you desire to become an author, or you think I’m awesome and I’m ok with any of the three. There is no reason that should be great enough to stop you from doing it now! Your best life happens when you own your story. Here’s to new chapters!