how to write a book

I’ve been blogging off and on (mostly on) for the past 8 years and have always really enjoyed the time when I was writing.  I feel like I have fun things to share and new ways to look at old things, and it was fun to get feedback and hear that what I had to say impacted someone else and made them think about their lives in a better way.

This past year, all that got me thinking I wanted to write a book.  There was that old familiar voice (you know the one), that spoke up in my head and asked what could I possibly say that anyone would want to hear. I hate that voice and decided this year, I was going to kick it in the face.  So this past spring I started writing down my ideas for things I wanted to share.  I started blogging more, and focusing on some new things in my life that got me inspired and finally I decided I was going to give it a try. 

If you’ve ever tried to write a book, it’s sort of daunting, in a way that it really shouldn’t be.  It seems much more overwhelming than simply writing a blog post and the idea of having all my work go to an editor, and having someone else critique me, like when I was in school, really didn’t sound like a ton of fun.  But I had made the decision and so I started plugging away.  Making some lists, like I did for my blog posts, and then spending a lot of time staring at the computer.

And deleting….and deciding anything I was writing really didn’t make sense and soon that voice came around again and spoke untruths into my brain about what is possible for me. 

Two things happened that changed what happened next:

1.  I am a big believer in ‘when you see things three times it’s a sign’.  Is that even a ‘thing’?  I don’t know but three times and for me, I know it’s for real!  I happened to get three emails, right in a ROW, where the subject line had something about writing a book.  Not, about their book, but about how everyone has a story and we should all write something.  I knew I needed to pay attention.

2.  I remembered that hard things are easier with friends, and that if I want to do something, I needed to expose myself to people who have already done it or are in the process of doing it.   

Since I’m a coach and I believe in coaching, I decided that it was time to seek out a coach who could help me and could expose me to other people who were writing and publishing. 

That’s when I found Chandler Bolt. I had heard Chandler speak months prior on a podcast and I had signed up to get his free video training on writing.  At the time, I wasn’t ready and thought I could probably do it on my own, but I decide to check it out again and see if I could really do this thing.  Now.  No more excuses just time to get ‘er done. 

I fully believe everyone has a story to share, in fact, I believe everyone has an obligation to share what they are good at, what they know or the story in their heart and so I wanted to share this free video training that helped me so much.  In fact, I listened to the training again, and decided I needed the maps, the outline, the video step-by-step recordings on how to really, not only write my book, but find a publisher and all the details from cover creation to marketing it on Amazon and so I signed up for the course!

I went through the free video training again and then signed up to use Chandler and his program (Self Publishing School) as my coach.  I believe in accountability, and nothing puts it on the line like forking over some money!  So I did it and it was the best thing I could have done.  Is the program perfect?  No.  Is it easy to do?  You still have to do all the writing and be consistent, pushing through times when you want to stop, but I got it done. I learned so much that probably would have taken me a whole lot of searching to find otherwise, and I got partnered up with an accountability buddy.  We started ‘meeting’ on skype on Monday mornings and setting our goals.  She published her book first, but we still meet to this day and help each other with ideas and feedback for new projects.

I published my first book, just under the wire of my 2015 goal. On December 29th, I hit publish on Become A Nutrition Ninja: A Proven Method To Losing Fat Without Losing Your Mind. By the 2nd day, it was #1 in two categories on Amazon and I was psyched!

 


And I’ve got a second book in the works for 2016!   I fully believe EVERYONE has a story inside them to tell so join me in authorville!  You get there by watching Chandlers videos and see for yourself if you are inspired to take the leap!

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