It was Fall 2012 and life’s choices had landed me with a lot of experiences. The good, the bad, and the ugly. In the midst of all that I started having that feeling again… that deep sincere feeling that I needed to write a book. I had a story. I had a testimony. But just like every other time, I gave into the stinkin’ thinkin’ and pushed it back. You see, I’ve always been a “writer.” I wrote my first 10-page fiction story in elementary school. I had several teachers read it and they all told me that I would become an author one day.
Over the years I’ve managed to fill up countless journals that sit neatly on my bookshelves for reminders. I wake up from sleep with stories, ideas, and even detailed layouts of things to write. This is a part of me that I no longer wanted to suppress. Little did I know that in Spring 2013 I would receive a confirmation that changed everything.
I was invited to a women’s retreat for a weekend of solitude, praise and worship, prayer, Bible study – and most of all, healing. With only one day left before heading home, a gal walked up to me and told me out of nowhere, “God told me to tell you that you are supposed to write a book.” And then she walked off.
Since then I have written and published three devotionals, a Bible study guide, a foreign language handwriting resource, two academic-related, and two aromatherapy-related books. And yes, there are more to come. However, before hitting success, I hit failure – hard. I went the traditional publishing route, spent thousands of dollars, and was burned… didn’t have anything to show for it except for a book that I eventually pulled off the shelves.
I was embarrassed and went into hiding, scared to ever take the leap again. A couple of years went by and I decided to give it another go. I couldn’t keep the stories in me hidden any longer. I searched and searched… and searched. And that is when I came across something that changed my writing life again.
You’ve lived a little and have a story to tell. Perhaps you’ve acquired some useful information through time working in a specific field. Or, maybe you’ve always had a dream of writing a children’s book series. Regardless of what part of the writing spectrum you fall on, now is the time to make your publishing dreams a reality.
Before you let the limiting (and self-sabotaging) beliefs kick in, let’s address them right now. I’ve heard them all, believed them all, and you’ve probably thought a few yourself –
“I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I don’t know where to start. Who’s going to read my book IF I did get it published? I haven’t finished the one I started. I don’t know how to get it published. It costs too much to get a book published. I don’t think I’d be successful.”
Any of that sound familiar? Okay, good. Now forget about all that and keep reading to see five reasons why 2019 is the year to publish YOUR book.
People want real stories
Over the past three years alone, non-fiction and biographies were two of the most sought after genres of books. Yep! Readers are showing that they want thoughtful, real-life stories. Adding to that, buying habits of readers are showing that they still value the hard copy. For awhile there it seemed as though the digital world was going to take completely over, but no worries when it comes to books. People are still valuing the tangibility of a good book.
The market wants more
When you walk into a bookstore you’ll see a mass number of books, all carefully selected by the store owner. While most stores determine what stays in print on their shelves, the market is changing that. Now there are additional options for readers, such as eBooks. This digital style allows for readers to quickly purchase a book that may not be available at a bookstore. And although you may see a lot of authors take on the digital realm, it is proven that they eventually turn to print to build credibility and authenticity.
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You can be you
Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t necessarily one go-to way for writing and designing your book. Some people may stick with what is traditional – Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, in a 6×9 – however, you can do whatever you want. I am always stepping outside the box by the font style I choose, the size of book I print on, and my book covers. Cover trends even show that bold typography, poppy colors (like pink), and real photography are the go-to styles these days.
Hybrid publishing is doable
By hybrid publishing I’m talking about self-publishing, the thing that changed my entire writing career. This style of publishing has become increasingly easier and the top choice for writers looking to tap into the author world. Believe it or not, but publishing this route has shown to have a higher profit share and linked to a more dedicated market.
Promotion made easy
Another perk to publishing your book this year is the ever-increasing avenues for promoting. Like never before, the possibilities for being seen and heard are not hindered, nor dependent upon you being linked to some big publishing company. Connecting with other independent authors (also known as “Indie Authors”) for collaboration, using the power of your own followers, and support from social media means much less money spent on marketing and much more time spent on seeing actual sells.
How to Get Your Book Published in 2019
The question now becomes – How will you get your book published? I’m glad you asked! Allow me to help you.
Take the leap
Before thinking too far ahead, start by deciding to take the leap of faith. Don’t worry about all the minor details yet. Simply come to terms with the fact that publishing your book is a must and you are willing to do what it takes to get it done.
Set realistic goals
After taking that leap of faith, set some realistic goals. Take into consideration your lifestyle, the season you’re in, and what you can actually do. If you are a work-from-home, homeschooling mom with multiple small children (as in my case) – factor that in. Don’t see it as a stumbling block more than a blessing! Choose a deadline you’d like to be done with writing, a publishing deadline, and so on. Pencil these in to account for changes, but whatever you do…
Make the time
Yes, writing a book takes time, and so does publishing it. Far too often people want to write and publish but miss setting aside time to make it happen. I can tell you that setting aside just an hour or two per week will have you on the publishing assembly line within a months time. And while we’re talking about time, it’s totally okay if the time you’ve set aside is used to think. Sometimes writers confuse thinking for “writer’s block.” There’s a big difference.
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Don’t give up
If you were to encounter writer’s block, setbacks due to unforeseen circumstances, or situations out of your control – don’t give up. It has always been worth it every single time I pushed through an obstacle.
Link up with an established self-published author
This worked wonders for me, especially in the beginning phases of becoming an author. There are several things to learn when crossing out the middle man but luckily there are people willing to help others succeed. Besides joining every Facebook group I could find, having a key person to guide me through the steps helped me dodge the hurdles that caused me to trip using the traditional route.
I’d like to be that person for you! So much so that I’ve created a 4-week Self-Publish Like a Pro program where I link arms with you and pour all my know-how and how to’s to help set you up to becoming a successful self-published author. My experience will meet your ambition, and with those powers combined you’ll be on your way to make making your dreams a reality.
Speaking of experience (and success), since becoming a self-published author I’ve had:
- 9 self-published books
- 2 Amazon best-sellers
- 3 personal best-sellers
- constant increase in monthly book sales
- multiple event appearances
- 2 book club book features (Just for Today’s Homeschooling Mom)
- group Bible study feature (For We Are Known)
I want you to confidently self-publish your first book in 2019. And not just publish, but do it successfully. I have a Self-Publish Like a Pro session starting in February, so if you’re serious about making 2019 the year you become an author, click here (or the banner below) for more information!
CHIME IN: Have you ever wanted to publish a book? If so, what has held you back?? If you are a published author, share one tip that helped you overcome a setback! Leave your response in the comments below!