When I saw the headline “50 books in 50 days” my eyes brightened. Had someone actually published 50 books in 50 days or sold 50 books in 50 days. The online article was on “The Republic” website and so I rushed over to see what it was about. Turns out, I was wrong on both accounts. (It happens)
Once I read the story I was intrigued and inspired to talk about it on the #SpeakEasy Podcast show. Of course, I had to put my own #SpeakEasy spin on it but I know this episode will encourage those who are newcomers to the industry. Oddly enough, it may spark some things for the author that is seasoned in the industry as well.
There were 7 main takeaways that I got from the article which really wasn’t a long read.
Lessons on the journey:
1. The journey matters
We are often focused on the finish line so much that we don’t acknowledge the mile markers we have passed. Publishing a book is a huge accomplishment and even if no one else says it to you…..I’m proud of you for doing it. It took a lot for you to get that book in print or e-book form.
2. Practice makes you better
Okay, so here is the reality check I had to have about myself. As an introvert, I did not feel comfortable in big crowds but I felt even more uncomfortable speaking about even the things I was knowledgeable about. It was from seeds sown in my past. I had to work at it in order to reach the level of confidence I have now when it comes to speaking. Day one….nervous reck. lol Oh, it was a sweat fest because I was so nervous. Today, I can stand before any amount of people and speak.
3. Sacrifice is needed
I sacrificed some trips and special events to make this a reality. I would get stares and frustrated messages from people wanting me to attend different events. I was on a mission. There were some who understood and some that did not. The ones that understood began to support me even more.
4. There is always support
There is someone out there that is crazy enough to support almost every idea you have. It’s true and some of those supporters will make the wildest suggestions and say the boldest ideas. It will sometimes scare you how much they want to see you shine. I’m not saying that it will always be the ones closest to you but the support will come. Imagine this, there are people at the finish line waiting to high five you that do not know your name. There are people on the sidelines with water and those who are cheering that have no clue who you are.
5. Things change
Yea yea, I know we fear change but it happens. Oh, and it happens often. Sometimes it will be uncomfortable and other times it will feel like a breath of fresh air. Just roll with it.
6. Serving and listening
So you may not know this but Chik Fil A is my favorite place on earth. For some, it is Disney land that does it for them but gives me some nuggets and waffle fries…..oh we are best friends forever. One of the things that stands out even more than their food is their customer service. It has surpassed the standard for a fast-food restaurant. I want to be the Chik Fil A of the coaching, writing and podcasting industries. (I’m not sure if that makes sense but it does in my mind. lol)
Sidebar: One of the things that they do has a special place in my heart. Moms with young kids can go through the drive-thru to order and then park before coming into the dining area. When they are seated their food is brought right to their table.
7. Sometime you gotta go off the grid
I did a training on Community Partnership earlier this year and it fits right into this topic. Hey, don’t be afraid to do something a bit different than the norm in order to get results. (bit.ly/speakermatrixreplay) When I did the training I talked about nonconventional places to sell you books and within 48 hours one of the attendees came back with a praise report. She connected with a local clothing store to sell her books. The best part was that at the time when she set this up her book was not even published yet.
What we realize, as authors, are that our journies often have many similarities. Mason Engel’s experience is much like my own when it comes to the joy of publishing a book and reaching that best seller’s list. We often ask ourselves what’s next and how we can reach more people. My car of choice was live stream while Mason’s was a 1995 Mercury Tracer. Mason ate tuna sandwiches while I ate ramen. (Also known as oodles of noodles)
The most import thing that happens along the way is that we impact lives, including our own. One of the many reasons I love being an Indie Author. Creativity wins again and I am loving every bit of it.
The final piece of this story that really stuck with me is enjoying and coumenting the journey. I know that it can get difficult and we can find ourselves questioning the validity of our dream but don’t quit. As you document your journey that will become fuel to help you succeed. Look back on the moments of success and learn from the moments of unsuccess.
Altovise Pelzer is an Award-winning Speaker, Author, Live Streamer, Coach and founder of the World Voice League. She also hosts the #SpeakEasy Podcast, your #1 Podcast for unscripted perspectives on becoming and staying a successfully paid Author or Speaker. At her core, she is the mom of four, will break out into impromptu dance parties, take a beach trip or read a book.
Homelessness and molestation greatly affected Altovise. She hit a turning point in her life after decades of being silent about her molestation story even after finding out both her girls were molested. This was the catalyst for her decision to motivate women to “Leverage Their Life’s Circumstances” by learning to love their voice. She takes women from abuse to applause by equipping them to Define, Accept and Use their Voice as a Speaker, Author or Entrepreneur.