Let’s be honest, my imperfect launch will always win over someone who doesn’t launch at all! ~ Altovise Pelzer
The author journey is not for the faint of heart at times. (Trust me, after 18 + books published…there are still hiccups.) Add in social unrest, a pandemic, murderous hornets, and big foot to the mix for a whole other level of crazy distractions. Okay, so maybe we didn’t find big foot but if they did would you really be surprised this year?
With all of the distractions there were numerous authors around the world who launched anyway. I’m sure many of them have a story to tell when it comes to what book publishing looked like this year. There were many pros and cons to 2020 but ultimately this year was a year to take the leap. Money was funny for some but not for all. Some people had more time on their hands while others had considerably less time. Without a strategy you had a fifty fifty chance of success but with a strategy your chances were extremely high.
In 2020 I co-authored two anthologies, launched the first journal in my journal series and launched two workbook that went along with my courses. The books that I had on Amazon each reached the Best Sellers list and my clients loved the ones attached to their courses and memberships. At the beginning of 2020 I only had one book on my radar. Yes…that is multiple successful book launches in one year but I almost didn’t launch them. Through adjustments in my team, handling the new normal as a mother in a pandemic, and clients who were handling their own situations…I t was a press each day.
So why lauch a book in the middle of so much going on?
That is simple…there is someone that needs what I have to offer. So instead of it being a question of if I only had a question of what. What could I do this year to better serve my clients? What could I offer the a frustrated world? Questions like these swirled in my head and I chose to act quickly on them.
Here are a few things that drive you saying yes to publishing a book.
- Your “why” matters!
When it comes to getting things done the “why” that fuels you can be a powerful thing. The why can often put you on autopilot when things around you aren’t going according to plan. Finding your why takes a moment of reflection and conversation. Looking at what drives you is important. If something does not drive you to do things like write a book than you will not complete it.
For me, leaving a legacy that my ancestors did not leave drove me.
For me, leaving something for my children and my children’s children drove me
For me, sharing the information I wish I had that drove me
That drive is what makes the difference between someone starting a business and someone starting a successful business. Find it, write it down, and live by it! That is how you use your why to do things like write a book.
2. Don’t fear the hard things
When you create a to-do list it is simple to fill it with easy things that you can do on your own. The issue comes when those easy things are not what you need to do to move your needle forward. When we tackle the hard things we see the movement towards our goals. For some of you, publishing a book seemed like a hard thing.
When you started to think about what is needed to publish a book you may have started to cringe. I’m challenging you to stop cringing and dig in deep to find that tenacity to get it done. It may be a hard thing or then again it may not be as hard as you think. Do it and find out!
3. There is support in community
This is the part that will test your personal thoughts about building relationships. Those beliefs show up in how we engage in groups online, how we handle local meetups, and even in how we network. The community that you are apart of can provide momentum to your books, classes, and events.
There are two ways for you to get connected to a community.
Create your own community
Join another community
Either way, when you are in a community there is support. When you show up and provide support there will be people that show up and provide support to you. It is reciprocity 100%! That is how many celebrities and influencers find themselves growing by leaps and bounds.
With that being said…are you ready to publish your book? Create your next masterpiece and add a new revenue stream.
Meet some of the authors that published books in 2020:
Kearn Crockett- Cherry published Trailblazers That Lead http://www.coachkearn.com/makeithappen
Purvi Tantia published https://amzn.to/2IjglQw
TL Blythers published V.O.W. 9 Points of Impact https://www.christianfaithpublishing.com/books/?book=vow
Dr. Angel Miller published The Jots and Tittles of Scribes and Storytellers http://www.paypal.me/angelbinspired20
Altovise Pelzer published #Unmuted: Strategies to Move From Tragedy to Triumph bit.ly/unmutedwomen
Josephine Sandra published The Revolutionary Breakthrough: How to Turn Your Setback Into a Purposeful Comeback https://amzn.to/3kTjwwu
Ladonna Marie published Things I Wish I Knew: Letters To My Little Sisters https://amzn.to/2GqPHEy
Barb Hollace published Our Walk of Faith: The Journey to Bill’s Healing https://amzn.to/3oSsQTt
Barb Hollace published Musings of the Miracle Man: Words of Wisdom Words of Hope https://amzn.to/35TwKmy
Kimberly Solomon published One DAE at a Time Devotional https://amzn.to/2I25ZEt
Tiffany Lindsey published The Root Remains http://bit.ly/TheRootRemains
Adrienne Barr published Dancing with Butterflies: Discovering Mindfulness Through Breathing https://amzn.to/3kT1B9b
Denise Walker published Barren Womb https://amzn.to/326X4IO
Cordelia Gaffar published Detached Love http://bit.Ly/DetachedLove
With over ten years of writing, Altovise uses her platforms to create opportunities for women to have their voices heard. Founder of the World Voice League, she educates and empowers through courses, a weekly accountability call, blogging, books, and the #SpeakEasy Podcast.
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