I hear, time and time again, someone who has a story to tell, a book they deeply desire to write – as if they can’t move on with their life until they get it down on paper – and they go on and on about all the difficult pieces that writing this book will bring up:
- what will family and friends think of me and my book
- how will writing/publishing the book change things for me (because change is scary)
- will anyone even read it?
- what if it fails?
- what if I fail?
- am I even qualified to write it?
What amazes me when I hear this, and my common response, is this:
You don’t have a book to worry about!
The mind is so wrapped up in the what ifs. It takes months, sometimes years, to write a book. It’s a process. And life can change during that time. You most likely will not be the same person after writing your book, that you were before.
You will face your inner critic during your writing. You will research while you write. You will empower yourself in your process, through your process.
But none of it will matter if you don’t write your book!
You have to start somewhere. It is a journey. And there is no point worrying about the outcome of something that hasn’t even begun. You will have the tools to cross the bridges when you come to them. So stop allowing fear of the future to block your creative work.
Show up and begin. Once you have a manuscript in hand, then you can deal with the demons, which you will most likely discover, you dealt with during your writing.
One of the greatest processes of self-discovery that I know, is writing a book. And, like many firsts in life, sometimes we simply need someone to hold our hand: someone who’s been there before and knows the way. If you’re ready to put your creative work onto the page, I’m here to help you.
This is a highly intense coaching package with weekly 60-minute phone or Skype calls, two (2) 15-minute emergency SOS phone calls per month, and unlimited email support over the course of an entire semester/quarter.
As a personal trainer for over 15 years, the most effective fitness package I offered was a 12-week training package. When clients gave me 12 weeks of their life, their life and health transformed. That’s one season. 3 months.
Time is passing by anyway. You can either commit, show up and bring your creative project into the world, or continue with status quo and still be wishing, pondering and dreaming about your project 3 months from now.
It took me over 6 months, working with a coach, to self-publish my first book. It took me 6 weeks on my own to self-publish the second and 10 days to publish the third (I don’t recommend that, but it’s possible).
Now, those are smaller books I’m talking about. When the desire to write my largest project burned so intensely that it was all I could think about, I signed up with a writing coach who charged over $3,000 for her program. That was not a conversation I had lightly with my husband. That was a commitment. But I knew that in order to complete the first draft and finally bring my passion onto the page, I needed to invest in a way that had me showing up every day to realize my goal and my creative project.
My offer to you, if you are truly serious about bringing your creative project into the world, whether through writing accountability and coaching support or through self-directed/indie publishing guidance, is this:
$555/month for 3 months of coaching and support
or $1500 paid in full up front.
First, I offer ways for you to connect to the creative work that has chosen you as its voice in the world. Through this process, you extend your hand towards the project and commit to show up for its completion. When you do this, the Universe has a way of unfolding the support you need to channel this creative energy into form.
Then, we determine the intention, focus, timeline, readers and priorities of your project. We check in weekly on your progress and set goals to move you along each week.
The 12 weeks may find you completing the first draft of your self-help, how-to, children’s book or even memoir.
Or, if you have a manuscript, collection of recipes, articles or classes you’ve taught, the 12 weeks can take you from writer to self-published author. Ready to hold your book?
Why indie publishing?
Learning the self-publishing ropes and building my community of editors, book design/layout specialists, illustrators, printers and distributors is one of the most empowering acts I’ve done.
It doesn’t mean that this will be the right path for you. And I am happy to have a conversation with you to discover if self-publishing is a good fit for your creative project.
If you decide to go ahead, once I walk you through the process over the 12 weeks and help you build your publishing tribe, you become free to publish at will: articles, books, short stories…
A whole new world opens up.
We complete our indie publishing semester with a marketing brainstorming session to generate creative ideas and opportunities for sharing and selling your work, and to build giving-back into your finished project.
Because of the time and effort involved (I take my hand-holding seriously), I will only take on a couple private clients at any given time.
If this option doesn’t feel like it’s a fit for you, you are also welcome to join our weekly writer’s circle.
If you are ready to write your book, share your story, or fulfill your dream of published author, contact me below. We may even be able to start today.