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.
I work with heart-centered writers who feel they are connected to and guided by something greater than themselves. We work together to bring your creative energy into form and find the ways in which it may be of benefit in the world.
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 into the world, I’m here to help you.
Lets decide how I can best support you and your book. Do you need weekly sessions for check in, accountability and next steps? Or is every 2 weeks a better fit?
Time is passing. 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 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).
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:
An initial conversation around you, your book, your plans for your work and your timeline. Then, weekly or biweekly support and guidance via phone, Skype or in-person for 3 months. Email support for the 12 weeks.
The 12 weeks may find you completing the first draft of your self-help, how-to, recipe, 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 include in our indie publishing semester 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 if you so choose.
If holding your book in your hand as a published author is a dream for you, let’s make it a reality.
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 you are ready to write your book, share your story, or fulfill your dream of published author, contact me below and we can set up a time to talk about your project.
If you are looking for an Angel to help you with your book – Stephanie is it!
As a new author I have truly enjoyed and greatly benefitted from working with Stephanie. The process and steps to getting me to my goal were laid out very clearly, making the journey seem manageable and gave me the perspective I needed. Every check in we did was always relevant to where I was in the process, as Stephanie was able to sense and anticipate where I was and what would be next. I highly recommend working with Stephanie, as you will receive the much needed guidance and support!
Owner & Creative Visionary