Here at Renee Fisher Coaching & Consulting, I am changing the negative stereotype of self-publishing one book at a time.
The good news is that self-publishing is no longer taboo! Your chances of getting traditionally published are even higher now if your self-published book sells well!
I hope the #JustStart Writing Your Book series encourages you to start writing today.
Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just start writing today!
To kick off this series, I am sharing about my first self-published book Loves Me Not.
Growing up, did you always dream of writing a book?
I didn’t dream of writing a book until I was in my teens. I was torn between wanting to be a high school math teacher (the kind that actually makes you love math), and being a writer.
I knew I wasn’t famous enough to get published, but I knew I had a story to share. I didn’t write for many years because I honestly didn’t feel qualified. It wasn’t until I had become a published author of over four books that I actually felt like a writer! Crazy, right?
How much time passed (days, months, or years) was it from the time you knew you wanted to write a book to when you actually started writing your book?
Almost ten years passed from the time I knew I wanted to publish my first book to when I actually started writing my first devotional book, Faithbook of Jesus.
Once I wrote my first book, it didn’t take me nearly as long to write my other books including Loves Me Not, which is my best seller.
What were some obstacles you had to overcome to #juststart writing your book? How did you overcome?
When I wrote Loves Me Not, I was recovering from a broken heart. Come to think about it, every book I have ever written started because I had a burden that broke my heart into a thousand pieces that I had to write about.
I overcame by writing the first draft while I was still in my pain. I edited the second draft when I was already on my way to overcoming! Like my client, Carla Gasser said,
“When you’re writing you have to leave room for redemption.”
I love that!
Writing is a very healing process for me, and every book that I wrote was just as much for me as it was for the readers.
You are not the only woman who dreams of publishing her own book. What would you say to that woman today? Would you give her advice? Encourage her? Pray for her? What does she need to know to #juststart writing?
If God can take a nobody like me who wasn’t gifted in writing and teach me how to write through the pain of my broken heart–He can certainly give you what you need to #juststart writing your book! I would encourage her not to give up. I would pray for her through the process because I’ve been there. I know what it feels like to wonder if I’m qualified to write or if anyone cares to read what I have to say. All she needs to know is that there is hope on the other side from her deepest hurts and pains. There are readers who need to read what she has to say. The world needs more of her voice! Keep writing. Don’t stop writing. #Juststart writing! Today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Today!
Don’t stop writing.
Was there one or two people that helped you finish writing your book? Who were they and what kind of support did you receive from them?
It was because of people like Marilyn Williams, Marcia Ramsland and Pam Farrel who helped me write my first book. Without their help, I wouldn’t have been able to #juststart writing my book. Because of the support I received from them, I was able to gain the confidence I needed when traditional publishing was no longer an option for me. I learned that I still had a voice, and that self-publishing is a fun and creative outlet for me to continue writing through the burdens God was placing on my heart to write.
Now that your book is out, what is your heart for this book? i.e. Tell us why we should buy it?
My heart for Loves Me Not is simple. Are you single with a broken heart? Are you tired of being overlooked? Are you tired of feeling lonely in the church? One of my favorite quotes from the If:Gathering was the panel on singleness and the church. Lindsey Nobles said,
“As a single woman, one of the loneliest places was sitting in the pew of a church.”
I received this message on Instagram from a single 20-something in the church who read my book. She said,
“Hi! I read your book, Loves Me Not, and I just want to thank you for writing it! I went through a break up because I wanted to follow God, and I felt down for what felt like a century. But I saw your book on Amazon and decided to buy it. Little did I know it would be one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ve shared it with so many others and more and more people ask me what book I’m sharing quotes from. Keep up the good work!”
You can purchase a copy of Loves Me Not here.
Are you a self-published author with a story for us?
I would love for you to share your story of how you became a self-published author to encourage others who need encouragement to #juststart writing the book of their dreams! Click on the link here to share your story!