I am so excited to change the negative stereotype of self-publishing one book at a time.
As I shared many times before, 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 will encourage you to #JustStart writing your book today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow.
Just start writing today!
Next up in the #JustStart Writing Your Book guest post series is my former client, Ronel Sidney.
Growing up, did you always dream of writing a book?
My love of words and writing started early. I can remember pretending to write a book but, it only being scribbles meant to look like cursive. From there I began to write poetry about things going on in my life or what I was observing as a child.
Writing a book was always a dream but, did not become a passion until after I became a wife and mom.
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?
Years past with only writing in my journal and blogging, and it was not until meeting Renee Fisher and starting dream coaching with actual deadlines, meetings and planning that I was able to make my dream of self-publishing become a reality.
What were some obstacles you had to overcome to #juststart writing your book? How did you overcome?
Biggest obstacle by far was fear of judgment and not being good enough.
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?
Do NOT wait until you think you have it all figured out. Write while you are in process. Allow God to use you and the story of your “in process” to bless your journey. You never know whom you’ll help. Maybe it’s another woman who is walking through a similar journey.
Write daily. Keep writing and NEVER worry about if you have arrived or are good enough. As someone who loves to encourage, I think being a cheerleader for other women writers and dreamers is a new passion of mine.
I would definitely spend time encouraging her through the journey and pray with and for her as she figures out her voice and story. I would tell her that her voice is important. Her story matters. We need her voice and story for our own healing and growth.
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?
Renee Fisher was my biggest helper. Not only as my dream coach, she was my cheerleader, supporter, and encourager through the whole process. My husband and son also gave me time and space to write, dream and get away to be alone with God and words!
Now that your book is out, what is your heart for this book? i.e. Tell us why we should buy it?
This question is funny.
I actually do not think you should run out and buy it per say; I believe my best writing is still to come! I would only encourage women who are struggling with feeling tired of the dark clouds surrounding them to pick up my devotional.
You can purchase a copy of His Love Shines Through here.
How can we pray for you?
I’m writing a new book about this past year of healing and learning to become my true authentic self! I would like prayers for my continued healing, and for God to guide my words in this new season.
Born and raised in Northern California. Ronel Sidney jumped into the wild adventure of the military after high school. Landed in San Diego where she met and married her husband. Blessed to be the mama to an amazing silly little boy who is not so little anymore. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the stories of faith, family and breaking free to living in wider space with God at RonelSidney.com.
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!