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, Carrie D. Rogers.
Growing up, did you always dream of writing a book?
No. This was never something I dreamed of.
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?
For my first book, the Lord laid an idea (theme, concept) on my mind, and I couldn’t shake it. I decided to start digging into the idea, studying, and following all the trails.
I wrote down what I learned as I went.
After about three months of studying, I looked at my work and could see the makings of a Bible study, which later became my first book.
As soon as I could see it as a book, I went straight to work. I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about what the time/space should look like because it was all so foreign to me. There was no pressure to perform or please! I wrote my first book in secret (no one knew except my husband), so there was no external pressure. I was simply enjoying an intense season with Jesus in the Word.
What were some obstacles you had to overcome to #juststart writing your book? How did you overcome?
My biggest obstacle was time. At that time, my eldest was in first grade, my middle was in pre-school for three days a week and my youngest was only two. Basically, I wrote during naptime and after the kid’s bedtime. But again, I had no real pressure to get the work done. It took me about a year of “crack” time writing to complete it.
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?
I once heard another author give the advice to “wait for the fire”, and I can really resonate with that advice. Wait until the “want to” collides with the “have to”. Wait until the desire and the topic burn from within. It’s really difficult to finish well without it.
And also, just start.
Start scared. Start intimidated and insecure. Start overly proud and ready to knock ’em dead. Because as you go through the process of getting out all of the words, you will be lifted up and encouraged. You will be brought low and hung out to dry. There will be times you will want to quit. Other times will send you dancing in the streets. It’s an ugly beautiful process that will change your life forever.
So start where you are and don’t be afraid of where you’re headed. The end result (and the journey to get there) will be worth it!
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?
For my first book, my husband was my first and only support. He read as I went and encouraged me when I thought my work stunk. After the secret was out, a small group of friends and my mentor cheered me on and challenged me to pursue some kind of publishing.
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 all my books is that they are used as tools for discipleship. I pray that it serves as a companion and guide into the Word of God–that it provides time and space to meet with Jesus, and that it helps each reader to apply Biblical truth to her everyday life.
You can purchase a copy of He Is… Knowing God by Name, The Wardrobe of Christ, Seeds, or A Meaningful Christmas here.
How can we pray for you?
My biggest prayer request is that I will stay focused on my next right thing. It’s tempting to get caught up in all the “shoulds” or compare myself to others.
Carrie Rogers passionate about the Word of God and it’s practical impact on the lives of women. She is the founder of Carried Away Ministries, which seeks to encourage women to engage in a passionate pursuit of Jesus. Carrie and her husband, Erik, along with their three children, reside in McKinney, Texas.
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!