I am so excited to change the negative stereotype of self-publishing one book at a time.
As I shared each and every 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 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, Caroline Cienki.
Growing up, did you always dream of writing a book?
Not as a child (I dreamed of becoming a ballerina.) In fact, I didn’t really become an avid reader until my early twenties.
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?
I first knew I wanted to write a book in 2005. I’d long since journaled, but decided I wanted to write something other people could read and enjoy. The following year, in 2006 I moved to the USA. It was a new chapter in my life and I got started on my first book pretty quickly. So, it was about a year.
What were some obstacles you had to overcome to #juststart writing your book? How did you overcome?
I was afraid to start.
“What would I say and would it be good enough?”
Then I received some amazing advice from a lady who had just published her twelfth book (or something like that.) I told her I wanted to write a book and she said,
“Just write for 30 minutes every day. Don’t edit it. Just write.”
So, I did just that, and I found very quickly that I got excited about those daily 30 minutes and more often than not, those thirty minutes would become one hour.
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’d share the above advice I was given!
“Write without editing. Just write. What you have to say is unique, and a gift to others. So please share it. Because no-one has that particular story to share other than you. Remember to have fun with it!”
Creativity is recreation after all.
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?
The first book, I didn’t actually publish, but it got me ready to write The God Chair, which I started in 2009 and finished and published in 2016. There were many people who helped me along the way, but in particular, I want to mention Stacie Isom-Campbell, a playwright friend who graciously took the time to read the entire manuscript. She suggested something daring, that I change the entire point-of-view (or the voice of the book). When I finally took her advice, the book took a real turn toward completion.
And Renee Fisher.
Renee was an answer to prayer. I knew I needed to complete The God Chair. I’d done all I could, but I wasn’t sure if it was ready. I also had no idea how to self-publish. Renee read the manuscript, encouraged me, showed me where the gaps were, kept cheering me on and then walked me through the practical steps to publish. She took my dream onto an actual reality.
Now that your book is out, what is your heart for this book? i.e. Tell us why we should buy it?
I would like MANY children to read The God Chair, and not just in the US or UK, but in other countries too, for whom it will be translated. I wrote it from a childhood space–we’ve all been there–but brought my adult’s understanding of the Father’s heart into that.
I wish to encourage every child along the way.
It’s an adventure with a God twist and I think your children will be amused, feel loved and be really encouraged through reading it. Oh, and I’d like it to become a screenplay/ movie one day too. #justsaying
You can purchase a copy of The God Chair here.
How can we pray for you?
Please pray that I follow the Holy Spirit’s daily lead about how to share The God Chair. And also please pray that I have the courage and tenacity to write daily.
Originally a Brit, my experience of England is there in all my stories. I now live in Texas, USA along with my husband John, two children and three fun-loving doggies. Among my current passions are home-making, travel and spiritual formation. The God Chair is my first children’s book.
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!