I am so excited to change the negative stereotype of self-publishing one book at a time.
As I shared 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 a fellow hope*writer, Mary Carver.
Growing up, did you always dream of writing a book?
Not always, but I thought about it off and on. Writing and reading were always part of my life, though.
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?
It hit me in 2007 or 2008 that I really wanted to write a book, that I might even be called to write a book. I wrote my first self-published book in 2011.
What were some obstacles you had to overcome to #juststart writing your book? How did you overcome?
I had to overcome the lack of topic, lack of belief I was “expert” enough about anything to write a book about it, lack of extra time to do it, lack of any time to do it, lack of external motivation or a deadline from anyone other than myself. I overcame it when I had an idea, set myself a hard deadline, and then JUST DID 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’d encourage her to join Hope*Writers! I’d encourage her to read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. I’d tell her that if she has a message she believes in, that she believes the world needs to hear, then she needs to block out everything that sounds like NO. She needs to ignore any reason why she shouldn’t give it a try and JUST DO 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?
My friends cheered me on virtually with emails and instant messages of encouragement. They gave me feedback on the cover and title options. A friend edited it for me, and another friend wrote part of one chapter (she’s credited for it!). And my husband supported me both with words of encouragement (and just assuming that I could do it) and taking care of our kids on long Saturdays so I could write.
Now that your book is out, what is your heart for this book? i.e. Tell us why we should buy it?
Okay, my other answers were for my first ebook, which I don’t really do anything with anymore. (It’s about party planning and came out before Pinterest was popular, so it’s not really relevant anymore.) So, I’m going to answer this for my second ebook. My heart is that it reaches women who need a bit of encouragement and who would connect with God more because I use their favorite TV show to share God’s Truth.
You can purchase a copy of Fast Talk & Faith here.
How can we pray for you?
Pray that I would be focused as I finish my next self-publishing project (due SO SOON!) and for discernment as I move forward with an idea for my next traditionally published project.
Mary Carver is a writer, speaker, and author of Fast Talk & Faith: A 22-Day Devotional Inspired by Gilmore Girls. She lives for good books, spicy queso, and television marathons, but she lives because of God’s grace. Mary writes with humor and honesty about giving up on perfect and finding truth in unexpected places on her blog, MaryCarver.com. She is also a regular contributor to incourage.me, MomAdvice.com, and MothersofDaughters.com. Mary and her husband live in Kansas City with their two daughters.
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!