Just as I learned a lot from putting on the Called Woman Conference, I've learned a lot from publishing a book. Here's a few things and yes, some of them are repeats from the conference:
- It always takes twice as long and costs three times as much as you anticipated. Is this a life lesson or what? While I tried hard to meet my original schedule, some things are hard to anticipate like how long it will take someone else to write a review.
- Use all the resources you can find! One of my greatest resources is www.48days.net This is a network of thousands of people all interested in learning and growing. Through the Write It Forward group at 48days.net, I got great insight, recommendations for proofreaders, strategies for every aspect of the process and best of all, great support and encouragement.
- Dream BIG--- Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: I was nervous about asking Dan Miller author of the book, 48 Days To The Work You Love to write a forward to my book even though I have been an active member of his community for several years now. BUT, I asked and he DID! And what a beautiful job he did too. I am so grateful.
- Share your insights with others! The joy of creating is really complete when you can share with others. Through the process of creating this book, I've been able to share my knowledge and experience with others who have the same dream. This is as rewarding as publishing the book!
- The end is never really the end--it's all a journey. Although the book is complete, I've now moved on to the next phase which is marketing the book. After all, it was created to share a message. The book is all about how to discover your passion and make it a reality as told through my story. I so want others to experience the great joy of realizing a dream.
There it is. From the first post, December 25th to March 30th, the story of a dream come true. Want to purchase the book? You will find it for sale HERE listed among my children's books. Of course if you see me around, I always have a few in tow that you can purchase directly.
What about you? Have you accomplished a lifelong dream? What did you learn in the process?