Typically over on this space I try to provide some type of actionable advice that can easily be applied to your current situation but today my friend I wanted to give you a little update and behind the scenes look of my new book, The Blogpreneur. As of today I have been on this journey of becoming a self-published author for 45 days and I have a lot I want to share!
As much as I love a great post full of tips and advice, you'd be amazed at what you can learn from simply listening to (or reading) someone's personal story. I'm hoping by documenting my journey and sharing some of what goes on behind-the-scenes, it will inspire you to take some kind of big leap o faith into your own business.
Let me also start off by saying that I don't want to make this journey seem like a cake walk nor do I want it to seem like a horrible decision. With anything, there have been ups and downs and considering the fact that I still have a very long way to go, I can only imagine what other emotions I'll experience.
So let's start off with the WHY behind this big project.
WHY A BOOK ON BLOGGING?
Although T.A.N is creeping up on its 3rd birthdays soon, I have been blogging in some form for years! And I have witnessed how it can open up incredible doors for many creatives including myself. My original book was supposed to be based on my coaching process (I was even going to name it "The Pocket Coach") but after surveying my audience, more than half of the people who responded mentioned that they really needed help either starting or growing their blog. In The Blogpreneur, readers will not only get the necessary tools needed to start their blog but it will also be great for anyone simply looking to take their current space to the next level and turn it into a legit business.
I also noticed that many bloggers were going at it all wrong. They had the amazing content but they either were marketing themselves wrong, trying to make money from ads instead of selling their knowledge or they were stuck in the mindset that their space was "just a hobby". That was once me a couple of years ago, so I not only wanted them to have a resource of actionable and relatable advice but I also wanted to create what i wish I would have had when I first started.
WHY A BOOK AND NOT AN E-COURSE
I have been asked "Why A Book?" about a bajillion times during this process. Honestly, as much as I love courses (I've taken plenty and have even launched my own) it just didn't feel genuine for me to do. Almost like I would have been jumping on the bandwagon if I would have. No "shade" to anyone launching or wanting to launch a course, I'm just a firm believer in if it doesn't make you feel good, don't do it. And for this particular project idea a course just didn't "click" for me.
Will I launch a course in the future? Probably yes! But it wont be on this topic.
Also coming from a physical product background, there is no better feeling in the world than actually being able to hold what you created in your hand. I got a taste for it when I released the Ultimate Business Planner & immediately knew my next project would be a book. Lastly, I have always wanted to be an author even as a kid. While everyone was wanting to be doctors & lawyers I was busy writing short stories and enjoying english class way more than I should have. 2016 is not only the year of greater for me but also the year of doing everything I said I would do as a kid.
QUICK TIP: You do not have to do what's currently on "trend" or what you see is working for everyone else in order to be come successful. Launching this book may not put me in the 6-figure mark after its release but I know for a fact it will leave me extremely excited and full.
THE DOWNS OF THE PAST 45 DAYS
I started writing this book with the intent of finishing it in 30 days. What I didn't take into account was that I was starting the book in December and that the holidays would put a complete halt on my writing. While I am truly thankful for the time I was able to spend with family, knowing that i was behind schedule sent my anxiety through the roof. Almost to the point where I considered pushing back the launch to early Spring so that I could make sure it was "perfect".
I know myself and my history of "pushing back" projects, so if I didn't finish it now, it probably never would have happened. I brushed off my frustration and got back to it! Thankfully, I had a solid outline that made it easy and learned a trick for writing faster from Regina. At the point of writing this, I'm still working on my ending but have at least started the design process.
Which was another major bump in the road. The one person I had my heart set on working with to design my book wasn't taking on any clients. I contacted a lot of talented and incredible designers but again didn't find what I was looking for. So I made the decision to design it on my own. This is crazy of me and I would most def suggest hiring out but I let my inner "independent woman" get int he way :(
THE UPS OF THE PAST 45 DAYS
I am extremely grateful for the incredible people who have sent me kind words, who have expressed interest in the book and those who are anxiously waiting for me to post the pre-order link! Especially thankful for the talented women who I've interviewed for the book and have provided me with helpful resources to include! I can not wait for you to see who I have!
I am also excited about the adult coloring pages i'll be including within the book as well! I got this random idea to include them one day but honestly didn't think it would be possible! Thankfully, I was able to find an incredible designer to help me out! I'm huge on details so I think these little extra perks will really help the book to stand out!
At one point over the past few weeks while I was writing, I realized that I am actually making this happen and it put the biggest mile on my face. Sometimes you just have to take note of the fact that you're really putting yourself out there and remember the outcome will be worth all of the stress.
MY BIG EXPECTATIONS
I've set goals before and have had high hopes for everything that I have created but nothing like I have for this book. I truly believe that this book is going to change my life and business for the better.
As far as number go, my big goal is to sell 500 copies before the year is up. I mean I have over 1,700 people on my newsletter and over 8,400 combined on social media. Should be a breeze right?!
I also want to at least sell 50 copies or more during the week of pre-sale. Which I'm hoping will happen after Saturdays workshop.
I think my biggest takeaway from the past 45 days is you have to be passionate about what you're doing. There have been plenty of times that i have wanted to just stop and pretend like I'd never told anyone I was writing a book. That passion though is what will keep you going even when you feel like it's pointless. Pre-orders for "The Blogpreneur" open up next week and I am so so thankful for your continued support through this!