Updated: Jan 28
If I made a dollar for every time someone told me, "I want to write a book, but...", I'd be in a higher tax bracket. Everyone's wrap-around story is different but there are underlying themes I hear in every story. I'd like to take a minute to address them here. Do any of these sound familiar? *ahem*
Reason #1 that you aren't currently writing that book you've always dreamed of writing: Writing Myths.
You've heard horror stories about what it takes to write a book:
You have to do it in isolation, ALONE - to get a book written you must hide away in a tiny, windowless room with no distractions, no people, no TV, no fun, no LIFE until the book is done.
Writer's Block will ruin you - once the words and ideas stop, it'll take a herculean amount of effort to work through it, if you can at all.
There are no new ideas - it's all been written before; you're going to have to work HARD to come up with a new idea
Reason #2 that you aren't currently writing that book you've always dreamed of writing: FEAR.
You're afraid of:
Rejection - "no one's going to want to read what I have to say."
Not being a good writer - "I suck at writing, there's no way I could write a book."
Doing it wrong - "I don't know how to 'write a book.'"
Criticism - "what if I write it and everyone hates it?"
Being exposed - "If I write what I really want to, people will know how I feel, think..."
Reason #3 that you aren't currently writing that book you've always dreamed of writing: You honestly, have no idea how to start.
And let's face it, there are a million and one programs, courses, and gurus out there selling the *~secret~* to how to write your book in two hours...and not just any book mind you. They're going to tell you how to write a BEST SELLING book that's going to make you millions of dollars in minutes upon its release! For the low price of (insert insanely high price here)...
And in this economy? Ain't nobody got money for that. At least, not the folks I meet who truly want to write a book.
So Let's Get to Writing!
Mix all of the above reasons together and you have the equivalent of a good sourdough starter. You can create a fabulous array of excuses and justifications for not getting started using a pinch of any one of the above.
Simply Self-Published - Online Course and Coaching Group
For anyone who is tired of giving excuses and wants an honest, authentic, and dare I say, Simple way to go from blank page to self-published, have I got a source for you! Yeah, I went all cheesy, salesperson there but for real, Simply Self-Published, I believe, is what you've been looking for.
First and foremost, the Simply Self-Published process busts those aforementioned myths. You're working alongside 14 others who share your desire to write and publish a book. This program provides you with ways to work around your life as it exists, complete with distractions, obligations, and obstacles. You do not have to sequester yourself away from your crazy day-to-day to meet your word count. For real, writing doesn't have to be a burden.
Second, you get coaching from someone (that would be me) who fought through 20+ years of built-up fear and insecurity around becoming a published author. I'd made up my mind when I was maybe 12 years old that I wanted to be a world-renowned author. But I let all the fears listed above, among many others, hold me back until I was in my 40s. I still have my moments but I have a plethora of tools I use to put the fears aside so I can get my books finished. I help you do the same.
Lastly, to join the Simply Self-Published online course and coaching group is $100. I priced it in hopes that it's economical for the audience I serve. People like me whose ends are met but are struggling to maintain their relationship in these financially volatile times. I've crossed paths with many people who have the desire to do this thing, they know they need help to do the thing, but they aren't in a position to fork over a month's worth of income - before taxes and deductions - to get that help. They're also not in a position to go into further debt.
What does your $100 get you?
guidance to complete character/concept sheets - you'll know your characters, concepts, themes, etc. inside and out.
how to make visual notes on settings - imagery so clearly defined, you'll be able to bring them to 'life' on the page with ease
time to complete your entire first, rough draft
critique notes from other group members to help you transform your draft into the book you envisioned
time to draft a marketing plan and launch calendar
ISBN and Copyright registration resources,
six one-on-one sessions, and as they say, much more...
"Sounds too good to be true" - Why $100?
Because I have never been of the mindset that something that costs a butt ton of money is automatically better. I don't believe in spending an arm or a leg to prove one's dedication to something. I've priced Simply Self-Published in such a way that it covers the business expenses associated with producing this program (electricity, internet, and platform fees) without compromising your budget or the value of what the program and I deliver.
What are some of the myths you've heard about writing? Did any of these fears resonate with you? If so, which ones? Still not convinced that Simply Self-Published is right for you? Comment below with your responses, questions, and concerns. I love hearing your stories, they help me be a better writer and coach.
As always, thank you for stopping by. Sending light and inspiration,