Here’s what I learned from the first days of publishing my book.
1. I wish I’d written it sooner. The satisfaction and joy of accomplishing that goal is huge. It’s been on my mind for 4 years. And the last 3 years of that 4 I’ve had the addition drag of the baggage of NOT getting it written. Plus, now I can see clearly how having the book finished will do exactly what I hoped it would do for our company.
2. I’m stunned by people’s graciousness. I can’t believe the number of people who spent 99 cents (some the full physical book price!) to help get the word out and drive early sales. “Best Seller” as a tag from Amazon delivers more visibility for the book. People helped with that. My book is a best seller because of that. Crazy. I really disliked asking people for help but it turned out to be…more than OK. It turned out great.
3. My fear was fascinating. Going into this I discovered I had two big fears. First, I was afraid of no one noticing. I’d launch it. Shove into the world this thing I’d been sweating over for months and NO ONE would notice. Second, I was afraid that people would notice and think it was dumb (and then that I was dumb). Amazing how my fears pretty much covered the waterfront of all the things that could happen in the launch. Well except for the really hard to imagine possibility that my book would be well received (see the #4).
4. I realized I am freaked out by compliments. People, and not just the people who really “had” to say nice things, have been generally positive (that won’t last but right now my critics aren’t telling me). Hoots and I bumped into someone this morning that I don’t know well at all. As we were saying hello and I was frantically flipping through my name database to come up with his name, he says to me “It’s the author! I sent your book to XXXX because I think she’ll enjoy it.” (I blanked out as he was saying that, maybe it was his sister. . . or daughter). Anyway that made me want to hide for some weird twisted reason. Positive feedback makes me want to hide. That’s something I’m going to think more about.
5. I know how I can write more. I get it. For me it’s as much process and system as it is having something to say. I’m not saying having something to say doesn’t matter. I’m saying that the harder part for me is the “how” to write a book. The “what” isn’t automatic but for me it’s easier than than the “how.”
6. I couldn’t have done it without the support of Hoots and the declaration “I’m writing a book.” I had to declare it firmly, directly, specifically and somewhat publicly to keep me fighting through the distractions and tendency to procrastinate.
OK, I’m only 5 days into a book launch but that’s what I know for sure right now. Much to learn in the days ahead but today that’s what I’m sure of.
Oh…and you can get the book on Amazon (how crazy is that?) and it’s a Best Seller (even crazier).
What have you learned from doing something hard? Or amazing? Or something it took you a long time to do? I’d enjoy knowing what you think.
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