I had this book idea in my head for years. I had some notes jotted down here and there, but couldn't seem to get myself to sit down and start, let alone finish writing it. Then I had a near-death experience. Okay I'm exaggerating but hopefully that got your attention. I was working on a show and I was very unhappy. One evening we were shooting in high winds. As I walked outside from the set to the transportation van, a huge branch snapped off a tree and came within inches of hitting me smack on the head. Would I have died? Probably not. But I would have been sent to the hospital with some level of head injury. That was the day that I told myself that I had to take control of my career. I was ready to write my book and begin my venture into entrepreneurship.
So, I started to write. It was uncomfortable in the beginning, but I got to like it. Every free moment was dedicated to writing. It took a little over a year, but I finished! Last week I sent the announcement to friends and family only. I received so many congratulations, words of encouragement and even a few sales! Then I went into a depression for the next few days. I couldn't write. I cried. I lied in bed, watched TV and I waited for the cloud to lift. The cloud always lifts. When it did, I had to shift into marketing mode. This is not my comfort zone. Sitting home alone behind my keyboard typing away suits me just fine, but it doesn't sell books or build a business.
The thought of having to promote is a challenge. I worry about annoying people with my posts asking you to buy my book. But I must. And I will. So, I am starting with this post. Hopefully marketing will get as natural as writing eventually became.
I would love to get your feedback, hear any words of encouragement or suggestions for getting word out there about my book. I will begin my leap into marketing here and ask you to buy my book!
Thank you all for your support and please don't hesitate to comment with any suggestions or just to say hello! I'll take all the encouragement I can get! Thanks for reading.