I wrote a book. That’s so cool to say and such a great accomplishment.
I know that it’s something I’ll be grateful for the opportunity and ability to do. And during this process I learned some things that I wanted to share with you.
I learned some great lessons as I embarked on this journey of writing and publishing a book.
You’ll feel excited and afraid
I remember all in the same 20 minutes feeling incredibly excited about publishing a book and then extremely terrified. It was literally like an emotional roller coaster. But then I realized what was driving it and I was able to control it. I was being too concerned about what others may say or think about the book and that scared me. But then I had the great reassurance from my support system and from time spent with God that what I was sharing with the world was not about me. It was about me serving God and serving others by sharing my knowledge in a way that’s easy to understand and apply.
Avoid the temptation to qualify
I remember feeling tempted to count myself out of the qualified category when it came to writing and publishing a business book. I didn’t go to school for business and although I’ve been an entrepreneur for 10 years, I had only been in this business for a little over a year, when I started this book writing process. I remember feeling like I wasn’t qualified to speak on something that comes so easy and natural for me. And then I snapped out of it when I realized that I’m really great at building relationships and what I know could really help others. But it was tempting to measure myself up to someone else’s standards. Thankfully that didn’t last for long.
Don’t get too many opinions
When I finished the first round of edits, I asked for advanced readers (people who would read an unpublished copy of the book with the intent to provide critical feedback). I knew I didn’t want too many people to read the book and to give me their input because it would be too overwhelming. So I had a total of 7 people review the book and share their feedback and it was great. I got a variety of suggestions and compliments. If I had too many people it would be confusing to decide what suggestions to apply, so keep your advanced readers list manageable (whatever that means for you).
I’m going to share some more lessons learned from writing EntrepreFriendships.
Which of these lessons resonates with you the most?