In 2009, I published my first book, Notes from the Margins (available here), which is a memoir about a period of my life that was filled with much loss and grief. Heart wrenching is what one reader called it.
I won’t go into the details of the book with you, but I wanted to share with you part of a conversation I had with my mother during that time.
While I was grieving my loss, there was a time I thought I would never be happy again. My mother said, “Sometimes the best way to live well is to focus on others instead of your pain. And when you help others,” she said, “you’ll find that you will be happier.”
It took me a while to figure out where and how I wanted to help others. I followed many rabbit trails but still felt empty inside.
Until I was writing and publishing Notes from the Margins…and realized that this world of self publishing made so much sense to me. And more than that–it made me so excited to think about the possibilities!
Authors with messages of faith, hope and inspiration didn’t have to wait to “be found!” Instead, we could publish ourselves and get our message out to people who needed or wanted to read it!
I found it easy to take my own experience in self publishing, combine it with my marketing background, and encourage other writers in their pursuit of writing books.
I started small–in fact I didn’t even realize it was happening. I met a few writers and I opened my home to a writers group. Soon I found I was helping writers with amazing stories of hope, faith and courage, to put together their books.
Then others heard about how much I helped writers and began to call me for advice.
And then that advice became a comprehensive coaching program where I started helping writers establish themselves as authors, creating high quality books and teaching them how to build their platform and share their book with others.
It turns out my mom was right. In helping other authors, I found purpose and happiness.
I get such joy each time I celebrate a new author. I love to hear their stories of accomplishment after they’ve opened a box containing their book fresh from the printer. I celebrate every success and I walk them through every fear and challenge. Because I’ve done it myself, I understand. And because I’ve helped so many, I’ve become better at it.
I don’t tell you all this to brag. I just wanted to let you know that I do what I do for a deeper reason.
Some companies will tell you they can publish your book–and they can. They will happily take your money, but they may not always make your personal success their priority.
What I do is different. I help you publish your book–but as I coach you on which steps to take next, I really care that you succeed. It is a priority for me. And I work very hard to make sure you have all the tools you need to be a success.
Your success is important to me because it makes me happy!
And being happy is why I do what I do!