In writing my next book for the introvert in business, a publisher emailed me before I really thought it through. Here is a quick flash back, which might be the start of a blog post series of changing the process from writing your book to get published, to getting published, and then writing the book.
Having solo authored four books, collaborated on two others, and being a blogger, you likely might deduce I like writing and you would be correct. This post, whether one or a series, is inspired by on of my LinkedIn blogging friends, Arleen Harry, Owner of Garrett Specialities and bloggers at their blog. https://www.garrettspecialties.com/blog/
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First a look back:
There was a time a few years ago a business colleague and I teamed up to write a book, How Not to Get Nailed: Building the House of Your Dreams Headache Free. Yes, I bet we took the path like many aspiring authors.
We pounded out an outline, I wrote two or three chapters, he edited them, we created a publisher’s pitch and then we started both a mail and email campaign to publishers. Together we identified 75 of them. Toward the end of emailing and mailing we got more hopeful. Why? Because if you have spent anytime in selling you know there is a belief in the numbers game, that “yes” in on the way. But it was not to be for us.
This time around:
Being sought by a publisher, the process and resulting feeling was different. Being focused on balancing my online and in community work I am currently playing with some online affiliate marketing, a bit more local networking for low-hanging speaking engagements (paid and pro-bono) and then any networking any where for workshop training.
This new plan is humming along as I write this post. Revenue is growing.
Maybe this is anecdotal evidence that often when you take your eye off the specific end result you think you want you are free to attract it. In my case more revenue (yes for you hard core goal setters which I am no longer, I do have a revenue amount in mind) is my goal, but my intention seemingly allowing lift off, is when more and more opportunities started to head my way.
First it was a speaking gig, then a 2-day workshop, then a course proposal at one of our local colleges, then … well, you get the idea.
I am happily in the flow stream and when I get an email from a publisher.
Once we went through exchanging emails for about 4 weeks, I decided to ask them, how did you find me? I’ve been blogging about almost everything introvert since about 2007. Guest blog post requests are frequent. Invitations to speak on telesummits and radio shows regularly come my way. Other interesting bloggers land on my blog to comment. And there are always guest bloggers who want to offer their slant on something useful.
But I really asked myself is, do I want this opportunity now? I mean look at all the energy already saved by virtue they sought out me. What about putting energy into the writing?
Then, curious, how did they find me?
That was interesting and as I look at this post already going over my own word limit, please come back to find out more.