Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Taking the Action

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I've told you that I have a novel coming out in June. It's pretty exciting and a LOT of work. Trust me, writing the book was easier than getting it published. It's no one's fault; it's being published by SheWritesPress and they have been wonderful! But the process itself kinda sucks. There's all kinds of editing and proofing and correcting and marketing to do. It's the necessary evil to get it in the hands of teachers (and others, I hope) everywhere!

I've gotten help outside of the publishing industry as well. The insightful and business savvy Amy Palko and I chatted about marketing and (one of) her brilliant suggestion(s) was to create a resource booklet/e-book explaining the process I used to write letters to my students (the inspiration for the novel). You can find it over on the right hand side of this little site here (at the top....see it?).>>>>>>>>^^^^^^^^^

My part of this brilliance is making the effort to get it to the teachers. I've been emailing a bazillion teachers in high schools all over the country, offering this booklet for free. 

And then I actually heard from one of the teachers I sent a link to. I am an AVID teacher and this will be a meaningful way to connect more personally with my students. She actually wrote that. OMG! She GETS it! And she may even USE it! I hope she does, and that she reaps all the benefits from connecting with kids (there are soooooo many).

And then those thoughts creep in......what if no one reads the book.....what if it sucks.......what if I can't write worth shit...... You know those thoughts. Ugh.

Puttin' it out there is scary, but all I can do is try. If it works, it works. If it doesn't? Well, I have a try again (using the lessons I learned from this experience) or do something different. Here's my view: I'm doing the best I can, which is all I can really do. The rest is up to God/Spirit/The Universe. And I figure if God really wants it out there, it'll happen.

Have you been puttin' it out there and taking action? Have those thoughts plagued you (I hope not!) about the results?

Have you been there?


  1. Good attitude! But I gotta tell you, after reading some of what you have written, the book will not suck!

  2. Just found you through She Writes and your book sounds definitely getting a copy! I so reading about the journey that we authors take....and the ten second kiss sounds pretty dern good too!

  3. So glad you found me! Yep....being an author definitely has its challenges!

  4. Thanks, Sarah!


Yes! I've been there, Claire!