I had taken mini-getaways and overnight trips to light the fire of creativity. I'd set aside entire days to writing my story. I would get up in the wee hours of the morning to write. About 14 months later I was 90% done with my book. I had visions of packed book signing events and hundreds of eBook sales. I was truly excited. What I did next was something really incredible...I sat on it...for two whole years!
"See, what had happened was..."
I had spoken with several vanity publishers (a publisher that charges a fee to produce a book) and several authors that had published through vanity publishers and I was scared off by the vanity publisher's five-figure cost of designing, publishing and marketing my book.
I totally shut the project down, until I got a package in the mail. A couple of weeks earlier, I had spoken with my cousin Harold. Harold is a retired, high-level executive. He's also a jazz enthusiast. We had a brief conversation and he promised to send me a few CD's that he made for me. Included with the CD's was a note that said in part "...there is so much that you can offer to the world, your family and to God...get to it!"
Those words had a huge effect on me. I realized that I really did have a purpose to fulfill and that purpose was bigger than any of my issues; including my fear of publishing my book.
I also set forth the intent to publish my book, this time around I decided to let the Universe work out the "how". I stayed focused on the end result of writing a book that I was proud of and a book that would help a lot of people.
I forwarded a draft of "From Frustration to Fulfillment" to Harold. He read it and forwarded it to a couple of friends that knew a thing or two about writing. All three people offered some great suggestions about how to improve the book.
Around the same time I connected with my publisher, Literary Loft, and was able to reach an outstanding win-win agreement to get the book published for a fraction of the prices quoted to me by many of the vanity publishers.
I credit my cousin Harold with helping me find my "why". Why did I write my book? Why do I want the world to hear my story? Why should I keep going when I'm ready to quit? Once again, my purpose is bigger than my problems, so as suggested by Harold began 'getting to it'!
We all need that little push toward our dreams and goals to get us started. I knew I had something important to share with the world, but I had talked myself out of it. I needed a reminder. The most reassuring part of it is that the reminder and encouragement to 'get to it' came from a family member.