So, if you didn’t know, I wrote a book. It was a tiring, fun, educational and stressful experience. There’s a lot I did well, I think, but also a lot I’d change looking back on it.
I wish I’d had a bigger publisher. I wish I’d gotten an advance. I wish I had more time to work on it. I wish I had done some companion video pieces with it. I wish I’d done a lot of things, but I didn’t have the time nor the resources. (Isn’t it always about time and resources?) And near the end, it was largely a mental game of just racing to the finish line and getting it completed.
But I’m still really proud of how it turned out. I’ve reached a life goal I’ve had for as long as I can remember: pitch, research, write and release a book, and that’s what I’ve been most excited about throughout the entire process.
Once it was actually released, though, I had to promote it. I’d kept the whole thing quiet up until that point, only telling two or three people about it. I think I was a little nervous about actually getting it done as well as coming off as braggy. If you know me well, you know I hate promoting myself or patting myself on the back. You should also know, however, that I’m trying to get over that because I think #selfpromotion (yes, in hashtag form) is our new world. (Fake it until you make it, right?) So I started sharing on social media, telling friends and family, and conducting book signing and lectures throughout the state. I’ve also gotten some press in local TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.
It’s been amazing and humbling meeting people who are interested in spending their hard-earned money on something I produced, and it’s been a great reminder that drive and not letting rejection or doubt get in the way can often determine whether you reach a goal or not.