Book Planning – The Painful Reality

Hey there! Would you object if I asked you a question?

Are you going round in circles, trying to get a handle on your business book idea? Secretly feeling like herding cats would be a piece of cake in comparison, right?

Back in 2012, I remember sitting at my desk, the cursor on my old-school pentium monitor blinking like a silent intermittent tormentor. I was on the cusp of writing my first book about social media for businesses. Sure, I’d churned out hefty 50k-word It reports and systems documentation. But this? This was different. It was deeply personal. It was my heart on a platter.

What the hell should I do next?

Six weeks in, my word count was climbing, but so were my nerves. To be honest, I was a complete bundle of nerves. The thrill of creating something new was intertwined with a gnawing fear of exposing my inner thoughts. It felt like a roller coaster – exhilarating yet utterly terrifying. Learning the ropes was engaging, sure, but stepping into the unknown? That felt like jumping out of a plane without a parachute.

I shelled out $57 for a pretty dodgy looking ‘how-to’ PDF and pinned all my hopes on it. I thought it’d be the answer to all my “author problems”. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. It felt superficial, just skimming the surface. I wanted my book to be more, to be better. Not just “done” or “long enough.” I wanted it showing small businesses how to use these “newe-fangled” communication tools that I loved and they ran scared from.

What should you do next?

Maybe you’re in a similar boat. You’re itching to release your book into the world, but the very thought fills you with dread. It’s like there’s a constant tug-of-war inside you. The yearning to share your story is battling the fear of judgement, of not measuring up.

I want you to know that I’ve walked that path. And I didn’t just make it through once – I did it 76 times, touching the lives of over 200,000 readers along the way.

Now, I’m your sherpa on this daunting but exhilarating journey.

With me, it’s more than just getting words down on a page. It’s about uncovering your unique voice, unravelling your story, and embracing the vulnerability that comes with it. I’m here to help you navigate through those moments of doubt, to celebrate each breakthrough, and to turn your dream into a living, breathing reality. There’s something truly magical about writing a book that resonates with readers, and I want you to experience that full, glorious feeling.

So, if you find yourself paralysed, torn between the urge to write and the fear holding you back, remember you’re not alone. I’m right here with you. My planning checklist is primed to guide you every step of the way, to be a part of your journey, and to help you leave your mark on the world. Feeling ready to dive in? Let’s chat about where you’re at and how to bring your book to life…

Let’s do this together, shall we?

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