In the last week, I’ve spoken to five authors about their books. They’re all in different phases of writing, editing, publishing, and launching, but they all have two things in common:
- They are passionate about their message – and the world needs this message Right Now.
- They need help, mentorship, guidance, and support to get to the next step in the process.
(Now, you KNOW I have my soapbox about the importance of your message so there is one thing I have to tell you:
No, not EVERY author I speak to is writing a message-driven book. A few are looking no further than “credibility” or “expertise”. There’s no passion there. And no, not someone I take on as a client!)
But these five authors – without exception – have a message that is ready to move out into the world.
The other thing these authors recognized is that they’ve gone as far as they can – by themselves. There are questions unanswered (What comes next? Am I being boring? Is this the right place for this story/this teaching? How do I publish? What will it take to be a best-seller?) that they’re seeking out help to find the answers.
There’s a deep strength in realizing that you aren’t infallible. That you don’t have all the answers. That no matter how much research you do on your own, nothing is a substitute for guidance from someone who not only has walked that path with her own books (20, to be exact) but who has also guided others through the same proven system.
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So how do you know if you [insert your name here] is ready for mentorship? Here are five key indicators.
1. You’re sick and tired of being stuck, frustrated, and searching for next steps.
As humans we KNOW that help is always available – once you ask for it. And we also have a stubbornness that keeps us from humbling ourselves and asking for it.
(Come on, you KNOW that’s true!)
At some point, you reach a point where you’re at the end of your rope – and you’re still 15 feet above the ground. The only options LEFT to you are A.) quit or B.) get help.
Please, please, don’t quit. You’re ready for mentorship when quitting isn’t an option.
2. You’re coachable and ready to listen – and do!
No one mentor has all the answers – not me and not any other coach, mentor, or expert. But I have MORE knowledge about books and all their steps than you do. So why on Earth would you ask for help and then not be ready to listen and take actions?
(Remember what I said about being stubborn?)
It’s humbling to ask for the help and then (sometimes this HURTS) to listen and accept the advice when it’s given. You’re ready for mentorship if you can listen with an open mind, ask questions for deeper understanding, and willing to do the work.