At the beginning of 2016, I sent out a survey to my peeps to find out what they really wanted from me – and the results were overwhelming:
You wanted to know about the “Two Ps”: Procrastination and Publishing.
For procrastination, I’ve brought you several great resources, including an interview with Dr. Sarah Reiff-Hekking.
But as for publishing… I’ll admit that I haven’t done as many articles and tips around publishing you book as I could have.
Because 99.9% of people want to KNOW about publishing their book. But only about 15% of them are actually READY to have that conversation. Mostly because the book isn’t done yet! In some cases, a prospect wanted to jump straight into asking me all about publishing and they hadn’t even STARTED their book.
Let me make a confession:
I used to accept people into my Assisted Self-Publishing service no matter where they were in the process. Yep, even if the book wasn’t written yet! They’d pay for the publishing services and we’d wait… and wait… and wait…
I finally figured out that this didn’t help ANYBODY. Books weren’t reaching the people they were meant to reach because THEY WEREN’T WRITTEN. Holding space for publishing is all well and good – except for a lot of really cool books, I’m still waiting.
I get it:
Publishing is exciting! It’s the final step in getting your words out into the world.
It’s fun to think about.
You can dream about having your book be on Oprah’s Book Club.
You can think about claiming your moment as a Best-Selling Author.
It IS fun.
But it can also be exactly what’s keeping you stuck, in this moment, and preventing you from writing your book.
There are three reasons why you might be attracted to publishing – and allowing yourself to be stuck and overwhelmed with your book:
1. You’re “Wasting” Time
In your heart of hearts, you know that all this “research” about publishing is a stalling tactic that you’re allowing to keep you from writing your book. You’re deep in the minutia of the publishing industry – and you know, on some level, that you don’t even NEED to know this information.
But continuing to spend endless hours on Google, researching how to publish your book, allows you to convince yourself that you’re “working” on your book.
Even when you know you’re not!