So let me give you the latest updates on my new book, coming this winter…
Well I’ve handed off 4 sections of it to 12 readers. They were also given a questionnaire to complete which will give me adequate feedback on their thoughts about the book, from concept and approach, to readability and their perceived value.
Once their questionnaires are completed, I will review, and make edits based on their suggestions. Then I begin the next round. I had a huge setback when I lost part of my book awhile ago, but I’m pleased with what came out of that loss. I dug deeper and rose with greater. A great life lesson.
So what comes after that?
Formatting for print, artwork, alignment with retailers, other administrative steps, promo for readers to reserve their copy in advance, and then BAM…launch. There’s of course more, but that’s it in a nutshell.
I’ve learned a lot from this experience, especially because I’m drafting three books at the same time, and it can be a struggle in my mind…
There’s a balance you must find between writing for self and writing for the reader. When it’s 100% for and about you, you may only get a fraction of readers, because they can’t relate. If you wrote solely for your readers, your voice is not your own, and at some point you won’t have an identity to speak from. You will just feel like a soulless puppet.
If you want to write solely for self, then your options are: blogging, journaling, or releasing books that barely anyone buys. You may not like those options, but they are options. Let me be clear, this isn’t to say that blogging is self-satisfying, what I’m saying is if you choose to be, you do have that resource as an option.
If on the other hand, you write solely for the readers, you will most likely reach a point where you want to share your voice, and no one wants to hear it, because all they know is what you’ve been repeatedly sharing in the past.
What I want is in the middle, for self and for readers, my voice and something they can relate to, something that speaks to them and has them thinking that I’m speaking about and to them. For me, that’s a healthy balance.
So, I want to thank those of you who are currently reading and reviewing my book. I want to thank everyone who reads and supports this blog. I can’t wait until launch day. Some of you have been waiting much longer than me for this book release. I humbly thank you!
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