"Elizabeth, it's your job to get people really excited about their story." A prospective client said this to me one day while we were on a call chatting about whether or not my coaching program or book writing bootcamp is a good fit for her. After considering her statement, I came to the conclusion that that isn't my job. If it were, I'd be out of luck, because you've already done my job for me! The challenge isn't that you aren't excited enough about your story. And the challenge isn't that you're too busy. This is what the challenge is...(and this is how to solve it).
There are a lot of things you can expect when you're writing a book: excitement, confusion, pride, frustration, and awe. Something many don't expect? A show-stopper (and not the good kind). It never fails. And, as much as I'm trying not to use words like "always" and "never," in this case, it's absolutely justified. Maybe you've figured out how to build a business from scratch. Or, you've gotten out of a toxic relationship. Or, you've completely reversed the high blood pressure you've had for two decades. Or, you discovered how to reduce, reuse, and recycle to the point that you no longer need a weekly trash service. Whatever it is, you're going to be elated that you worked through all of the challenges that came with it. You scraped and clawed and got knocked over and stood back up. And now you're ready to let others know how they can do the same. But then...
"What does a great book editor do...and what don't they do?" Great question, and truly understanding the role of an editor in the process is critical to most effectively partnering with this critical asset!
What I'm about to say may come across as unkind, and I wish there were a better way to say it. Put bluntly, "waiting on a sign" is ridiculous. And, to be clear, I've waited on "signs" myself. It was ridiculous. When we make those kinds of statements, we're squashing every ounce of our own power. We're making a powerful decision to keep playing small. We're ensuring that we remain stagnant.
Is something still holding you back from getting started (or continuing on) with writing your book? Even though I can't know exactly what your roadblock is without chatting, my goal is to do whatever I can to help you GET THAT BOOK WRITTEN!
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