a review: every writer's dream & before your first book

when i wrote my eBook this summer, i knew i needed to get it in the hands of a few people who could help me promote it. i immediately offered to send it free to those who would look over it and give me feedback, and then i purposefully messaged or e-mailed those i wanted to read it because i trusted their wisdom. i did one of the things jeff goins talks about in both of his eBooks - i asked.

however, i didn't do another thing, and because of this i wish i would have read every writer's dream before i wrote my eBook and decided to shelf it for a few months.

i didn't follow through.

sure there were a few e-mail exchanges between me and readers. but it wasn't purposeful. i let my fear get in the way of "shipping it" as seth godin says and i didn't publish.

i waited. my book waited. the readers waited.

i'm not sure what would have happened if i would have taken the opportunity to fully use my contacts or if i would have taken the step of faith and published my eBook then instead of this past week. i'm a firm believer in timing and when i didn't feel peace about releasing my words, i backtracked severely.

what i do know is that jeff's wisdom is needed in the world of publishing - especially now when anyone can publish their work.

i'm learning from my mistakes. i'm learning to trust my instincts {and my voice} and i'm slowly building a community of people i can turn to for help. but one of my biggest assets is this {it's a secret} -

i love writing. 

i do. i adore words and how phrases fit together into sentences...and even if i'm never published again, even if my platform is my measly bookshelf e-store on my website, i'll be okay. because i love it. 

writer, this is your weapon. do not let the love die.

if there are stories inside you - if you are burning with ideas of articles - you need these resources. reading the first book, every writer's dream, i wanted to create something great. it encouraged me and challenged me and pointed a finger at my blank page while reminding me that writing is the same as bleeding.

and then jeff follows this with a second book, one that forces us to pause.

if you write, you know one thing: it's difficult to pause. 

but with reminders about brainstorming and examples of pitches and differentiating between content and relationship, he offers something huge for writers of all backgrounds - a nod of understanding.

writing takes every fabric of who we are as humans. thinking back over my last eBook, i can see things i would change. looking forward to the next one, i now have a guide to help me make it as successful as possible. to me, this is invaluable.

grab these two books here and do something big.

the world's waiting for your story.

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disclaimer: although i was given free copies of these eBooks to review, i wasn't expected to write positive feedback or encourage you to buy a copy. i just think it's that good. 

Posted on January 24, 2012 and filed under books.