Oh my, Dancing with the Stars is back on the air … and without one of my favorite orchestra leaders Harold Wheeler … you know the orchestra leader, the one that kicks off the routine with the perfect beat and rhythm for the couple on the floor. As an author and book coach, why should I care?
One, I get a kick out of the show and was disappointed when the buzz started that Wheeler was getting the boot; and two, rhythm is critical to an author’s success. One of the key areas to focus on in dance is holding your rhythm despite what your partner may be doing. Keep going. Ditto in writing … and in creating your publishing team … and in handling everything once you have book in hand.
Holding your rhythm in publishing and writing is also keeping your voice. Too often, authors, especially newbie authors, experience publishing their books from the eyes of experts; they lead them through their expertise, which is what they are hired for. Whether it’s a graphic artist, editor or printer, they show the author the twists and turns to make words sing off the page and a title stand out among the competition. What the author has to be alert to, though, is this: if he or she isn’t careful, the book can become the editor/export/advisor’s book not his or hers.
If authors don’t hold their rhythm, if they don’t know what their rhythm is, they lose their voice.
Your personal keeper should be: Hold your rhythm and keep your voice. It’s your book, not someone else’s.
Judith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd a book publishing expert and coach. She is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 31 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences.
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