You Can’t Be an Eeyore When It Comes to Your Book!
Let’s be real … what successful author do you know who just limps along? Who is blah and so-so when it comes to his or her book? Who really doesn’t seem to care which way things go? Or has just plain lost enthusiasm for the entire project? Nothing works, everything is the pits … there’s always a problem … the book life is a bummer … and heck, the glass barely has a drop in it. Have you become an Eeyore –gloomy and pessimistic?
Wake up … it’s TIME to get Passion BACK in your Book Belly!
Authors can’t write a good book without the Passion Factor. It’s how the book in the belly gets out. It’s how you develop sustainability. It’s how you push through anything. And it’s how your love for what you do and what you created connects with the reader and your success. Do you have one in yours?
Passion fuels the author engine, enables each to work one more hour, take one more step to get the “baby” written, laid out, designed and to the printer. It’s passion that allows each to roll up sleeves and create a marketing and promo plan and even speak publicly about it.
If you want to write a book, you’ve got to love the topic/cause. If it’s just something to do, the question has to be asked, “Why do it?”
Not everyone should write a book, attempt to create a small press, or become an independent publisher. Someone may have said you should, but should you? Does a deep internal drive tell you, “Yes, my thoughts, my words need to be read, seen, or heard”? If so, go for it. Embrace it.
A simple question: why do it? When the author identifies his or her Platform, the Passion Factor is a critical component. It collapses without it. Sometimes the Passion Factor is bold and out front; other times, the author stumbles upon it–not even aware that the book in the belly would rise to the surface.
- What topics/areas do you know about—by schooling, life experiences, the school of hard knocks?
- Do you gyrate toward a subject?
- Do others tell you that you are a wiz at something?
- Is there a deep, burning desire to advocate a cause or reach out to help others?
- Does passion come into play?
- Have you had an “aha” moment where the skies opened up and your belly began to dance?
Guaranteed: it’s the Passion Factor that will drive your work to completion and success. Why do it?–simply this: it’s your Passion … You believe in it; you are committed to it; you will put your time, your energy and your money to support it.
Your book. It’s in your belly.
Authors aren’t successful unless they have passion in their belly—the drive to overcome and push forward fueled by their love of their work and belief in it. Being an Eeyore will sabotage book success.
Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and 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 35 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #35 was published this summer: The How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos. Get your copy now.
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