Is Your Book Your Passion or Is It Your Poison?

Authoring is overwhelming. For some, if it’s missing one ingredient, it can be a curse, even a poison. All they can think about is how to get away from the promotion, the book, the time and money drain. The ones with the missing ingredient don’t even venture near that path. Why? They have the Passion Factor.  Though  a bit overwhelmed with the process, they continue with passionenthusiasm—and passion about their book, their writing, what they are doing.

It’s their passion that fuels their engines, enables them to work one more hour, take one more step to get their “baby” written, laid-out, designed, and to the printer. It’s their passion that allows them to roll up their 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, I ask you, “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, your thoughts, your words need to be read, seen, or heard”? If so, go for it. Embrace it.

I wrote and published primarily in the business genre with an emphasis on professional development in the workplace. Health case was my expertise.  It was a niche I had a passion for, one that was acquired almost by accident!

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 comes into play?

Guaranteed: it’s the passion factor that will drive your work to completion and success.


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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