Publishing a Book Can be Terrifying

I’m not going to tell you that writing a book is hard. Anyone who can write (and even those who can’t with good coaching) can write a book. I truly believe that. Really! I know it seems improbable and even impossible to some to even fathom writing down anything, let alone enough about a subject to fill 100+ pages. But you can do it.

That being said, there are certain parts of writing the book and really launching the book that are just more terrifying.

So why the hell did I do it? covered in pillows

Simple. What I have been deep diving into for the past four years deserved to be shared.

Social Media Management for Small Businesses can be easy or REALLY difficult depending on the business and the resources. I know that. I have seen the challenges everyday that small businesses go through, hell, I have a hard enough time attempting to keep up with my own social media! (Yes, I realize that this should be a focus…stay with me here)

It takes TIME and PATIENCE to create a brand online while you are fighting like hell to build your products, launch your services, just respond to customer emails and orders. I know this, I have watched this process multiple times in varying industries – so I couldn’t keep everything I have learned to myself.

My joy is to watch businesses succeed, whether I help them or they help themselves – I know that small businesses and entrepreneurs make the world go round.

So why was it terrifying to launch the book? Honestly, because there is a point, no matter how many times you tell yourself that it doesn’t matter, that you want people to not only find it useful, but to like it. Simple.

fairy jumping

Scary…but absolutely invigorating to jump off that cliff.

Yet, when we put it all together, isn’t that what we are doing everyday with our businesses? Seeking others who will like our brands enough to buy what we sell? I know that that is exactly what I am doing online everyday.

It’s a scary cliff to jump off of – working in a space that you have never even ventured to move into before. The absolute joy of seeing your published work available on Amazon, and the abject terror of saying, “What if I get a bad review?” I HOPE it doesn’t happen, but I don’t KNOW that it won’t happen.

The process for actually writing the book wasn’t the hard part…it was the editing, the worrying it wouldn’t be good enough, the pure panic that it wasn’t worded just right in one portion or maybe I mentioned myself too many times, or possibly my use of the word “yet” was just one too many to count and could annoy.

In the end I decided that it was good. Parts were great. Parts were going to need to be VW-022618-04updated. But everything that I had to offer was going to help at least one person, one small business, and that my friends, was worth ALL of the effort.

Looking to check out my book? Here is my shameless plug and the link to purchase. If you are reading this on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 you can still download it for FREE on Kindle until the end of the day. 😉

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