I, for one, am especially pumped about 2018.
Because this is the year I will self-publish my debut nonfiction book: “Memoirs of a Surgeon’s Wife: I’m Throwing Your Damn Pager into the Ocean”.
And let me tell ya, this thing, this passion project of mine, has been a long time coming.
Then, life decided to throw me a few more curve balls – namely, pregnancy and motherhood.
I didn’t work on the book for a whole YEAR.
It wasn’t until my daughter was 15 months old and started part-time day care that I was finally able to turn my attention to my book once again.
In less than six months, I finished the first draft. I was elated. I had written a BOOK!
At the conference last February, I pitched my book to several literary agents in person, and received three requests for my manuscript and book proposal, a huge win.
I also started tackling a necessity for today’s authors: building an ‘author platform’, or online presence for readers. Most of 2017 was spent in pursuit of this challenging endeavor.
I am thrilled to report that I now have nearly 10,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and my email subscribers (and growing).
Instead, I’m taking matters into my own hands: I’m self-publishing my memoir in 2018.
Have I done this before? Kinda.
I mean, I did publish this book, 100 of Your Toughest Business Emails: Solved, so I have some experience.
Here’s the thing: I’m not worried. I’m beyond-words excited.
What I don’t know how to do now I will figure out. I will ask for help when I need it. And I will remember that if something doesn’t seem just a tad bit scary, it’s probably not worth doing.
Why, exactly, have I decided to self-publish?
Because the very thought of it fills me with joy, honestly. And I want other medical couples out there to know that they can and will get through the training years and the difficult times.
So, that’s the big news for 2018.
I will be recruiting an exclusive launch team to help me spread the word about “Memoirs of a Surgeon’s Wife”. These folks will get to read the book before everyone else, will score a free copy, and will be privy to and part of the action behind the scenes of a real live book launch.
More on this soon – watch this blog for details.
What challenges are YOU taking on this year? Cheers to possibility!
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