If you follow me on social media, you know that I promised to answer some Frequently Asked Questions about how I wrote “The Monster Under the Bed: Uncovering the Lie That Drives Us.”
Let’s dive right in…
Q: What did it feel like when you first decided to write your book? How did you know?
A: This book has had so many “lives” – I can’t even count. I never set out to write the book I wrote. Not even close. Originally, I was just going to put some of my Sales and Personal Development principles in one place to help grow my network marketing business. I can’t even remember the sequence of events that ended up becoming “The Monster Under the Bed: Uncovering the Lie That Drives Us.” It was a long and soul-digging process, for sure!
Q: Tell us a little bit about your writing process.
A: I started out working with a ghost writer who recorded me talking and then brought me back what I had “said.” This was also a long and arduous task because when you aren’t even clear who your target market is, you are just shooting into the wind. That’s what writing this book felt like most of the time. It was more rewriting and deleting than anything else.
Q: What was the most challenging thing about writing or publishing The Monster Under the Bed?
A: The entire thing! When I realized the book was aimed at a larger market than my business, and the principles applied to such a wide range of people (like everyone!) the hard thing was trying to figure out who the target market was. When writing a book, other than a memoir, you will need to promote and market the book. Books don’t sell themselves. I wish I had a better grasp on the “who it was for” while I was writing it. It would have made marketing it much easier. This is a huge piece of advice I’d give. I spent so much time in this conundrum needlessly.
Q: What was the easiest or most rewarding thing about writing or publishing the book?
A: Writing? The dedication – to my husband! Publishing and beyond? The great responses and testimonies I’m getting. That makes it all worth it!
Q: What advice would you give to others who have the notion to write a book?
A: Start with the end in mind. Deal with a professional book coach and editor. Don’t rush.
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