I reinvented my business. Now it's time to re-energize it. I went from a career counselor working with students and people in crisis to a Career Coach working with professionals, creative entrepreneurs, and people in career transitions. As a creative Career Coach, I am an author and publisher. After writing career articles for professional magazines and career sites, I wrote and published my first book, "Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success."
I was so excited about reinventing my business that most of the time I was either working on my business or thinking about what needed to done. Then, I had a spontaneous mental meltdown where I lost my motivation to write or work on my business. I've always been eager to learn more about career directions, the economy, languages, and literature--then I found that I just didn't care anymore.
Have you ever lost your enthusiasm for your work or business? I understand what it is like. I don't like to set a work schedule. I like the flexibility to think and write when ideas come up and take care of business as it needs to be done. This work style was effective in charging in and working until I finished writing my book: learned the publishing business, and started selling books, but now it is time to re-energize myself and take charge of my coaching business rather than letting it take control of me.
My plan to regain enthusiasm for my work:
After all of the hard work, this is the fun part of writing a book--being an author!
When people started buying my book, (some of whom I don't even know thanks to Amazon), I have a feeling of excitement and satisfaction. After all of the work of writing and publishing, I wondered who would actually buy the book. I've made new friends already with readers who feel connected through the book.
Today I am mailing out books to customers who recently bought, Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success. I planned to blog my way through the writing and publishing process, but I got so busy that I hardly wrote while I was editing and publishing.
So, I'm really starting at the end of the process, and I will back track over the next weeks to let you know how I got to the point of being finished! Now I can write, talk to you, and share what I've been doing.
Thank you everyone for buying my book and sharing this journey with me.
I recently read an interesting book by Amy Lorenzo called, "What We Are Made Of." Her story is unique yet I was able to relate to her locations and feelings. Through her story Lorenzo showed me a different view of places I had been and seen. Her observations drew me into her story and kept me thoroughly engaged. Lorenzo's honesty and transparency about her life and her family give us a sense of observing while being there. She puts me in the story through the use of details, descriptions, and feelings.
Amy has a personal story about living in Sacramento, CA. It is a story of culture, diversity, and environment. You can learn more about Amy through her Facebook page: "What We Are Made Of," and you can order her book through Xlibris.com.
Writing a great story is the first step to getting your book published. Many new authors like Amy use a subsidy publisher such as Xlibris. These print-on-demand publishers give you the opportunity to quickly and inexpensively get your book published and out to the public. They offer an amazing opportunity to tell your story. As with any publisher, they do little to market your book.
There are so many ways to publish and market a book with today's publishing options. The biggest challenge is to show your value in a sea of information. A Creativity Coach can help you with inspiration, creative thinking, and marketing. A new author can find many ways to inexpensively market their book. Whether the purpose of your book is to inspire, tell your story, or market your business, social media can get the word out. There are so many ways to use Facebook, Linkedin, and Blogs to let people know who you are, what you do, and why they should buy your book. Share information that will let people know about your successes and how you have overcome challenges. Share experiences and activities that relate to your values. For more information and workshops on how to use Social Media to market your book contact, Nancy Miller, M.S.
In the world of water birds there are dabblers and divers. The Teal is a dabbler. Able to find food in shallow water. They dip their beaks quickly in and out of water to find food. in fact to dabble is to dip lightly, splash or play. Some writers dive in to a subject and become quickly submerged in research and depth while others have fun playing with words and sharing their stories. Like ducks, writers who are divers propel themselves into deep water, therefore take longer to come to the surface and fly. A writer who dives too deep and analyzes too much may have difficulty bringing their product to completion.
I have a tendency to dig too deep. Instead of dabbling, playing, and sharing my stories with others, I get stuck wanting to know more. Some bloggers might be able to just write about dabblers and divers. I felt the need to check several websites to make sure I am accurate. I can easily get too serious at the bottom of the pond by myself. I can learn from the dabblers to flap my wings, hop around, digest and move on.
Some ducks are divers and dabblers. They can dive when they need depth and walk on the surface to see above water. As a coach and writer I need a balance of dabbling and diving.
Are you a dabbler or a diver?
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Nancy Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor, Life Coach, and writer. Nancy will assist you with story ideas, organizing your book whether fiction or nonfiction, and choosing a method for publishing and printing.