When I look back, I cannot believe the fear I had in writing my first book. Today I wish that I had written it sooner.
After spending many years working and building my retail business in the United Kingdom, I found myself at a certain point in life where I began to ask, what's next for me? What is my real goal in life and what truly makes me happy? I was living a dual life, balancing between working in my shoe store and then on weekends escaping to the world of spirituality and attending workshops on holistic healing.
Finally, in 2007, I was brave enough to choose my own path; I sold my business and began to create for myself an esoteric coaching system to help guide others in finding their true purpose in life. Because of my business MBA background, my holistic training and my doctorate in metaphysics, I found I could bridge all of these worlds.
However, trying to explain what I did was a challenge, and trying to stand out in the marketplace was a bigger challenge. Clients would not be able to explain what I did, they simply said, "Amanda helped me change my world for the better and help me understand myself and purpose."
I asked myself how I could change this; my methods of coaching were unusual but effective, and I pondered and reflected.
In 2008, I was working in a business development on the Honduran island of Roatán. The mosquitos were in their busy season and I was hiding out in my room. I began to write short stories about the various places I had visited, the Middle East, the USA, Central America.
I found myself using the writing to have a conversation, almost a personal coaching experience with myself. Sometimes I wanted to laugh and sometimes to cry. Relationships ending, businesses changing, shifting homes—on these topics alone, I wrote nearly 80,000 words. I had found a method of expression, which allowed me to really get my feelings and experiences down on paper. Later I would turn this into a novel, Chasing Karma in High Heels. A first attempt had brought so much clarity and clearing of old ways, thoughts, and negative energy.
In 2011, I attended a writers' workshop and to my surprise, it wasn't really about the writer's skill but focused on "the book's journey". They promoted what to do "after" you had written your book and how to create a platform to sell one's book.
Now my mind was totally engaged, as was my heart. This would be the vehicle I could use to express my work. But again the mind monkey began to creep up on me. I told myself I was no writer and that my grammar and spelling were terrible and asked, how can I possibly take six months off to write?
I weighed up the pros and cons. What would a book create for my business and myself?
An angel must have heard me, as the same day I was contacted by a self-publishing house connected to the writer's workshop. I was able to ask all my questions and obtained great feedback about my holistic work and how I could create a recipe for success through writing a book.
So I decided once again to take the risk and reached for my credit card to buy their publishing package. I spent my first week thinking about the intention, what was my message, and who did I wish to reach. I asked myself, who is my ideal client and what is my signature system?
Through Google and a search on Amazon, I found very few people were using a method such as mine. My system was unique and totally organically created.
But how would I make the time to write? I looked at the opportunity, turning away from the perceived threat and limiting beliefs. I realized that most self-help coaching books are around 25,000 words. I realized, with my workshop script, case studies, and personal story, I already had around 15,000 words. Woo hoo!! In just a few hours looking through my computer, I was already over halfway there. So I took this material and structured the book into sections to allow the reader to follow my example in a simple and enjoyable way.
Next came the packaging and marketing. I took a risk and put my image on the front cover and overcame my biggest weakness of spelling and hired a professional proofreader. The book took a few months and launched in September that year. Akashic Therapy had been released to the world.
Sales were slow at first and the royalty was low, but the book was now my premium calling card. With a $5 cost to print on demand, it was beginning to yield me clients who were reading my book and really connecting with me on a personal level. They understood my work and resonated with my mission in life.
My book brought me new clients and helped with retention, as they would always see me on their bookshelf. The book had meditations that they loved returning to, again maintaining the connection.
I found the book a great giveaway for social networking and could link my book easily to Twitter and Facebook, thereby naturally and effortlessly driving the popularity and awareness of my brand and myself. I became a recognized expert in my field and took my profile and platform to a new level. Books, when presented in a polished and professional way, bring a respect to the author and my platform began to grow.
In 2012, I had a call from my agent to say that she had presented my book to her foreign publishers and she had an offer from Random House in Germany to create a German version. Random House took over the translation and marketing and paid me an advance that totally paid for my entire book project to date.
Contracts followed in China and in Spain. I was now earning revenue and reaching a global market while I was sleeping. My international client group grew. I was practicing my Skype calls each day from many different time zones. In 2013, I found others in professions similar to mine were seeking me out for advice on the book market. I found the main limits were time, effort, and resources.
So I decided to break a myth that a book takes years to write, I sat down at my desk and in seven days I wrote and published a book as an eBook on Amazon. Titled 25 Instant Ways to Raise Your Spiritual Vibration in Life, this new book cost a total of $500 to edit and publish. I continue with a new venture called "Author Pod," through which I mentor others in the writing and publishing journey, helping save time, money, and confusion.
So ask yourself, do you have a vision and mission you wish to leave as a fabulous message for people to share? A signature that you wish to be respected and trusted for? Do you have a genuine passion to make a great connection with international markets?
If that is true for you, then writing your book and thereby expressing your legacy, your imprint may be a gift to yourself and the world.
Dr. Amanda Romania is a futurist, Akashic oracle, and soul journey artisan. She lives in Sedona, Arizona, USA, with her family, where she teaches and guides clients in person from her fabulous Sedona Soul Artisan Sacred Studio, Writers Salon and Atlantis Metaphysical Center.
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