I wasn't thinking of dollars and cents, while I wrote. I was thinking of dollars and sense. The dollars I would invest by self-publishing and the sense of pride and accomplishment I would have once the book was completed. And, the sense to know the book was not going to make me rich and famous.
You've heard all the platitudes, think and grow rich, you are what you eat, think and believe, etc, etc. They're great quotes to hang on a wall, but I want you to reach deep, deep, deep down, into your soul and see yourself as you truly are - worthy of success. Just as worthy as any other woman, many of whom you've helped succeed.
The world will judge your book by its cover. You have no control over that. People see a book and immediately form an opinion of it. If your cover is not professional, if it does not give the reader the right message about the book, right away, if the colors are off-putting, if they are confused by the title, subtitle, or design, they will look away. And then they will go away.
Yes, it's true, we don’t pop out of Mom’s womb (what an image that is!) ready to write that phenomenal story, all about us! Learning to write that story, whether it’s just in our diary, or in an eBook, an audio book, in a full-length published print book, or all of the above is a task best done in collaboration – with professionals whose only duty is to serve you - you, the author of...the story.
I like to think, perhaps, there were girls who were also not pregnant, but were out of control, according to some rule in their households. Girls who wanted to read and write and be heard, when they spoke. Girls who wanted to challenge the status quo and make something of themselves - girls whose only goal in life was to NOT be Mrs. Somebody or other, because they knew if that happened, they were lost, forever.
As some astute readers may discern, stories are made up of words. In present day U.S. (and all over the world, I dare say – at least, wherever there is ink and paper), some stories include pictures, cartoons, colors and images that purport to be worth 1000 words. I did not cover those, in my presentation. I am focused entirely on words - because even when we see an image we like or don't like, we think about it in words. "Oh this is horrible!" we might think, or say out lout. "Oh this is beautiful!" we might share or think silently. But, we do think it and the thought is in words.
When you write to save your life, the flow of the story may seem sequential, because you’re composing it from day one of memory, to present time, but when you edit, you will uncover memories that conflict with what is on paper; memories that go deeper, so much so, you wonder if you can share them in this book you are creating. Memories you have hidden, even from yourself.
I 'met' Sarah Jordan via a Facebook Live done by another SWC guest, Image Consultant,Carol Hanson. Sarah presented herself as exactly the kind of woman I am passionate about supporting and sharing. She's smart, talented, and brings years of tech experience to the important work she is doing now. Important work that supports women and girls everywhere. the world over, with something so necessary but so overlooked by those of us in our comfy homes and big bathrooms, you will be astonished.
First order of business - there are no stupid questions. Yes, you've heard that in every class you've ever attended and maybe in some life settings. Asking questions is the key to education. Learning found in a book is all well and good, but it only supplements what your own experiences and the experiences of others can teach you. And, hence, why I say more women should write books.
Hers is a story of breast cancer and a strong desire to move forward turning lemons into lemonade (or you could say, turning the average Chinese fortune cookie into a work of art the size of a football). There is a good bit of the story that is told in the video that I will not include here. It's best to watch Sue tell it and see her face light up when she talks about children, and art, and museums.