When we decided to declare 2017 as the Year of the Phenomenal Story, our goal here at Your Publishing Pros was to give more talented and expert professionals an opportunity to show off. That’s right, we want phenomenal writers everywhere to acknowledge their greatness and not shrug it off, as so many of us do.
Sometimes that means being wayward. At the previous site, The Lipsticking Society, we discussed wayward a good bit. Wayward women are determined, independent, and a bit stubborn. We don’t let other people push us around. At TLS, the word wayward was a part of our vocabulary. A vocabulary we use often – to tell stories. It’s a word we’re bringing with us into Your Publishing Pros.
Wayward is all about the story. All about you and the story that is the “phenomenal you” we believe in. And, we are on a crusade to get you to write about it in a book. And yes, you, too, can be introduced as, “The author of….” How exciting would that be?
That said, phenomenal authors are made, not born!
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 today, or in a full-length published print book, is a task best done in collaboration – with other experts.
I wrote my first book when I was in seventh grade. It was a ghost story. A ghostly love story. I wrote it sitting at the dining room table, pencil by pencil, page by page. The words flowed like rain… a big drop here, little drops there, a torrent of wetness on weekends. I had full concentration on this ghost story – likely based on a movie (one wonders where I got the idea – but know that ideas are just the beginning and your idea may be similar to mine, but they are never the same – because we are not the same!).
After more than 200 pages, I sat back with a sigh of self-satisfaction, and smiled.
Since my goal in life has always been to take my wayward self forward and become an author, the sense of accomplishment was fulfilling in ways I hadn’t imagined! I’d completed a book! A story of more than 200 pages! Complete with ghostly events, love in all of its wonder (what did I know about love in the 7th grade, you ask? Nothing. I made it all up. With a little help from books…yep, other people’s books.). It was my book, written in my scribbly handwriting. Locked in a three-ring binder … never to see the light of day.
I did share it with a few people. But, even I knew there was little chance of it being published. At the time I had no way of typing it up into a proper manuscript. So, into a desk drawer it went. And, life went on.
At times in my life, I have believed I was born an author.
It was my dearest desire from a very young age. But, looking back now, as an adult with close to two decades of experience both writing and coaching, I have to admit that phenomenal authors are made, not born. It’s in the training and the mentoring that I learned to become phenomenal. I learned to value words and their placement in a sentence or paragraph. I devoured books on writing and struggled with “show, don’t tell” and slowly but surely began to be published and recognized. My phenomenal self was born, and she wanted to keep learning. She wanted the world to recognize her as a writing professional.
And she did. She was born a communicator, a storyteller, after all. But she had to learn to be an author.
Are you there? Is this a burning desire you have? Is writing that business book or story of you or phenomenal portrait of you, something you’re ready to do? It can happen without help, but it won’t be as phenomenal. Because coaching and mentoring puts the real stamp of approval on it. The stamp of completion. The stamp that says, “I value my clients enough to bring only the very best.”
I can’t stress strongly enough – phenomenal authors are made, not born! Phenomenal selves are somewhat the same. You are born phenomenal, I will give you that. But in order to share your phenomenal self with the world, especially in a book (we call them “book as business card” here), you might need some help.
Gentle help or aggressive help – at your request.
(yes, I know how to get bossy – if you make me the boss of you in a writing project!)
Lucky you! At Your Publishing Pros it’s not only me, Yvonne DiVita. It’s a team of writing, publishing, and coaching professionals. We’re here to help you demonstrate your phenomenal self. We believe in the power of a book – where the author inside of you can emerge and show the world how strong, talented, innovative, smart, silly, inspiring, and a dozen other wonderful adjectives, you are. How you decided, one amazing day, to take the phenomenal story of you and put it in a book.
Making phenomenal authors is our business. We love book as business card because it shares a long lasting story – it offers clients and would-be clients a more fully developed narrative that proves how you are the answer to their problems.
Isn’t that what it’s about? It’s about all of us helping each other solve problems and make the world a better place.
Ready to share your phenomenal story with the world? Bring it out into the light of day?
We’re here to help make that happen. Visit our Book Coaching page and learn a little more about how we can make you a phenomenal author, creating your Book as Business Card, this year.
Or, just contact me, Yvonne DiVita, and we can chat about it for 15 minutes. I’m at my desk right now… send me a missive… yvonne (at) yvonnedivita(dot) com.