It was so fun to pop onto Instagram last week to share “Quieting the Shout of Should” with everyone. Honestly, my favorite part of all of this book writing is YOU – the people I get to meet, the stories I get to hear, the way you find something you love and you share it with everyone you know.
Some of you asked some great questions about the new book, and about book writing in general. I’m going to try to remember to answer some of them here, but thought I’d tackle one now. I got a great message in my Instagram DMs asking how I became a writer and if I ever do any mentoring for hopeful writers.
Q: How did I become a writer?
A: I don’t know that I really remember having that official “I’m a writer” moment. I’ve always loved words, and I’ve always written. I had the chance to contribute to some other books and worked as the editor of (in)courage’s first book. I always knew I wanted to write my own books, so I guess the better question might be, “When did you have the courage to go after your dream?”
After trying and being rejected (a lot), the courage came only after I stopped trying to make the dream happen on my own terms and timing. I knew I had a book (or 4) in me, but I had to find contentment in where God had me before I was ready to move into what He had for me next. It also took a friend who saw that I was ready and took a risk to introduce me to her agent. It took an agent who was willing to hear my ideas, even though neither of us planned on working with the other.
I have always been a writer. Now I’m grateful to be a published author. But even more in awe of the way God has used the words He gave me to reach women around the world.
Q: Do I ever mentor other writers?
A. A few years ago I did some coaching for a short season, but after being part of groups like hope*writers and Write that Book, I’ve discovered that I love sharing what I know – but I’m not your best option for a writing mentor. Write that Book is an invaluable resource if you think book writing is something you’d like to pursue. There are courses, live chats from industry experts like agents, editors, and other authors, and a community of writers who can keep your accountable.
Should I have probably figured out a way to monetize that question so you could pay me for that answer? Probably. But I’m over “shoulds” and would rather direct you to the right person. I will, however, always be your biggest cheerleader. Stop doubting yourself, stop striving to make it all happen, and keep going. One step at a time. One word at a time. One small achievement or big risk at a time. You were created to create, to shine brightly – so take up your space.
So…wondering where that post title comes in? I have a question for YOU. Have you ever been part of a launch team for a new book? It’s awesome, right? You get to help share all about a book or an author that you love, you get a sneak peek before anyone else can read it, you can interact with the author and win fun prizes. For a few weeks the internet buzzes about the new book and everyone shares photos of the book so their friends and family will buy a copy.
No, this isn’t an invitation to be on a launch team for Quieting the Should of Should (that will come WAY later this year). “Holy Hustle” turns 2 this June, and I could really use your help. Maybe we can consider it a mini “relaunch team” but it would mean so much to me if you would help some new women discover the book.
Maybe you post a photo of your well loved, highlighted, folded pages book and like 2 sentences about why someone would love it. Maybe you share it with a specific friend, or your women’s ministry leader. Or you dive in and start that online book club that you’ve always wanted to do and you use “Holy Hustle” to kick things off. Are you on a direct sales team that encourages personal development? Consider sharing the book with your upline (or go big and share it as a recommendation for your company!). Looking for a speaker for an upcoming event? I would love to come share about “Holy Hustle” and, together, we can get the book into women’s hands!
And let me know – what would you love to do with “Holy Hustle” this year? A podcast mini series that goes through the book together, with some inside scoop and bonus material? A revamped book club? What do you need me to create so that you can invite more women to experience that work hard, rest well lifestyle? Let’s chat!