Ever since I was a little kid, I said I wanted to write a book. My grammar is fuzzy at best. <using the correct there, their, they’re, and except, accept, or your, you’re has always baffled me. Don’t even get me started on the oxford comma> I received average grades in English class during my younger years and dreaded any kind of essay writing. So I thought writing a book would never happen for me even though I wanted it more than anything. It was one of those silly dreams that I remember putting in the back of my noggin. I mean who could write a book if they didn’t even like English class (I think now it is called language arts.)
So Instead, I wrote poetry, kids songs, and rhymes. All of which, I kept private for as long as I can remember.
Eventually my own child came along, and I was able to sing my silly songs and rhymes to bring a smile to his face. (of course now he says… WILL YOU STOP THAT SINGING)…. Ha… but I digress, they still sit in a notebook. Well then the internet became popular around the same time and I quickly became an unapologetic horrible grammar blogger. I took to social media when it launched, using it as my creative writing outlet. At some point, I began writing articles for other sites, books, etc. (With good editors, it is amazing what can look decent.)
Finally, I decided, if I could write content for other people’s books than surely I could put my own out there. As a wellness educator, I knew this was the next step. Even if it were to be simple and short, I would get it out there to help others. It would also give me the knowledge and ability to do more with each version to share my mission with more people. Turns out, people like simple and short when it comes to self-help books, so Fall in Happy with YOU was born. Which brought me to Barnes and Noble over the weekend as part of a local author event, signing books, and almost selling out.
I was also able to see several people from past workshops, visit with friends, and other authors. It was an absolutely incredible day. As a self-published author, it is very hard to get your books on a book store shelf. In fact, I’ve had many companies say that with out an agent, don’t bother or without a publisher, don’t bother. However, I’m not usually one to take “don’t bother” as an answer that I will accept. (or except..)
The good news is, FIH made it all over the internet within almost every online distributor, but getting them on shelves was definitely more challenging. After last weekend however, mine actually made it on the shelf for REALS. The coolest shelf ever! The one labeled: “Inspiring yourself and others.“ As if my book and that shelf were the perfect merger!
As silly as it sounds, that moment was pretty much my childhood dream come true!
But even better was the person who needed the book because of something challenging in their life, and the person who wanted more copies because their family members were struggling, and and and…. Fact is, that little book is going out in to the world and making a difference. Which was my intention all along. Regardless of what shelf it resides on, people are using it. And the more shelves it appears on, the more people will get to see it. Even the BamPow crew from Batman day in the kid’s section of the store. (we were having a little too much fun)
As if all of that wasn’t exciting enough; the next day, I had a booth at our local Veg Tasting Fair, and met some of the most wonderful people. Many shared their stories, or grabbed book copies, while kids played with the fun lunch creation kit on my table.
I’m still bouncing on cloud nine from all of the excitement and all of the people I was able to meet. It was also incredible to encourage others to write their own books. If I can do this, ANYONE CAN!
In Summary: If you have a book, dream, passion, or thing that burns inside of you to share with the world, don’t let anyone or anything tell you it isn’t possible. Take the steps to get you there, and start today. It may not happen overnight. People may doubt you, and fear may take over; but the decision to create your reality starts WITHIN YOU!