I recently received an email that I just had to share with you. It’s from Patty Blue Hayes, a client of mine. It’s one of those emails that makes me realize how important it is for you to get your message out and onto the page. Patty has done this with her book (way to go Patty)! And, I’m sharing her email with you, in hopes that you see yourself in Patty’s story and listen to that voice inside of you that’s screaming to be heard.
I used to sit in Mr. Roman’s 6th grade classroom staring out the window wondering how was I going to write a meaningful book for adults? Between my parent’s pre-divorce fighting, my brother being sent away for 2 years to rehab and the death of my friend’s young brother; I felt like I had experience beyond my years and I had a desire to share it.
But I didn’t.
And I didn’t share my experience of meeting my biological mother when I was 20, or the experience of losing both of my mothers to lung cancer when they were both too young.
While I didn’t share any of these stories publicly, I had always journaled. Living in Los Angeles, I attempted screenwriting, only to have my agent leave the business months later. Article proposals were routinely rejected and I stopped writing altogether. Except for the journaling.
It wasn’t until the day after the end of my life as I knew it that I starting writing with the specific intention to write my first book. I was flying home early from vacation, alone, while my husband stayed to attend the wedding we were both supposed to be going to.
But the night before, while celebrating with the wedding party, I’d grabbed his phone to see who he’d been texting all night. Eventually, as we sat in the rental car for what seemed like forever, with such clarity he said, “I don’t think we should be married anymore.”
With a box of the hotel tissues in my bag, my puffy eyes shielded by my sunglasses, I waited for my flight when a strong voice from within said, “Pick up a pen. Start writing. This is your book.”
Four years later I heard Christine talk in such a heartfelt way about the importance for all of us with a message to share, to actually share it. I was in the daunting beginning stage of editing a massive manuscript and I was still struggling with oppressive fear. My story hadn’t turned out so pretty like other books I’d read about women getting divorced. Instead of gleefully starting a new life, I was numbing my pain with alcohol and young men. But I knew it was an important story to share.
Going through Christine’s program not only gave me the information I needed to structure my book, but also of equal importance, provided the emotionally supportive guidance through the coaching calls. Attending the Transformational Author Breakthrough was a wonderful time to meet other authors who were facing the same fears I was. I met such amazing people, all of them with incredible stories to share and wisdom to impart from their generous spirits. They also dealt with feeling vulnerable. Our lessons in life often come from excruciating painful experiences.
Many of us are called to write about them in order to help others, but this is no easy task. Having Christine as a guide was exactly what I needed.
I’m proud to say I published my book on June 16th. “Wine, Sex and Suicide – My Near Death Divorce”, is ultimately a story of hope for anyone going through the dark night of the soul. My purpose in sharing it is to let someone know they’re not alone.
If, like Patty, you know you have a book inside of you just waiting to be shared, but there’s something stopping you from taking that first step, I have a solution for you. Scheduling a private conversation with one of my publishing consultants may be exactly what you need to have the breakthrough that’ll help you get your book published… and soon!
Schedule your privately publishing consultation now at www.transformationbooks.com/lets-talk