Waiting to Be Published? That’s a Stupid Strategy

Earlier this week on Twitter, I asked a question about self-publishing and got more responses than I expected. Turns out, many people are still waiting for permission to publish their work. And I think that’s a shame.

Girl waiting by subway
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They’re still looking for a magic bullet, some special secret that will allow them to finally share their message with the world. They want someone to pick them — and that’s just a silly, if not downright stupid, plan.

Sorry if that comes across as strong, or even offensive, but sometimes you’ve got to be blunt. And I see a lot of people spinning their wheels with strategies that won’t get them anywhere.

After my recent podcast on self-publishing, I was curious how many writers out there were still waiting to be published. So I asked a question, figuring with all the resources now available for indie authors that self-publishing would be something people already knew was an option.

Boy, was I wrong.

I got questions and comments about how much it cost and what it would take and why some writers still think a traditionally published book is more “legit.”

I couldn’t believe it.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to knock publishers. There’s nothing like have a team of professionals to help you create your best work. I’ve worked with a traditional publisher for my last two books, and I’ve also self-published. If you have the chance, I recommend you try both, too.

Ah, but there’s the rub. What if you, like a lot of writers, don’t have the chance? Or what if you simply choose to not go with a publisher and try to do it on your own? Do you have another option?

Of course, you do. The problem is most people who want to write a book act as if they don’t.

Many would-be authors are just waiting. Waiting for the right opportunity. For their big break. For someone to come affirm them.

And some will be waiting for the rest of their lives.

The illusion of the waiting place

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

—Dr. Seuss

In spite of the fact that I wrote a book about the lessons we learn in the in-between moments in life, I am not a fan of waiting.

Waiting is hard. Waiting is frustrating. Waiting is unnecessary.

Wait, what? Unnecessary? But I thought we all had to wait at various times in our lives. Ah, yes. Allow me to explain…

There is a difference between waiting and stalling.

If you are waiting to marry the right person and won’t compromise certain values, that’s honorable. In fact, a good friend of mine recently married a great guy after waiting for decades, and she would say he was worth the wait. Some things are.

But if you are waiting without a plan or understanding of what you’re waiting for, if you’re hoping things will turn around without doing anything to prepare, then you aren’t waiting. You’re stalling. And you, my friend, are headed nowhere.

The truth is life is always moving. So when we wait, we aren’t stuck in one place; we’re actually going backwards. We’re regressing.

This is true for you and your big break, your chance to show us what you’ve got. If you are waiting to be discovered without doing anything to put the hours in, to practice and network and look for any possible gig to prove yourself, then you’re kidding yourself.

That’s not the kind of waiting that produces results. It’s fear taking the wheel of your life.

A better way to wait

Think of it like this: when a baby is growing in its mother’s womb, it’s waiting. But the reason for the wait is the child is not ready to face the world. It couldn’t survive without those nine months of preparation.

It’s not stalling; it’s growing. And that’s not a bad strategy. We all need to grow and get better, and waiting sometimes provides the context for that growth, provided we take it.

If you find yourself in the valley of waiting, I think there are three options available to you:

  1. You can just keep writing.
  2. You can do something interesting and generous to get attention.
  3. You can build a platform, sharing your best work with the world, and watch as people take notice.

Or you can do all three: focusing on your craft while not taking it for granted that sometimes you’ve got to stir people out of their slumber to acknowledge important work. And you can do this all on borrowed attention or do the difficult work of earning your own audience. I recommend the latter.

Whatever you do, you can can’t sit still, hoping for a shot at success. There’s no guarantee it’ll come. That’s the bad news. The good news is you don’t need it come. You have everything you need to get started right now: your fingers, your ideas, and a generous heart.

Now, it’s just a matter of getting on with it.

If you need some help getting started with self-publishing, check out this article: The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing a Book That Doesn’t Suck.

Be honest: Are you waiting to be published? What’s something you could do right now to change that? Share in the comments.

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115 thoughts on “Waiting to Be Published? That’s a Stupid Strategy

  1. A much debated topic, I have respect for authors who get published – whether it’s via self-publishing or traditional publishers. Finishing a piece of work is an accomplishment in itself, the rest is a personal choice based on what avenue works best or is available to the writer.

  2. Having written 5 books (so far) and having got one published under extremely dubious conditions, I am anxious to get my latest contribution released for world consideration. In my own mind, I have broken allegiance with the initial publishing house and am now looking for further pathways of consideration.
    I declare that I am a published author – with no money! The initial publishing house told me that my material was excellent and that they would move millions in my direction, but that it would necessitate my making available to them an initial (small) payment of 5500 sterling. I did and played havoc with my mortgage repayments. The draft was published and after some time I have received one royalty payment of €5.93. WOW!
    I am therefore looking for concrete advice on ways to go with my latest material. I ask for advice and thank you in anticipation. Ron Smith

  3. Great call to action Jeff!

    I stalled on writing for years for that ‘special moment’ when the stars aligned.

    That was fear doing it’s work. Now I’m happy to say I’m working on my 6th self-published venture along with my blog, learning lessons as I go and there’s no looking back!

    My advice to my old self. Get out of the blocks, get your work out there and then focus on being the best you can be.

  4. Have you ever had the issue of spreading your writing too thin, so to speak? I blog about small biz marketing at Word Ninja, share my personal essays on another blog (where the biggest chunk of my heart is), and am finishing a novel. Btw, love this line: “The truth life is always moving.”

    1. Thanks, Amanda. That was a slight typo, though. 😉

      Should say, “The truth is life is always moving.”

      But the truth life? That sounds kinda cool. Maybe I should leave it.

      I don’t feel that way, because I look at my work as a portfolio, not one single task. I get the most enjoyment out of writing, speaking, coaching, and seeing my ideas spread. It all works together in a complementary way.

  5. This was just the post I needed today as I prepare myself to dive into writing my first book and wanting to get it published. The good news is I have a friend who when I asked him earlier this week if he has any tips on finding a publisher he said “let’s talk next week – but you can also self publish, we’ll talk about that too.”

  6. I’m not personally ‘waiting’ to be published by the gatekeepers. I believe in my story enough to know it will sell either way. In my own circumstances in life though, I have a day job and being an authorpreneur just isn’t in the cards right now, so self-publishing isn’t something I’m pursuing at the moment. And the day job I love, is also fodder for my stories. So it’s leading to growth and development. One day, the story will be out there. Either way.

  7. A challenging post, Jeff, but it rings true. The options today are endless when it comes to getting a message published or heard. Personally, I’m not stalling, I’m more like that baby in the womb—growing, as I hone my voice and message, becoming a better writer by showing up to do the work every week.

    1. A fair assessment, John. Certainly, I wouldn’t encourage folks to rush to publish their book. But if you have a message that you’re dying to share, the great news is nothing is holding you back… but you.

  8. You just have to work through the fear and get the projects finished that you started. When I picked myself and got one book out to the public (in 2011), and then released a second book (fall 2013), it made all the difference. Even though I self-published, I had speaking engagements and built some great professional connections. Now there’s a new project in the works, bigger than I ever dreamed of before, that is under discussion (top secret at the moment!) all because I put my best work together and met people in person.

    Jeff, this blog was a big resource and encouragement to me back in 2011 when I got my first book on Amazon. Thank YOU!

  9. I agree wholeheartedly. Jeff’s advise is something I have followed for years, but only in the last year have I truly owned my own journey as a writer. I have put in the work and recently published a book, Chosen for Purpose: Overcoming Giants and Living Your Dreams, and a companion workbook. I have grown as a writer, I have seen more engagement from my readers, and I can say with absolute certainty I am a writer. If you are waiting, stop. Life is full of opportunities, but none of them matter unless you take them. Here is your opportunity to choose yourself. Take it. Your life will never be the same.

  10. Good post, Jeff. Too many people are waiting to be picked in so many areas of their life. Stop waiting, and start living. People in motion always bump into more opportunities.

  11. I love the idea that we are growing and active as we wait. I spent time chasing traditional publishing and when that fell through I self-published instead. That move was scary. We (my co-author and I) did it anyway. From that step we built a solid platform. Today that same book has been expanded and is being traditionally published this January 2015 with a 2nd book to follow. I am so glad we said yes to growing and action in those days. It only moved us towards bigger and better things. Brave steps usually do.

    Thanks Jeff for always inspiring!

  12. Call me contrarian, but i’m in both camps. My heart is in fiction, but there also lies my fear. I’m not certain if i’m stalling or if I’m growing — if my talent simply hasn’t caught up with my taste. I work on that in the wee hours of the morning before either the sun or the family is up.

    In the meantime, I’m learning the ropes of self-pub with small non-fiction projects for myself and helping other writers with their projects. I’m not replacing my day-job income just yet, but I have bought a couple bags of dog-food with my earnings. 😉

    1. Both camps? What camps? Waiting and doing something? That’s not contrarian; it’s a split personality. 😉

      Remember that the best way to build your craft, Christine, is to share your work. But I know you’re doing that. I think you’re on your way but not trying to rush anything.

      I’m sure your dogs are grateful. 🙂

  13. I like your provocative language. I’m happy to say that we launched the digital version of my book last weekend and we hit #1 on Amazon’s Hot List of New Releases in Christian Women’s Issues. It will be in book stores in October. I went with Morgan James as my publisher. “Just do it!”

  14. Thank you for this one! I thought I was stalling the last few years, but now that I’m ready to take action I realize that I was actually growing. I wouldn’t have been prepared or skilled enough to publish straight out of college, but now that I’ve had some experience and grown in my own confidence I am ready to get on with it! This reminded me that self-publishing is probably a very good option for me.

    1. Yep. Takes practice for sure, Margaret. My point is this: whatever you decide to do, DO something. Glad to hear you’re moving forward.

  15. Great point Jeff. This outlook could be applied to so many aspects of life…rarely does a gift just fall out of the sky.

  16. In the words of Seth Godin, “Ship something that you created.”
    Too many writers have too many excuses. Just do it.

    Thanks for the post, Jeff. Keep rockin’

      1. Thank you, Jeff! I hope everyone is listening because what you say above is true. 🙂

  17. Jeff, this is one of your best “straight talks” that you have posted. Congrats! My two cents… hire a book coach. Their fresh eyes can help someone navigate self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, as well as steps to set their platform and launch.

  18. Well, I admit I’ve been stalling. I think that is a major step in the right direction just admitting that.

    I just got a new computer (my first Mac!) on Mother’s day and bought Scrivener. No more excuses stand in my way. I will start today!

  19. This was me with my music… until a little while ago. I’m happy to report that not only am I auditioning for “The Voice” in June, I’m also doing my first streaming concert tomorrow! might as well cover all the bases, right?

    We’ve sold tickets to people who will be at the venue, as well as folks in multiple countries. It’s my first international show, all because I stopped waiting for someone else, and picked myself. Thanks for the affirmation, Jeff!

  20. After all this time (since the first class) I still love how you speak the truth in a gentle way 🙂 and I appreciate your contribution to my world Jeff!

  21. Jeff- Great post. We can’t afford to wait. For a long time I ruminated about my artistic goals and commented that too many people put their work out there prematurely. I was wrong. Putting the work out there forces you to do it and get feedback. Constructive feedback accelerates ones development and craft. Done often trumps perfect. So I say, build a blog platform, know your audience, work hard on your content and put it out there. I’m still building and developing but I’ve made more progress in the last six months than I have in several years!

    1. Love this: “Putting the work out there forces you to do it and get feedback.
      Constructive feedback accelerates ones development and craft. Done often
      trumps perfect.”

  22. Even I have been stalling. All these days, I have been locking myself into the room thinking the room’s door is a locked one. All I have to do is just a little push. And get out! This post helped me for sure. Thanks, Jeff.

  23. Jeff, thanks so much for this! After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last year, I am striving to do just that…creating in the wait. We did chemo last fall, and while it helped to shrink the tumors, it did not eradicate the cancer, nor do they think it will. So, we have begun some alternative treatment options. In the meantime, I have wrestled with me lifelong faith as I work through some big questions….questions I always thought I knew the answer to. In writing through that struggle, I have created my first, self-published e-book which will launch sometime late summer/early Fall. Thank you for confirming that I am doing exactly what I need to be doing. You can read part of my story here: https://www.thereisgrace.com/embracing-hope-cancer/

    1. Wow, Nancy. I’m so sorry to hear that. Thank you for sharing; I’m sure your struggle has been painful. I appreciate your courage to tell your story in spite of your circumstances. I am certain it’s inspiring people in ways you can’t even imagine.

  24. I finished my first novel manuscript a few months back and I have been waiting and wishing for it to be picked by a traditional publisher. I am now seriously contemplating self-publishing if no publishing house accepts the manuscript by November. Thank you for the enlightenment.

  25. Oh, boy here we go. Self-publishing isn’t for everyone. I don’t have the money or the time to do something like that. I don’t have the time to sit in front of a computer for hours trying to get people to buy my book, that is in a sea of millions of other books. I can’t afford an editor or a designer, not now anyway. Am I waiting? Yes. Why? Because I have to. And I don’t need to be shamed into thinking I am doing something *wrong*.

    1. Heh. I might not be for you, then. Notice I didn’t say self publishing was the only way. What I did say was that waiting isn’t going to get you anywhere. And if you “don’t have the time to sit in front of a computer for hours,” how will you find the time to write? And what will happen when you DO publish? The book won’t sell itself.

      These are the hard and sometimes harsh realities of being a writer.

      If what I wrote came across as harsh or insensitive, that wasn’t the intent. It causes me pain and frustration to see talented writers spin their wheels. If I come across as cruel, that’s not what I’m trying to convey. What I am conveying is passion.

      I care too much to see people not get their chance to share their words with the world.

      1. I want to write good books. I don’t want to peddle them like I see people do on Twitter. People don’t build relationships on social media anymore in order to sell their books. Most of the spam I receive comes from self-published authors. In fact, it’s all of the spam I receive about books. Why is that? Because success is harder because there is more to a.) do and b.) you’re up against millions of cheap, not-so-good reads. You don’t have distribution channels like you do with traditional publishers, especially if you’re a student, who writes and does other pro-bono things to keep funds and are on a budget. I have a platform, I am willing to work to promote but not to the extent that self-publishing requires. I am not willing to spam people like I see all over Twitter and Facebook. It’s not for everyone.

        1. I agree. There’s a lot of junk out there. But there’s also quality, self-published work. I know, because I have friends who have done it. In fact, I’d like to think I self-published in a non-spammy way. That said, I’m afraid that you may be giving a publisher more credit than they deserve. I’ve published two books “traditionally” and when I stopped marketing the book, it stopped selling.

          1. You’re making publishers out to be some self-important entity that should be avoided. It’s good that you did what you did but that success is not common. I have a friend that has sold over 500,000 books and does ad spots for KDP Select but she is not the usual she’s an outlier. Denise Grover Swank.

        2. But I will say that you’re right in that a traditionally published book tends to yield a higher quality product. But the only reason for that is there’s a formal process that self-published authors are either ignorant of or simply ignore. But the good ones don’t.

    2. twhite, absolutely self-publishing isn’t for everyone. Absolutely you don’t need to feel ashamed if it’s not for you right now. But Jeff’s call is for those who are stalling due to fear of failure, or hesitating as they’re waiting to be picked, not those who have thought it through, weighed the pros and cons, and find it’s not a viable or affordable option at this point. You did nail it, and it’s fine for you to wait. Good, spirited response, though. 🙂

  26. Okay, my toes have been officially stepped on. So will you please put your spiked shoes back in the closet and give them a rest already? Yeah, this post is one of those “meant for only me” posts. You should have just renamed it…and inserted my name. I’ve been “waiting” but really stalling for years. I have been waging war on my fear of the great american writers anonymous club by “waiting” for the perfect time. The stupid thing is the enemy of doubt is advancing by the day, my strategy now has holes in it thanks you Jeff and the mentorship your writing has provided. I won’t find courage in the waiting, I’ll find courage along the way, and in the doing, the “writing”, the advancing the line of the enemy of doubt. In the forward motion, not in the stalling. After all, once you have found your song, how else will others learn to sing along if we don’t tell them? We have so many stories to share…

      1. Taking your advice, showing people how I care, and why I care. God is teaching me so much about myself. I see I am one of my own biggest enemies. Please keep teaching us!

  27. My literary agent left the biz back in the fall before we submitted my novel to NYC. I’ve been in a funk since then, trying to decide how to proceed. I attend the Pike’s Peak Writer’s Conference/Colorado Springs last month and it woke me up, reminding me that writers have more options than EVER to get published. I’m still debating on how to proceed, but NOW it feels like an active participation on my part on what’s best for my career, rather than stalling…

  28. I totally agree that every author should try both. If you think about it logically, most publisher won’t even look at you unless you can prove that you can sell books. Meaning you have a large audience already or have had some success. It makes more sense to self-publish, rock and prove you can sell books. The publishers come to you or you go to them in the drivers seat because you’ve proven you can do it.

  29. Great article Jeff! As a Leadership Coach for women, I tell them all the time, “Start before you’re ready.” Inspiration can only do so much. If there is no implementation with the inspiration, it’s pretty much useless. Action is where it’s at. Personally, I’m going the self-published route first, while educating myself about the formal publishing. This article reminds me of what Guy said in your podcast, “Man must wait a long time by the river for roast duck to fly into mouth.” 🙂 jevonnahellison.com

  30. I’m not waiting to be published, I’m just waiting for sales…LOL. Seriously though, I’m trying to do some of the things you said – I’ve been writing articles that relate to topics I cover in my book, and trying to promote them in different places. I’m slowly starting to get some sales. Maybe I can make $10 by the end of the month…LOL.

  31. Jeff ! Such a great post 🙂 I wish I had read something like this 4 years ago! Then I wouldn’t have kept waiting to be picked ;( Sadly, I thought I had to wait for a agent to find me and a publisher to pick me. Finally when I read your “You are a Writer” ebook… I had my aha moment. Not long after that I finished my 1st Fiction novel, worked with an editor for 6 months and then self-published it! Best decision ever!!! Now I’m working on Book #2 and a new Dystopian novel as well. So if there are any writers out there, who are waiting… honestly do. not. wait. Just write the darn thing! Get it edited and ship it. You will feel so great when you do. I promise!

  32. I love this line: “If you are waiting to be discovered without doing anything to put the
    hours in, to practice and network and look for any possible gig to prove
    yourself, then you’re kidding yourself.”

    I’ve spent the last few years networking in person across several overlapping circles of people (mostly in real life), finding a small sense of tribe with each one, but not actually finding my tribe.

    I was hoping to find allies, kindred spirits to “be in my corner” before I took the somewhat daunting steps of putting myself out there via a platform and writing online. While I have connected with some allies and mentors (being such a squeaky wheel and all), truth is, people can’t back you until they really know what you’re about. And people can’t really know what you’re about until you produce something authentic and audacious and put it out there.

    Thanks Jeff. As always, you rock.

    1. Thanks, Anaik. That means a lot. 🙂

      You’re right that people can’t support someone they don’t know. We’ve got to put ourselves out there. we’ve got to be vulnerable!

  33. I have been writing since I could form a sentence. I knew I was meant to be a writer at a very young age, and I had three dreams: write a book, publish a book, and see my book in a bookstore. I was going to go the traditional route, because I thought self-publishing was the easy way, for people who wanted their book out now (duh, right?). That was until I met many, many people who self-published. That’s when I started to do a little research.

    I realized that, in these days, even though it might be “easier” (I use that word lightly), it’s also better. You can wait for years for an agent/publisher to pick up your book. But what if it’s good, you know? What if people want it now? You CAN do this on your own, and you should. First of all, you have more control over everything, and second, it will be out there for people to see. Now! Not in a few years, now! It could be out there, right now, getting 35 cents every few days, but that’s 35 cents you didn’t have yesterday.

    I began to want to self-publish, just to say I did it. But, I never did. Too busy, no inspiration, and so on. I was stalling. That is, until I burned my foot at work and was out for two months. I sat down, wrote a short story, and put it out there. I may only have 70 cents, but the fact that two people bought it, gives me the inspiration to keep going. As for my first good story that I just finished writing, I’m still waiting to put that out (it needs a lot of work).

    What I’m trying to say is, I agree with you. The more you put out there, the faster you’ll get discovered. Wait to put your best stuff out there, but put something out there so people know you’re here. It’s just like a blog. The more you write, the wider your audience, and the better chance you have at someone finding you.

    Put something out there for someone to find. It’s worth it.

  34. “There’s nothing like have a team of professionals to help you create your best work.”

    Exactly. 😉

    (PS: I really do enjoy your articles. Thank you very much!)

  35. If you have a book in you, please make sure you publish it to share it with the world. I don’t care if you go the traditional or self-publishing route – just do it!

    I started off in 2005 with an idea for a book. Back then the publishing industry was so different than it is now and I had an offer from a publisher to take on my book but I had to pay almost $4,000 up front for this! At this time, my wife had just become a stay-at-home mom to our daughter and we were living off my teacher’s salary of around $40,000 a year. We did have savings in place and, after much thought and prayer, decided to sign on and have it published. In 2007, “How To Survive (and perhaps thrive) On A Teacher’s Salary” was released. Boy, am I so happy I took advantage of this opportunity.

    Seven years after this book was released, so much has happened. I am happy to report that I made back that initial investment through royalties but it did take over 4 years for this to happen. Most importantly, doors have been opened for me because of this book. I published another book – “A Simple Book of Financial Wisdom: Teach Yourself (and Your Kids) How to Live
    Wealthy with Little Money” – in 2011 and was able to do this one with a traditional publisher (Wyatt MacKenzie) and, thus, did not have to pay a penny to have it published! I also just signed with Wyatt MacKenzie to release my third book – “A Bright Future: Teaching Kids About Money Pre-K through College for Life-Long
    Success” – in September. In conjunction with this, my 9 year-old daughter wrote a money

    book and signed on with them so she will be a published author too this September!

    In addition to all of this, I have appeared on national television over 30 times, been
    interviewed on over 400 radio shows, featured in numerous national publications and have
    had many doors open for me because of releasing that first book. I have no clue what the
    future holds but just recently agreed to be a financial literacy coach for a company that
    travels to colleges to give student athletes financial advice (they also give financial advice
    to some NFL teams and presented at the 2013 NBA Draft).

    If you have a book in you, please don’t be afraid to get it out there for the world to see.
    You never know how your words can change many lives – including your own!

  36. Like the analogy of a developing baby.

    I’ve got a manuscript I finished in rough draft a year ago. Since then I’ve worked on polishing it and getting it reviewed for accuracy. Then I tried to get in with the only publishers with marketing departments in my genre. They didn’t have room for it.

    I’ve also waited on my own human baby and don’t want to take away too much time from my little ones.
    If there’s a way, I’d love to know how someone with 1,000 before investing in something that otherwise could be really frustrating!

  37. Ryan, my main goal with my next book is to share life’s experiences with MS sufferers and carers. Dog lovers may also have an interest,

  38. Nothing bad comes from writing, whether we get it published or not. In fact, reading and writing are two of the most reward investments we can make in ourselves. We read to become broad people and we write to become exact people.

    The more we write, the more exacting we become about:

    * what motivates us
    * what we are passionate about
    * what our mission is
    * what we will die for
    * what we will live for

    The best thing to do in the wait…WRITE.

      1. Thanks. This motivates me to write more than anything else. First guy I ever worked for said in a passing conversation: “I read to be a broad man; I write to be an exact man.” Has stuck with me for 25 years now.

  39. I see self publishing is a good option but I still would prefer to get poblished too so, my question is, is it possible to get a book published in “paper” if it’s already been published as an e-book or something like that? Thank you very much for all your tips!

    1. Anna, totally. You could even self publish a print book and then get it acquired by a traditional publisher. Lots of folks have done that.

  40. I decided not to wait for a traditional publisher to pick up my work. But self-publishing isn’t as easy as you make it sound. I spent months pitching bloggers and book reviewers and planning book signing parties. I have come nowhere near making back my initial investment of $5K (editing fees, printing costs, cover design, and formatting). I also was told by several publishers that because I self-published (hardcover books and ebook), they were no longer interested in my work. I honestly think self-publishing was a mistake and I wish I had waited. unless you have a massive following on social media (i.e. 50K+ followers), I don’t recommend self-publishing if your goal is to sell books and make money…. That being said, I am very proud of my work – Where I Want to Be: A Wine Country Novel – which is available on Amazon and iTunes. Learn more at authorcortney.com

  41. Question: So if you go the self-publishing route, how would you go about getting your book(s) into bookstores? I’m asking more out of curiosity than necessity at this point (still working on the first draft of my novel…50,000 words down so far, ((I think)) I’m almost there!)

    Thank you for the constant encouragement and perspective you provide through your blog and podcast! Love it 🙂


  42. Waiting is not that bad as long as you made yourself productive and useful. But waiting and doing nothing? Now that’s not good. I believe that everything has the right time. We just have to be patient and continue our self to grow.

  43. Jeff I wil keep on writing;sometimes I will get a critic who will find faults in the manuscript’ then am sure I will get motivated and self publish’ Publishers are so expensivie Jeff I have tried a few but Rates are too high for a beginner or novice as they call it.

  44. Jeff – you are such a welcome dose of enthusiasm and encouragement! I found you just recently through Zach and Jody’s email list, and I am so grateful! I have been devouring your work and it is just what I needed. My twin sister, and co-owner of our site 5 Minutes for Mom, and I have been trying to decide whether we will self-publish or traditionally publish and we haven’t decided yet. But I just read Michael Hyatt’s proposal e-book from your Resources page, and I will develop our proposal regardless as way to fully flesh out our project. Thank you for your inspiration and I will be reading regularly!

  45. I’ve left fear dominate a big part of my writing self for years, but not anymore. Thanks to a lot of things in my life right now (including your blog), I’ve finally started my own writing blog :} Thank you.

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