I guess I’m not too old to learn. My book is up on Amazon now, and the Ebook will be up shortly as well. This has been a five year journey and I’ve learned a lot about publishing, writing, marketing and perseverance.It’s a thrill to see it all come together.
I made the decision to self-publish after a few submission rejections. I received conflicting advice from professionals on the format of this book. Some wanted less of my story and some wanted more. So after a long series of re-writes I knew if I wanted this book out anytime soon I would need to choose to publish it myself.
So here I am, a new author. A new, enlightened author.
I chose Createspace as my venue to publish. Being a tech chicken, I was pleased when a publisher friend referred me to someone who would format and upload the book in print and ebook form. I hired her and she did all the work for me – a huge relief. Hiring a graphic artist for the cover was also a relief.
I’m happy with the results and I look forward to doing this again someday. It was relatively easy with the help of the people who do this sort of thing every day. And expense was as much or less than going with a company that offers publishing packages. I know I will have to market the book myself – that’s a given with any type of publishing. So that’s my next focus.
I encourage those of you who have a book that you want out sooner than the traditional route could offer you to consider Createspace. Especially if it’s non-fiction. But I hope you will have it well edited. That’s very important.
A Heart Out of Hiding (yes, I capitalized the word Out on purpose.) sorts through the habits we develop to disguise our pain, insecurities, and weaknesses. I share my own personal journey from hiding to freedom – and challenge others to find a way out of their hiding places. Study questions at the end of the chapters make it possible to use for small group studies. You can order from Amazon or from my website: www.jancline.net. The ebook will also be available on Barnes and Noble and Smashwords soon.
What are your views on or experience with self-publishing?
How in the world did this happen? After several years of working on this book project, re-writes, edits, more re-writes and fusing and primping….A Heart Out of Hiding will be in my shaking hands in a few weeks. I am petrified, humbled, and somewhat intimidated by what looms just around the corner.
I could drive myself crazy with all the questions…will it be good enough? Will anyone want to read it? Will it be the blessing I have prayed it will be? Did I make the right decision to self-publish? Can I keep up with all the social media needed to make myself known and gain the knowledge I need to market the book?
See what I mean? The worries could drive me nuts. But there is one thing I know – I was supposed to write this. I know I have so much to learn about writing and marketing and the business of publishing, but I felt the time was now.
So I prayed over the manuscript, pushed the buttons, opened the doors, wrote the checks and prayed some more. Now it’s just around the corner. All that matters is that it’s used by God to change someone.
What is just around the corner for you?
February is National Heart Month. I’ve always known that, but never really thought too much about it. I know about all the recommendations set forth by the American Heart Association for better heart health.
- Don’t smoke
- Keep your weight down
- Exercise more
- Manage stress
- Eat a healthy diet
The risks are higher for women over 55 and men over 45 – especially if you have a family history of heart disease. Heart disease is still the number one killer in the U.S.
What about our spiritual heart? There are many attitudes, emotions and conditions of the heart that can kill our spiritual lives. Bitterness, unforgiveness, fear and anger can all chip away at our “heart” health.
Those things ruin relationships, stifle gifts and talents and dash our dreams. We use negativity to build walls around us – trying to protect our hearts from any more pain.
When we won’t let go, allow healing, or forgive, we damage the best part of us. We will never reach our full potential – live our destiny – when we are closed in the walls of our own making. Looking through the keyhole of our prison door is no way to live.
So as we adopt better habits for the health of our physical heart, shouldn’t we do the same for our other heart?
- Lose the weight of negative emotions
- Partake of the nourishment of God’s word
- Exercise your gifts and share them with others
- Manage your thoughts – determine to throw out the negative ones
- Don’t smoke
Okay so the last one is just good advice.
What do you give more attention – your physical heart or your spiritual heart?
The faces of the ladies listening to my message revealed a variety of reactions. As I spoke about the condition of the heart that is hidden, I could detect nods of affirmation, frowns of reflection, smiles of acknowledgment and sad eyes of sorrow.
I told them about my own journey through the game of hide and seek that we play as adults. Hiding our real selves from our family, friends and even God. I could see the ladies relating to my stories about hiding behind fear, pain, anger or bitterness as I spoke. Some of them approached me afterward and patted my hand.
“I have been hiding too.” Some would say.
We all hide. We all want to protect our hearts, our feelings, our ideals. But at what cost? I told the ladies that they couldn’t live an abundant life through the keyhole of a hiding place. And you can’t be a seeker if you are a hider.
We have a choice to make. Will we risk some pain to reach our full potential? Or will we plaster on that smile, pretending no one will notice that we are hiding our true selves from them?
God has designed us all to do something wonderful. It’s never too late to discover what that might be. But we must leave our hiding places behind to explore the possibilities.
What are you hiding behind? Are you afraid to show us the real you? Don’t be…we will still like you!