I wrote a book and I am over the moon excited about it! My book, The Distracted Dance of Resilience had a record winning first couple of days!
So now what?
I have NO IDEA but I have learned a few key lessons during my book writing and publishing process. Today’s post is part of a weekly blog link up called Five Minute Friday. Each week, Christian writers from around the world write for five minutes about a common word prompt. Today’s word is More.
- Don’t get fixated on the end result, just do your part.
God’s Word says He can do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20) and as usual.. HE KEEPS HIS PROMISES! The Kindle Version The Distracted Dance of Resilience was #1 in two categories. The paperback version was ranked in the top 25 on release day!! I have been completely blown away. All God. 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 But I didn’t even pray for being number one. It wasn’t even on my radar. I didn’t expect first place. Why??? Because of all the other times in my past I did my best but still came up short. But that is just it… I’m not in charge of results. All I can do is get the vessels ready (2 Kings 4:1-7) so that when and if God chooses to supply the oil..it will not be wasted.
2. Get comfortable with feedback
Nothing and I mean nothing is more nerve-racking than having your book..the words you felt led to write edited. Editing is feedback on steroids. It calls what you wrote into question and left me feeling raw and attacked. I spell-checked and used Grammarly and still missed things. How was that possible? A misspelled word, a comma instead of a colon, or formatting issues had a way of making me feel like a horrible writer. I underestimated editing and I had to learn to be kind to myself with mistakes that were found.
I also had to learn to listen to what others had to say and not take it personal. I’m not sure what it is about writing a book that is so intriguing to others. Just about anyone I talked about my book with had a “book related” opinion. Some of the best suggestions or reminders of referencing obligations came from other people. There were also negative comments and questions. In those situations, I had to learn to listen and season my responses with grace. Just because their words felt prickly, didn’t mean they didn’t have value. Proverbs 12:15 reminds us that “the way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
Getting comfortable with receiving feedback has helped me be more mindful when I put in my two cents on someone else’s idea. I have learned, criticism should be served with a healthy dose of encouragement. Areas of growth should always be sandwiched between things being done correctly.
3. Be thankful and celebrate the wins (small or large).
In our world of be the best and do more, small victories don’t shine like big ones. The celebration is put off until we make it to the top and stay there. The hustle and striving required to get to the top and maintain is exhausting and an attempt to control results…which WE DO NOT. So, I am so thankful to God for completing my goal. Thankful for all the amazing people He put in my path to push me forward. Thankful for two days of being number 1! (I didn’t even think it was possible for one day why be obsessed with rankings now?) Thankful for all the amazing people who purchased my book. Thankful for the transformation I am sure they will experience just as I did when I was writing.
I am thankful and I’m going to celebrate. I will be hosting a book launch party and signing event today. I’m not sure what the next steps will be after the signing but I know God will direct my path.
What areas of your life do you need to: do your part, accept feedback, be thankful, and celebrate?