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When I quit my job at a brokerage firm years ago to focus on my writing career, a few people told me it could not be done.
“How are you going to do that? How are you going to survive? I think you are making a mistake,” were the words the stepmother of a good friend of mine said.
I also received a very terse letter from an editor of a major metropolitan newspaper. He told me I would never make it in business journalism.
One financial article at a time and one book at a time, I proved myself right. It was my passion to write about the world of money to help others. The blinders and beliefs I had enabled me to reach my dreams.
You see … my success was not about proving someone else wrong. That type of thinking focuses on the negative. Instead, I believed in my desire and took action.
I did not hold myself back.
But it was not always that way for me.
After my first two books were published, I had several extremely visible speaking and media opportunities under my belt, including appearing on CNBC’s “Power Lunch with Bill Griffith”. Was I scared? You bet! I did it anyway … deer in the headlights look and all!
After the third book, though, I began to disbelieve things could remain a success. I began to “hide out” and avoid media opportunities that would have catapulted me to another level in my career, including appearing on MSNBC. I began to coast on the easy opportunities that did not allow me to grow. Boredom set in.
I was afraid. So … I get you!
Growing to a new level in your writing career means facing the unknown. It means riding the waves of new success while it feels like the fangs of a shark nip at your heels to pull you under and devour you for lunch.
I am here to tell you it does not have to be nor is it really that way. And it all begins in your mind, what you believe and what action you take.
If books weren’t so hot right now and people didn’t need to hear from YOU, the industry would not have so many opportunities in front of you to do well, right?
Because … they are there.
Many of us – including me! – come up with “reasons” to avoid doing something that keep us from the very thing we want. Does this sound like you?
And the list goes on.
Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do the very thing that you said could not be done, right?
What if that someone was you? What if, instead of dreaming about appearing on NPR, holding sold-out book signings in another country or speaking to an audience of 250 people, it really came true?
What if taking the next step brings you closer to the bigger WHY of your career and life — to serve the greater good with your message?
I want you to make a list of all the reasons you are not going after the next level of success in your writing career. Then, I want you to call me at the number below so we can talk about what is going on.
When you take inspired action, you will get the results you are looking for.
And I will be here to help you every step of the way. Fill out the Contact Form below with your name and what you’re working on, and I will email you back with some dates and times available for us to talk.
What is it about writing and your life that you absolutely love?
I have been to many writing workshops and held my own, too, yet there are some key ingredients to mentally ingest in order to experience writing success in addition to learning good storytelling and improving your writing craft!
First, successful writers love what they do and hold deep gratitude for their lives. When I began writing my first book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Money on Wall Street, I absolutely loved the topic. In fact, I loved it so much it helped me embrace the fact I lived in a tiny apartment with no air-conditioning and washed my hair in the kitchen sink since I did not have a shower and had only a pint-sized tub. I had a dream and a purpose and my love for that kept my focused and on toward financial success.
Second, successful writers recognize opportunities and gracefully act upon them. I was at the library last week and sat down next to an end table. When I glanced at the book that rested upon it, I noticed my second book lying next to me. Unbelievable! I had no idea who put it there and it did not belong to the library either. However, I had been considering speaking to the local writing community and to me I was put on notice to take action. And I did. I will be discussing writing and some points from my next book, The Girl Who Became a Millionaire: Life Lessons on the Way to Seven Figures, in November to the writing community in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. What are the opportunities in front of you?
Third, successful writers are creative in how they approach their marketing and choose opportunities that best serve them. Successful writers do not hide out behind social media pages longer than necessary. They value their time, recognize their natural talents, and in spite of possible fears of being visible they slowly step out into new ways of doing things to earn success. Where might you be holding yourself back — in thoughts or actions — to make yourself more visible?
Fourth, successful writers help other people out of a genuine sense of giving. One of the things I love about the majority of writers-turned-published-authors who do well is watching the encouragement and support to those who want to achieve their writing dreams, too. What you give others you strengthen within yourself, right?
Fifth, successful writers focus on what is possible so that possibilities and opportunities grow. What you focus on, grows. Are you focusing on the possible solutions rather than the obstacles in front of you?
When you take inspired action, you will get the results you are looking for. Let’s talk on how I can help you!
Wishing you incredible writing success!
After my private clients went on to secure contracts with major publishing houses, I realized many more writers and bloggers want training from someone who has already experienced great success and has the results to prove it.
My training program, “The Art of the Book Proposal,” is for writers who are seriously committed to becoming published authors by learning how to exactly create a winning industry standard proposal, grow in their craft and mentally prepare for the coming success they desire.
“The Art of the Book Proposal” is based on the very step-by-step, page-by-page work I did to create the best-selling author success I’ve had over the last 20 years.
When you work with me, I will guide you, step by step, section by section, to write your own book proposal that is accepted within the publishing industry. You will also receive from me one-on-one coaching so you can prepare your mindset for coming success as a published author.
If you want the help you deserve to become published, please contact me directly at email@example.com or fill out the contact query form below so I may help you get unstuck and on your way.
To your writing success!
I was giggling when I learned how quickly one of my clients got her book published after we had just met.
During a full-day Author VIP retreat with me, Jean and I spent one-on-one time together tackling her challenges and shifting her outlook toward what was really possible for her and her life’s work. She discovered how she was getting in her own way as we celebrated her and her beautiful day by the ocean at the Omphoy Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida.
I will always remember her hair blowing in the wind as she sat underneath an umbrella writing down answers to questions I gave her in her journal. One thing she learned was that her definition of what a writer looked like to her was … downright ugly inside and out. The image she conjured up in her mind did not match her at all nor her vision for her success. In fact, it was quite the opposite!
By the time our coaching session ended, she walked away with more than a plan. It was such a joy and privilege to help guide her to what she wanted for herself and her three (yes, three!) manuscripts! I love guiding and watching my clients blossom right in front of my eyes!
Here’s what Jean had to say about our time together:
“A day with Christy Heady is like an oasis in the desert for anyone lost in writer’s insecurity. I was not really experiencing writer’s block. I was writing but only for myself – journaling. I was without a plan, a goal or direction. I was stagnant from indecision. Then someone referred me to Christy Heady, a writing coach. I made the trip to the Palm Beaches and spent a delightful afternoon with this encouraging, gentle lady. Christy helped me reorient myself. She was instrumental in helping me find my most lucrative direction. I still have miles to go, but feel I am on the right road. Detours are part of everyday life but I know there is a beautiful view over the next hill. After my special afternoon with Christy, I am ready to take the course she helped me set for myself.”
—–Jean Riise Lefler, author of three books including Spirituality at Sunrise
When you commit to wanting the very best for yourself,
your writing and dreams will happen.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can help you invest in what it is your truly want for yourself and get you where you’ve been dreaming to go.
To your writing success!
I am so delighted to be part of the MamaintheNow.com community as today’s Guest Blogger!
Thank you, Tove Maren Stakkestad, Founder of MamaintheNow, for this lovely opportunity to share some thoughts with your readers! It was a joy to be able to break out and take my pen and write from my heart. Such fun!
I love summertime, when I can take my son to camp and watch him bounce with glee upon arrival — much different than taking him to school in the morning! This extra dose of joy gives me a boost to be more creative and mull over what I want to write about.
That’s the thing about summer, I think. The shackles of “shoulds” seem to fall off and be replaced by dormant desires to be free. And this creates an amazing environment to write … write … write.
Recently, I wrote about the one ingredient that is needed in a single mom’s day for my blog at SingleMothers.us. http://www.singlemothers.us/single-mothers-day It was the kickstart I needed to begin a summer of creativity and life at a slower pace.
What are you doing to expand your muse this summer?
If you are a writer, chances are you have a passion for seemingly impossible things.
That is why receiving a lot of rejection might hurt. But like anyone will tell you, it is not how many times you fall down, it is whether you get back up again. I would like to add this: It is also how you feel about yourself and your work as you move forward while coping with the writing demons who want to travel with you.
Remember, in order to get published, it takes just one publisher who really loves you and your work. Just one big YES. And the naysayers – whether internal or external – have a beauty of a time holding you back.
Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell all have received rejection letters only to persevere onto bestselling author status. According to Mental Floss, an online magazine, Ayn Rand sent in her manuscript The Fountainhead and received a curt reply that it was unsaleable and unpublishable. Random House picked up her work, reassuring Rand she would not be censored, and to date she has sold over seven million copies in the United States.
My own first rejection letter came in 1993 from one of the senior business editors at The Chicago Tribune. In a terse reply to my request to write full-time for the paper, he told me my writing clips revealed I did not have what it takes to write about business.
A year and a half later, I celebrated the publication of my first book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Money on Wall Street that, along with the other four books I have published, have sold almost 500,000 copies to date. I am grateful to the magazine, newspaper and book publishing editors and executives along the way who helped me achieve this first dream: John Wasik, Hugo Ottolenghi, Tom Seidell, Dennis Fertig, Bill Barnhart, Barry Pruett and my father, the late Robert K. Heady.
As writers, you were created for adventure, pursuit and pioneering. Pitfalls, rejection letters and tears might accompany you. Writing is a lifelong quest of discovery and growth. Kinda like a relationship when you know it’s good and healthy but the potholes hurt. Unfortunately, writing demons surface and keep a bigger dream wound tight in a button jar. Like a runner who trips over her own feet while training for her first marathon, dusting off the pebbles embedded in her legs, you get up again (I had to out of sheer embarrassment because my friends saw me, but I did set a personal record).
If you know where you are going, you will get to the finish line. So, if your ultimate life as a published author is waiting to be lived, what steps are you taking to bridge the gap to pretty much squash the uglies?
Do you disable your dream by believing the writing demons who lie to you and give you the very thing you fear (which usually is the very thing you create)? Or do you pack up your tent and shake off the “I’ll settle for what they tell me” mentality, knowing that something greater is writing your story as your write your book?
I have done both.
In their book, The One-Minute Millionaire , Mark Victor Hansen and Robert Allen offer a suggestion in a novel-like story set inside this financial tome on how to deal with unhealthy thoughts that bar you from success:
Imagine that demon as a person, a tiny person, in the palm of your hand. And then purse your lips and blow them away.
It’s amazing what you will see on your literary landscape when each one of your critics are reduced to dust.
If you want to be published and believe you were meant to share your message with others, make it official. Find a place where you can be alone and write about it. Not the project you are working on – but about your writing. Claim it. And then remind yourself often about this resolution of yours until it becomes such a part of you that nothing ever tears it away.
When you believe in the vision, the story of you and your book will find its happy ending.
People are writing books now more than ever before and with good reason. There has never been an easier time to achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a published author!
Christy Heady has been a published author for more than 20 years. Since starting on her path as a published author and writing coach, Christy has written four books, is currently writing her fifth book, and collectively has sold more than 500,000 books during her career. All her clients have gone on to publication or representation, and their work featured in radio, TV, print and online nationwide.
When you sign up for Christy’s Author Strategies Coaching Session, you will receive personalized attention directly from Christy. For a two-hour coaching session, the fee is $350* (special Groupon Promo begins April 7th, 2014!).
During the past five years, Christy has worked with many people on how to excel at their craft and establish their author platform so they can shift from their places of doubt and fear about their work and move into becoming recognized in their areas of expertise. So whether you are a business owner, stay at home mom, professional working woman or longtime novelist, when you work with Christy you will learn the strategies and important craft techniques to bring you and your project into your desired sphere of excellence.
To begin your Discovery Q&A Process with Christy, which is the first step in signing up for an Author Strategy Coaching Session, please complete the Contact Form below.
When I stopped writing as “the how-to” girl and began to take the craft of writing seriously, I was challenged. My writing needed to mature.
My latest blog at Working Mother Magazine covers this in detail. And, I have learned how to infuse more joy and rely less on a formula in my writing: http://tinyurl.com/lfmrnhv
The writing craft will always be a work-in-progress for me. It is a lifelong endeavor, and one I wish you much joy with, too.
To your writing success,
If you were to bump into several of your ideal readers for your book in a coffee shop, grocery store or waiting in line at a theme park, what questions would you want to ask them that would relate to your manuscript?
Steven Covey, the late New York Times Bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, often tested his material over and over again before he wrote his books. He did so by gathering information from people as he trained them on the concepts he intended to write about.
That’s not to say you must refrain from writing your manuscript at all before it’s tested. Not at all.
What I am saying is that given the opportunity for some impromptu demographic research … what would you ask those people if you had the chance?
Happy Interviewing. :-)