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5 Limiting Beliefs that Prevent You from Writing and Self-Publishing Your Book

7 Aug

vintage typewriter and books on the table with blank paper on wooden desk

I encounter many aspiring authors who want to write and self-publish their books, but often their mindset stops them.

If you don’t believe in yourself, there is no way that you can actualize your dreams of becoming an author.  As cliched as it sounds, you have to have the right mindset.  Here are the top five limiting beliefs that every aspiring author needs to kick to the curb:

Limiting Belief 1: I lack the right credentials.

If you lived it, then those are good enough. Not every skilled writer received a writing degree. I suggest if you want to improve your writing, enroll in writing courses. Purchase a book that have writing prompts. I want to encourage you that you are good enough.

Limiting Belief 2: I don’t have enough time to write a book.

Friend, we make time for things that we find valuable. Do you have at least an hour to spare per week. If you can’t do an entire hour in one block, can you find at least two days out of the week where you can commit thirty minutes.

Limiting Belief 3: My story isn’t important.

The devil is a liar. Your story can impact someone’s life. Don’t you dare tell yourself that your story is meaningless. You are important and your story is worth telling.

Limiting Belief 4: I need to have a lot of money to write a book.

You don’t need to be wealthy to write a book. What makes a great book is your story. Now, it will cost you money if you decide to go the self-publishing route and you may need to invest in an editor and designer, but truthfully, all you need to start your book are your thoughts, creativity, and a computer to type your manuscript.

Limiting Belief 5: I will write my book someday.

Future author, only today is promised, not tomorrow. Not setting a date will have you carrying around your story for years. Don’t let that be you. Start today, friend.

The takeaway: Once you get rid of your stinking thinking, you then can become ready to write and self-publish your book.  You can do it, future author!


Do you want me to teach you how to self-publish your book?

I created “Publish It!: The 7-Day Blueprint for Self-Publishing Your Amazing Book.” This is a great resource for any aspiring author who wants to learn how to self-publish their book from a book publishing expert. Learn more about my 7-day e-course HERE.

 

Do you want to be published?

30 Mar

If you’re an aspiring writer, you’re probably asking yourself what are the major differences between a large publishing house and an indie press? Well, two of the major differences are distribution and marketing. A large publishing house has the money to market books on a national level; whereas, an indie press tends to market its products regionally. One of the advantages to working with an indie press is that there is usually more collaboration between the writer and publisher. Instead of being dictated what your book will be, indie presses tend to involve their writers in the publishing and production process. For example, at La Muse Press we value our writers. We want your input. It is a team effort, not a dictatorship. Another incentive to being publish at an indie press is the writer’s royalty rates are typically higher than a large publishing house in lieu of a hefty advance. Also, at an indie press you can contact the editor directly; whereas, in a major publishing house you need a literary agent, which cuts into your royalties, because an agent takes 15% of your revenue. With that said, if you’re an emerging writer who wants a collaborative publishing experience, La Muse Press is your publisher (read our submission guidelines here).