#1: I wish I knew I was writing a book while I was writing it.
It would have allowed more time to plan, more time to get things done, more time to learn the tricks of the trade. But because my intention was to write my way through a biz slump… (it only later became clear I needed to share my experience and my process to get through it)… all the logistics for self-publishing my first Kindle book came after I wrote it. And that created a bit of chaos.
#2: I wish I knew how much was involved in self-publishing before I committed to making this book.
From plotting the launch sequence to trying to get my audience excited about the book to all the logistical execution to writing guest posts and doing podcasts to spread the word… there’s a lot involved. And being that I have a day job and a healthy roster of Ignite Your Cause client projects, time is limited and I’ve had to do a lot of “choosing” to prioritize my time on the things that will most effectively and efficiently spread the word about this book and my mission.
#3: I wish I knew that this process of launching a book chock full of mission-driven, message-centric, manifesto-esque content was a continual exercise is managing self-doubt.
If I had written “Pop Your Copy: A Copywriting Guide for the Solopreneur”, I wouldn’t have to reassure myself daily that I’m not going to make an ass out of myself when this book goes live. But Agent of Impact is challenging my more-often-than-not unshaken confidence. In it, I own up to losing sight of my mission and letting my business wander astray. I confess to failure … publicly. I never expected my confidence to be so rattled, repeatedly, as the launch day nears. Second-guessing my commitment to publishing this book and then convincing myself the worry is unwarranted has become a morning ritual that sucks almost as much energy from me than all the activities on my daily to-do list.
#4: I wish I knew the early reactions to the book would blow me away.
If I had known, really known – not just anticipated or hoped, that this itty bitty book would pack such a wallop with the handful of early reviewers, I wouldn’t have stressed myself out so much with the self-doubt. I knew I could count on my close friends and colleagues to support my efforts, but I never could have imagined the response I’ve gotten from near-strangers. If I had, I likely wouldn’t have tolerated all the negative self-talk I found myself buried in earlier in the process. I would have propelled myself full-blast into sharing my story and creating the movement I hope for this book to spark.
It’s been an incredible journey – this journey of writing and publishing my first book.
And while I wish I would have known those four things before I set out on this little adventure of the writerly nature, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing.
It’s been hard – hard to figure out, hard to keep up with, hard to manage the feelings, hard to find the time, and hard to wrap my head around… but it’s been worth it. It’s been worth the blood, sweat, and tears (oh goodness, the tears!) because today, finally, this book has become REAL and it’s already made an impact on the lives of other mission-driven entrepreneurs.
Being in the business of impact is hard work but its work worth doing thanks to the end result.
If you’re struggling with day-to-day, business-as-usual stuff and you’re wondering how you’ll ever find your way back to your mission to do good, make change, or start a ruckus… I encourage you to pick up Agent of Impact today while it’s free. Pick it up, give it a quick read, and sit down with the exercises at the end. I promise the path to reconnecting to your mission, spreading your message far and wide, and building the movement you dream of creating will start to become clearer.