For those of you who have a dream to write and publish a book, this is the first in a series of writers I’ve coached who have achieved just that. May their dream realized inspire your dream!
Lisa was a shy kid, so shy in fact that she was bullied in school, which only magnified her shyness and insecurity. At some point Lisa’s shyness became a disorder called, Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). Every day she battled the inner demons that threatened to engulf her life. But she was determined to heal and also share her story of healing and hope with others. All of that came to fruition and culminated in the publishing of her book, Releasing the Secret Pain: Moving Beyond Social Anxiety Disorder, 2012 (available on www.amazon.com or www.Barnesandnoble.com or on Lisa’s website at https://www.releasingsocialanxiety.com/ )
Just like the confidence she exudes, no one can see the years of struggle, sweat and tears that Lisa put into her book and new-found freedom from SAD. Lisa chose my one-on-one coaching program and felt it gave her the consistency and motivation she needed to stay focused. It took some major revisions before she decided on the part memoir, part self-help final format.
Lisa said, The most difficult times were the times when I thought the book was 100% completed! Then I’d get some feedback that would mean a significant re-write. The initial emotion when I received the feedback was denial (that the book was good as is!), then sadness (when I realized the person giving me the feedback was probably right), then acceptance (that I was, in fact, going to re-write the book again). I re-wrote the book completely, four times, and two of the times were based on feedback. The feedback received after version three was done was especially hard because up to that point, I had put the most energy and time into version three. But, once I finished crying about it, I put a new lens on and saw that I could produce an even better book.
In addition to her willingness to revise, there were two other factors that contributed to Lisa’s success. Her positive attitude and her desire to help others. Whenever we spoke, Lisa remained upbeat and honestly believed that she would one day finish her manuscript. That could be because she had a higher purpose for her book. Lisa always said her main reason for writing Releasing the Secret Pain was to raise awareness of social anxiety disorder. She said, For all those suffering, I wanted them to see that they are not alone and that there is hope for a better life. Lisa is currently presenting for school districts and support groups.
If you’re ready to write that book, contact Deb for support! email@example.com