It’s happened to all of us for sure, but what do you do when it doesn’t work out like you plan? Scratch and start over? Backup and try it again? Force it?
Many of you already know I have written a book, published it, and self-launched. Honestly, the whole effort fell flat with very few sales and small increases in my audience. My husband had been pushing and pushing for months to contact publishers to see if I could get it picked up. Finally, after getting tired of him bugging me about it, I started making phone calls and sending emails. Lo and behold I had a book agent get back to me and after looking at the book further, she said loved the idea of it but it needed a more professional look to drive sales. So she sent me to an expert who can help me with this, which is why I am now in the process of re-branding the book with a new title, new front and back cover, new art design/logo, and new book description. And, we’ll be re-launching sometime in August.
I have to tell you, as exciting as this is…it was also a shot to the ego too. I’ve always been so independent and thought I had the ability to “do it all” and “do it all myself”. The realization that I need coaches and experts to help me create what I need to put out into the world was huge for me.
When it doesn’t work out like you plan, the first step is to realize your contribution to it.
And in this case of my book, I didn’t seek out help and expert advice soon enough. Lesson learned.
We can’t be expected to know everything and be brilliant at doing it all, all the time. And now that I just wrote that sentence, I can laugh at myself for trying. I can laugh because I know myself well enough to know why I thought I could do it all, but am humbled now to realize I need to bring in the experts. And trust the experts!
Not only did I think I could do it all myself, but when it comes to the heart of why I did…the truth is I was unsure my book was good enough to be worthy of a publishing company or literary agent. I know now, I needed to launch it and “test the waters” so to speak to make sure it was a piece of work worth investing in. I needed to prove this to myself.
When it doesn’t work out like you plan, the first step is to realize your contribution to it. The second step is to figure out the deeper reason behind your actions to work through.
I’m excited to say, I now have a new book title. I thank you all for helping me this week with picking out which title is the best. Gone is the old title as I have retired it and scrubbed it from my website & social media. The old title still has a place in the history of this book and my evolution as a budding success coach. I’m still proud of the work that went into the old title and cover because it got me to where I am today – turning good work into even better work with the ability to share it worldwide.
My new title is also going to include a new brand for my entire enterprise, which I’m also thrilled about. Future products and online courses will be created using this brand. So here it is, the grand unveiling…“Woman To Woman” will be the overarching brand for all my products. And my new book title will be “Woman To Woman: Winning At Work, Career Success Secrets For Women In The Workplace”.
When it doesn’t work out like you plan, the first step is to realize your contribution to it. The second step is to figure out the deeper reason behind your actions to work through. The last step is to give it another shot, quite possibly with new tools and a new strategy, but definitely with the right help and support to be successful this time around.
Now it’s your turn. What tips do you have? What successes have you had as a result?
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