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Book Update: Almost There!

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After a bit of a panic last week I cracked on, worked hard on the book and handed it over to an editor this morning. She is going to give it a thorough once over and help me get it up to publishing standards. Sophie’s post last week really struck a chord with me, and I realised I was in danger of nit picking and potentially doing it more harm than good. Definitely time to hand it over to someone else. Watch this space.

By the way you do realise that I’ll be counting on you (yes YOU) to help me sell the damn thing don’t you? It’ll be put your money where your mouth is time very soon indeed!! Also if anyone is interested in doing a review on their blog please let me know.

I’ve been pondering lately about my content. I read a lot of blogs, written by positive and inspirational bloggers. Over the last few months I have seen post after post crop up that have left me thinking ‘that’s exactly what I say in my book’. Not ad verbatim of course, but the essence is the same. I was worried initially because I thought people would think that I was ripping off their words. Then I got a grip and remembered that each and every time I have made a change to my manuscript I’ve saved it as a new document, and they are all date stamped by the software company.

My next thought was ‘why am I bothering to write a book when so many bloggers are sending out the same message for free’? Then I got a grip and remembered that my personal story of triumph over adversity will be why people want to read it. That although blogs are awesome as a resource for short, sharp bursts of inspiration, sometimes it’s really helpful to actually read a book.

I read somewhere that no-body has an original idea these days, so rather than get upset about it I’ve decided that it’s great that other bloggers I respect are already on-board with so many of the things I say.

So the big question now is whether or not to submit it to Britain’s Next Bestseller. Hubby thinks I should just self-publish, and with Create Space making it so easy it is looking like a good option. What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

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mummytries

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46 Comments

  1. mummytries says:

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment Hannah, the book sounds great… another one to add to my ever growing pile of ‘to reads’! You’ll find out soon enough, the book should be available to buy on the 1st Dec 🙂 xxx

  2. I can totally relate to what you are saying here, love, I read so many amazing blogs every day that I often get that feeling of why am I doing this – it’s already there. You are so right though – there is no such things as original, just repackaged and improved slightly (ala the amazing book “Steal Like an Artist” which I’m enjoying at the mo) AND I definitely like to have a book with all the tidbits in one, beautiful place. I’m slightly worried that I shouldn’t read your book though…what if you’ve written what I would want to write?! Hahaha! Just kidding, of course I’ll read it 😉

    Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutYou xxx

  3. mummytries says:

    Thank you hon xxx

  4. So excited to read darling, you are incredible! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  5. Thank you lovely, can’t wait for it to come back from the editor (hopefully without being told it’s utter crap!!) I’m really looking forward to the next bit now. Watch this space xxx

  6. Really appreciate it! Do you have any experience of Create Space? Now they are owned by Amazon it’s a bit of a one stop shop for e-books and printing on demand. Have to say over the course of this week I’ve started leaning very heavily towards them…

  7. I think you’re right Carol. I am leaning more towards self-publishing through Create Space every single day… next week’s update might just contain details of a launch date!

  8. Lots of your own questions answered by yourself there Renee, reaffirming what you know deep down. Self-publishing is extremely straight forward and in the cut-throat world of rejections, it would certainly be thinking about, in my humble opinion :). It’s so good to feel the positivity shining through and thanks so much for linking up to #WinderfulWorldofWriting

  9. Happy to help out a fellow author, Mummy Tries! Or any potential authors who fancy kindle-ing 🙂

  10. […] would you like to be remembered for? As I’m about to publish a book, I guess the answer is as a successful author. I’m probably dreaming […]

  11. Oh my goodness well done you for handing it over that’s such a huge thing to do!!! It’s all exciting now lovely!! I can only imagine all those different thoughts and worries going through your mind but it sounds like you’ve come round and remembered why you’ve wrote it and why it’s good 🙂
    So excited for you
    Xxx

  12. Thanks so much for your reassurance Maddy, your support means a lot. I’m really leaning towards self-publishing now… watch this space, my update next week might be rather racey xxx

  13. I’m so pleased I’m not alone in thinking this. Thanks for your continued support hon xx

  14. Thanks so much, that’s the hope!

  15. Thanks so much for your support Jenny 🙂

  16. If it’s big decision to make but I think one only you can ultimately make. Why not try both? Submit to britiains best seller and then self publish if you need to afterwards! Best of both. So very proud of you though no matter what you do it’s a huge accomplishment. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  17. You have done fantastically to commit to writing a book, I can only just think one post at a time! You will open up to a whole new audience #sharewithme

  18. Thanks Nikki, you are so right. The traditional route could take years and by then someone else with a similar story to tell will have taken the plunge and self-published. Think it’s time to stop procrastinating…

  19. Thank you so much for your offer, no doubt I’ll be banging on your door in the coming weeks 🙂

  20. Thank you Emily, my gut is saying self-publish (and so is my hubby who is always annoyingly right!) It’s great to gain some insight from someone that’s been there and done this xx

  21. You are just fabulous do you know that? Basically you’ve echoed the thoughts swirling around in my head and you’re right. Ultimately I’m in a really good place to self-publish so why the hell not? Thank you for your support Sophie xx

  22. Thanks so much!

  23. Thanks so much Louise, hope you enjoy it xx

  24. Thank you so much honey, that’s exactly what I need to heat right now 🙂

  25. Thanks lovely 🙂 I knew something good would have to come from the bleaker bits of my past one day! xxx

  26. So glad to hear you’ve taken a bit of a step back from it and let it go to an editor. It’s a brilliant book from what I can gather and your story is an amazing one. The web and blogs are great, but there are so many it can be overload. I get a bit overwhelmed about how much info is on the web and trying to keep up with reading it all, then you realise that a lot of it is saying the same thing perhaps with a slightly different perspective. Sometimes it’s nice just to read one book, get one perspective and filter out all the rest so don’t lose faith in what you are doing #sharewithme

  27. Thank you so much Emma, what a kind thing to say xxx

  28. lifeatthelittlewood says:

    I agree entirely with what others have said here. No one would ever question that it wasn’t original content – it is your story, and yours to tell. And I think we bloggers forget sometimes too that there are a whole world of people out there who don’t read blogs. Your book could be just the very thing they need! I’m excited to read it xxx

  29. I definitely can’t wait to read it, it is your story and yours alone. So it will be unique and I’m sure – wonderful xxx

  30. Oh how exciting – so glad that you are nearly there with the book and I am really looking forward to reading it when it comes out. Yes, other people may have written similar things to you on your blog, but your voice and your story is unique to you and that is what your book is giving x

  31. A huge well done for being so determined and getting it done. You’re almost there and I will definitely be having a good read once its published.

  32. Ah I’m so glad my post gave you a bit of a push to move things forward! It is SUCH a tricky stage to be at, but exciting too 🙂 From everything you’ve said it does sound like you’re in a very strong position to self-publish. I don’t know much about BNBS – I’ve had a look now and it looks interesting, kind of a middle ground I suppose but not necessarily one you need if you have access to good marketing advice already! And in terms of the originality question – ultimately I think your story is always going to be original because it’s well and truly yours, but if it’s similar to others then that’s a good thing. It’ll help with marketing if you’re already tapping in to a zeitgeist, and the book format will definitely set it apart from stories on peoples’ blogs. Good luck – can’t wait for the next update! xx

  33. I think it’s natural for these doubts to creep in at this stage, and they never go away! Yes other people have written on this topic, but everyone has a unique tale to tell so don’t let that put you off. Personally I like the self control which self publishing offers – you can get it out there when you want to. But you’re up against the big marketing budgets of the traditional publishers. Go with your gut instinct I think, and good luck! x

  34. People will always pay for a good read!

    Blogging is so empowering, and your story will reach those who need to hear your story!

    I’ve self-published two books on Kindle and the thrill of receiving royalties is amazing…give me a shout if you’d like any thoughts on using KDP. And if I don’t know the answer I’ll know someone who does!

    Good luck!

  35. It depends if you think you will want to write more books. In the ficiton world, at least, an agent or publisher will be more likely to look at the longevity of an author and the marketability of their work. It also depends if you want to wait, as sending the manuscript off to agents and publishers takes time. Self publishing is the quickest option, but you have to do all the marketing yourself. That said, if your book complements your blog, you can advertise it on the blog itself and give anyone who visits the opportunity to buy it and read more.

  36. I agree, not to worry too much about the originality idea. it’s almost unheard of for anyone to have a truly original idea these days. What makes things different are the little tweaks or personalisation we put into a project. And yes, most of the people I know have very limited understanding of what a blog is, let alone read one.

    Self publishing is a tricky one and I am loathe to offer davice as I still flutter around this option too. I’d say keep all options open for as long as possible and explore every avenue for it’s opportunities and limits x

  37. maddy@writingbubble says:

    Don’t worry about originality. I think a book is very different to blog posts and will be read by different people, at different times, in different places. Denise is right about people reading blogs too – the vast majority of my friends barely know what a blog is! Your book uses your own experiences too, which are unique to you, and integrated as they are into a whole book will make the whole thing a much more powerful experience than reading the odd post here and there! Don’t lose faith!

    As for publishing, wish I could help on that front but I have zero experience! BNBS would be great if you got a deal though wouldn’t it?But I think self publishing give you more control than any other route… Thanks for linking to #WhatImwriting xxx

  38. Really sorry to hear that my lovely. Thank you though, it’s been a dream of mine to write a book for a very long time xxx

  39. That’s a very good point Denise, I guess us bloggers just assume loads of people read blogs but actually that’s not true at all.

  40. […] three kids, I can’t remember the last time I felt this clear headed. I’ve managed to write a book and am gearing up to self-publish it very soon. I know without doubt that I owe it to […]

  41. I think there’s a big difference between a whole book and a series of blog posts. For a start, most people read books and have e-readers, but only a relatively small proportion of people are in the blog world, so there is a much bigger audience out there potentially for books. It’s also a lot more work writing a book, and I greatly admire what you have done. The end result therefore has to be more satisfying for the reader.

  42. I certainly cannot wait to read it. Although I have never mentioned it on my blog, I have had a pretty dysfunctional childhood, too, and I admire you for having the courage to analyse it all and use your experience to help others. x

  43. Thanks my lovely! Really hope it doesn’t disappoint xx

  44. Thanks so much hon xxx

  45. I can’t wait to read it either, well done darling x

  46. You’re so right, your triumph against adversity is exactly why people will want to read your book. I, for one, cannot wait to read it xxx

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