Friday, January 12, 2018

Love Does NOT Mean Never Having to Say You're Sorry

I owe you a huge apology ...

Though I'm not Catholic, a similar confession is in order:

Forgive me, audience, for I have disappeared. It's been a few years since my last blog post.

While I realize you may not have missed me or even noticed I stopped blogging, it's important to me that you know I have never taken your interest or attention for granted. Perhaps you've been equally overwhelmed, struggling to keep up in today's technology-laden, multitasking, multisensory, often chaotic world. But even if you haven't, I hope you'll allow me to give you the brief explanation you deserve for why I temporarily dropped out of the blogosphere. Maybe you'll even relate.

When I launched my business, The Book Doctor Is In, back in 2011, I did everything I could to reach out to the people who needed my help the most: aspiring authors. And at a certain point, that outreach turned into a thriving business I could barely keep up with. While I was over the moon that I was able to help so many authors produce their books with excellence from cover to cover—several of them winning notable awards—I quickly became an all-work-very-little-play kind of gal ... and it understandably began to take a toll on me. I had to make a decision for my health and sanity: cut back on clients or cut back on the extras, like blogging and social media. I chose the latter.

Some may say that sounds reasonable and they wish they could do the same; others will say it was a terrible idea. All I can say is that the decision was the best one for me. In the midst of it all, I experienced a couple pretty intense life losses, followed by a huge out-of-state move. While the move was a dream come true, it was still incredibly stressful. As they say, something's gotta give.

But I have another confession: In my heart, I'm a writer before all else. And it pained me not to write my blog and have this additional outlet for helping you fulfill your author dreams. I contemplated picking it back up multiple times, but I was simply too overwhelmed with other things. I knew I would return at some point when the time was right, and well, now is the time!

I hope that despite the time that's passed, you'll stay with me. I have exciting things in store for you in the coming weeks, beginning with an engaging series of interviews with successful self-published authors. I just know you're going to love hearing their insights, foibles, and how they ultimately made their publishing dreams come true by staying focused on inspiring the most important people of all—their readers. Each author interview will encompass a different genre and the writer's particular set of challenges and triumphs—and all of them are honest, motivating, and filled with tips you can use on your own writing and publishing journey.

I can't wait to share them with you!

Stay tuned ... the first one will be landing in your inbox tomorrow, and the nuggets it contains may be just what you need to hear as you work on your own nonfiction labor of love.

In the meantime, to show my appreciation for hanging in there with me, I have a super-duper BRAND NEW freebie you are welcome to download. It's called The Essential Nonfiction Book Planning Mind Map, and it shows all the crucial elements that create the foundation of a marketable, audience-targeted book. I hope you find it helpful!

So yes, love DOES mean having to say you're sorry. I have great love and respect for the people who have connected with me over time, and I hope you will indeed accept my apology for not being there for you these last few years here on the blog. I intend to make it up to you!

With much gratitude,