25 Common Sense Warnings to cross over the finish line of Indie Publishing

This week I welcome two Indie published non-fiction authors to share their experiences and tips. Today, my friend and accountability partner Darlene Larson shares insights she learned getting her first devotionalEnableme,Lord, to Shift in book form.

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25 Common Sense Warnings

To cross over the finish line of Indie publishing!

By Darlene Larson

Somewhere along the line in life, when an author feels that tug on their heart to write their first book, they step toward a writer’s conference. For me, it had been years since college and yes, I had thought of writing books but I buried my treasure, the writing craft. It would have made my life much easier in the last lap of indie publishing if I would have heard these warnings at a writer’s conference,

 

25 common sense warnings to wrap up your first book!

  1. Once your final manuscript is sent off to be published expect the final proof to take longer than you planned. You may need to see three proofs before you are pleased with the final copy!
  2. Did you include acknowledgments of people that you want to thank in your book?
  3. Did you add a dedication paragraph in your book?
  4. What about that copyright page, did you add everything that is needed on that page?
  5. Is your ISBN number on the copyright page?
  6. Is your book cover designer cited on your copyright page?
  7. Are your Bible translations cited on your copyright page?
  8. If you used quotes in your book are they cited with the author’s permission? If you do not know if you need the author’s permission, read author’s copyright page.
  9. Did you Goggle and check Amazon to see if other authors have the same name as you?
  10. Is your author name on the book binding?
  11. Enjoy reading proof one! It’s exciting!
  12. Have two to three people read over the proof or even look over the book covering.
  13. Make certain you only have one title page inside the book.
  14. Did you know page numbers begin with the front blank page? Count the blank page, but do not number them.
  15. It takes time for books to be shipped. Watch out for the holidays as that causes delays.
  16. Surrender to God’s timing when your book is to be released.
  17. Watch for tech issues. PDF’s and Word Docs can have issues during the final days of editing. It’s like they know you want to hurry up and get done!
  18. Watch for spacing on pages and images in the final proof.
  19. Did you know some images can get skewed and changed up in a book format?
  20. Margins can move too in a book format, so check that out in a PDF and in the final proof.
  21. Every author wants their book clean, but some spelling errors, missed letters, or even a word left out sneak by even the best editors. Do your best! Then let your baby go!
  22. Be on guard if your book deals with the Truth of God’s Word. You’re in spiritual warfare, Eph. 6:10-20
  23. While you wait for the first box of books to arrive to your home keep penning and or prepping for the book release.
  24. Gather folders, stamps, marketing material, and addresses to prepare for the book launch.
  25. Once that final product arrives, send out your free books to your influencers so they can rejoice with you, read your book, and push you out into their world.

 

Then do cartwheels, you did it!

Congratulations!

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Back Cover Copy for Enable me, Lord, to Shift

Has your smile faded? Are you doing a battle beneath your masked smile? Serving in the name of Jesus, yet you live with doubt, fear, and anxiety only multiples. Your life is not making sense and you have many questions that are not being answered. Where do you turn?

I know these feelings. I lived in a deceptive war zone and wrestled with many questions to God, Are you relevant to meet my needs today?” “Is it worth my time and effort to pick up a Bible?”  “Does Scripture speak to the pain I’m facing?” Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, is based on the principles I learned while living in an emotional abusive marriage. Doubt is a real weapon of the enemy still today. And I began to believe lies about myself and that I had no reason to live. But, I chose to turn to the Word of God daily to stay alive and to shift into Truth—to live!

In order to change, we must look at our life and evaluate it to the Word of God.

  • Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, is an inspirational coaching devotional to teach women how to sow the Word of God to their heart, one verse at a time to shift into truth and experience transformational living.
  • Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, teaches a model of healthy enabling. Jesus is the enabler for freedom living, teaching us how growth can occur from the inside out, and offering His followers real life.
  • Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, offers a daily inspirational story that teaches a woman how to apply the verse to her life.
  • Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, contains a self-assessment report card for each domain book. This offers the reader the opportunity to take an inventory of her life and then examine where she needs to grow.
  • Enable Me, Lord, to Shift, offers coaching questions in each daily devotional, which allows readers to expose their current method of doing life. Then they discover where the gap is and plan a step to shift into Truth—and live!

 

Darlene Alene Larson is a Professional Certified Life Coach and founder of Hearts with a Purpose, coaching and inspiring women to live out their life purpose. She holds certifications as a Life Purpose Coach®, Grief-Loss Coach, Recovery Coach, and a Life Coach Instructor. She is a speaker for women events. Her books, coaching material, and contact info can be found at www.Heartswithapurpose.com. She and her husband, Bill, reside in mid-Michigan.

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All you Indie published authors out there share some of your tips with us. Have you run into some these same problems?

 

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Guest Blog: Is Writing Part of Your Life Purpose?

Today I have my new friend, accountability partner and professional life coach Darlene Lund as my guest. Darlene has been a wonderful catalysis to help me reach my weekly writing goals. She writes from her desire to help women fulfill all God has for them.

Darlene Lund Life Coach shares a challenge as my guest today.

Darlene Lund, Life Coach shares a challenge as my guest today.

A Bit about Darlene

Darlene Lund, founder of Hearts with a Purpose, www.heartswithapurpose.com , coaches and inspires women to live out their life purpose. A Professional Certified Life Coach, Life Purpose Coach®, Recovery Coach, Grief-loss Coach, and a strategic 2-Day Lifeplan coach; Darlene offers customized coaching for women right where they are. She is passionate that women become fully alive to all that God has created them for.

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From her heart to yours

As a little girl I often saw my mother pick up her blue fountain pen. My siblings and I were warned it was not ours to touch. The tip of the pen point was quite delicate. The pen held an ink cartridge that was a little cylinder. It contained liquid blue ink and had to be replaced often.

When my mom pressed the pen to the paper the words appeared to trickle and tumble. Like magic the skinny pen delivered a flow of blue words.

My Mother was no author or blogger. Yet, she touched countless lives by dropping a handwritten card or note in the mail to communicate to others that they were cared for, thought of, and loved. Recipients often complimented and thanked her and added, “Donna, you have such beautiful hand writing.”

In the evenings, only for her families’ eyes and ears, she would pull out her diary and quickly pen the day’s highlights, plus share news with us that occurred the previous year.

So why did my mother write when she had such little free time? Was writing a part of my mother’s life purpose?

I believe so. She loved communicating to others through the written word. Plus she cast a vision to me that writing was a positive craft.

How about you, is writing a part of your life purpose?

As a coach for women and a Life Purpose Coach ® I hear women’s burning heart desires. Sometimes the writing passion is in their heart’s cry. Sometimes it is not. If there is an all-consuming message to share, usually I hear that. I challenge these women to take inventory on what God would have them to do with the message.

I have been a reluctant writer. I never dreamed of having my name on a book jacket. However, I did grow up with the dream of becoming a teacher. I achieved that dream.

In my early 20’s I taught children. Later in my 40s’ I sensed a shift. God transitioned my focus to women. I was to coach, teach, speak and write on behalf of women’s needs.

Writing is not easy for me. But, the message of who God is, what he has done and been in my life, far out-weighs my past fears and frustration of writing. I know it is a part of my life purpose. If I were not to write, what he has vested in me would be sealed off from others. I would be robbing the Lord of the glory he deserves.

For some individuals writing can be fun. Therapeutic. Creative. And others find it painful, difficult, and challenging. Writing, blogging, getting published takes work, effort, re-writing, do overs along with days, months, and years pitching to get published.

I believe if the message in the writer is to be reproduced to touch others’ lives, it will come to be. Writing on purpose takes persistent, perseverance, and push through.

For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me. Colossians 1:29” (NASB)

Darlene’s challenge

What is your heart’s burning desire?

Do you have a message that must be shared?

What is stopping or blocking you?

Will you deny others the privilege of learning, because you did not write?

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Thank you so much, Darlene, for this challenge.

So readers, what burning desire has God put on your heart? We’d love to hear about it? Leave a comment below.

 

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