Don’t just dream of reach­ing people – get pub­lished

Saturday Star - - SPICE -

the wis­dom of the ages. Each one of us reaches a stage where we an­swer the in­ner call. Women’s wis­dom is the foun­da­tional struc­ture of moral­ity in so­ci­ety.

There is a time to cre­ate chil­dren and a time to shape them. And when the chil­dren grow up, women shape na­tions. The voice you hear within is not mine but your own, I just re­flect it to you.

When you know what you want to say to the world I have news for you: there is no ex­cuse or cir­cum­stance that stands in the way of you telling your story. It is more ac­ces­si­ble than ever to pub­lish your book. It costs less than you think and you can elect to self-pub­lish with a bit of knowhow. To­day in­die books meet the high­est stan­dards with a bit of home­work to learn the ropes.

Start writ­ing. With so many on­line cour­ses avail­able you are guar­an­teed to find in­for­ma­tion. But don’t stop there. Take the next step and pub­lish a print or ebook ac­cord­ing to your bud­get. Brand your book on so­cial me­dia and use your net­work to tell people what you are writ­ing about. People love to sup­port friends. As your story grows, so will your au­di­ence. Be­ing an au­thor is no longer re­served for the elite few. Over 4 000 books are pub­lished ev­ery day in the world.

Ten years ago I was a mom with two young boys and liv­ing a life around the needs of my home. Now I write for The Satur­day Star and talk on ra­dio. Some 10 000 people visit my blogs in a month. The only dif­fer­ence be­tween you and I, is that I ac­tu­ally made the de­ci­sion to take that first step and stuck to it un­til I suc­ceeded.

The true ob­sta­cles you face are the sto­ries you tell your­self. Au­thor Wil­bur Smith says that writ­ing is like tak­ing off a wet T-shirt. You are com­pelled to take it off. You never know whom you will touch with your writ­ing in your blog or book. But if you don’t try your hand at it, you will never know the dif­fer­ence. Ev­ery­one who does what I do started where you are now. There is some­thing inside which drives us, a lit­tle voice, an im­por­tant mes­sage, or a need to help oth­ers. There is noth­ing you can do be­fore­hand to get ready. Af­ter your de­ci­sion is made it is just one step at a time.

Find more in­for­ma­tion about get­ting pub­lished as a South African au­thor on my web­site. I in­ter­viewed pub­lish­ing ex­perts in a “mas­ter­class se­ries” for people like you to learn what is re­quired for print and dig­i­tal pub­lish­ing.

Adelé Green is a trans­for­ma­tion spe­cial­ist coach and au­thor of Can You See Me Naked: Grow in a Con­scious Re­la­tion­ship.

Post your ques­tion at www. Lis­ten to #360Brunch at noon on Sun­days on Mix93.8FM.

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