A couple of weeks ago I attended a book launch organised by a friend and colleague whose book has just been published*.
However it wasn’t billed as a launch at all.
Instead I was invited to a Book Blessing, and everything about the celebration sang a song of authentic choices for how this book would be birthed into the world.
I loved it!
Authenticity at Every Level
The teaching that fills the pages of the book and the voice that shines through are perfumed with a level of authenticity that comes from having the courage to stand firmly in your truth come what may.
The same degree of individual preference is apparent from the professional independent publishing option selected and the approach to marketing that’s already successfully spreading the word far and wide.
Clearly the received wisdom of what “should” be done at each stage of the writing and publishing process has been dissolved into what feels truly authentic at every single level for this particular author.
Author, Authority, Authentic
I’m sharing this with you because it shows what’s possible for you as an author when you claim your innate authority to write and publish your book in a way that’s absolutely authentic to you.
Note that all three words have the same root; there’s an important message in that.
Yet it’s all too easy to feel confused and overwhelmed by the unfamiliar world of publishing and find yourself caught in a net of requirements with endless steps you “should” be taking.
Your True Purpose
Before you reach that point, if you haven’t already done so, I recommend that you take time and space to reflect deeply and write down:
- your true purpose for writing your book ,
- what you’re aiming for as a published author
- and what success genuinely looks – and feels like – for you.
Let go of what your conditioned patterns (or other people) dictate about what you “should” be doing and find your way into your inner core to align yourself with the essence of who you are.
Your authentic voice arises from there, and so does your natural authority to make decisions about your authorship based on what’s right for you as an individual.
Once you’re clear about your intentions you can take appropriate actions in the knowledge that you’ve chosen your way forwards consciously.
If that involves being traditionally published and seeing your book on the bestseller list, there will undoubtedly be hoops you need to jump through to make the grade and turn that vision into reality.
If you’re drawn to explore the wide range of alternative publishing options, by all means take advice from those who have the knowledge and experience you lack, but remember that the final choice is yours.
Either way, whatever route to market you select, keep checking in with yourself to make sure you’re still on track with what feels authentic for you as an author; and above all, enjoy the journey!
What’s your view of the role authenticity has to play at each stage of the writing and publishing process? Please share your comments and experience below. Thank you!