“Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.”
– Quincy Jones
You. Published author.
Your published book on Amazon’s shelves.
People spotting your beautiful book cover as they search for a book to buy.
Readers buying your book.
Logging in to your Amazon bookshelf and seeing numbers popping up under month-to-date sales.
Wouldn’t that be exciting?
You’ve just spent the last few months or years writing your memoir, romance, mystery or non-fiction story. The material is amazing. You’ve gone over it with a fine tooth comb and it is perfect. The story has been burning in your chest to be told. This story has become your baby. You know the world needs to hear what you have to say.
“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”
– Brian Tracy
You say you’re not even close to completing your book?
Think it can’t be done?
Have you even gotten started?
Maybe you need some inspiration about right now.
“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?”
– Sun Tzu
Here’s a goal for you.
Christmas is close at hand.
Christmas morning will find millions rubbing the sleep from their eyes. They run into the living room to check out what Santa brought.
Christmas trees are lit up all over the world.
The tinsel sparkles.
The lights will be twinkling.
Presents are wrapped and waiting.
Kindles are under the Christmas tree.
These are gifts to new readers of ebooks.
Recipients will be excited that they received their brand spanking new e-reader.
They will, of course, need books to fill it up.
They will be heading over to Amazon to find books for their new Kindle.
This is the first of October.
You have three months.
Let’s do a little exercise together.
- Close your eyes.
- Picture your book as completed.
- What does the cover look like?
- What color is it?
- Is there a picture on the cover or just text?
- Picture your title.
- Picture your name under the title, with the word “author” after your name.
- Picture your book in the listing of your chosen category on Amazon.
- What would it feel like to hold this book in your hand?
- Who is the first person you would share it with?
- Take Action
“Everything you can imagine is real.”
– Pablo Picasso
Now you’ve imagined your book, the Kindles in hand at Christmas, now is the time to take action. (Tweet)
Now is the time to write.
“The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead! ”
– George S. Patton
The next post will help you do this.
Try the visual exercises and tell me what you imagine. What is the title of your book? Color? What are you doing to make this book a reality?
Leave me a comment and let me know!
Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.