Our family’s end-of-the-summer vacation was highlighted by my foray into zip-lining. I did the adventure in the sky for the first time ever. My wife too. It was amazing but it’s something that I’ve put off for more than a decade simply because of fear and ignorance.
The lesson here is that many authors fail to write and publish books out of a similar fear. And many fail to promote their books because of a fear or ignorance about the process. I’m here to tell you these things can be accomplished – without fear, worry, or concern.
Zip-lining is all about trusting in the process and of giving yourself an opportunity to see life differently. You take a leap of faith that a bunch of harnesses, clamps, and cables will support your weight across a distance high above the ground, hundreds of feet away from one point to the other. It’s scary and exhilarating all at once.
You don’t really have to do much except not freak out and listen to some instructions. You can hold onto some handles but you’re not really supporting yourself. The harness acts as a seat and you really can coast without doing a thing. But our mind tells us to fear and we clutch and cling to things that really don’t help us.
We do the same when it comes to writing and promoting books. Instead of trusting in the process and letting ourselves get published and marketed properly, we hold onto useless modes or debilitating methods, allowing our writing careers to be driven by fear and ignorance.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
You can zip-line through publishing and life. It takes a bit for one to step back and gain a different perspective, but when you can start to see that you can do things you didn’t think were possible you suddenly can see how you’d do a lot more than you ever imagined.
Zip-lining also taught me that our success depends in part on the support of other people. Our group of 12 zip-liners were guided and aided by two instructors. If they weren’t there to catch us, hook us in, or encourage us, we would not have made it. Some of us would’ve quit and others may have gotten injured.
Book publishing has guides and coaches along the way, from editors and promoters to book packagers and literary agents. These passionate professionals help us zip-line through the parts we see as tricky and treacherous. Sure there will be times when we feel fear of failure or of success – but we need to ride the support of others, trust in the process and approach challenges with courage and a bit of frenzied laughter.
Oh, and one more tip: Don’t look down!
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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs
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