Starting the book writing process and staying accountable in your writing are important pieces of the author journey. It can be difficult and challenging. Michelle Vandepas of Empower Press and Alexa Bigwarfe discuss this topic, and so many other topics about publishing!

Michelle Vandepas, CEO and founder of Empower Press, joins Alexa Bigwarfe on the PublishHer Podcast to discuss the challenges of starting and completing a writing project. She also highlights the need for accountability in the writing process and the value of setting realistic goals and dedicating time to writing. Additionally, Michelle discusses Empower Press, a new imprint of Grace Point Publishing, and how it supports nonfiction authors in leveraging their books as part of a broader revenue stream. Throughout the conversation, Michelle encourages aspiring authors to persist, stay committed, and understand that building a successful writing career is a marathon, not a sprint.

Don't give up. It's a long game. Continue doing the things, building, and getting out there, even if it takes time to see results. Persistence is key. – Michelle Vandapas

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The challenges and solutions to starting and completing a writing project.
  • The importance of setting realistic goals and accountability in your writing process.
  • Insights into various publishing options and models for authors, including hybrid publishing, giving you the knowledge to make informed decisions about your own publishing path.
  • The challenges of making a living solely from book sales and the need for multiple revenue streams in the writing industry, enabling you to strategize and diversify your income sources.
  • The long-term nature of building a successful writing career and the importance of persistence and adaptability, inspiring you to keep going and evolve as a writer even when faced with setbacks.
  • The FREE webinar they'll be hosting to help authors through the process. 

Importance of Realistic Goals and Accountability

Setting realistic goals is a crucial component of successful writing. A consistent writing routine tailored to individual needs and commitments could play a significant role in achieving these objectives. Additionally, having accountability systems, such as scheduled group meetings or workshops, can ensure that authors remain focused and dedicated, fostering a greater chance of project completion.

Key Takeaways

  • Overcome the difficulties of starting and completing a book so that your ideas don't remain trapped inside your head and instead come to life on the page.
  • Setting realistic goals and establishing accountability in the writing process empowers you to stay on track and successfully launch your book.
  • Explore the various publishing options and models available to authors, including hybrid publishing, enabling you to make informed decisions about how to best share your work with the world.
  • Understand the challenges of relying solely on book sales to make a living as a writer and realize the need for multiple revenue streams in the writing industry, allowing you to establish a more sustainable and profitable career.
  • Embrace the long-term nature of building a successful writing career and recognize the importance of persistence and adaptability, equipping you with the mindset and strategies to navigate the ups and downs of the industry and achieve lasting success.

Memorable Moments:

00:02:18 – Overcoming Writing Resistance,
Michelle talks about the common resistance writers face when starting a project and offers tips for overcoming it. She emphasizes the importance of getting words on paper and finding ways to keep moving the book forward, even if the writing process feels challenging.

00:04:36 – Timing and Self-Sabotage,
The conversation delves into the concept of timing and self-sabotage in writing. Michelle and Alexa discuss how sometimes the timing may not be right for a project, but there are still ways to make progress and move forward. They highlight the importance of honoring both sides of ourselves and finding balance.

00:21:06 – Understanding the Author's Goals and Audience,
It's important for authors to know their goals and target audience. Authors should focus on reaching their specific audience through channels like Amazon and direct marketing to build their business. Personalized marketing strategies are key.

00:31:52 – The Importance of Making Money,
The hosts acknowledge the importance of making money as entrepreneurs. They discuss how money is necessary for a comfortable life and how it serves as a benchmark for business success. They encourage authors to consider their financial goals and find a publishing press that can help them earn back their investments.

00:36:42 – Overcoming Self-Doubt and Starting to Write,
The hosts address the common self-doubt that prevents many people, especially women, from finishing a book. They emphasize that if the desire to write is in one's heart, they should start writing and not worry about the end result. They encourage listeners to reach out for support and take the first step towards their writing goals.

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