Speaking of Stories… Discover Yours with “Get Personal”
Most of my book coaching and editing clients write because they have a message to share or an idea they want to express. When I ask clients why they’re writing a book, I often hear statements like:
- “I have to get this out of my head.”
- “People need to know how (fill in the blank) can help them.”
- “If people knew this, it would change their lives!”
- “I just want to help people.”
And so on. Occasionally, people write simply because they want to build a platform or make a name for themselves. But for most people, the driving reason for writing a non-fiction book is to help others by sharing something they have learned through education and/or experience.
Telling Another Kind of Story
That’s why I wrote my latest book, Get Personal: The Importance of Sharing Your Faith Story. I wanted to share what I’ve been learning. I wanted to invite others to join me in the joy of sharing what matters most, but what can often be challenging to talk about in our politically correct culture: our faith.
During the past 10 years, I’ve helped individuals and organizations promote their messages through books and magazines. I’ve learned that expressing feelings, hope, dreams, failures… stories … helps readers understand the value of the facts. Facts are important, but as the saying goes, “Facts tell, stories sell.” And while faith is free and grace is a gift, telling stories can be a powerful way to share those facts so that they are well-received.
Now for the Hard Part: Marketing
I’m beyond excited about my new book. (If you’re a published author, you know the absolute giddiness mixed with fear that overflows when you hold your book for the first time.) And now I’m on to the hard part: marketing. I’m blogging about what I’m doing on MyWritersConnection.com as a way to document the process and the book’s progress. Feel free to follow along there and offer your suggestions.
If you want to know more about Get Personal, check out the reviews on Amazon and visit the book’s site: ShareYourFaithStory.net.
Whatever your reason for writing, I hope you’ll include not only the facts, but also the stories that will help people see the real value of what you have to offer. And if you are ready to share your message but aren’t sure where to start, I’m here to help.