I kicked fear’s booty and made a 'Phoenix Move' when I said, “Yes!” to a sister-friend who insisted that I edit her manuscript, saying that Spirit said I was to do it. Although I had edited several types of documents over the years and was very good at helping people express themselves, I was resistant to her request due to fear and uncertainty about my ability to edit the magnitude of a ‘book’. This was new level stuff. But I reluctantly accepted the challenge and was so glad I did because when I read it, I strongly urged her to cease selling copies of the book until I was through.
I realized that I had done her and the other participants in the “Your Book in 90 Days Coaching Program,” where I was asked to share my self-publishing experience and online process by Rev. Valerie Love, who introduced me to the free self-publishing platform as a resource for republishing my second book. I showed up and shared with my self-created handout and enthusiastic passion, but was unwilling to offer editing services. In fact, I was like ‘nope, I don’t do that.’ Microscopic Truth Moment: Editing other people’s manuscripts is serious and most times tedious work, especially when they don’t have a clue about organizing content, writing rules…. But my girl, who pulled the ‘Spirit said’ card on me, was the first of three ‘paying’ clients from that group that I ended up providing editing and formatting services for.
My first faith-filled ‘Yes,’ regarding editing and self-publishing, led to the more 'Yeses' and every other Yes outside my comfort zone. With each 'Yes,' I kicked fear’s booty and grew my skill set and knowledge base. That was at the end of the first quarter in 2012 after having resigned my Policies and Procedures Writer position in July 2010 and cashing out my 401K to pursue full time ministry as an entrepreneur. Without a clue how to do that and the fear of stepping outside my comfort zone to expand my offerings or just simply use my marketable gifts and talents, I was facing eviction by mid November 2011. Since I couldn’t pay, I couldn’t stay. So I packed up my belongings to stay with a friend before moving back to my childhood home with mom just before Christmas.
I kicked fears booty when I said, “Yes!” and since then I’ve been an instrumental support in the self-publishing process of 11 first time authors and soon to be authors, plus self-published six of my own this far.
Jo Anne Meekins - Founder * Author
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