When Push Comes to Shove, Shove Back

by Shik Love, Senior Writer, AuthorHive

 

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”  – B.C. Forbes

 

 

It’s not easy. And it’s not always fun. Passionately pursuing your dream is tough work. At every turn there is something (a looming mortgage, your eye-rolling friend, that critical voice in your head) telling you that you should be doing something else, something more practical, something more responsible. Don’t let the stories of so-called overnight success fool you, this is hard stuff. To keep going, you will have to dive into reservoirs of faith and determination that you never knew existed.

But here’s the thing—the reservoirs exists. So in the moment when you want to throw in the towel, look back at how much ground you’ve already covered. Go grab your self-published book and hold it in your hands and know that the distance to the finish line is much shorter than the distance to go back to where you started.

Take too this encouragement—you’re not alone.

Here are just a few of the warriors who, like you, took their destiny into their own hands:

Anaïs Nin – After being turned down by traditional publishers, Anaïs decided to publish herself. Starting her own press (Gemor Press), Anaïs published her own writings. She became famous for her published diaries, which spanned more than 60 years. Her writings continue to be celebrated.

William Strunk, Jr. – Professor William Strunk, Jr., self-published The Elements of Style in 1919, distributing the “little book” to his students. The Elements of Style has now become an authority in English writing guidelines. Millions of copies have been sold and there are over six editions in print.

Robert T. Kiyosaki – Author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, the bestseller that remained on the New York Times bestsellers list for over six years. The book caught the attention of a major publisher and was later republished, along with Robert’s many spin-off titles. He has been featured on Larry King Live, Oprah and CNN.

Can you think of other self-publishing success stories? Comment and share.

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4 responses to “When Push Comes to Shove, Shove Back

  1. My story may be the next to add. I have my self published book in hand and am so close to making it’s release formal. However, I am having problems with my web-site set up of the shopping cart and with the e-book. These two obstacles have dragged on for the last 3 months. On both issues, I am relying on a third party who professes to be professional and does this for a living. This is the same person who did a splendid job on the interior and exterior design of my book. I have moved to Europe and she is still in the USA. The distance seems to add to the problem as I am beginning to imagine that she has put my project on the back burner to focus more on projects and customers who are more in her face. She claims to have a handle on it but time keeps slipping by and nothing seems to change. It has been over 3 months.

    • Dear Challis,

      There’s no reason you should let anyone, professional or not, put your project, your dream, on the back burner. If this third party really is a professional, than she understands the notion of deadlines. Give her one. I’d recommend a week. If she is unable to put the wheels in motion within a week, move on. Also, know that these often intimidating tech problems aren’t really that intimidating at all (or much of a problem). Getting your book into an e-format is really pretty simple. You can go to Amazon today and begin the process. Same goes for offering a buying option within your personal website. Paypal has some great, easy-to-install options.

      Remember, professional service should enhance your capabilities, not hinder it. Also know that in the end, your best asset is yourself.

      Best of luck!

  2. You are so right….thanks for the tips and the reminder!

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