Now that I’ve committed myself to entering (and winning) the Hay House Writer’s Workshop, the next step was to ensure I produced my best work. Stopping to consider that I have never written a formal book proposal and that the sample provided at the workshop was less than specific, I felt the need to reach out for professional assistance. I contacted Kelly N.’s company – if you recall from my previous post, Kelly was a speaker at the workshop – and had a stimulating conversation with one of her staff. Once we determined this was a good fit for me, I was assigned a potential editor. My initial ‘get acquainted’ call was supposed to last no longer than 15 minutes. We ended up talking for almost an hour! We had so much in common and were able to prompt each other’s creativity; it was if we were kindred spirits. Score! I contracted Kelly and her editing team immediately.
My first assignment was to write a synopsis of my book and provide specifics with regard to my target market. Easy, right? Not so much. I knew my target market is Baby Boomers. However, I learned that is way too general and I needed to get more specific. As I wrote the synopsis, I ended up writing what I would call a “hard sell” of the book instead of what it actually is about. According to my newly hired editor, I was so much in my head that I did not feel the reader’s pain and explain how I could help alleviate it.
Feeling frustrated and stuck in the muck of my mind overflowing with my typical overachiever thoughts, I tried to center myself. After all, that’s what I teach others to do so I ought to take my own advice. Interestingly, as I centered myself I had an epiphany. In order to write the book proposal to persuade an editor my idea was worthwhile, I realized that I was actually going through the exact four-step strategic thinking process that I teach in my book in order not to panic while creating my best work. This reinforced my purpose of sharing my message.
As I took a deep breath, I re-wrote my synopsis from my heart; expressing how I understood the pain of a sudden health scare and my experience could be used to help the reader on their journey to wellness. And I honed in on my target market: Baby Boomers who have or are at risk of having a chronic disease and want to learn to be proactive in their health care so as to eliminate the chaos of reactionary sick care.
With that said, I’d like to share a glimpse of my overview with you.
In a matter of mere seconds on April 26, 2006 the proverbial sh*t hit the fan and everything changed in the blink of an eye. What began as symptoms of a migraine aura quickly turned into those of a stroke. Six weeks, numerous uncomfortable tests, and a litany of doctor’s hypotheses later I heard the dreaded words, “My dear, beyond the shadow of a doubt you have multiple sclerosis (MS).” It was as if the universe had sucker-punched me in the gut. Breathless, I felt the room close in around me as panic set in. Thoughts swirling around in my brain included: How did this happen? Why me? Why now? Are you sure? …. Be inspired as you shift your thinking, recognizing a power within you that perhaps you never knew existed; resilience. Drawing from my personal journey, my book offers a coach approach that uses neuroscience principles and spirituality to teach aging Baby Boomers who may already have a chronic illness how to take control of their health and wellness while understanding that although they are not responsible for having a disease, they are responsible for how they live with it. It is a about a proactive process resulting in increased positivity, overcoming limitations, and increasing resilience. It is about answering the question, “How alive are you willing to be?”
Please comment and let me know if this is a book you would like to read.