Being an author is hard.
Writing a book is hard.
Because being an author is one of the most courageous things you can do. Why?
Because it requires total and complete belief in yourself and in your creativity.
As a writer, so much of your heart and soul goes into the writing process.
Because the words are just an extension of your being.
And that is why one of the bravest things an author can do after they have written their words is to press ‘Publish’ on their work.
By pressing ‘Publish’ you share your most deepest thoughts with the world. And by sharing such a deep part of yourself, you open yourself up to criticism and ridicule. You become vulnerable.
But if you cultivate a professional author mindset, then you don’t have to suffer from crippling self-doubt.
Most authors suffer from self-doubt because they don’t want to be judged or criticised.
But if you accept that your book won’t be applicable to everyone, that’s a good thing. You don’t want to write a book for everyone because then it won’t impact or help anyone.
You don’t have to please everyone. You just have to serve your readers.
You need to identify who you are writing for and serve that audience with the best book you can produce at a professional standard.
Give away free sample chapters
Once I had set up my mailing list (which, if you are serious about being an author-entrepreneur, is the number one thing you must do first), I decided to give away the first chapter of my book.
My book is still undergoing its third round of edits but the first half of the book is in a good shape which I am happy to start sharing.
But I was hesitant to share it.
Simply because I was afraid of what people would think. Would they like it? Did I share too much of my own story? How would it be perceived?
These were just the some of the thoughts swirling around in my head.
But I also knew that this book was written to help other people to leave jobs they hated to follow their dreams.
So I needed to make sure I was writing what my audience would want. And the only way to do this was to allow my audience to read what I had written.
So I pulled out the first chapter into a separate word document, converted it into a PDF file (you can read some of it in this blog post here) and gave away the full chapter away for free to my mailing list subscribers.
Ask and You Shall Receive!
As an entrepreneur, what I have learnt is that you must have the courage to ask.
So I explicitly asked my mailing list subscribers for feedback and reviews based on the first full chapter (the chapter was around 2ooo words long).
I received some rave reviews which was obviously pleasing. I have shared some of them below.
I would encourage you to collect and store your reviews in one document so you can use them when it comes to launching and marketing the book (but do ask your reader’s for permission to share their reviews).
Reviews are social proof of your book and greatly influence book sales. People are more likely to want to read your book if it has a lot of reviews. So as an author-entrepreneur, start thinking about how to get as many reviews as you can before you officially launch the book.
I will be releasing more chapters to my mailing list subscribers in due course. You can also sign up for the latest updates here to get the chapters delivered straight to your inbox.
Early reviews for Escape The Cubicle:
Your first chapter is brilliant. From the heart with humour as well
Hey Sukhi! I just read your first chapter – I love it!!
Your writing style is very easy to read and draws you in, and the content is so honest and relatable – it brought tears to my eyes reading about your father, his suffering and the compassion you showed him – and then later in the chapter it also made me chuckle, reading about your interactions with Knob-head (I had a bullying female colleague who I re-named in my head ‘The Bulldog’ 😅)! Amazing job …..I look forward to reading more!
It’s intriguing .. almost like a suspense novel at times .. it’s very relatable.. the thing I like is that the chapter is not preaching that you do XYZ but it’s still doing that, subtly guided by your story experiences and actions.
This is wonderful! I mean it, it is really wonderful! This chapter is like my life more than yours. I took the decision to quit just like how you described. (Just that my bosses were far far more understanding and my reason was just that I was too unhappy)… I love your writing and looking forward to read more.
I like your writing style – it is fluent and you tell the story of your experience clearly – it is easy to follow your train of thought. I think people would be able to relate to it. …What you have described so far is probably most people’s experience of work at some stage or other.
I just read the first chapter and I thought it was amazing. Your old boss was a proper ass hole….I read the chapter to my friend whilst we drove in to work and we both really enjoyed it…I look forward to reading more.
I was really moved by this. I feel like I am currently at this point in my life and finding my purpose is a topic that is at the forefront of my mind now. I look forward to reading more.
I just wanted to let you know that I’ve just read your first chapter of your book – both poignant and uplifting – and to share how much I enjoyed it and how it personally resonated with a lot of my own experience… I want to thank you for your openness and sharing and look forward to seeing your work progress.
Take Action Now: I would love for you to provide a review of my first chapter when you sign up to my launch team (plus you get exclusive freebies too). You can sign up here and leave a review in the comments below. Thanks!
Also published on Medium.