My Dream of Writing a Book

My Dream of Writing a Book
I write to express things I usually don't have the opportunity to speak of in person. More than that, it's something I do to let others know they are not alone, that someone really understands and has similar chronic illness issues. I recently wrote a devotional for those with chronic illness, such as fibromyalgia. It was a way for me to increase my reach more than I could with a column or blog. Last May, I invested in myself and took a course on writing and self-publication of books. Let me tell you, at first it was so overwhelming that I almost said, "Forget it." It took me many months of working on my book before I finished because some weeks I would procrastinate and write nothing, worrying that no one was going to want to read it. Perhaps it wasn't good enough to publish. Then, I got up the courage and gathered four close friends in the chronic illness community, some who had FM, and asked them to read my rough draft and honestly critique it. I was deeply encouraged by their feedback and suggestions. I breathed a heavy sigh of relief knowing that others found it to be of value. So, I made some changes and then boldly sent it off to an editor who made some corrections. I approved them and then I was on my way to getting it published. My editor formatted the book for both paperback and ebook, and I hired someone to create a cover. I set up my ebook with Amazon and my paperback through CreateSpace (because they print on demand). Once I received my proof copy in the mail … well, it's hard to describe how completely happy and amazed I was! I was really a published author. I was holding the proof in my hands. As of today, I've sold and given away over 150 copies since October. My goal is to get it into as many hands as I can to reach those who will be enc
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2 comments

  1. I have had fibromyalgia for over 20years, I just deal with the pain. It’s hard to do, have had to quit my job, I hate not being able to work.I have no help from any of my children.My husband died 13 years ago.

    • Colleen E says:

      I am so sorry you have no support. Every person dealing with chronic pain needs a support person. My dream as always been to write children’s books. My brain has so many issues besides brain fog. Sometimes I feel really stupid because I can’t remember to spell simple words. I know I shouldn’t let this stop me and I am encouraged by your story.

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