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Designing a new website was one of many challenges in my life since Say It Out Loud evolved from a dream to a reality, and most of the challenges came with a steep learning curve.
Embarking on my own healing journey, having a vision to share my story in the form of a book and beginning the writing process was the start. That led to learning the how-tos of getting published, which should have awarded me a second master’s degree for all the learning involved. Once I secured a publishing contract with She Writes Press I thought I was cruising. Working with an editor, collaboratively deciding on a cover and BOOM done!
That’s not exactly how it goes. Whether you self-publish, traditionally publish or partnership publish, as I did, you have to promote your book. Promotion 101 became my next challenge. The most obvious way to promote a book is through social media: blogging, tweeting, and posting on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Although I’ve had a blog for several years, there was more to learn. For example, I never added pictures to my posts, mostly because I was a techno failure. (The only D I ever got in college was in Audio Visual Aids, a required course for teachers back in the day.) However, you can’t add a post to Pinterest unless you add a picture so…anyone notice my posts all have pictures now?
In addition to social media, promotion includes having a Book Launch, book signings, speaking engagements and interviews. Fortunately I don’t mind speaking in front of others, I actually enjoy it. But preparation is the key to successful speaking and that takes time.
As I muddle through Promotion 101, striving for a C or better, I often pause to reflect on why I’m taking this “course.” It’s because I chose a course. I chose to break my silence and face my demons head on. I chose to share my healing journey in a book. And now I choose to share the process by engaging audiences in a conversation on healing, the power of saying it out loud and how we can prevent child sexual abuse. I look forward to Saying It Out Loud to book clubs, parent and teacher organizations, church groups and others as the next step on my journey to healing the scars of sexual abuse. Now the challenge is making those connections. Please click on the SEMINARS button for more details.
Before signing off I want to fess up. I did NOT take a course in web design. That was one challenge I wasn’t willing to tackle alone. When I realized I needed to redesign my website I hired the very talented Justin Coleman. He is the most patient, flexible and prompt person you could work with. I hope you take time to enjoy the site and continue following my blog, Write to Survive.