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The Bio-Individuality of Book Content

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>> Hi, everyone, and welcome to Launch Your Dream Book. It's Lindsey here. And today we're going to talk all about the bio-individuality of book content. So let's jump right into it and talk about how every single book is different. If you walk into a bookstore, you'll notice that you find books that are very, very large cookbooks that have 300 pages. You find novels that are 500 pages. You find self-help books that are 100 pages. You find those little mini-books that they keep right when you check out that are really, really cute and they're like 20 pages, and they're like two inches by two inches, or something like that. So, every book is so different. Walking in a bookstore you can see the different shapes, the different sizes that a book offers, and guess what? That is okay. Everyone has a different view on what they want their book to be, and so we want to encourage you to do what's best for you. Some of the most successful books are books that come in series. Some are short, maybe only 40 pages, some are really little cute and kitschy coffee book tables. And some are books that are the standard, you know, 150, 200 pages. But at the end of the day, the size or the shape really doesn't matter, it's that you feel confident and you do what's best for you and your book. The other thing about writing a book and being a part of this process is sometimes comparisons creep up on us and we think, "Who am I to write a book?" Or, "Oh, there's already so many other books out there and available, why would someone read mine?" But comparison is truly the thief of joy. Everyone has a story and no one is you. And what you have to offer the world and your reader is that unique story that someone is going to relate to. You don't know how many times where I will do a speaking engagement and I'll share the introduction of my book, and people will come up to me afterwards in tears and say, "Oh, my goodness," you know, "I am this person!" Or, "this used to be me," or, "I could totally relate." And it's not because I'm a better writer than anyone or it's not because, you know, maybe they haven't read a book in this genre, they probably have, but they were relating to me and my story. And so I want to encourage you to allow your readers to relate to you and your story, and remember that really no one is you and you have a service to share that story so you can help others heal. The second part of the process is a lot of the times as we're going through the book course, we tend to let our peers maybe, you know, we compare ourselves to our peers. Like, "Oh, my goodness, they're already on Chapter two, I haven't even started my introduction, I feel so far behind." But instead of letting that progress consume you, allow it to fuel you and also let go of, you know, where they are and where you are because everyone has a different learning style. I know for me, I actually kind of work backward sometimes where I will have a book cover and all kinds of content that I want to share on social media and in the media before I have any of the content written. So just because someone, you know, you think that they're a couple steps ahead it just may be their working process. And so let go of what other people are doing and really focus on your unique journey in becoming an author. And remember that you are good enough to do this. This process can be sometimes draining or overwhelming because it can bring up a lot of emotion, there are so many pieces to the puzzle, but you can do it. And once you write a book, I tell every single person that comes through this course, once you write a book, you can do anything. Because writing a book truly puts you up against a lot of different challenges or things that you may not think that you'll ever have to experience or, you know, it's a lot of tough, it's a lot of mental work, and it's all about putting these pieces together. And once you can do that and you hold your book in your hand, you can literally do anything. And that's truly when the magic happens because you've gotten past that fear of putting your work out there, of actually sitting down and writing and getting it done and putting it to a physical copy, and seeing your book on Amazon, and you realize that all of the hard work was so worth it. And you are good enough. You can do this. Another thing is to drop what you think is normal. I love this quote, "I tried being normal once. Worst two minutes of my life." I feel like that all the time. And really there is no normal anymore when it comes to the book industry. You have complete control. You can experiment, you can try new things, you can add some different content that you want to add, you can, you know, try a new recipe because you can always tweak down the line. You know, the book industry no longer controls what we can and cannot put out into the world and what information is allowed out into the world, and so you can allow your unique voice to shine. So, you know, just because you see something that you think is normal, doesn't mean that you have to go that route because there's a lot of other routes that you can take or you can try something new. So, a lot of questions that we get a lot of the time is, "What should I put in my book?" And this is all about the bio-individuality of a book. So, some people ask, "Should I put a foreword in my book or a preface? Should I have an index or a list of resources? Should I include photos? Should I include a chart?" And the list goes on and on and on. And the answer is it's so totally bio-individual. I mean, what works for one person may not work for the next. If you want to include a chart, by all means, include a chart. If you want to have an index, great, have an index. You know, if you decide, "You know what, I want to have an index for my round number two, but the first time around, I'm not going to have one," then don't. You are in complete control. And so again, by dropping the comparisons, by realizing that there is no normal when it comes to a book, allow yourself to express your creativity, to express what you want to your reader in a way that works for your reader. And maybe that includes charts, maybe it includes social media tweets at the end of every chapter. Whatever it may be, you know, think about your reader, and remember that it's totally up to you. You are in the driver's seat, you have total control in this process.

And lastly, please, please, please remember that you are needed. This journey to becoming an author can be up and down and there's all these twists and turns, but your unique voice is needed in the world. Allow your story to shine and recognize that writing a book is a bio-individual process and allow that process to carry through in your work. And, you know, get really excited about it. Instead of looking at it as,"Should I be doing this?" or, "Should I be doing that?" really allow the bio-individual process to fuel you and your work. And remember that by doing that,

your unique voice will shine and can go on to help so many people.

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Posted by: integrativenutrition on Jan 18, 2016

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