The decision to publish Caroline Girls was not easy for me. When I decided to search for an illustrator, I knew the day would come when I would have to try and go out and sell the book. But in order to do that, I had to overcome several obstacles within myself to move forward with this project.
In December 2015, when the book was nearly finished and I was talking to printers, the idea of publishing this book seemed like a task I couldn’t take on. Let me set the scene: we were building a new home, had sold our current home lightning fast and were living with my parents. I was struggling to lose baby weight and had started doing HIIT training at the gym, which I was HATING! My baby daughter was no longer sleeping in her carrier through my workouts, so I had to find other arrangements for her during my gym time.
The bottom line: I was living in someone else’s space, everything felt hard and I was working my tail off and seeing no results. To say I was frustrated was an understatement. I was in a downright negative space and moving forward to publish Caroline Girls just didn’t seem like a good idea given my current attitude.
So I decided to stop doing the things I didn’t want to do. I let go of HIIT training, took a week off from the gym and worked to refocus my mind. I read the self help book Get Out Of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior. The book was incredibly helpful, but the one thing that really stuck with me was a portion on being overwhelmed. I realized that was the source of my frustration with my book. It was going to need to be sold and marketed and I couldn’t do it all myself!
Even though my husband is super supportive, I needed more than emotional support. So I hired someone to help me with the marketing and it has made all the difference! She’s able to focus on the marketing plan while I go out and focus on selling the book. It has been so energizing to get out there and see girls enjoying the book!
I’ve also been surrounding myself with positive messages. I read Stella & Dot founder Jessica Herrin’s new book Find Your Extraordinary, and saw the movie Joy, based on the story of Joy Mangano – creator of the Miracle Mop. Both of these women overcame obstacles, doubters, and fought for their products and ideas and won! It’s helped inspire me even further! It makes me feel like the decision to publish Caroline Girls could really turn into something amazing!!
Even though, at this writing, I’ve only scratched the surface of my hopes for Caroline Girls …I already feel like I’ve been successful in my venture!
To purchase Caroline Girls on Amazon, click here!