Greetings, Dear Writerpreneur,
I pray that you are well.
Welcome to another Empowering Post, where I will teach you valuable lessons that will impact your Christian authorship.
For today's article, I want to discuss the importance of mentorship or coaching. When I first began working with Christian Authors, I did not realize how many of them needed assistance in this area.
And since discovering this gap in the market, I have cultivated myself as a professional coach and mentor to Christian Authors from around the world.
This aspect of my business is not far from what I did as an English instructor to high school students and adult learners. In fact, many of the teaching strategies that I developed over the years are also employed when I work with Christian Authors like you.
As you read this article, I want you to consider how far you wish to go in this journey as a writerpreneur. Because in truth, you can only succeed based on the vision and current training that you have.
In other words, your writing ministry will be limited unless you are willing to work with someone who can take you further in your work.
And that's what a great mentor will do for you.
So, let's get into this teaching.
What Do We Mean By Having a Mentor or Coach?
Let me begin this discussion with a clear definition of a mentor and coach.
The term that I want to highlight based on these definitions is the word "guide."
A mentor is not one who uses her knowledge to make herself look good. Her role and function is to help her mentee achieve success.
One of the influencers that I follow, Donald Miller, discusses this concept heavily with his online business, StoryBrand. Miller encourages businesses to step away from telling their own stories to try and gain customers, and to start telling the stories of their customers, who are essentially the heroes in the story.
And the same concept can be applied to mentorship.
When I'm working with my clients as a coach or mentor, one of the first questions I ask is, "What are your goals for your writing ministry? And what is your vision for your writing career?"
These questions help me to better understand my client, and to help me create a mentoring process that will work best for my client. It's not my job to tell my clients how successful I am and how I continue to achieve success.
I'm not the hero in their story.
I'm simply the guide who will lead them to their destiny; and once they reach that place, then they can help others along their journey.
You will notice that mentorship and coaching involve elements of teaching. And I believe this is why this service comes naturally to me. I've been teaching people for more than 20 years (as of this post...by the way, I'm just 33).
Mentoring is not just about encouraging my clients or inspiring them with thoughtful suggestions; but it also entails helping them develop a strategic plan.
When you think of coaching in terms of sports, it's not enough that a coach tells the team that it can win. He must also tell his members HOW to win. And the same idea is applied when it comes to mentoring or coaching Christian Authors.
If you are wondering if acquiring a mentor or coach for your writing ministry is necessary in this venture, I must tell you that is.
Unlike with other fields of study, you can't go to a college to earn a degree in Christian authorship...not yet, at least. (I'm developing plans for the first university for Christian Authors. It's a dream of mine, and one that I will put into place a few years from now.)
But you can work with Christian Authors and writing experts who know how to cultivate this skill for you.
The Many Reasons Why Having a Mentor Will Take You Further in Your Writing Ministry
So, now that you know what a coach and mentor are, here are some reasons why you should hire one specific to your needs as a Christian Writerpreneur.
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Here's what you need to take away from this article: You cannot do without a writing coach or mentor.
You absolutely need one, and you need to add this element to your author's annual budget.
I want to mention one thing here, and that's not every writing coach is the same. You will find some Christian Writing Mentors who claim to know how to do something, when in truth they have not been in the game long enough to qualify as an expert.
I have seen this time and again: One person writes a book in one week, and then all of sudden she is an expert on teaching others how to write a book in 7 days.
Don't invest in that. You want experience and you want quality. You want that coach to prove to you that once you hire her, then you can expect to receive clear results that will last a lifetime.
As I mentioned before, each coach is different. I know of writing coaches who work predominantly with Christian Coaches; I know of another Writing Coach, Tamika Sims, who has a phenomenal writing ministry. And in fact, she is one that I would recommend and trust.
I certainly would recommend my own coaching services. Unlike the majority of Christian Writing Coaches, my mentoring includes access to my online school. In fact, I won't take on a coaching client unless he or she is willing to engage in some of the lessons that I teach in my course.
This is because I take a business-minded approach with my clients. I don't simply want to teach you how to write a great book; I want to train you how to build a thriving writing ministry. And that's the difference between me and another mentor.
So, when thinking about adding coaching to your authorship, consider what you want to achieve with your authorship, and then find the right expert who will guide you along the way.
A little later, I will share with you how you can begin the initial process of working with me should you find my coaching and teaching empowering. You can start small by just connecting with me, and then when you are ready, you can take the plunge and begin the journey towards becoming a thriving writerpreneur.
But before that, let's chat.
Now It's Your Turn to Share
What are your thoughts about today's topic? What is it that you want out of your own coaching sessions? Share your comments with me in the section below.
I know how overwhelming it can be to start this journey as a writerpreneur. You don't exactly know where to go or how to reach your goals, but you know you want to see them realized.
I want to encourage you today to know that the answers are right before you. Let me help you on this path. Here's how to get started.
Empower Your Christian Authorship Today!
Step 1: Get Connected
Trying to build a thriving writing ministry as a new and aspiring Christian Author is incredibly challenging. But the best support comes from those who are willing to share their knowledge with you.
Take the next step and connect with me directly by joining my community, the Empowered Writerpreneurs Network.
I launched this support network in August 2015, and have since worked with Christian Authors from around the world, helping them to understand the multi-layers of self-publishing.
Members of my network receive daily empowering posts like this one, and they also have access to my free events like the Empowered Writerpreneurs Virtual Summits.
As the leader and host, I maintain an educational environment, meaning no one is in competition with each other. Each one is learning from my teachings and support, and then branching their own writing career based on the lessons they acquire.
Step 2: Get Trained
The majority of new and aspiring Christian Authors assume that because God gave them the vision to write a book, then it's up to God to put everything together. They fail to realize that the success of their ministry is based on their training.
There are five pillars that Christian Authors generally lack:
And without them, these writers are destined to fail. While you can work towards finding the answers and solutions yourself, it will take you years to cultivate your business and brand, just as it did with me and with other experts who paved the way for Christian Authors like you. But you can avoid this stress when you enroll in the only online school for Christian Authors like you: the Empowered Writerpreneurs Program.
With just 90 days of pure dedication (or you can work at your own pace), you can experience the benefits that my school has to offer you. You will
Best of all, you will be among a small percentage of independent Christian Authors whose writing ministry will not fail.
My school also offers life-time guarantees, one of which ensures that all my digital resources (current and future e-courses and e-books) are yours at no additional cost. But you want to enroll now, because the tuition will continue to increase as more empowering content is added.
So, join the other EWP students today, gain immediate access to the program, and get ready to be empowered!
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And as always, let's grow together!
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