Greetings, Dear Writerpreneur,
I pray that you are well.
Welcome to another Empowering Post, where I help support you on your new journey as a successful Christian Author.
I want to spend some time with you today, sharing with you a little about my story as a business woman. If you are serious about creating your own writing ministry, I believe this article will truly inspire you.
I did not begin my career as a writer, although I enjoyed the craft during my early years. I wrote short stories and essays in school; and at times, I failed at some of the projects.
I never once thought that my writing could be used to generate an income. Like many others during my generation of college, if anyone wanted to pursue a degree involving writing, the only career prospects we could look forward to was teaching or perhaps journalism.
Fortunately for me, teaching was all I wanted to do. So, it seemed fitting that I would acquire my first degree in English Language Arts.
But as with all things, life happens. You discover that the world is more evil than you thought. You come into any career, especially the public education sector, believing that you will change everything. I believed it and so did many other phenomenal educators.
Yet, that's not the case. In fact, the more loving and passionate you are about justice and equality in the education system, the more of a target you are.
That's what happened to me, and it crushed my spirit.
In this post, I want to show you how in spite of everything I lost while trying to build my career in public education, God gave me a fresh vision.
In spite of the many frustrations I encountered, I had just enough faith to believe that I would experience a brighter future.
God is the source of that, and I give Him all the glory.
So, let's get into my article. Hopefully, you will be inspired.
My First Career Failed...Sort Of
After spending 5 grueling years in education, I had to leave. My health faded. I could barely fit a size zero in my pants. I looked like death, to be honest. I was depressed. Angry. Bitter. Frustrated. Hurt.
And I had every right to be. A person can take only so much from an established system before one begins to lose her mind. And if it had not been for the birth of my daughter, I would have given up all hope on life.
And that's no lie.
Although I had experienced great success in empowering my students, my legacy as a thriving young, Black, female educator was tainted by false allegations. (I'll produce the final part of my story in another book.)
It took me nearly two years to clear my name; but by the time the dust settled, my heart was hardened.
I hated education at that point. And I hated myself for giving my all to a career that brought me so much pain and agony. But I knew that there was more.
There's something remarkable about faith. It's the hope that we have in knowing that everything will be all right. We don't know how. We don't know when. And we may not even know why, but we know that everything will work out for our good.
My faith in God and His ability to resurrect something in me, or to bring new life to my dead soul, ushered in a new vision: LiyahAmore Publishing. It was a tribute to my daughter and my becoming a mother. And I was so excited for this new thing.
But I didn't know what to do with it. I didn't know how to nurture it so that it would grow. I had this assumption that because God gave me this vision, then it was up to Him to see it come to pass. I didn't realize the level of maturity and sacrifice that would come into play if I really wanted to make this thing a success.
And that hurt me, especially financially.
I had not prepared myself for the time investment that was required to build a thriving online business. In fact, it took me four years before I realized that nothing happens by chance but with wisdom AND knowledge.
And that's a powerful revelation.
I can have all the wisdom in the world. I can have all the revelation from God. But if I don't have understanding, then I'm missing something.
I'm missing the key that unlocks that great potential. Realizing this, I set in motion to empower myself for success with my publishing company, of which you now partake.
The Best Lessons are the Ones Learned through Hardships
After struggling for years with working my business on a part-time basis and only seeing about a handful of clients during this period, I realized that the success or failure of my business would be on me. I had to make a change internally that would enable me to see the results I was after.
So, in 2016, when another traditional job laid me off, I made a bold (and scary) decision to put everything I had into my business. I stopped doing what everyone else did, because I would only get minimal results. In other words, I stopped giving only a few hours a week to my business and started investing up to 100 hours per week. Why? Because that's what it takes.
I learned that in order to live a life unlike any other, I would have to do what others are unwilling to do.
Over a nine-month period, I devoted thousands of hours to research and best practices for running my online publishing business, and that's no exaggeration. I had to hear the "disappointment" of those who believed I was wasting my time and that I should look for the traditional work. But I had to remain focused.
It was such a difficult time for me, one of great sacrifice.
I contemplated giving up on it. Just to ensure that I wasn't being irresponsible, especially as a mother, I continued to apply and interview for traditional jobs. But I could feel in my gut that I was doing myself a disservice.
I worked long days at rebuilding my brand and business, sometimes making nothing more than just enough to feed and shelter us. I watched as others bragged about going on vacations, and families taking their children to destination spots for the weekend. I observed as parents bought their children gifts each week, and felt the agony of knowing that I just could not do that for my daughter at the moment.
But then something clicked for me. I got over that temporal guilt. I reminded myself that what I'm doing right now is building for the future. What I create with my brand and business is creating a legacy for my daughter (and future children).
I realized that I'm being more responsible as a mother by NOT buying Aaliyah something every week. I am being financially responsible in not spending my money on a vacation trip that will hurt my wallet later. I am considering the future over the present, and teaching my daughter the value of hard work. I am demonstrating to her that she can have whatever her heart desires, as long as she believes God and puts in the work.
These are values that can't be purchased.
They must be learned.
Entrepreneurship is NOT for the Weak
While I would love to tell you that full-time writerpreneurship is blissful and easy, the truth is that it's not.
It involves a type of will power that cannot be explained.
But it's worth it!
The nine months that I spent, drilling over every detail of my online business has produced tremendous results. It has led you here to this blog. It has helped you understand how to become a thriving Christian Author. It has brought great peace to my life because I am learning values and lessons that have never been shared with me before.
It opens my eyes to the great possibilities that I have. I am free to dream and free to believe. The only limitations are the ones that I place on myself.
I've learned so much about business, and I'm still learning. I've connected with influencers from across the nation. I've developed powerful partnerships with some of the great self-publishing writers of today.
And one day, I will be able to say that my company is a multi-million dollar business, employing Christian Authors from across the nation.
This once frustrated, bitter, angry educator transformed into a growing entrepreneur, serving the needs of God's writers.
Only God can do something like that.
Now It's Your Turn to Share
So, what are your dreams? What are you currently facing that makes you believe all hope is lost? Certainly, if God can deliver me from my troubles and birth in me a new vision and hope, He will surely do it for you. Why not leave me your comments in the section below.
I know all too well how difficult it can be to bring your dreams to life. It's especially hard when you are doing this alone.
But in truth, you're not alone. You simply need the support that's necessary to get you to your next level as a Christian Writerpreneur; and I want to be the one to help.
So, take the next steps today.
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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