I've heard people liken writing a book to having a baby. I've just had a little laugh with myself because I realised that it was about 9 months ago that I embarked on one of my life's biggest adventures. Today, I received the cover design that will grace this particular gestation, and by the end of the week my book When Your Superpower Becomes Your Kryptonite - A map to help us find the treasure in ourselves, will begin it's journey to the printer.
Here is the official "description" for the book:
In When Your Superpower Becomes Your Kryptonite Tracey Hewitt writes about taking responsibility for our own lives and happiness, and the ways in which we might care for ourselves as kindly as we care for others. She compares our journey through life to a sea voyage, likening our unhelpful habits to hurricanes and pirates that can blow us off course and sink us; and identifies the positive habits we can cultivate to keep us on course, and our treasure safe. Her own experiences serve as the lessons and cautionary tales as she shows us that we are indeed our own greatest treasure.
I have to tell you that this was fun. Hard work, scary as hell, exhilarating and frustrating at times, but mostly, fun. Sitting here at this point, so close to the final push before delivery (you see, it really is just like having a baby!) The thing that stands out most for me is that at almost every stage, I didn't really know how to do it, but I did it anyway. I may have baulked, stalled and gone round in circles for a while a dozen times along the way, but I continued to find that if I took just one more step, the next thing would become a little clearer; and one step at a time, I arrived here - with my photo on the back of a book beside an "about the author" blurb.
None of this is to say that I did it all alone! Kerrie Phipps and Natalie Holmes, as my book coach and editor respectively, have been endlessly helpful. Caitlyn Hewitt of Hewitt Consulting and Communications (otherwise known as my daughter-in-law) patiently snapped over 200 photos in the quest to capture the perfect author portrait. Truly. 200 plus images. I'm not even kidding, I don't know how models stand in front of a camera all day every day!
What I want most to say to you right now is this: That thing you've always dreamed of doing? That secret ambition you've never shared with another soul? That big, wild, outrageous idea that you don't believe you're capable of pulling off? YOU CAN. You can make it happen, one tiny step at a time. Get your brave on and ask for help when you don't know the way, but keep going. I want so much for you to do your own special thing - because I'd love for you to feel the excitement and sense of accomplishment that goes along with landing your very own wild and crazy idea.
When Your Superpower Becomes Your Kryptonite will be available through online booksellers (as a paperback, or as an e-book) early in the New Year, but if you'd like to pre order a signed copy, for $25.00(AU) plus postage and handling, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get it to you before Christmas. Unless you live outside Australia in some far flung corner of the world - and lets face it, pretty much anywhere is far flung from here - in which case, I'll get it to you quick as I can.
In the meantime, do something today that will put you a small step closer to realising your own Big Thing - if I can do it, I know you can too!