How To Shift Your Mindset From Writer And Author To Your Own Book Publishing Business


Ever wanted to own your own Book Publishing Business but you keep doubting yourself that you can? Or maybe you have never considered it, because you always thought traditional publishing was the way to go … no, and in this post I reveal why, and how you can stop doubting yourself for good. If that sounds like something you want to know more about, read on…

From 2nd October 2020, I went through hell, with mental, physical, and emotional trauma. It took me a year to leave a day job (October 10th 2021 was the day I officially left), that made me really poorly because of things that went on which I wasn’t expecting and didn’t deserve, and I was off sick from for a long time (so been able to self-isolate a lot more than those who work and keep myself safer). I can’t currently discuss more about this publicly for legal reasons and might never be able to, but I think you get my point.

I went back to therapy for the first time since 2014, and was unofficially diagnosed with PTSD – I got an assessment score of 49. A score of 32 and above means you have the condition. Furthermore I was diagnosed with complex PTSD (CPTSD) as I have had uncontrollable emotions, and was crying almost every day I woke up, until 16th of December – when everything changed for the better, for good.

In November last year (2021), I went out clubbing for the first time ever since March 2020, for 5.5 hours, this was the first time since I broke my ankle back on 17th of April 2021 and I’ve done extensive physio to walk again and regain strength in that ankle enough to go clubbing. It was the longest I had clubbed for, since I went to Ministry Of Sound in London, in 2014. 2 days later I got sick with a respiratory/chest infection and lost my voice. I had to have 3 lots of antibiotics in 6 weeks and was still coughing on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day I was battling with severe rib and chest pain – like someone had stabbed me with a knife in-between my ribs and left the knife in (even though they hadn’t), to the point where the next day it hurt me every time I breathed in (and felt like I was being cut with glass, on top of the feeling I had a knife in my ribs), and later I went to A&E on the advice of my local NHS Walk In Centre and Devon Doctors on call, who suggested a rib and chest XRay respectively. But instead of having an XRay I ended up in a Covid hot room, about to have a bed made up for me, a monitor hooked up to me, and blood tests taken, when I didn’t have Covid and all my tests for that had been negative. I was horrified! It was like something out of a surreal horror movie. They put my life at risk unnecessarily, because I had purposefully been keeping myself safe from getting it as I have a low immune system (which I take good liquid bacteria for) and too many allergies to have the vaccine. And there was a patient who was in the same room as me that I heard them diagnose with Covid right before the Doctor saw me, and I told them all my tests were negative for that – including the one I had done at 8am New Year’s Day, before visiting my parents and my guinea pig daughter Angel who lives with them. Their reasoning being I was in the hot room they said before the Doctor saw me, was because I had had a cough – I already told them I don’t think I coughed once that day, and the Doctor I saw before Christmas who said I had a chest infection, with some infection still in my lungs, said I would still be coughing after I finished the antibiotics she gave me and I had some rib pain then, just not as severe. They also said it was because many people have Covid and I am not vaccinated, which I felt were ridiculous reasons, just because lots of people have it and I am unvaccinated, doesn’t mean to say I would have it.

During the time I got sick (I got my first lot of antibiotics on 16th of November), I was forced to rest during that month as much as possible – although I did do some work on my Asexual Guide To Sex book, and take stock of my life, reflect on it, and what I really want to do with me life and make some drastic changes to it. For years I have had a voice in my head being a coach to myself that said, if you only just focused on writing books for the next 1-2 years and nothing else, what do you think your life would be like? And how much better it would be. But I was always crying, upset, and in pain from this, because I hadn’t made the decision to go all in before, I kept going off on tangents because people kept telling me I am not making enough money from my writing and I kept telling myself that. They told me I can’t make enough money from writing books, that basically it’s an add on to a business, not the business, and that I need to do something else to make money, because otherwise I will fail. And some of the people have years of business experience and made hundreds of thousands of pounds, one has even made billions, and published his own book. But… these people do not specialise in a book publishing business, they don’t focus on book publishing, they just use it as one asset in their tool box. For me, writing is my life and soul purpose, and my destiny given to me by God is to have lots of books out and publish by the time I die, so I can continue to save lives long after I am gone. I see that in my destiny and soul purpose (along with helping asexuals and getting asexuality recognised as a sexual orientation in it’s own right, so that no asexual has to live in fear of ridicule ever again. – That’s why I loooove writing books for asexuals. As it’s both my life and soul purpose in one).

As the beginning of December, I started working my way through the first 2 module of Ray Edwards – How To Set Up A Copywriting Business, video training course, that I bought on a late Black Friday deal. This course teaches you how to start a copywriting business and get clients. But… I only finished the first two modules, which apply to any writing business. That’s when it hit me twofold in the most profound way, and I love Ray for helping me figure this out.

  1. He said to, never be influenced by those who say you can’t do something, influence yourself enough to know you can. (This is because he was talking about copywriting is all about influencing others, but first you must be able to influence yourself – that’s it! The thing that changed the way I think.)
  2. Writing is a business and you can make thousands of pounds from it.

I didn’t need any more of that course, because that was enough to know I don’t want to work for someone else and write copy for others. I want to write more and more non-fiction books that change lives and leave a lasting legacy. And the 2 things I needed to do to accomplish that, is to influence myself enough to know I can make thousands of pounds and a full-time living as a writer. And to focus on book writing as a business.

I had a wobble…

Self-doubt crept back in…

But on 16th of December 2021 my best friend Andy took me for a meal in Nandos as an early Christmas present. (He also bought me some pressies too for Christmas Day.) Before we went out, we discussed my self-doubt and I was trying to understand why I didn’t fully believe in my intention, when I did the previous week. But then it hit me as I came out of the toilet in Nandos, what made the difference, so I was able to go all in… It was a mindset shift, from I am a Writer and Author, with my own publishing imprint of Quirky Books, which is fantastic, to I am the Writer, Author, Manager, Promoter, And Marketer, of my Book Publishing Business. But the most important thing to remember is Writer, Author, Owner, Manager, Promoter – (which involves far more self-promotion as part of a marketing strategy to sell more books), of my own Book Publishing Business of Quirky Books. And that’s when I decided to go all in and commit 100% to creating a successful book publishing business, rather just seeing myself as an Author and Writer.

I don’t think it’s the books that’s the problem – why I have lower sales than I would like, I think it’s me and my mindset that needs to change. I think I need to ensure that I promote myself and my books far more and get a lot more publicity going forward. Such as get on more podcasts, be in more online magazine articles, get more radio interviews, and so much more. Which I will be doing with my Asexual Guide To Sex book – so watch this space for that. I’m so excited! I think mindset is so overlooked when it comes to book sales, or lack thereof.

Last year I studied an expert in mindset shifting. He said instead of affirmations, you need to look for confirmations. Which is proof you can do it or have done it before. Which I am able to do with writing non-fiction books. I am a successful Author and writer who can make money from writing and publishing books, because I have consistent monthly income from once book since 2017, and another since 2019, even though I would like a much higher income from those, it’s still proof I can make consistent sales for years, when some people don’t make any sales at all. Also, a couple of years ago, a traditional publisher that had been in business for 35 years, found my Asexual Perspectives 47 Asexual Stories book in an LGBT shop in London and approached me on Twitter to tell me they were interested in publishing my book under their publishing imprint, but…:

  • They wanted to remove half the stories (because the ones including any mention of sexual abuse, would not be suitable for their publishing style and image, and it would make the book cheaper to sell, and they had a maximum price they would sell the book for.) Bear in mind the book is called “Asexual Perspectives 47 Asexual Stories“, it would mean changing the title also, and my audience getting less valuable stories.
  • They also wanted all of my reviews I had built up myself over the years. (Now I am not sure if that would have been possible anyway, because if they removed some of the stories and the title changed, it would have in essence made it a different book, and I don’t think KDP would have allowed that.)
  • I would have to ask their permission to quote from my own book (no thank you). I sell a lot of my books by quoting from them – so if you haven’t already tried to do this, I highly recommend it.
  • They wanted me to read another book to replicate that person’s style (no thank you, I want to keep my own style).
  • I would have got a maximum of 12% commission on book sales, even after the representative from their company had just told me on the phone I would have got 15%, he then reduced that figure in the follow up email. (Which immediately made me trust them less.) I get up to 70% through publishing my books myself using KDP.
  • In the end they agreed with me not take that book on themselves as they spoke to their marketing team and said because I have so successfully published that book, they doubt they could meet my marketing expectations.
  • They refused to take on my Asexual Sex Guide To Sex book, which they wanted to consider, and I had to apply to them to consider, because again, it has some stories which include sexual abuse and they thought the content would be too risky, but told me their marketing team said there is a market for it, and it will definitely sell. I was very happy and grateful I had this positive feedback from a company with 35 experience.
  • They were interested in publishing my next 2 books, after Asexual Guide To Sex, and years ago it would be my Author/Writer dream to have a traditional company publisher my book, but now I want to build my own book publishing business and get my Quirky Books imprint portfolio increased. I have no desire to work for someone else, when I am so super successful at publishing my own style of books, in my own voice. Raw, real, authentic.

I just need to write more books and focus on having an actual book publishing business and stop going off on tangents with things that have nothing to do with writing, publishing, promoting and selling, more books, because people keep telling me you can’t earn a full-time living from writing books alone – which simply isn’t true, because others are doing it, so why can’t I? Remember what Ray Edwards said, he said to: never be influenced by those who say you can’t do something, influence yourself enough to know you can.

So after all of the heartache and pain, and everything I have been through over the last year and more, I am so happy to now be focusing on Quirky Books as a book publishing business and accelerating my Author journey to another level entirely, and feeling much happier now I have clarity and focus on exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life and beyond. God has given me the precious gift of writing and made it my mission to write books that change lives, from pain to gain, so I am going to fulfil my destiny. He also gave me the mission to help asexuals, so by doing both it’s my ultimate bliss and happy place. I am also on my way to creating my Children’s Book publishing dream too, with immense help from the Children’s Book Creator course and the support group which comes with it. I would highly recommend it, if you want to write, illustrate, and publish your own Children’s books yourself. Although I have been working my way through the video training course, I am focused on finished my Asexual Guide To Sex book as a priority. Read more about the Children’s Book Creator course here: Calling All Would-Be Children’s Book Writer’s, Authors and Publishers – How To Write And Publish Your Own Children’s Books And Save Yourself Hundreds Of Pounds and remember, don’t let yourself be influenced by those who say you can’t do something, influence yourself enough to know you can.

Until next time, embrace your quirky and write soon

Sandra xx

IT’S TEMPORARY! – POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING!


IT’S TEMPORARY! – POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING! Have you ever felt so ill you feel like you are dying? That is it a catastrophe and your world is ending! But the truth is you are not dying, you have a virus and you will be better again! You have to think to yourself, this is temporary; it will pass, otherwise, what is the alternative if you don’t?

I currently have a virus that has lead to a chest infection. My boss has kindly let me take a day’s holiday this week, along with my two days off, so I can get 3 days of rest! That I need. Of course resting to me, is getting some sleep, but also watching educational videos, writing blog posts, and working out precisely what my future holds and entails, and my destiny – that being, I really do want to create an ebook store full of my own books for your personal and professional development across multiple genres, and also video training courses. All my mind keeps saying to me, is; ‘All I want to do is write’, ‘All I want to do is write’, ‘All I want to do is write”; to the point where it is now making feel ill that I am not doing it enough and not listening as much as I should be to myself. My inner voice is screaming this is what you should be doing right now and forever – so why have I just become in this state? And why don’t I just get on with it?

Because my mind has been considering many options of how to make money online during these past few weeks, in order to provide for my future, as I have to look after myself financially. I have literally been reading up, researching, and attending live webinars and other online training for hours, as I know to make a full-time career out of writing, is one of the toughest roads to ever take; if you are writing from your heart and your own stuff that will also appeal to others! I want to remain true to my authentic, quirky self, while providing books that others need! It can be a dilemma – or is it that I am making it a dilemma?

I keep coming back to my roots of writing because when I think of following in the footsteps of others, buying their programmes, their courses, if it is not to do with writing and the writing I like to do, all my mind keeps saying is – when are you going to have time to write? You can’t not write, to not write actually makes me feel sick now. It’s like I am stretching my writing creativity so thinly by not writing and producing more books when the momentum is there to do it, that it is painful and sore, like a wound. But what to do? As  I have 18 Live and fully functional websites to work on and maintain, how can I look after them, design more T-Shirts that I need to design and still keep writing lots of new stuff! Yes, I said new stuff, because the truth is, since publishing my Twitter book and discovering how well it is selling, sometimes with little or no promotion on my part, it means there is a market for the type of books I want to write – or at least in that genre. It is already outselling my Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy book that I spent 2 and a half years writing. How long do you think it took me to write my Twitter book and publish it to Amazon Kindle? Well, as I already had some of the content from previously teaching it to my Twitter for Recovery students – 27 days!! Yes, I said 27 days! Is that a miracle or what!! It is far less expensive than my redundancy book to buy, so I need to sell a lot more to get close to even one sale of my redundancy book, but the main thing is, I am getting my name out there as a writer, doing something I love and helping a ton of people in the process.

 

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People don’t understand that writing is a part of my soul that I cannot live without! It is my therapy, my love of my life (guinea pigs are too) and the best of me. It’s helped me through the worst of times and if it was in the form of a person, I would be writing; if it were a being of it’s own; I would be a Sandra Bellamy writing being – which is what I actually am! Okay, so I am glad and grateful for a physical body that I have grown to love and care for and I would never want to be dead, but alive forever- yes, I said forever, if I could, I would – particularly if I didn’t age!

So my destiny is to have lots of Kindle books published and some training courses via my Quirky Books sites and Quirky Academy sites, and a fair few of my others too – it’s a huge challenge for me! I have been getting better at writing and publishing on Kindle, and found that sometimes publishing shorter books can be more beneficial than publishing longer books, both for me and the recipient. However, my new ‘Asexual Perspectives, Love, Life and Sex, ACElebration of Diversity’ book, looks like it is going to be huge, as I have interviewed around 40 asexuals across the globe for it, and one person’s answers is 19 pages long! So I still want to publish longer books where there is a need for it, even though it is mega time-consuming, if it’s going to change lives it will be worth it!

I am thinking about doing a follow up Twitter book, because I think there is a need for it! So much writing to do, so little time, and after all that, being quirky, I still want to learn about other stuff! And there is the head-banging moment, when you realise, you need to keep learning stuff too, in order to write more books, leaving less time for writing, but a bigger brain capacity to take in more information to hopefully write more books! I would say it’s a chicken and egg situation, but rather a book and brain situation! I think this has been one of THE longest posts I had written for a long time, especially about writing and my love of it. This blog is where it all started for me, and whatever happens, this blog will run to the end of my time and hopefully stay around even more! The good thing about writing and publishing non-fiction books on Amazon, is that I will continue to help others even when I am no longer in person to do so, and leave a lasting legacy, that makes life so fulfilling, so satisfying, and so worthwhile.

Until next time my friends, thank you for your continued support, I love you all and think you are incredible and amazing!

If you are interested in my books, I have shared the details down below and have my redundancy book on special offer! I have to stress that this book is not just about redundancy, it teaches you a lot of life skills too!

Until next time, embrace your quirky and each others, and I will write soon

Sandra xxxxxxxx

My new Twitter book is selling well, and as it is still only 99p – $1.40; it’s an absolute bargain.

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This is the Ultimate Guide for Absolute Beginners Who Have No Clue About How To Get Started With Twitter!

You have heard of Twitter and how it is one of the most powerful communication tools on the internet. You have seen people on TV saying Tweet us. You have heard of businesses getting ahead of their competition because they are using it daily, and you would love to join in. But you are a bit of a techno phobe, and you just don’t know where to start or how to get going; and most guides around seem to blow your mind and confuse you all the more! You want something very easy that you can just follow along with, that will take you from A-B, and decipher what steps you are actually taking, so you can easily remember how to use Twitter and have a basic understanding of what is going on, long after you have put the book down!

This book will guide you through every step to get started, get going and get growing with Twitter. In an easy to understand step-by-step format, Social Media Expert Sandra Bellamy teaches you:

How to create your first ever Twitter account
What Twitter is and what it is used for
What a Tweet is and how to send one
How to add a profile and header photo
How to add a short bio with the option to link it to another site
What direct messages are and how to send and reply to one
How to Like, Retweet and Reply to Tweets
How to follow other Tweeters and search for more Followers
What @mentions are and how to use them
What Hashtags (#) are and how to use them
How to unfollow someone or block them
How To Gain More Followers, Likes and Retweets
12 Golden Rules for Getting the Most Out of Twitter

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This is the essential guide every Twitter novice won’t want to be without.

If you are already on Twitter, but figure there must be something you are missing, because you are not sure what your @ and your # is, and you keep thinking there must be more to it, there is, and the information in this book will help you. At 99p – $1.40, you can’t go wrong!

Just to let you know, my Break Through The Barriers of Redundancy book is on special offer at only £2.78 – $4, and you get the ultimate guide to getting back into work, as well as a ton of life skills!

This book is a complete A-Z system for getting back into work; and a comprehensive guide about how you can recover from the devastating effects of redundancy, and seize this moment as an opportunity to fulfil your dreams.

Redundancy can be difficult for all kinds of reasons, it can affect you financially, emotionally, and be detrimental to your health and wellbeing. This practical and user-friendly A-Z guide, tackles how to break through multiple barriers of redundancy in a holistic way. It uniquely covers 26 aspects of redundancy and provides you with 80 benefits to successfully get you back into work.

By reading this book you will learn how to:

Beat redundancy blues before applying for jobs
Love yourself to overcome almost any obstacle
Discover what makes you happy and act on it
Seize redundancy as an opportunity
Job-hunt and network effectively
Recognise your transferable skills and relate them to other jobs
Write an attention-grabbing CV and outstanding cover letters
Tackle interviews in 3 simple steps
Answer tough interview questions
Market yourself effectively in 5 easy steps
Understand self-employment and work out if it could be right for you
Achieve your dream job
And so much more

This unique guide by Sandra Bellamy, Founder of business award-winning ‘beatredundancyblues.com’ and ‘beatredundancyblues.co.uk’, is the ideal companion for any redundant worker or jobseeker.

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