This is What Happens When You Write a Book

21 Ways to Total Social Media Engagement: That Will Make You Look Like a Pro

21 Ways to Total Social Media Engagement: That Will Make You Look Like a Pro

This is What Happens When You Write a Book

Something shifts when you write a book. Even a smallish book, like mine. Here are some of the things that have changed for me.

Wait a Minute. There’s a Book?

Yes, there’s a book. It’s called 21 Ways to Total Social Media Engagement That Will Make You Look Like a Pro. And it’s available on Amazon as a printed book and an e-book. I’m considering an audible version, too. Mostly because I’d like to learn how to create an audible book, but also because it seems like a neat thing to do.

What Changed?

Now, when I hear the word author, I no longer feel a pang of jealousy. Instead of jealousy, I feel pride. And also recognition: “Hey, I wrote a thing, and it’s out there in the world!” So that is a pretty cool feeling. If you’ve never written a thing, I highly recommend doing so.

Also, Inspiration

I also feel inspired to write another book and have already started that process. It’s already longer this book and will cover how to reuse your own content. We spend a lot of time and energy creating content, so if it can be recycled, repackaged, and reused, why not?

Creates Credibility

People look at you differently once you’ve written a book. I’d heard this before but had never experienced it personally. I recently heard the statistic that only 1% of the population has ever published a book. So if you take that step and publish and become an author that sets you apart immediately.

Writing and Publishing Are Commitments

Deciding what to write and what to leave out of any published work can be a difficult decision. Once you’ve sent your book out there, it’s done. Now you might have problems letting go of something you’ve written as I did. But at a certain point, you have to let go and let the book speak for itself.

New Friendships

Along the way, I’ve met others who write, and although this book is a baby step, it’s still a step. Writing more will create more friendships, I’m sure.

Thank You

By the way, thank you to my good friend Dyane Harwood for inspiring me to write this post! She has been such a good friend to me along the way. You can get a copy of her fabulous memoir, Birth of a New Brain, on Amazon.

Have You Written a Thing?

How did writing that thing change you? Leave me a comment! And thank you.




  1. Oh Carol, I’m so proud of you for getting your book done (!) and out into the world.
    I greatly enjoyed tearing through it (which was easy since it wasn’t a ginormous book!) and writing its well-deserved 5-star review on Amazon.

    And I love this post (which you KNOW I’ll retweet later on today) for various reasons such as you’re so real in it – I had no idea you felt a pang of jealousy when it came to other authors.

    I also felt jealous before my book’s publication and I still feel jealous when I see other books that are heavily promoted by big publishers with big, experienced PR departments. Sigh. Anyway, thank you for the beautiful shout-out. It brought tears to my eyes. Yes! It did. You’ve been nothing but supportive from the second we e-met. You were incredible to show up at my talk IRL with your friend. I couldn’t ask for a kinder friend.

    Wait a minute….

    I couldn’t ask for a kinder friend/FELLOW AUTHOR!!!!!!


    I’m excited your on writing a 2nd, longer book. I’ll buy that one the minute I see it on my Kindle. You have my word! :))))) XOXOX

    • Hi Dyane,
      Thank you so much for all your encouragement, in the form of tweets and messages through all the weeks and months! I’m so glad you tore through it and it wasn’t overwhelming. And thank you again so much for the wonderful review!

      I really do sometimes feel jealous (or I used to anyway!), because writing is something I’ve always always wanted to do. I’m not jealous of the promotion that some authors get, for some reason.

      I’m happy to give you a shoutout, my friend.

      Keep on being awesome!

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