While we are all glad to see 2020 — with all its challenges — fade away, many are looking at the coming year with renewed optimism. 2021 promises to be a year of renewal and rededication. Even with the proliferation of the various COVID-19 vaccines, we will still not be able to return to our pre-pandemic lives for some time to come. So, what is the best way to cope with ongoing isolation, lockdowns and social restrictions? According to Publishers Weekly, many people are turning to books. Book sales are up more than 14% over the previous year and more people are discovering that this is the right time to write that book that they have been thinking about for years.
With today's online publishing options making book creation easy, speedy and affordable, there is really no reason to put it off any longer. All that is needed is some quiet time at home. And many of us have more of that these days than ever before.
Whether it's a spy novel, a family history, a biography of a loved one, or a personal memoir, writing a book has been proven to help authors cope with stress and improve overall mental health.
The most difficult part of the process is taking that first step. Overcoming the inertia to get the ball rolling. I'm happy to report that I have been able to help new authors over this hurdle. Why not consider completing the Contact Me form and then let's talk it over?
But even if you don't choose to work with me, you should, by all means, take that first step. There are dozens of excellent courses available online that will instruct you and provide guidance. Everything from "How to Write Your Memoirs" to "Tips for First-Time Authors."
If writing is not your thing, please consider recording your life story in some other media format. Sitting down in front of a video camera or tape recorder and just talking about your life. Your family and descendants will thank you for doing this. Just imagine, if you were able to read a book written by your grandmother recounting her life. Would you be interested? Of course. So, for the same reasons, your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will want to know about your life back in the early 21st century. Who better to tell it than you?
So, whether its by contacting me, or some other avenue, make it your New Year's Resolution to "Just Do It!" and make 2021 the Year of the Book. YOUR book.