It was about a girl who decided she wanted to learn how to do French Cooking and came up with the idea of trying a new recipe every day from Julia Child’s cookbook on French Cooking. She also decided that she would blog every single day about her efforts for a whole year. I remember watching that movie and while I wasn’t particularly excited about French Cooking I loved the idea of pursuing a goal and chartering the progress for a year.
From the moment I watched that movie I wanted to do that. Only I didn’t know what that “chartering the progress for a year” would be. So it was shelved to the back of my “maybe one day” kind of daydreams.
Now a little history about me. I have self-published six books since 2003. My first book was written while I was a nun in a cloistered monastery in Spokane, Washington. It was called, “101 Inspirational Stories of the Rosary.” It did very well and though it was my first attempt at doing such a thing it became a Catholic bestseller. Largely I believe because of John Kremer and two other books that I read and followed as closely as I could.
1001 Ways to Market Your Book by John Kremer
The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing by Tom & Marilyn Ross
The Self-Publishing Manuel by Don Poynter.
While I got invaluable information from all three of the books it was John Kremer’s book, website, recordings and other things that I went back to over and over, and over and over again. I never stopped reading it. Every time I started working on a new book I would dig into John’s stuff and find new treasure. John is a bottomless pit of ideas. Brilliant gems that spark my imagination and ones that I know from experience worked.
A few weeks ago I found that John was offering a program called 747 Book Marketing Takeoff. This is a 2 month mentoring course for only $747. Now I know that it is totally worth it – but I did not have money to spend on such a program. I knew there was no way I could take the program but it didn’t stop me from wanting it. I tried to think of ways I could come up with the money but drew a blank.
I thought if I can’t actually take John’s course what was to stop me from trying to absorb everything I could from his “free” stuff for two months and act as if I “was” taking his program? That seemed like a reasonable way to do what I could with the resources I had.
So that is what I started to do.
But I know myself. I get excited about something and then after a couple of weeks I lose interest and try something else. So I asked myself what could I do to keep focused for one year? I know that in book marketing persistence is BIG (ask John). It’s what makes things happen. Little things done every day add up.
I thought if I started charting my progress privately that would do it. And that method does help. But without anyone to be accountable too, I would maybe last for 3-4 weeks. Tops.
I needed accountability. Someone who would be “checking” to see if I was really doing what I said I was going to do.
So on Friday I decided to do a Julie and Julia blog – write every single day for 365 days what I was doing with book marketing following the all the things I have picked up from John and new stuff as I go along and share it on a blog.
Now the one thing I did not like about the movie Julie and Julia was that Julia Cook did not like Julie doing what she did. She thought it was gimicky and all sorts of negative things. I have as you can tell by now always admired John Kremer and the last thing I wanted was for him to think I was doing something behind his back. So I sent him an email telling him my idea and asking if he was okay with it. (I have consulted under John before, taken some his classes, etc. so I was not a complete stranger to him.)
He was fine with it.
He even said if I did anything interesting on this blog he would like to permission to share it on his own blog. Like duh? Yeah? Of course I would LOVE to have anything shared on John Kremer’s blog – no brainer that one!
So here we are. My year long journey of marketing my first children’s book – My Dog Can Fly – using this blog to keep me accountable. Hopefully if you have read this far you will be part of my accountability team! Thank you!