Episode 25: How to Birth a Book (Part 2)

 
How to Birth a Book (Part 2)
 

In last week's episode, we talked conceptually about how to birth a book, with an emphasis on tending your book, your voice, and your audience. This week we get into the nitty-gritty—and a free checklist gets you started and is available for download.

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Episode 24: How to Birth a Book

 
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We've asked if it's time for you to birth a book. Now let's talk about how to actually do it. In this episode, we cover the core concepts and milestones that go into birthing a book.

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Episode 23: Is It Time to Birth a Book?

 
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Is birthing a book for you? What are some of the markers that would tell you it might be time? What are the benefits of doing this? We break it all down—with examples—in this episode.

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Episode 22: What I Learned From Hosting a Hashtag Challenge

 
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I hosted a community hashtag challenge on Instagram at the end of October—and learned so much! In this episode, I unpack how I did it and what I learned so you can apply it to your own community growth initiatives, whatever form they take.

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Episode 21: Visibility + Vulnerability

 
Visibility + Vulnerability
 

Is there a relationship between visibility and vulnerability? How does showing up—becoming visible—in the world increase or diminish our experience of vulnerability? I polled those participating in my Instagram visibility challenge and gleaned five key things we can learn about the relationship between these two things.

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Episode 20: How to Show Up When the World Is On Fire

 
How to Show Up When the World Is On Fire
 

It seems every day, a national or global event happens that sends everyone running and shouting in different directions. How do you, fledgling author that you are, show up in a world like this? How do these realities impact the communication of your message? Let's untangle the threads of these complex questions together.

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Episode 19: When Your Book Project Isn't Going as Planned

 
When Your Book Project Isn't Going as Planned
 

Has some significant life event cropped up and affected your progress on your book? Has your energy for the book shifted, rendering it hard to keep going? Does life keep getting in the way? Let's talk about what to do when your book project just isn't going to plan.

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Episode 18: Five Approaches to Discernment

Episode 17: What's Required and What's Discerned

Episode 16: Parallels to Human Pregnancy

 
Parallels to Human Pregnancy
 

It's Bookwifery's second birthday! Let's mark the occasion with a bonus episode, shall we? In this episode, we explore the application of real-life pregnancy experiences to the experience of birthing a book. In particular, we find five connections worth learning from—plus the difference a midwife can make.

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Episode 15: The Role of Personal Story in General Nonfiction

 
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If you know you're not writing memoir but still have stories to share, is that okay? The answer is yes! Personal storytelling can elevate your reader's experience of your general nonfiction book. In so many ways, your knowledge and ideas are the just the beginning.

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Episode 14: When to Choose General Nonfiction Over Memoir

 
When to Choose General Nonfiction Over Memoir
 

When you've lived through a significant live event, the impulse to share your experience is strong. Something so major and all-encompassing wants to be shared. But does it want to be shared as a memoir or as a general nonfiction book—a book that more directly seeks to help people? Let's find out.

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Episode 13: Do You Need to Know the Idea Before You Start?

 
Do You Need to Know the Idea Before You Start?
 

How much do you need to know about your book idea before entering into book pregnancy? If you already know your idea, what can you expect? You won't be surprised to hear it all comes down to discernment. But this episode gives you some pointers and examples. 

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Episode 12: How the Podcast Is Helping You

Episode 11: Six Questions to Clarify Your Life's Work

 
Six Questions to Clarify Your Life's Work
 

We talk a lot about shining light in this world and doing the work that is ours to do. But how do you learn what those things are for you? This episode offers six questions that can help you clarify your life's work—plus three bonus questions to start stewarding next steps.

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SIX QUESTIONS TO CLARIFY YOUR LIFE'S WORK:

  1. What is your life narrative?
  2. What did you love? 
  3. Why did you love those things? 
  4. What choices did you make? 
  5. What motivated those choices? 
  6. Pause: What are you noticing?

THREE FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS:

  1. What can you imagine for yourself, for others, or for a better world? 
  2. What do you need? 
  3. How can you procure what you need?

Episode 10: Responding to the Monsters

 
Responding to the Monsters
 

In this bonus episode, we talk about the immobilizing reality of "monsters" in our lives. What name does your monster carry? What does it say to you? What helps you respond to its advances? I share my monster story and the monster stories others in the Bookwifery Instagram community offered—plus a real-life example of "on the go" discernment in response to those monster voices that we face.

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Episode 9: Why Discernment Matters to Your Book Pregnancy

 
Why Discernment Matters to Your Book Pregnancy
 

When it comes to navigating the ins and outs of book pregnancy, what role does discernment play? How do you incorporate it into your process? This episode includes a 4-part "on the go" discernment practice you can turn to when you're in need of wisdom and guidance.

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  • Episode 2
  • An "on the go" discernment practice in four movements: 
    1. Notice your need for discernment
    2. Listen to three sources: the factors that created your need for discernment; your inner voice; and the voice of the holy
    3. Converse with what you heard while listening
    4. Notice whether your spirit has settled or needs further tending in discernment

Episode 8: When You Want to Be Anne Lamott, Henri Nouwen, or Liz Gilbert

 
When You Want to Be Anne Lamott, Henri Nouwen, or Liz Gilbert
 

You likely have an author (if not more than one) whose work you wish you could emulate. What's behind that desire? What does that desire want to teach you? And how do you make peace with the truth that you can only ever be yourself? 

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Episode 7: Your Ideal, Secondary, and Antagonistic Readers

 
Your Ideal, Secondary, and Antagonistic Readers
 

You've likely heard of the concept of an ideal reader, but did you know two other types of readers exist? What role can they play—positive or negative—in your book and your work? And what's the most important thing to keep in mind in all of this?

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Episode 6: What Happens in Each Trimester of Book Pregnancy

 
What Happens in Each Trimester of Book Pregnancy
 

If you're going to birth a book, wouldn't it be helpful to know how the book pregnancy unfolds? What happens in each trimester? How can you best prepare? This episode dives deep into the pregnancy metaphor to help you know what to expect.

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