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2017- Taking On A Whole New Level

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I wasn’t going to do the obligatory end of year post, but what a year it’s been!  When I read over my posts from the past two Decembers, I realize just how far I’ve come. One thing I learned this year─even when your dreams come true, there’s usually a surprise or two in the mix.

Mission Accomplished

In December of 2014, I wrote about how my life in general and my writing career in particular seemed to be gathering momentum. I had goals and plans, and they were taking shape. At the end of 2015, I noted how my goals and plans had changed, but the progress I had made was beyond my expectations. The same was true in my private life as well, as I had begun to consider some major changes to my day job.

Well in 2016, everything happened. I sold some of my business interests, a major change in my day job situation. The universe threw me a wonderful curve ball─as soon as I voiced my true desire and made a commitment to pursue it, the people and resources needed to make it happen came forward without me having to seek them out.  Funny how things begin to happen when you get out of your own way!  The result was I had a bit more time and energy to ramp up my publication schedule for my debut, Unexplained, Book One of the Higher Elevation Series. I also set up my author website and finally learned the whole process of producing an indie book and bringing it to market.  Unexplained, a paranormal romance, was published October 25 and was well received. Book Two, Untouched. followed on November 22.

Fallout Girl

Those surprises I mentioned?  I’m still working through them. There was some fallout from rearranging my businesses, and those you can never accurately predict, because people react to changes in different ways. Some aspects went well, some were difficult. The same was true for my rapid release schedule for my books, which I am still in the midst of (Book 3, Undeniable, comes out January 3, 2017). It was a thrill to finally be a published author, but there was some fallout from that, too. I talked about my unexpected reactions in my last post, Post-Publication Syndrome─Now What?

But that’s how it goes when you’re an entrepreneur, you learn as you go. If you start to think you know it all, you’re heading into dangerous territory. But I say learning is part of the fun, right?

Going Up?

So heading into 2017, it feels like I’m on a whole new level. As seems to be the state of the world, rules and traditions are changing, and all at a pretty rapid pace. The dust is beginning to settle in my personal life, making way for new things to grow.  I have new ideas for some old writing projects that have been fermenting, and a few new stories I’d like to work on.  Looks like the future is wide open, and I’m ready for the surprises yet to come.

What about you? Have you had any surprises this year? What are your goals for 2017?

 

 

Becoming an Author-Entrepreneur- The First Steps

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Want to find out if you’ve got what it takes to become an Author Entrepreneur?

I’m honored to be a guest on Jami Gold’s blog today, discussing the first steps to becoming an entrepreneur in the field of Indie publishing. It’s not as hard as you might think, but there’s still a lot to consider before you jump in.  And whether you are going with the traditional route of publishing, or self-publishing, chances are you will be handling many tasks on your own which require entrepreneurial skills.

Here’s the link to Jami’s blog: http://jamigold.com/2016/06/are-you-ready-to-be-an-entrepreneur-guest-renee-regent/

If you’ve never visited her blog before, you should─it’s always informative, but in a friendly, laid back way. Jami has a knack for digging through the layers of a subject, to find out why the topic matters. Her website has been designated as one of the 100 best Websites For Writers, in 2015. So, it is quite an honor to have my debut guest post on her blog!

If you are interested in the business side of writing, I plan to explore this topic more in the future, as I progress through the journey of my writing career.  As a lifelong entrepreneur, I am excited about the ever-expanding field of publishing, and hope you’ll join me. I’d love to hear of your experiences, too, so feel free to comment or drop me a line at reneeregent@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

Book Review: The Introvert Entrepreneur

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Talk about an oxymoron. A contradiction in terms. Entrepreneurs are usually extroverted, right?

Wrong. So wrong.

In fact, being an introvert can be an advantage when it comes to business. Just ask Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world describe themselves as introverts. According to this article in Inc. Magazine, they share an ability to utilize their introvert personalities to best advantage. The first step we can take in that same direction is to understand what it really means to be an introvert and an entrepreneur, and I have recently read a book that focuses on that very subject.

The Book

In her book, The Introvert Entrepreneur, professional coach Beth L. Buelow goes in depth into the challenges introverts face in business situations, especially when they are owners of a company. She promises to show introverted readers how to “Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms.”

While browsing in the bookstore, the title of this book caught my eye. I’ve been an entrepreneur for most of my life, but it was only recently I realized I’m an introvert. A significant number of writers are introverts, so I came across many memes, blog posts and articles online about what it means to be an introvert. It was one of those “aha” moments of clarity, when I finally understood my discomfort with certain things (crowds, small talk, being the center of attention) was natural, and shared by many. So I was interested to read this book to learn how to use my introversion to advantage in business situations.

What is an Introvert?

First, Ms. Buelow answers the question of what it means to be an introvert and an entrepreneur. She discusses the perception many people have about introverts (shy, a loner) which can sometimes be limiting; and the reality that introversion is simply a way of thinking and how we use energy. She goes on to explain how to handle the aspects of business which may make introverts uncomfortable, such as networking, marketing, cold calling, public speaking, and even the fear of failure. By utilizing their natural gifts (curiosity, deep thinking, love of research), introverts can learn to conquer these challenges.

Be Authentic

The underlying message of the book is that you can create success on your own terms, in a way that honors and respects your introverted personality. I came away with a better understanding of my skills and several ideas on how to expand my comfort level with tasks and situations I might normally avoid.

Ms. Buelow is also a certified professional coach, and her website is full of information about her book, plus entrepreneur coaching services, podcasts, a blog and even a quiz you can take to discover whether you are an introvert or an extrovert.

Knowledge Is Power

I have always had an underlying worry that I should be handling things differently in regards to my businesses, but could never define what felt “off” to me. Now I know I can be my authentic self, and still find a way to handle the challenges I face with my “day job” career and my career as an author. The knowledge is freeing and empowering. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a desire to improve their business skills, especially if they consider themselves to be an Introvert.

With self-understanding comes power. As it says on Ms. Buelow’s website, “Success is an inside job!”