When I self-published my first book in 2008 my shed was filled with books.
Every time someone ordered a copy I printed an invoice and went to the post office to ship the book.
This was fun for 100 books. After that, I slowly started to resent it. This was too much hassle and work. It would be easier if a publisher would handle the logistics.
But how to find a publisher?
I’d explored that option before I wrote the book and learned this was extremely difficult. If you’re not a household name or have a big platform, it’s almost impossible to find one. That (and the freedom to do everything in my own way), was the main reason to self-publish my book.
I decided to not think about it and trust a solution would come to me somehow.
A couple of days later I was writing an article. Suddenly a question entered my mind—one that was completely unrelated to what I was doing: “What’s the name of the publisher who publishes Louise Hay’s books in The Netherlands?” I stopped writing to Google the answer. I found the publisher, went to their contact page, and sent them an email.
“Hi,” I wrote,” I self-published my first book this year and already sold X copies, so it’s doing pretty well. Which is great, but it’s also a lot of work. So I wondered: how does it work if you’d publish my book? It’d be great if I didn’t have to do all this myself. I’d love to hear from you. Thank you!” I also wrote in 2 sentences what the book was about and what kind of business I had. I sent the email and went back to writing. Googling their name and sending the email took me no longer than 15 minutes. I didn’t really think it through; I simply acted on the inspiration I received.
The next day I found an amused answer in my inbox:
“Well, we’d like to read the book first to see if we’d be interested in publishing it. 🙂 Can you send a copy to this address? We’ll let you know what we think once we read it.”
I sent the book and two months later, they let me know they’d love to publish my book. Within a month the contract was signed and in 2009, the book was published by Uitgeverij De Zaak (these days it’s published by Uitgeverij Ank Hermes who bought the other publisher.)
Ha! I bet that’s one of the easiest ways anyone ever found a publisher!
So what does my manifesting story teach you?
How can YOU manifest seemingly difficult (or even impossible things), too?
These are the 3 mains keys to pay attention to:
#1 State your desire.
This seems obvious. However, in my 20 years of coaching women to realize their true dreams and create a business & life they adore, I often see that people are wishy-washy about their desires. They want something and don’t want it at the same time. Or they’re not sure what they want.
That doesn’t work. Be clear about what you want. It doesn’t have to be complicated. All I did was think how easy it would be if a publisher handled all sales. That’s it. I didn’t turn it into a goal, I didn’t ‘work’ for it, I didn’t visualize it and I didn’t create a mood board for it.
Nope. All I did was think how nice this would be. I might have thought that a couple more times, but that was it.
#2 Follow your intuitive nudges the moment you receive them.
Don’t think yourself out of them and don’t overthink it!! I certainly didn’t. I just Googled the name and emailed them.
Only AFTER I received the publisher’s answer, I realized what a strange email I sent! I didn’t write a good pitch or why I thought my book could be of value to them. I only asked to let me know how it worked if they published my book, and that was it.
I felt a bit ashamed about that afterwards. If I HAD thought it through, I’d NEVER have sent it!! But… it landed me a publishing contract anyway.
Follow your intuitive nudge quickly, without overthinking it. Your soul sent you this idea because this is what YOU have to do in this moment to get what you want. The other details? Are handled by the universe.
#3 Let go.
Do what you need to do and let go. Don’t get attached to the outcome or how and when your results show up. You did your job and it’s out of your hands now.
Two months after I sent the publisher my book I felt inspired to follow up. I learned they were reading my book and would contact me once they finished reading.
I let go and didn’t sweat it. I trusted that the outcome would be in my highest good, whatever it was. If they said no, another publisher might say yes. Or a completely different solution would find my way. I chose to trust it would work out in my favor one way or another. And it did.
Do what feels inspired and move onto your next inspired action.
Follow your intuition and choose to trust that somehow, some way, some day, everything works out in your favor.
That’s how you manifest everything—including dreams that seem impossible or far-fetched to achieve.
P.S. For my next books, I decided to self-publish again. I love the control and freedom this gives me, and I LOVE to do every single thing in my own way.
(Plus, I don’t see why a publisher should get most of the money while I do all the work…)
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