Day 5: Live Your Dream

posted in: 31 Days to Publish My Book | 12


I feel like a duck. Each evening I am swimming along putting words together for 31 Days to Write, yet under the water’s surface my feet are busily working as I continue to research the hows of self-publishing I add to my list of questions and work with my content, choosing what to use and editing what I have.

I must not lose sight of the Vital Steps. My dream has been defined, and each day I spend at least ten minutes in prayer about my dream. I find myself always praying for your dreams as well. Is your dream defined?

I am ready to give you Vital Step 3:

Live the dream through picturing.

and Practical Step 6 which goes hand in hand With VS3:.

Order and read eBooks.

Can you picture readers from around the world clicking on your book title on After they authorize a payment of $.99 to $2.99, your book is downloaded to their device. They can instantly begin reading your book. Or perhaps after clicking on your book title, your paperback book is placed in the mail by Amazon, and in a few days it arrives in their mailbox. Can you see them anxiously ripping into the package and holding your book in their hands?

People are going to buy your book.

People are going to benefit when your dream is accomplished.

Can you see it happening?

Practical Step 6 for publishing my book is to buy and read eBooks. Making that payment does much more for you than just accessing some good reading material. It accesses the belief that this can and will happen for you.

Reading the books you have chosen will do more for you than providing you with pleasant hours of reading. It will help you picture the end result of having published your book. Just like you are reading the book you ordered, people will be reading yours.

In addition to reading the eBook you have ordered, you can learn a great deal from examining the book from a publisher’s viewpoint. You can see the page layout, the chapter divisions, the way words flow into sentences, paragraphs, and pages. You will learn so much from buying and reading eBooks. Determine a small amount to spend on your dream. You are investing in your dream, and you are putting a smile on some author’s face somewhere in the world. Before very long, you will have a smile of your own every time you learn one of your books has been purchased.

The Practical Steps toward publication we have so far are:

1. Write your book.

2. Prepare your content.

3. Begin revisions.

4. Ask questions.

  • What is CreateSpace, and should I use it?
  • How much money does it cost to self-publish?
  • What is the best font to use for publication?

5. Get a CreateSpace account.

6. Order and read eBooks.

Vital Steps.

1. Define your dream.

2. Pray over your dream.

3. Live the dream through picturing the end result.

Do you have an eBook you have published? I’m in the market for a few!

If you’re looking for one, here are two I recommend. Give them a try if you like.

Broken by Anne Peterson

30 Days to a More Powerful Life by Joe Dalio

Live the dream!




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12 Responses

  1. I really enjoyed reading this, one of my biggest dreams is to write a book or books, somedays I just don’t even know where to start! Thank you for sharing!

  2. First of all, thanks for visiting my blog and reading today’s post on “Doing Community Well” – if you find an answer to the question I asked at the end of my blog post I would love for you to come back and share with us!!! As for your post today – I love that you are bringing up visualization and dreaming. Both of those seem to be practices that we drop as women sometime along our journey!!!! So glad you are sharing your steps as you work toward your dream of publishing a book!!!!

  3. hi sharon, i’m a couple slots away writing about my experiences in Jamaica. today’s is “different is not better or worse. it’s just different!” i’m interested in your topic. i’ll have to follow it to learn this info:)

  4. I love your practical idea to buy an ebook. Great idea to learn from example!

  5. I love CreateSpace!

  6. Writing a book is a very vague far distant idea for me right now. I hadn’t thought of the ebooks I buy being part of preparing for that dream one day.

  7. Great #write31days topic! Good Luck.

  8. Thank you for sharing your dream. I never thought of using 31 days to get me on track with my novel. Praying that you accomplish all your heart desires and God’s good plans for you. And thanks for praying for me and my dream, too. Hugs…

  9. What a great series topic! I have no problem buying books on Amazon, but I never thought to connect all that buying with visualizing myself as one of those authors. Great idea!

    • Anita, I am captivated by your story about Sarah! You are quite the writer. Your blog and ministry to caregivers is phenomenal and even your joyful picture speaks volumes for the joy of the Lord! It was also fascinating to peruse your other posts and see how the whole partnership thing plays out with Carol. Thank you so much for visiting me here. If you haven’t written a book, you definitely should. As far as I’m concerned you have it all together as a writer, minister, and communicator.

  10. Thank you for this information!

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