Words From Shelly Hitz

Shelly is one of my self-publishing mentors.

Growing up, I always wanted to be an accomplished musician…especially a soloist.  Most of my family have amazing musical talent.  Some sing, some play musical instruments, some write music and some do all of the above.

I always tried to be that person.  The talented musician.  
 
But, that’s not who God created me to be.  Yes, I can hold a pitch.  And, yes, I can sing in a choir.  But, I’m not a soloist.
 
I always feel bad for those trying out for American Idol who have been told their whole life that they are an amazing singer…only to get publically humiliated on national television.
 
You know, it’s easy to compare ourselves with others.  
 
I’m also a runner, or should I say a jogger.  🙂  However, my husband is a very fast runner and exceptional athlete.  When we participate in 5k races or running clubs, he is the one getting the medals and prizes.  I am the one at the back of the pack, just trying to catch my breath.
And I find myself comparing who I am with others.  
 
I’m not an elite athlete and never will be.  Even when I try my hardest and am the most disciplined, I am still only “average.”
 
One day, I realized that I tend to compare my weakness with others’ strengths.  It’s like comparing apples to oranges.
 
And when it comes to writing, publishing and marketing your book…it’s important to be yourself.  To be who God created you to be and not try to fit someone else’s mold or compare yourself to every other writer.
 
Be yourself.
 
Stop comparing yourself to others…it only leads to what my mom calls, “Stinkin’ Thinkin'” and failure.
 
Instead, Jeffrey, see the strengths you have, be yourself and take action publishing and marketing your book.  Get started here: http://www.self-publishing-coach.com/book-marketing.html
 
 
– Shelley Hitz
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