Uniquely You!!

ImageI just published my first book this month!  What an experience.  Self publishing is a lot of work and a lot of marketing.  It’s not always easy to market yourself.  Sometimes we have to wonder what there is about us that anyone else would want to know or be interested in.

I just attended a writers conference this last weekend and learned about marketing yourself. It was an eye opener!  I thought I could just market my book and leave it at that, but come to find out–I actually have to market me.  I had someone tell me that everyone has something to contribute.  Everyone has something unique and special about them or that they know.  The hard part will be coming up with that special thing, because let’s face it, not all of us think we are awesome naturally.  So that made me wonder what is unique to me?

Well the first thing that came to mind was that I have six kids.  That’s not unique to me, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who have six kids.  I am also a stay at home Mom, so I have some different insights on raising kids because I’m basically with them 24/7  they replace me having a job.  If you spend that much time with kids you’re bound to learn something, right?  Now I’m not claiming to be the perfect Mom by any means, but i can hold my own in the Mom world.

Another thing that adds to my uniqueness is that I am a Mormon.  We are not supposed to call ourselves that, because that’s not who we are.  We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  But let’s face it, more people have heard of Mormons so you’re more likely to know what I’m talking about.

Another quality I possess would be that I just published a book!  That’s a big deal!  With today’s opportunities, it’s not as complicated as it used to be but it’s still not easy.  I once heard that there are more people that finish marathons than that finish writing a novel.  So I’m feelin’ pretty good right about now!

Another thing I do is paint wildlife.  I’m pretty good at it I’d say.  I’ve sold some of my paintings and prints so that marks me as a professional believe it or not.

I also live in rural America which I think is pretty unique these days.  The town I live in is so small it doesn’t even qualify as a town.  They call it a special service district.  There are probably only 100 homes in this “town” and I’d have to say that the population of livestock far outnumbers the people.  I have chicken and fresh eggs, and beef cows, and pigs, and one miniature horse (who is a total brat).  Basically I could be called a small time farmer so that kind of unique too.

If you really think about it there are a lot of different people in this world, and none of them are exactly like you, (unless you’ve been cloned.)  So celebrate your differences and your uniqueness, because you are as unique as a snowflake and that’s pretty awesome!


2 responses

  1. Chantelle,
    Congratulations on your book! Such an accomplishment, especially with six children!! No joke. I clicked on your name on Book Blogs (we are friends there) and sat and read every word you wrote on your blog. I feel like I was reading a friend’s thoughts. I, too, am a member. I live in southern Arizona with my hubby and five children. I self-published my book, THE SCENT OF A SOUL, last December through CreateSpace. The experience has been a real eye-opener, to say the least! I spent my elementary and middle school years in Utah. I watched the Jordan River Temple be built from my elementary school’s playground in South Jordan, Utah. LOVED it! I am going to checkout your giveaway—thanks for having one. 🙂 I don’t know if you’d be interested, but I’m always looking for reviewers of my book. My blog is at: http://jenniferthompsonbooks.blogspot.com if you want to visit and watch my book trailer there for THE SCENT OF A SOUL. If it looks like something you would enjoy (it’s a clean paranormal romance), I’d love to have you read and review it. I can offer you a pdf in exchange for an honest review. If you are interested, just let me know. My email address is theunexpectedpath@gmail.com. Once again, so excited to have connected with you. Thanks SO much for the White Chili recipe. I have honestly been looking for a good one. AWESOME!! Have a great one. Oh, and I see where I can follow you, so will be your newest follower soon. 🙂
    P.S. Living in rural town America, six children, AND painting (not to mention the book)—definitely make you unique!

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