Every once in a while you hear about an author who has the courage and conviction to self publish and as a result his or her world changes because of it. Bronnie Ware is one of those authors. You may not recognize her name, but you may have already heard about her book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.
Ware, who is from Australia has worked the last few years in palliative care, which is providing comfort for those who are near death. Her work required her to spend tiime and meet the needs of terminal patients. In many cases these were people who only had weeks to live. In an interview about her book Bronnie said, “I found each patient experienced a variety of emotions, as expected. These included: denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though – every one of them”
Because she thought she had something to share from her experiences, she wrote an article for a local publication about the most common regrets expressed by the people she had cared for, titled “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.” The article received considerable attention and at the request of readers, Ware decided to write a personal memoir of the same title. After self-publishing through Balboa Press, her book became a internet sensation, and was featured on some of the top media properties in the world, including “The Guardian” and “The Huffington Post.”
As a result, Balboa’s publishing partner, Hay House, Inc. called and offered her a contract Leon Nacson, Managing Director of Hay House, Inc., Australia described the call he made to offer the contract. “I immediately contacted Bronnie to offer her a publishing contract and she burst into tears of joy. She informed me she had just left the labor ward where she had given birth to a baby girl. She said she had made two prayers earlier that day, the first asking that the birth go well and that her baby would be happy and healthy, and the second that she would earn a publishing contract.It was an incredible moment.”
Can you imagine what a day that must have been for Bronnie? Both prayers answered.
So what about you? Will your book become the topic of international media sites? Will you get a traditional publisher to offer you a contract. I don’t know if that will happen if you publish, but I know if you don’t get that manuscript out of your drawer and get it in the market, it will never happen.