Editor’s Letter: Want to Write a Book? I Submitted My Manuscript & If I Can Do It, You Can, Too by Elisa Schmitz

Editor’s Letter: Want to Write a Book? I Submitted My Manuscript & If I Can Do It, You Can, Too

Nearly four years ago, I finally started to write the book that had been marinating in my mind for years before I finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Over the years, the book took on many shapes, approaches and titles. I shared my ideas with very few people, but each one made their mark on my thought process.

A book writing workshop at my alma mater, UW-Madison, was a turning point for me. The moment where the book actually started to crystallize. 

The process of signing with an amazing literary agent, and then landing a book deal with an inspiring publisher, made it feel all the more real.

But, the actual writing of the book was so much harder than I ever imagined. Being a journalist, I thought writing a book would just be a longer form of expression, that I’d easily adapt to because I love to write.

It turned out that writing this book required me to open up in a way that I’d never done before. I had to dig so deep, and examine my childhood in a way that felt really intense and, at times, pretty uncomfortable.

But, without being vulnerable, and sharing the heart of what makes you, you, I learned that you can’t really make an impact. To write something meaningful, you have to “go there.”

Last week, I submitted the manuscript for “Become the Fire: Transform Your Chaos Into Career and Life Success.” In it, I share the vulnerable, the heart. A lot of the chaos.

It’s not everything I’ve ever been through, not by a long shot. But, it’s a lot of what made me, me. And, a lot of what enabled me to go from being burned by the fire, to become the fire.

But, it’s not only my story. In the book, I also share the stories of 10 other women who’ve been through the fire and come out stronger. They, too, transformed their chaos into success. They, too, have become the fire. I’m grateful to these diverse and dynamic women for sharing their stories, so others can learn from their journeys.

I’m exhaling now, and preparing for what’s next. Thank you, and mil gracias, to my husband, family, friends and colleagues for your belief and support. I quite literally could not have done this without you.

If it’s your dream to write a book, I’m here to say you not only can do it, but you should do it. Because if I can do it, you can, too. Yes, it will be hard. Maybe harder than you can imagine. But, through the process, you’ll learn and grow so much. And, what you learn, you can pass on to others in order to make life better.

And, if you’re anything like me, making life better makes it all worth it.

Now, I’m returning to writing my Editor’s Letters, and sending out our 30Seconds newsletters. I’ve missed these touchpoints with our community, and am looking forward to reconnecting with all of you.

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You can learn more about me at ElisaSchmitz.com, and get my inspiration for achieving career and life success at BecomeTheFire.com.

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Dieter Schmitz
Whoo Hoo, Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds ! You’re amazing and inspire so many. My Mutti wrote a wonderful collection of her memories from growing up in Germany during the War. Though much shorter than your manuscript, her stories were printed and bound for all of her children and grandchildren to read. Both of you are wonderful inspirations.
Ann Marie Patitucci
I love that, Dieter Schmitz ! Sounds like you've been surrounded by amazing women throughout your life!
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, dearest. Your Mutti is one of my greatest inspirations. Love you both so much! Dieter Schmitz
Ann Marie Patitucci
I can.not.wait to read your book, Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds ! Congrats! I'm thrilled for you. I'm also excited about all the growth and success at 30Seconds-- well deserved!
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead . Your support means so very much to me. Thank you for your belief and care, and for being on this journey with me! xoxo
Congratulations! 📚

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