As it turns out, my publisher was so impressed with her writing that he offered to publish that book right away!
Anne and I worked on getting her book ready to be published. We used the same ‘Reverse Writing’ process that I teach in my workshops and courses that has already helped hundreds of authors to get published. We started by writing the back cover, which provided Anne with the structure to see which blogs she could use and what was still missing.
This worked so well, that Anne managed to get her book ‘Zonder Meer, Zonder Maar’ (‘No ifs or buts’) published and on sale within three months!
She even organized her own book launch and arranged a lot of free publicity with the methods learned during the writing retreat.
By sharing more of her stories in vlogs and short posts, she increased her visibility on social media, which helped enormously in promoting her book.
And it did not stop there. When her son had to undergo major surgery that would disconnect the two halves of his brain to stop his constant epileptic seizures, Anne kept blogging. Using her experiences from the writing retreat, she soon turned these into her second book: ‘Verder met de helft’ (‘Continue with half’).