5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Published Author

Last Friday I had a call from my publisher to tell me my book 'Adventures of a Balloon Girl' was not only ready it was delivered to my door step. I was not home at the time and I was glad. Suddenly I didn't feel ready to see it, to touch it to feel and smell the fresh pages of my newly printed book. I panicked. "Did I rush, did I check, I should have give over it one more time?" were only sone if the questions I asked myself including the BIG one, "what if it's crap!"

The kids came home, we waited for my husband and opened the three boxes containing a total of 100 books. They squealed, they jumped for joy and as I sensed their pride for the book in front of them I quickly drew my self out of self sabotage to self trust. This book is ready. I'm ready.

A few days later, which was this past Tuesday 25th February I launched my new baby, Adventures of a Balloon Girl to a room full of people I love and admire in the Victorian tourism industry, my family and close friends.

From having an idea - to saying yes - to producing the work - to seeing it through to a completed state, was a very rewarding experience. It was also very humbling to stop and celebrate this milestone with industry, family and friends of becoming a published author and having a bonafide book to share.

One of the things I shared in my speech as to how this developed from a 'something I'm thinking about' to a 'something I've done' is this:

COMMITMENT TO COMPLETION: Saying yes and following through until it's DONE. There were obstacles, there was a newborn, there were sick kids, there were challenges yet giving up or putting this project off was never an option. It was never a 'I'm gunna'. No excuses, this was important and I made a commitment to see it through.

COMMUNITY: Surrounding myself with the right people at all times that believe in what I'm doing as much, if not more, than I did. Community of family, friends, work colleagues, business colleagues, industry professionals all communities shared the same traits to fuel and encourage my desire to do this.

INSANE CHILDLIKE CURIOSITY: I met a great lady Natasa Denman and it just so happened she was running her inaugural 48 Author Weekend. It was a clear YES. I proceeded to ask good questions and lots of them to the people like Nat who have walked the path before me.

COLLABORATION: You know the saying "If you want to go go fast go alone - if you want to go far go together". Not only the book, the event to launch the book was one big collaboration of minds, theories, insights and experience. In the book I share knowledge gained from various training and day to day experience at Global Ballooning Australia with partners like, Rochford Winery, VTIC, Destination Melbourne, Scope Victoria and Burt & Davies to name a few.

CELEBRATE: I never take the time to do this and never realised the importance until I did it this week. So happy I did. The event on Tuesday night was a highlight of this experience so far and to extend the ride a little further I will be participating in events all throughout March to celebrate and savour this book before taking a break and tackling the next exciting project.

To see the photos of the launch go to Facebook.com/instituteofexcellence

With love and gratitude,

Despina xx


Despina Karatzias
Despina is a passionate digital marketer, social media maestro and tourism professional. She is a Certified Trainer, Tourism Hub Podcast host, qualified business coach, author and digital marketing professional with twenty years’ experience in the tourism industry. Despina is the very proud Chief Navigator of leading digital education platform for small business Navii Digital and Tourism Tribe. Outside of the training room, Despina loves planning adventures and above everything spending time with her family. Despina is a passionate advocate for growing small business through shared experiences because every business has a very special gift, YOU!

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