From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Carolyn Villar; author of “The 7 Steps of Inner Healing/Los 7 Peldaños de la Sanidad Interior” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!
I did not want to publish a book on inner healing, or make myself vulnerable before the world or share my story. In obedience to God’s call, I published The 7 Steps to Inner Healing – Los 7 Peldaños de la Sanidad Interior in 2015. When I was laid-off in 2013, the first thing God asked me to do was to finish writing the book that He had asked me to write years ago.
The 7 Steps to Inner Healing – Los 7 Peldaños de la Sanidad Interior is a bilingual, Christian and bible-based book on how to forgive, let go and move forward. The book is easy-to-read and personable. The purpose of this book is to educate and equip those going difficult trials and processes – all those who experience pain.
I had my first book launch on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Gordon College, my alma mater. I invited two non-profit organizations, Chica Project and Amirah Inc., to my book launch to host a table, and speak about the work they are doing in the community in an effort to inspire my audience to give back which is Step #7: Help Others Heal in my book.
For each book that was bought at the book launch, I donated a portion to Amirah, Inc., Amirah, Inc. is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides a safe home for women (ages 18 and older) who are survivors of sexual exploitation (sex trafficking). The event was well-attended and we made a donation to Amirah, Inc. to help end sex trafficking.
At the end of my remarks, I gave each attendee a postcard. I asked each person to write two things: 1) a goal or dream that God has placed on their heart, and 2) someone in their social circle who is going through a difficult trial that they can encourage. Many of my guests contacted me after the event, and were inspired.
Here is some of the feedback I received after the book launch:
For those considering self-publishing, here are a few helpful tips that you may want to consider:
Carolyn Villar is an international speaker, author of The 7 Steps to Inner Healing – Los 7 Peldaños de la Sanidad Interior and intercessor. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Gordon College and a Master of Science from Northeastern University. She and her husband, Pablo Pimentel-Villar, currently reside in Massachusetts. Carolyn can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter (@carolynvillar7) or Instagram (carolynvillar7).
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