An Alabama writer (who has had five non-fiction books published) told me if it takes you a year longer than expected to write a book, then you are just like every other aspiring author out there.
In creating Hasten Forth, it took us more than three years from the day the idea was planted in our minds (“Inception?”) to finally holding in our hands the fruits of our labors: flipping through the book’s physical pages rather than scrolling through them on the computer!
This is why when we received note cards with words of encouragement and congratulations from two dear new friends who purchased the books, their thoughtfulness deeply touched our hearts. It made us want to reach out to anyone who has been or is now in the same boat — working diligently and faithfully and doggedly on any endeavor.
We want to share these sentiments with you:
“…all effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity.”
– `Abdu’l-Bahá, quoted in J. E. Esslemont, Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era, 5th rev. ed. (Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1987), 79.
“The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”
Pierre de Coubertin (The Hallmark card continues: “However, the triumph is also nice. Congratulations.”)
And finally, if you encounter obstacles along the way, don’t forget to ask for help: “Open Thou the door, provide the means, prepare the way, make safe the path.” – `Abdu’l-Bahá (These small requests often ran through our minds and escaped from our lips at the bumps, turns and crossroads in the path to self-publishing.)