I’ve been doing a little series on the podcast of success stories from inside the Creative Sandbox Community, of members who have made great strides and accomplished amazing things.
Last week I shared Jessica’s story of wanting to do video, being afraid of doing video, to now being the “video queen,” and this week I’m delighted to introduce you to Lynelle Eck, who used the Creative Sandbox to incubate… a book!
Yes, that’s right, in spite of some roaring gremlins (and having recently published my own book, I can attest to the viciousness of book gremlins!), and in spite of initial rejection by a traditional publisher, Lynelle was able to go on and write, illustrate, publish, and sell her own children’s book, A Zoo Just for You (aff).
How did she manage to accomplish this herculean task? Lynelle gives a lot of the credit to the support and encouragement she received in the Creative Sandbox, which helped her learn to “dance with the gremlins.”
Because, of course, the gremlins never go away.
(As I say in the recording, the closer I got to releasing The Creative Sandbox Way to the public, the louder my own gremlins got! If our gremlins stop yammering at us, it means we’ve stopped growing. The goal is not to shut them up, it’s to learn to waltz with them.)
In addition to producing her book, Lynelle created a T-shirt quilt, and got through knee replacement surgery, so 2016 was a very productive year!
Now Lynelle has a whole safari of follow-up books planned, in the same theme of A Zoo Just for You. Not only that, but she has already sold more copies in just a few months than most self-published books sell in their entire lifespan!
What is especially exciting to me, though, is how Lynelle’s story is an example of the way change ripples out. (Listen around 23 minutes in for how she is sharing what she’s learned and now helping someone else get her book out in the world — this is how we change the world!)
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