In 2013 I wrote and self-published a book Catch Up: A Guide to Understanding and Using Today’s Technology. The content of the book drew on my many years of experience as a software trainer and help desk support analyst.
I figured I would put it on Amazon, send out a few tweets, make a few Facebook posts and the book would sell itself. I did make some sales and since the book is still available I continue to sell a copy every so often. My original plan was to follow up with additional books, expanding on each of the topics in the original book.
We plan, God laughs.
In the fall of 2012 my son, Luke suffered two concussions in less than a month. Six months later he was not getting better and in fact, he was getting worse. My time, energy, and focus shifted from writing books about technology to doing everything I could to help my son recover.
It was a difficult and lonely time for both Luke and me. I often felt like I was fighting everyone, doctors, school personnel, friends and family. I had one source of comfort and strength, my heavenly father. I studied the Bible, kept a prayer journal, and at the end of everyday thanked God. I trusted He would handle tomorrow and He did. I am happy to say by the grace of God Luke is fully recovered.
As my son improved, I started asking God, “What’s next?” For awhile I thought he was leading me to write a book about what I experienced and learned about concussions.. So far Luke is not comfortable with me telling my story which can not be told without telling his.
I had learned enough to know whatever I wrote I would need an author platform. As I mentioned earlier I love learning new technology and found myself spending hours learning internet marketing specifically for growing an author platform.
You know that moment when it becomes clear which way God has been leading you all along. I had that moment, God positioned me to offer book marketing and platform services to authors, specifically Christian authors. I could give back not by sharing my stories, but by gathering an audience for others.
Shortly after I figured this out I found VAClassroom, a membership website for virtual assistants. I have completed and become certified by VA Classroom in Internet Marketing, am working on my certification in Social Media Marketing and will follow that with certifications in WordPress and Social Media Advertising. Although I know a lot about these topics already, the courses at VA Classroom have helped me come up with a comprehensive strategy for author platform building.
I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with you through blog posts, interactive pdfs, video tutorials, e-courses, and e-books. I am always willing to answer questions through this website, Facebook, or Twitter. I also offer free consultations for a variety of platform building services.
As the Retired Housewife I wrote, self-published, and promoted a book titled, CatchUp: The Retired Housewife’s Guide for the Technically Challenged. I even sold enough of them to afford a nice dinner out with my family. I had plans to write an entire series and offer tutorials on my website.
When my son sustained two concussions within three weeks I was no longer the Retired Housewife; I was a terrified Mom not sure how to help my son. Over the next four years my time, energy, almost every waking moment was dedicated to helping him overcome the challenges he faced due to his traumatic brain injuries.
A lot changed in those four years. The most significant was my deepening faith in God. I turned to God in prayer and sought his guidance in Bible study. My number one priority was my son, but I did occasionally ask what was next for me.
I wasn’t sure how God felt about the Retired Housewife and thought of abandoning the brand. I prayed about it, a lot and decided to maintain the website and Facebook page. I will use this online presence to share some of my other interests. But I will also use it to reach a broader audience for my clients and their works.