Answering the Call

These are the words of Marcia Diehl, Balboa Press author of “Do You See It? Do You See It?”. Marcia answered the call to write her book and self-publish with Balboa Press. If you’d like to learn more about Marcia, you can visit her website  Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information.

“When life calls, that’s when we have to answer.” ~Louise Hay

This is the quote sent to me by Marsha Manion at Balboa Press in her first e-mail on self-publishing my book. I am thankful for this inspirational reminder, and I referred to it many times when I found myself wavering regarding my decision to self-publish. Of course, we each have a different definition of “life’s call,” but for me, it meant that soft whisper that said, “It’s time to do this.” I bargained with the voice, saying that it had to be easy, with just one step at a time…and it was!

The Time to Write is Now

I’ll back up a little to explain that I had always thought I would write a book. I just didn’t know that the time was now. One morning, while I was sitting in bed with my laptop after listening to a meditation, I heard that whisper that said, “Let’s write a book!” I knew enough to say “yes” to life, so I started typing. The book seemed to write itself. I liked it. I saved it.

Two days later, as I sat next to the pool, relaxed and enjoying nature, I heard life calling again. “Let’s finish the book!” Really? Now?! So, I started typing and a short time later the manuscript was complete. I saved it and closed the computer.

Working with Balboa Press

Soon after, I finished reading a book and happened to look at the publisher name, which led me to Balboa Press. However, I did not send the introductory e-mail that first day. I was a little scared. With a little time and some encouragement from life, I finally sent the e-mail. That action began my journey into self-publishing and becoming an author. Balboa Press made it easy, as their process is well-organized, handled mostly online with only a few phone calls, and staffed with people who are so pleasant to work with.

As this was my first time, I learned a lot! There were so many decisions to make because, after all, it was self-publishing. I liked that I could take my time in responding to questions, allowing me to “sleep on it” and get still so I could hear my inspiration guiding me along.

Becoming a Self-Published Author

I was unprepared for the response from others when I told them that I had been inspired to write a children’s book. They were so excited and happy for me! They said they couldn’t wait to read it and buy it. That made me a little nervous; however, their support was like a wave that carried me to completion of the project.

When I received the call from Balboa Press saying that I was a published author, I froze. I don’t know what reaction I was expecting to feel, but that wasn’t it! As I shared the good news with friends and family, they asked, “Why aren’t you excited?” I really didn’t know, but it didn’t feel real. Not yet. Receiving the first copy of my book and holding it in my hands made all the difference!

My book’s website on Balboa Press is so perfect! I am grateful for all of the professional assistance I received while making my dream a reality. I see now that answering the call is what life is all about.

Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by emailing or the submission form on the Guidelines page. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space. 

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