Have you ever thought of writing a book? I have. In fact, I’ve started to write not only one but two. One is for everyone to read, and the other -just for photographers. It is a daunting task and one that is going to need much guidance in order to finish. That is why I was extra excited to do a Personal Branding session with Joni Albrecht, founder of Little Star Communications

During Joni’s Pre-Branding consult, she told me she needed an updated headshot and a photo of herself in action. We discussed how we could support the concept of “her in action” – through the use of props, clothing and expressions. It is so neat to pull all of those elements together. Joni brought some of her working manuscripts to the shoot and they were well marked up. She said it is common to see all of those edits….they are just part of the process. But seeing all those red marks instantly took me back to my school days when the teacher would mark up my page. Joni said most writer’s are used to it and expect edits which they know will bring better results. She advised me to not worry about my writing level, as I am feeling rusty. Her advice was to “just write.” I’m putting time aside each day to do that. I’ve never been much of a  journal keeper but the dots I can connect through the process of writing down thoughts is amazing. I’ve been reading the Artist Way, which asks you to commit to writing three pages each morning and to take yourself out on an artist date to spur creativity. 

Thanks to innovations within the publishing industry, there are many options available to writers seeking publication. One widely accepted best practice for both traditional and non-traditional paths to a book is to seek the expertise and guidance that an up-front editor like Joni can offer. I’m a little nervous about the effort needed to write, edit, publish and market a book. I know it is a lot of work, but the pay back seems more than gratifying! I know Joni will guide me every step of the way. 

Credits: Makeup by Holly Beauty Partners | Chic Stripes