My second book How To Create Positive Change in 21 Days was launched on January 20, 2018 (this year) by Ms. Tahira Hassan and Ms. Sabiha Ahmed. For an introvert and with a laid-back attitude person like me, how did it happen? I am thankful to Ms. Iram Raza and Ms. Saba Qasim, the duo organisers of the Lucknow-AMU Alumni meet and the minds behind Beauties of AMU for the Book Launch.
Posting about this experience is coming much later than I had expected but this taught me many things. And even if it was the year end, I would have shared this post with much enthusiasm.
Before I go ahead with my book launch’s behind-the-scenes story, I would like you to read it because it carries many hidden messages one should learn from.
Book Launch of How To Create Positive Change in 21 Days at Lucknow-AMU Alumni meet
In December 2017 I self-published my book How To Create Positive Change in 21 Days, Be Brave Put Yourself First. It’s a self-help, non-fiction and motivational book. I never thought to get it printed because it required a sum of money which I hesitated to spend on something where I only saw a monetary loss. I knew I didn’t have the reader base, and so I avoided to get the book How To Create Positive Change in 21 Days printed.
I joined Beauties of AMU group in December 2017 itself and came to know about January 20, 2018, Alumni Meet. I then got in touch with Iram, and since we had the same interests i.e., in blogging, writing and online marketing, we almost talked daily.
Meanwhile, she came to know about the books I had written too. She offered me to do a book launch and scolded me too like a sister that I myself should have proposed the idea. How could I say when I was still not prepared to face everything? I told at home and everyone encouraged me. The problem – it was already January 2018 by then and I had one print copy I had ordered from IngramSpark.
I contacted a known printer in Lucknow and sought his help to which he agreed to deliver 100 print copies within five days. The fifth day was on 18th January 2018. I was sceptical yet I agreed. You need to believe yourself when you are on a mission. This time my mission was to shun my laid-back attitude and come forward.
On January 18th, I didn’t get the copies. I followed up; it was no use. The printer said he will deliver them the next day at 9 pm! Woahhh! I had the book launch next day. It was a big event of my life. At 9.30 pm when I called the printer, his phone was switched off. I was worried. I tried calling him till 11 pm and then the next day I called him since 7.30 am. No use. I then sought help from my friends in contacting him. They kept calling the printer on all his contact numbers available to us.
The launch was scheduled at 12.30 pm. I was nervous to every bit. Speaking in public that too in front of my seniors and no book, I was going through a chaotic mess on the mind. I didn’t let that feeling overpower; I then gathered myself, took deep breathes; one deep breath would not have worked then!
Now it was the time I didn’t want the book. I wanted to get the update. It was the same feeling when someone close to you doesn’t pick calls even after 30 times you call them. You get worried, all you need to listen is the person is okay. For me, I wanted to listen the printer won’t be able to deliver the copies of How To Create Positive Change in 21 Days. I entered the room packed with wonderful ladies, events were going on.
I updated the organisers with the unavailability of the print copies. The first thing I loved about Saba’s personality as – she didn’t complain, she asked me to sit down and take water. I did. It was a relief! Half of my tension just vanished with that one sentence. It was 12.15 pm and I got a call from the printer. I said nothing to him except asking him to reach the venue with some 15 books. When he reached the venue, it was almost 1 pm. And I proceeded with just one book in my hand, still not sure if the rest of the copies are still on way or not.
Tahira apa and Sabiha apa — If you are not from AMU, I must say, we address all our seniors as apa (elder sister) and bhai (brother) — launched the book How To Create Positive Change in 21 Days. Both are social activists; I had met them in person and they are wonderful ladies.
The confidence that the lovely Beauties of AMU gave made me break that shell forever. Many of the beauties who attended the Lucknow AMU Alumni meet might not know this, and I wanted to share this incident that led me to grow one step more. All’s well that ends well. And yes, I sold all the 15 copies that day, met so many beauties and got many lessons to learn.
Even if you were not part of the book launch, I want you to read this and the lessons I learnt because I believe each one will have to go through such crises in life. I would be happy to know your experiences too.
Five Lessons I Learnt from the Book Launch of How To Create Positive Change in 21 Days
Introvert or not, unless you go and tell about your work no one will recognise you.
While I was promoting the book on various online platforms, I didn’t wish to promote it offline. My excuse was – I don’t have a reader base! Now I could humbly say, I have my readers waiting for my next book/s. Isn’t it exciting?
Be it any situation, urgent or important, you need to have patience
It’s obvious you might feel nervousness and a bit of tension. Take deep breathes, what is meant to be will happen. All you need to do is think from a calm mind and not to give up until the last. Keep making efforts in order to achieve that particular thing you had wanted all the time.
If plan A doesn’t work, go with plan B.
I appreciate what these two lovelies, Saba and Iram, did when they came to know the crisis I was going through. They asked me to calm down and go without books. They asked me to choose Plan B; doesn’t matter if Plan A isn’t working. Another thing I learnt was to encourage the person going through such a crisis. The person suffering trusts you, when you encourage them you are making them emotionally strong. Always remember the emotional strength and moral support works like a magical power.
Those who were strangers are now among my inspirations and friends.
You never know who crosses your path as a mentor. Isn’t it?
Bidding Farewell to the laid-back attitude and I’m more open to taking risks in life now.
It certainly helps! Taking risks help you in identifying the potential which you have had hidden within, which only you can identify and work.
This article was originally posted by Sara Khan on Beautiesofamu.com