Friday, December 3, 2010

The Miracle of Your Invisible Network

Do you know that you have an invisible network? After being inspired to write a book, I had the “what,” but I didn’t have the “who.” I needed a co-writer who could bring my tale of transformation to life. I needed someone to create a book cover. I needed a professional photograph for the back cover. I needed someone to oversee the publishing process. And though I didn’t know it yet, I would need someone to market what I’d created!

Instead of focusing on how I was going to find the people I needed, I chose to believe that the plan was in place--just hadn’t been revealed yet. And with that, I took inspired action on the first priority: contacting the one “ghostwriter” I knew. The cost turned out to be prohibitive, but I took that to mean that there was evidently another person better suited for the job.

Within three days, the perfect scribe presented herself. It was the person I had secretly wished could write my story, but believed her to be too busy with her own work: my daughter, Maridel. Unbeknownst to me, she had just decided to take a bold step and write for a living—and was looking for a “ghostwriting” project!

At each step the invisible network became visible. But the amazing thing is that most of the people were in my life already. My granddaughter-by-marriage, Nikki Bowes, became a graphic artist during the time that the book was being written and asked me if she could create the cover for the book. When I asked my hairdresser, Pam, if she knew of a good professional photographer, she pulled out examples of her beautiful portrait work and said she would be honored to do it. When it came time to publish, Maridel took on that phase as well, having published her own book a few years before. Nikki was in the hospital when the back cover design was due. As if on cue, her brother-in-law, Joe Hatzel-- also a graphic artist—seamlessly collaborated with her and met our deadline! While the book was in production, my daughter, Linda, took an unusual route home from town one day, stopped at a book fair, and met Aaron Patterson, the young man who easily and effortlessly became my marketer.

How has the invisible network revealed itself in your life?

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In Spirit,
Addie and Maridel

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