The courage to step out of your comfort zone

For those of you who have been on this journey with me, six months ago, when I was preparing for the release of Highland Solution, I didn’t have the first clue how to go about promoting my book. A lovely author, Donna MacMeans, told me to ask several other respected authors in the genre to let me appear on their blogs.


I had to ask someone I didn’t know–someone famous–to do me a favor.

That may have been the hardest thing I ever had to do. However, I met some wonderful, supportive women, like Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Laurin Wittig.

Then, I had to put my baby into stranger’s hands and ask for honest reviews. Friends were one thing, but real reviewers were something else. Wonderful bloggers like Tin at Love Saves the World, and Angela at Satin Sheets Romance, agreed to read my debut novel and they gave Highland Solution great reviews.

When Highland Courage reached the editing stage, I needed to find honest beta-readers, who would give me the feedback I needed to improve the story. One author, Suzan Tizdale; two fans, Barb and Ann; and a wonderful friend, Rhonda, agreed to help me.

Having to ask for help so often has pushed me so far out of my comfort zone, I don’t know where it is any longer. Still, if I had never taken the first step, approached the first stranger, I do not believe Highland Solution would be as successful as it has been.

Just recently, I summoned up enough nerve to ask for a spot on RomCon’s Historical romance blog. You guessed it, I am appearing there today! Please stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of Highland Solution. For any of you who have already read Highland Solution, if you are one of the winners, I will substitute a copy of Highland Courage on its release day.


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4 Responses to The courage to step out of your comfort zone

  1. Ceci, I’m just a reader but can feel from your words how much courage that took. Just look at the wonderful people that have entered your life through that courage and the wonderful stories you’re bringing us by taking that step. 🙂

  2. Mary Morgan says:

    It takes so much courage to step out of our comfort zone, Ceci, and I applaud you for what you have done. Taking that leap of faith can be the most frightening thing in the world, but the rewards are endless.

    • cecigiltenan says:

      Thanks Mary! I think I said “No one ever died of embarrassment” in an earlier post and that is true. It does all kind of boil down to, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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