On the ISLE of DO-IT-LATER, things get postponed . . . put off . . . put aside.
Complacency becomes the fog that obscures our hopes and dreams and convinces us that it is much easier to just DO-IT-LATER. As we settle into our complacency, we run the risk of convincing ourselves that all is well, yet bemoan others as we watch them sail on by.
Much was the story of Meryl. Her coaching business was doing “fine” . . . it kept her busy for about 10 hours a week and brought in added income for the family. Her youngest just graduated from high-school, was working full-time during the Summer, and was headed off to college in the Fall.
She was starting to feel the anxious nudge in the core of her chest again. She had been ignoring it for years, as it continued to get louder and more frequent. “When are you going to finish your book, Meryl?”, it would ask. She would always find something “more important” which needed her attention. Until now. She decided it was time to start taking care of Meryl and turn her attention to growing her business.
Meryl found the courage to reach out and ask us for help. We created a plan which included a complete brand update and we paired her with one of our professional writing coaches who helped her finish her book. Meryl now uses her book as a key personal growth tool in her private mastermind groups. Her business has doubled in the past year and she has a waiting list of people wanting to work with her one-on-one.
Meryl jumped off the ISLE of DO-IT-LATER, learned to believe in herself, and trusted others to help her raise her level of expectations for what she wanted to accomplish. Her confidence soared and her business followed suit.
What have you put aside that you would LOVE to be doing right NOW?
What can you now START that you have continued to postpone?
What would you be doing, if you knew you could not fail?
Maybe it’s time to hop off the ISLE of DO-IT-LATER.
July 4thwas my mother’s birthday. As a former military wife, it was immensely important to her to fly the American flag and wear red-white-and-blue in honor of “the American Way”.
It was a much simpler time, in 1939. In this photo, my mother was 16 and on her way to the annual “Cherokee Strip Land Run” celebration in her home town of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Much like today’s county fairs, there would have been a carnival atmosphere with games, events and DANCES! If there was a party, a dance, or a celebration, it would have been on her calendar.
In September, 1893, the Cherokee Strip Land Run opened over 12,000 square miles of new territory to white settlers. A single gunshot at noon signaled the start of what has been billed as “the largest, most spectacular” competitive event in history. Historians say that between noon and sunset, some 40,000 homesteads of 160 acres each had been claimed. Seven counties were populated, numerous town sites had been established and what was to later become the state of Oklahoma (14 years later) began to take shape.
Fast-forward to 2018, and I hang the American flag on our front porch this week in memory of my Mother and how much it meant to her. But, as I do so, I also ask myself, “How would I currently define the American Way?” I find myself having to redefine what that means to ME.
For me, the American Way is a way of life. I want to live in a land of HOPE. The HOPE that dreams can come true for those born here, as well as for those who immigrate here. We are all immigrants, unless you are Native American. My ancestors came here from Germany, England, and Ireland. They traversed the Trail of Tears and married Cherokee natives. My bloodlines are a melting pot of many cultures, traditions and dreams.
So, on this 4thof July, it is my HOPE for you, and for all who enter this country looking for HOPE, that you are able to follow your dreams and live in HOPE and FREEDOM with your families. May you find joy, happiness and something to celebrate this week!
“Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
— From Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, New Colossus,
as it appears on the Stature of Liberty in New York Harbor.
Almost 15 years.
A lot has changed in our world of branding, designing and publishing since we started Davis Creative. We’ve made a lot of pivots, and we still LOVE what we do,
In January of 2004, we primarily designed logos and printed materials (business cards, brochures, annual reports, sales sheets, packaging, etc.). Jack used to call it “bird cage lining.” Over the years, as technology entered the picture, we pivoted to meet the demand for images and messaging which supported brands in the digital age. We also entered the publishing arena, which now accounts for 90% of our workflow.
We Brand, We Design, We Publish.
LOGOS, TAGLINES, and BOOKS, Oh My!
We Help You LOVE Your Business Again.
Thank you for your recent referrals! Because of you, we are able to help more small business owners grow their businesses!
A long-time client recently commented . . .
“People are amazed when we tell them we are self-published. The books you design for us look like they have been produced by a traditional publisher!”
We invest 100% of our time and energy to delivering first-class service to our clients. As a result, our valued clients, suppliers, and friends continue to refer their family, friends and business associates to us for advice when they are ready to Brand, Design and Publish.
Who else do you know who deserves the extra care and attention we provide our clients?
We aren’t looking for just anyone.
We are expanding our SPHERE of Influence to include more people like you — people and businesses who . . .
S = Serve their community through their business — be it city, state, around the country or throughout the world
P = Professional experts — passionate about what they offer and how they can help
H = Heart-centered and health-minded — be it mental-, physical-, financial- or social-health
E = Energized and excited about bringing a better way of “being” or “doing” to the world
R = Respectful of diversity and welcoming of all positive paths, be it race, religion or gender
E = Entrepreneurial in mindset and eager to grow their business and help others along the way
There is SO MUCH more to great book design than fonts, colors and Create Space.
If you’d like to learn more about our SPHERE of Influence Referral Program, or how we can help you grow your business with our Brand, Design and Publish programs, contact Cathy@daviscreative.com or 888-598-0886.
newsletters are! I always look forward to
getting them in my inbox”.
- ThankFULL to be living at this time on this planet. As crazy and as uncertain as life can get these days, we have front-row-seats to the unbelievable transformations occurring in cultures, communities and conversations.
- GrateFULL to still be working in an industry which has grown and changed beyond recognition from where it was when we got our first
jobs in the mid-1970’s.
- ResourceFULL and able to pivot our creative talents to accommodate the ever-changing branding and publishing industries.
- ImpactFULL in helping to grow our clients’ businesses . . . those small-business owners, solo-preneurs, service professionals, therapists, helpers and healers . . . as together, we are creating positive ripples out into our global community.
- FaithFULL that even when the light at the end of the tunnel may be dim and difficult to see, there is still hope, giving us the energy to keep moving forward and see the cup at AT LEAST half-FULL.
Meet CHEWY, our new in-office mascot, playing with one of his favorite toys — an empty plastic cup.
Good things come to those who wait (a bit).
BUT NO HAND SANITIZER!
When you ask an almost 4-year-old what kind of birthday cake they would like for their birthday dinner, it’s almost certain they will respond with their favorite. So, when I asked Mr. N this question, he responded right away with, “LEMON!” To be immediately followed by a pointer-finger shaking in my direction, “AND NO HAND SANITIZER!”
I figured there must be more to this story.
Come to find out, he learned the hard way, that if you are in a hurry to eat your cake, and your Mom/Dad rushes over with the hand sanitizer before your eager hands can partake . . . one MUST WAIT patiently for the hand sanitizer to dry before grabbing the cake with your hands. Otherwise, it tastes YUCKY!
Exactly (pretty much) what I tell most of the authors who are referred to us after they have heard the phrase, “We’d like to publish your book!” from a self-proclaimed “publisher.”
OK . . . so, what I ACTUALLY tell them is, “Take a deep breath, and don’t sign that contract until we have had a conversation! (Since we are talking via phone, they can’t see me shaking my pointer finger in their direction.)
Don’t be in such a hurry to sign those contracts, people. One must wait patiently and review the pros-and-cons. Otherwise, the results could be very YUCKY!”
Now, I’m not a publishing attorney (but I know a few, AND know when to refer you in the right direction). Having been around the publishing industry for almost 15 years, I’ve have had many an author referred to us AFTER they have signed a contract (which, of course is when I refer them to the attorney). I can help you BEFORE you sign the contract in three main areas:
- I can help you interpret the big picture and turn industry jargon into words more easily understood
- I can help you come up with a list of questions to ask to clarify anything that does not make sense
- I can inform you of industry-specific best-practices and help you avoid signing a contract which does not serve your best interest
But, they said . . . “We’d like to publish your book!”
These are the words most authors yearn to hear the most. Unfortunately, not all “publishers” are credible. It seems that just about anyone these days can call themselves a publisher, and many do . . . no matter their qualifications.
How can you protect yourself and not get pulled into a less-than-professional contract? Be ready with these questions:
- Do I pay for standard editing, design, marketing, and promotion?
- How do you charge for your services?
- What kinds of services do you offer?
- Do I retain the copyright to my words?
- Am I required to buy copies of my book as part of the contract?
- Who is your distributor?
- Do you offer marketing and promotion support?
- If so, where/how does my book get promoted? Does it cost extra?
- Will I be involved with the cover design?
- How many books do you publish per year?
- How long have you been involved with publishing?
- Can you give me contact info for recommendations from authors they have worked with?
- Will you be getting an advance?
- What kind of royalties will I get?
- Can I read the contract before signing?
- Do I supply the ISBN for my book?
- Will my book be available on Amazon.com?
- Will my book be available in bookstores?
- Will my book be available for purchase outside of the USA?
- What happens if I decide to terminate my contract with you?
These are just a few of the many possible questions you could ask. So, if you are in a quandary over a publishing contract, or simply trying to determine your next-best-step, give me a call. I’ll make sure you get answers to all your questions . . . and help you make the decision process easier for you.
No sense rushing into a YUCKY situation.
YESTERDAY, I QUIT . . .
I quit thinking small.
I quit thinking I need to do it all myself.
I quit discounting my talent and services.
I quit thinking I am supposed to know how to do everything.
TODAY, I BELIEVE . . .
I believe I only attract those people who are excited to be working with me.
I believe I’ve “GOT THIS”!
I believe it’s OK to take breaks during the day and let my mind rest while NOT working.
I believe what I do contributes to the positive awakening of the world.
And tomorrow . . . I TRUST everything will work out just dandy.
Because, after all . . .