|Jennifer Holik, photo used with permission|
Jen also made friends on Twitter with Stephanie Pitcher Fishman (aka @CornandCotton and The Indepth Genealogist blog). Stephanie, who homeschools her children, suggests to Jen that she take her posts and turn them into a school curriculum. This was an idea that Jen hadn’t considered, but immediately saw the possibilities. Stephanie, who also happens to be an editor, then helps edit Jennifer Holik’s newly released book series: Branching Out: Genealogy For 1st-3rd Grade Students, Branching Out: Genealogy For 4th-8th Grade Students, Branching Out: Genealogy For High School Students, and Branching Out: Genealogy For Adults. A smart business woman, Jen offers the books in a variety of formats, from paperback, ebook, PDF and powerpoint. You can check them out here.
|photo provided by Jennifer Holik|
Jennifer, is a mother of 3 boys (an 11 yr. old and twin 6 year-olds), and who has a lot going on in her personal life with selling her of home and other complicated family stuff, and so I asked her how in the world was she able to write and publish this series so quickly with all that she has going on. How did she manage her time? Jen said she gets up early to write and then writes when her boys were off at school.
Jen’s recipe for success looks like this:
- take an idea; let it marinate
- open your self to new possibilities and stir
- see a need - make sure people are hungry for your offering
- make the sacrifices and develop it; knead until ready
- attend conferences and use and create a network to connect with others; throw in oven
- follow through; enjoy the results!
Thanks Jennifer for sharing with me and I foresee great things ahead for you!
What about you? Do you have an idea churning in your brain, an idea waiting to be developed? I think if you follow Jennifer’s example, you too, can enjoy a recipe for success!