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My first book is ALIVE! 🎢

Amy Maureen Lynch first book released in April 2020, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience

The act of creating something can be inspiring and energizing….actually launching and promoting it can be terrifying.

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

Working (well) while caring for my two kids (well) isn’t really possible for me, during a global pandemic or not.

While much of this book was written over the past few years while the kids were cared for by their Father or Grandparents, the majority was tested while they were with me, growing in my belly, as newborn babies, waddling toddlers and now running preschoolers.

When they’re older, maybe they’ll read it and gain some insights into what their Mum was up to all those years I carted them around, bringing them into business settings with me in England and Canada.

But based on my son’s recent reaction to my book’s topic–“that doesn’t sound very interesting”–I highly doubt it. 🤣

Blogging and testing business ideas alongside my kids has required LOTS of:

  • mindset work;
  • productivity hacks;
  • lowering my expectations;
  • cursing, coffee, tea and chocolate;
  • giving myself lots of grace when it comes to my own self-imposed deadlines;
  • sharing my work before it’s ready and being open to feedback;
  • pitching to complete strangers, while wearing/holding/feeding a baby;
  • learning how to fail and still get up again;
  • showing up for myself, when no one is watching or waiting for me to deliver it;
  • countless naptime windows where my kids slept and I typed; and
  • some late nights (I prefer to read in bed), early mornings (I also prefer to sleep) and many weekends spent working.

It’s available from Amazon as an eBook, to be delivered on April 24, 2020. The eBook will remain at the special launch price of $2.99 USD* for one month, before going up on May 24, 2020 to $5.99 USD*.

It’s also available from Amazon as a paperback via their print on demand service at the price of $10.99 CAD or $9.99 USD elsewhere*, plus applicable taxes, shipping and handling.

*Amazon marketplace prices vary by your purchase location.

TLDR: For those with little to no time to keep scrolling (I feel you)

  • New blog posts linked below about how I wrote, published and am marketing my first book (while raising kids)
  • Link to purchase my first book if you’re interested in reading it as an eBook or paperback
  • I’m offering you a sneak peek (if you want to read a bit more first, send me an email and request Chapter 1 as a PDF)
  • SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 7th at 7 p.m. I’m speaking (online) with Women in Leadership Foundation Ottawa about Mixing Babies and Business
  • A reminder to keep showing up (for yourself)

My first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is now available for purchase on Amazon as an eBook or paperback, in large part due to a few mindset and productivity hacks I’ve been using over the past decade.

This month, I wrote a couple of blog posts to share how I’ve been:

I think you can apply a lot of the tips to any creative project that seems overwhelming or requires periods of ‘deep work’, whether you are a primary caregiver or not.

Extra support for readers:

If you’re interested in learning more about my book, you can click on the button above and use Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature to view the Table of Contents and read the Introduction.

Resources mentioned in the book, which I have created in a digital format for Startup Blogging readers to access include:

  • Chapter 1: Your Why – Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 2: Your Values – Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 3: Your Time – Productivity Resources, Ideal Week Template and Action Step
  • Chapter 4: Your Tools – Action Step
  • Chapter 5: Your Content – Writing Prompts, Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 6: Your Ideas – Marketing Prompts, Content Generation Resources and Action Step
  • Chapter 7: Define Your Solution – Business Model Canvas and Ideal Customer Resources, Ideal Customer Questionnaire Script and Action Step
  • Chapter 8: Launch Your MVP – Content Tracking Prompts, Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 9: Test and Evolve – MVP Testing Prompts, Terms and Conditions, Privacy and Refund Policy Template, Exercise and Action Step

I will also send you a sneak peek PDF copy of Chapter 1, including the book’s Table of Contents, Introduction and Conclusion, if you write an email request to: contact[at]amymaureenlynch.com.

SAVE THE DATE:
Thursday, May 7th 2020 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (EST)

Next week I’m going to be talking about Mixing Babies and Business as it relates to Remote Work for a free event hosted by the Women In Leadership Foundation Ottawa.

Women in Leadership Ottawa Foundation presents from our Online Speaker Series – Mixing Babies with Business: Becoming a Remote Work Pro.

Juggling personal and professional responsibilities can be a challenge at the best of times. Working remotely is not a new trend but has become a necessary requirement for some of us. In this session, Amy will share considerations for mixing your family life with your professional identity, including helpful remote work tips you can implement straight away.

Join us on May 7, 2020 from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. EDT.
RSVP for your spot via Eventbrite.

About the Session:
This session will be delivered through videoconferencing platform Zoom.

A link with a meeting invite and passwords will be sent to all registered attendees 24 hours before the event.

A recording will be sent after the event to all that have registered.

Event questions?
You can contact the event organizer at:
Ottawachairs[at]womeninleadership.ca
https://www.womeninleadership.ca/ottawa-chapter

Speaking about mixing babies and business

This event is very timely in relation to the book’s topic, as my blog was originally started when I became an expat in a country where I didn’t know a soul.

Then it evolved when I became a remote worker (and remained an expat) in another country where I didn’t have any coworkers nearby to connect with.

And later, the ideas which stemmed from it were tried and tested as I became a parent abroad, without immediate support or community to lean on.

Those networks came over time, with effort and through putting myself out there, regardless of how I felt I would be received.

I kept showing up. As I was.

And you should too, even if only for yourself.

You’re the most important person you can show up for.

Thank you for reading!

– Amy x

P.S. Feel free to forward this post to others who may also need a bit of digital love and encouragement to get started.

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

It’s intended to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:

  • designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
  • creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
  • defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Feedback on Startup Blogging:

Part of the contents of this book were originally created and delivered by me as a conference workshop for an event in 2019.

The content has been carefully edited to focus on making it more digestible and actionable, encouraging you to startup blogging now and test your ideas over the coming months.

“I liked that the focus was on organic development of community and ideas instead of just social media marketing. I also like the periodic questions to consider what I wanted to do with the information.”

“Enjoyed the ideas for how to share your message or find out what resonates with people.”

“I love Amy’s generosity with sharing her knowledge and experience. Really great session.”

“Lots of useful ideas for starting and growing an audience.”

“(I enjoyed) the personal experiences of the presenter, interaction with audience, resource materials and focus on doing things for passion rather than just for money.”

“The topic is very interesting and well presented.”

“Very inspiring.”

Flexible work digital resources

I have also created a few additional digital resources to help you navigate the future of flexible work:

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