April 16, 2024

Cathy L. Davis: Somebody Needs to Hear Your Story

Episode 30

Cathy L. Davis: Somebody Needs to Hear Your Story

Episode 30

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Especially since COVID I've noticed that there are two things that people need. So if someone's out there buying a book, they're going to buy it, one, because they're looking for hope, or two, they're looking for community.

“Somebody needs to hear your story,” is an earnest call to action from Cathy L. Davis, an experienced book publisher and strategist. She and her authors have received countless reviews and thank you notes that express the life changing effects of the stories shared. We may not think our story matters, but Cathy says that’s not true. No matter who you are, she insists that you have some sort of wisdom that needs to be shared.

In this episode, Cathy L Davis, explains how she helps people share their stories and wisdom through books and anthologies. They discuss how everyone has a story to tell and the power of storytelling in creating connections and providing hope. Cathy shares her journey of starting Davis Creative and explains what an anthology is—a collection of stories written by multiple authors on the same subject. She also highlights the importance of community and how anthologies can fill the need for hope and connection, especially during challenging times like COVID-19. Cathy’s team includes writing coaches who support authors throughout their writing process, whether they have little writing experience or need assistance with emotional topics. She emphasizes that sharing one’s story can lift both oneself and others up while creating positive ripples in the world. Additionally, Cathy reveals her wish list for future book ideas, including more male contributors sharing their experiences as fathers or sons. Overall, she encourages people to overcome their fears about writing by recognizing that everyone has wisdom worth sharing.

They discuss the logistics, economics, and benefits of writing a chapter in an anthology. The cost of writing a chapter for the anthology is one-tenth of the cost of writing a solo book. Authors retain ownership of their own words, but the sponsor retains ownership of the theme and title of the book. Authors can sell their books individually or as part of the anthology, but Amazon takes most of the money from sales made by solo authors. The program also teaches authors how to buy books at cost and distribute them through various channels, such as local printing companies or global distributors like Ingram. It emphasizes that self-publishing allows authors to keep 100% royalties and copyright control. Cathy explains the strategy of using books as marketing tools, additional income streams, and ways to promote oneself as an author through speaking engagements, social media, and networking events. Overall, it encourages individuals to take a chance on themselves and share their stories with others.

Show Notes

Introduction 00:27-00:52
Cynthia Kirkpatrick and the purpose of the discussion

What is an Anthology? 04:13-04:40
Definition of an anthology and its purpose

The Power of Anthologies 04:40-07:21
Highlighting the benefits of anthologies, including diverse contributors

Creating Anthologies 07:21-09:25
The process of creating anthologies, including selecting themes and organizing chapters

Achieving Success with Anthologies 09:25-11:27
The impact of anthologies on authors’ success, including international recognition

Overcoming Challenges in Writing 11:27-13:52
Discussing the importance of learning from different voices and their experiences

The Role of Writing Coaches 26:26-29:04
Exploring the role of writing coaches in guiding authors through their writing process

Different Writing Approaches 32:03-34:52
How different authors approach writing, including outline methods and brain dumps

The Power of Storytelling 34:52-37:36
Emphasizing the importance of storytelling and the benefits of writing and journaling

The Impact of Sharing Your Story 54:25-56:59
Encouraging authors to share their stories and the power of openness and honesty

Writing for Transformational Speakers 1:06:08-1:10:33
Discussing how writing can benefit speakers, trainers, and coaches

The Value of Telling Your Story 1:11:24-1:12:00
Highlighting the importance of telling stories in an open and interesting way

Conclusion 1:18:24-1:18:39
Wrapping up the discussion and inviting further exploration

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Nicki Ball – The Power of Pivots

“Advocacy is so important. I learned early on to speak up for myself, whether it was about workplace fairness or understanding my healthcare needs. It’s a skill that everyone should develop.”

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“You’re going to come across folks who are going to maybe have doubts, but it’s not because they doubt you. There’s always a fear for people, and they just don’t want to see somebody fail.”

Kristin Thompson: Juggling Fertility & Finance

I have always been fearless enough to try new things. And the more you try, the more you fail, and the more you learn. And so I think for women, one, I think sometimes when something’s hard, they get talked out of it more than a man. So that’s a gaining knowledge experience you’re missing out on. Or, two, we sometimes get questioned too much out of trying something new. Are you sure? Are you sure? And then we say, well, maybe I’m not sure.

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Debbie Champion: The Jury Whisperer

I always ask myself, when the jury goes out, is there anything I would have done differently if I could have? And sometimes the answer is yes. And you think about what you would have done differently. And I always take notes while the jury’s out as to what I wish I had changed, because when the jury comes back, and if they win, if you win, you don’t want to change anything. And so you don’t learn from that. And so I try to do that while the jury’s out.

Katherine Flett: Don’t Be a Jerk

I have a three year old, Nora, and I was going to court that morning, and I was in my full suit and walking out, and she said, mama, you look like a superhero. And it was just, like, the best thing to hear. Because I’m like, “Yes, little girl, I hope you always see a woman in a suit and think that’s a superhero.”

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