Laura DiBenedetto is a TEDx speaker, success coach, podcaster, educator, and researcher. She started her first company at nineteen years old and went on to retire at thirty-seven, only to discover happiness wasn’t what she thought it was.
Her awakening and subsequent journey into true success, passion, pleasure, joy, and profound love of life inspired this book. She has helped countless people to transform their lives through her public appearances, newsletters, books, and products.
Laura grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, USA, and now lives on the Island of Maui in Hawaii, USA.
What inspires you to write?
My debut book is titled: The Six Habits. The book is a chronicle of my journey into finding the happiness that so many of us search for, using loads of practical examples that are meant to serve others. I provide researched, proven strategies that reliably provide a consistent result of genuine, sustainable happiness. The book is a result of my own struggle in achieving happiness, despite lots of commercial success.
A few years ago, I felt like the world had let me down. I was as everything I had strived for had been pointless. The fancy car, the big house and the designer shoes left me unfulfilled and empty. I was miserable, but determined to find a solution.
Tell us about your writing process.
Don’t start without an outline!
I outlined the main ideas of my book on index cards – which I laid out across an enormous table so that I could see everything and shuffle the pieces around until they made sense.
There really is something very powerful about being able to physically move things around and being able to see your thoughts start to resemble a book. From here you can see where and when you’re ordering topics, and that allows you to build on ideas.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Who are your favorite authors?
Nancy Thayer, Jen Sincero are my favorites.
But, I stay up all night reading, editing, re-reading, re-editing my work!! I’m the only one who can make myself be that insane.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
To me it was a no-brainer, especially considering the fact that I own a marketing company. I wanted executive control over my content, I wanted to keep the purity of my message, and have full autonomy over decisions about my cover design and royalties. Plus, I wanted to keep the power to negotiate down the road.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There have been so many changes to the way people buy books in recent years, so it’s hard to say. I expect that these changes will constantly be in flux. Right now, people are more inclined to skip the traditional publishing route. That bar is set too high for many independents who are passionate about sharing their message.
Honestly, traditional publishers might not be doing themselves any favors in their approach, in that only the elite get a publishing offer that’s worth anything. Smart authors won’t take their deals.
What genres do you write?
Self-help, personal development, journaling, habit mastery
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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