Writing a book is one thing, but experiencing the message penned on the pages of it is another. I believe this is the best way an author can truly make an impact on the reader. This is why I would like to take you on the journey of how “The Story of a Butterfly” – a book I am a proud author of – came to be…
How it all Started
It was just another Tuesday afternoon. I was walking down the road of Baron Street, and like always, I was meditating on scriptures that I had come across during my personal devotion or from listening to Bible teachers. The scripture that continuously looped in my mind was 2 Peter 1: 3 – 4, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” I couldn’t help but to think, “God, I don’t know why I am not experiencing this?”
Have you ever had this feeling, or sensation, or whatever you may call it – that there is more to you than you are currently experiencing? Well, whilst I am not sure what your answer might be; however, this was how I felt that day.
Then, I remembered a story that a preacher told at Church, about a man who found a butterfly struggling to breakthrough its chrysalis. The man took pity on the poor creature and decided to set it free from its struggle. The butterfly fell to the ground, still swollen and ill-formed. The man expected the inflammation to subside, but to his shock, it didn’t and if my memory serves me right, the butterfly died that way.
This incident taught this saviour that it was necessary for the butterfly to break through its chrysalis itself, as that was the process it needed to go through to develop the characteristics it needs to survive as a butterfly.
Finally, I realised, just like the butterfly, there is a process I need to go through to becoming the person I dream of being. Hence, I was inspired to write this book and thus sharing my journey with you.
How I got Published
After completing the writing process, I struggled to get the attention of traditional publishing houses. The usual response was “very insightful, but not commercially viable”. I wasn’t going to let that stop me!
I considered using self-publishing companies, but haven’t been less than impressed with my previous experience of using those services, I decided to start my own publishing business – TAOO Publishing and publish, with “The Story of a Butterfly” as the debut book.
Now, whilst that’s all nice and dandy, a question still looped in my mind, “how will I raise the funds to published this book?” This led I to my shelving the plan for several years. Until one of my mentors encouraged me to write a book and share my experiences. I informed him that I have already done so but have been hindered by the lack of finances. He rebutted my statement with these encouraging words, “Worry about the pennies and let God take care of the pounds”.
After a few days of thinking about the idea, I decided to take an audacious step. One that is completely out of my character; I was going to setup a crowdfunding campaign and ask the world for help. This was a very vulnerable time of my life. I am not even sure what I was scared of the most: rejection or the fear of failure. Well, to be honest, the later was my greater fear.
So after setting up a page on Crowdfunder, I started canvassing for funds. It did not go as I had hoped! Some people completely ignored my messages and three days to go, I had only raised less than 20% of my target. I remember speaking to a potential sponsor, he couldn’t help but laugh at me.
On the eve of the deadline, I made a decision to switch off my phone and sleep until 7 p.m., after which, the campaign would have been over. That morning, God woke me up at about 7 a.m., and told me to send out messages to everyone on my phone. My youth pastor called me about two hours later and told me to keep repeating the messages throughout the day. Obeying the instruction, I sent messages at intervals during the day and to my surprise, calls and messages were coming in almost every minute, with people confirming their donations. Consequently, I was inspired to share through my broadcasts, how much I have raised so far in and how much was left to meet the target. This created an atmosphere of urgency and many others who had previously ignored started donating too. By 6 p.m. that evening, I had not only met my target, but surpassed it. This was how I raised the money I needed to print the first 3,000 copies of my book. The rest, like they say, is history…