Transforming Your Identity by Writing a Best Selling Book with Kim O'Hara

Today's guest, Kim O'Hara was a Hollywood movie producer and screenwriter before transitioning to book coaching over 8 years ago.  Kim believes that everyone can write a book and that they often discover more about themselves through writing. Writing a book is much different than other forms of communication as it requires a transformation of identity and letting go of preconceived notions about ourselves and the book we are meant to write. Kim works with experts and thought leaders to help them write their books and believes that the process can lead to a great sense of both discovery and visibility.

In this episode, you will learn the following:

  1. The transformation Kim went through from movie producing and screenwriting to book coaching 
  2. What is the divide between people who say they want to write a book and those who actually do?
  3. How does writing a book require a transformation of identity?


Mic Drop Moment: 

"Letting go of what you thought your book should be about is one of the greatest gifts you can give a reader." - Kim O'Hara


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Mentioned in this episode:

Episode #129  There is No Magic Pill - 

Kim’s client, divorce coach Kristen Noel


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Chapter Summaries:


Kim O'Hara is a book coach to bestsellers who help high achievers write excellent books. I'm steeped in creativity all day long. This isn't your first rodeo, as they say.


When she moved into book coaching, the biggest transition was from fiction to nonfiction. She had gone from filmmaking through a divorce to single parenting two small children. 

You're exposing yourself in a way that is different than anything else you've ever done. Letting go is one of the greatest gifts you can give a reader.


A book gives you visibility, it gives you credibility. She disagrees with the idea that everyone should write a book. 


I have no way of knowing if a book is going to be successful. All I know is the energy of that client. I see a successful model in them. 


There are people out there that literally will never think about writing a book. Just like I probably will never really play golf. Though I tried, it does not look fun at all to me.  According to Kim, I should. Direct quote: "You 100% should."


Does your book need to mirror your business?  If you're dealing with a coach or a consultant, which direction would you encourage them to go?


A lot of people are going towards self-publishing. Would there be times when it would be more advantageous for them to self-publish than try to get a deal with a traditional publisher when they have no platform?


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