Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaclyn Coy.
Jaclyn, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
By the time I joined the family, my parents already had two young boys.
Both my parents worked. They worked untraditional schedules (real estate, rentals, rehabs, MLM) and much of their income was from being self-employed. They supplemented any income instability with more traditional jobs. That said, they were busy!
This meant I learned many valuable lessons at a young age; hard work, being open to trying new things without knowing all the answers, and how to entertain myself. As I rode around with my parents, from job to job, I found myself daydreaming, reading and writing for hours. These were easy, quiet activities that I could take anywhere.
Of course, this was when I was younger and had all the free time in the world. After graduating with a Marketing degree, I found myself taking a traditional job to pay the bills. All creative dreams were put on hold for over ten years.
Becoming a first time Mom in 2016 broke me open in many ways. There were so many new emotions and situations to navigate. I found myself writing again. It started as therapy, but it also awakened a passion that was always there. Two babies and four published books later, I am so thrilled to get to share my stories with hundreds of people across the globe each month thanks to Amazon.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Writing and publishing through Amazon was a fairly smooth process. That said, there was/is a ton to learn to publish this way, but I enjoy the constant learning aspect of the business.
Writing the book is the first step, but there are so many more decisions that go into the artwork, publishing, and marketing aspect of this business. You have to be willing to just keep failing forward. I read that an expert is someone that has failed more times than a beginner has tried. That is such a fitting concept.
Scaling continues to be an obstacle. I sell primarily through Amazon. One month things will be going great, the next month sales and page reads (another income stream that Amazon pays on) drop off. Some of it is seasonal, but more often than not – shifts seem to fall into the Amazon black hole that I have trouble tracing back to a specific incidence, making it hard to adjust.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I write and publish through Amazon’s publishing division, KDP. At this time, I have three children’s books out, and one non-fiction birth book.
In my business, I enjoy writing for both parents and children because parents often end up reading the same books to their children, again and again.
Parenting little ones is a crazy time. Everyone that is past this stage tries to remind you to enjoy it, but many moments can feel like you are just in survival mode. I love connecting with other parents and making them feel like they aren’t alone. Additionally, children always love the fun artwork in the books, including the hidden object on each page.
My first book, Love You to Pieces Beautiful Monster, makes the perfect baby shower gift.
My birth book, Because YOU are Superwoman, is the perfect read for any pregnant mama. It offers very specific tips (the M.I. Birth Method), and positive birth stories to aid in reducing unnecessary medical intervention. I talk about it with Dr. Berlin on the Informed Pregnancy Podcast (episode 12/20/18). Almost one-third of U.S. births end in a cesarean, so that is a highly relevant read.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t operate on the belief of luck.
I believe in hard work, I aim to do the most I can with what I have right now (resources and information).
I also believe there are things I can’t control. That is where my faith comes in. Often times my perspective is so narrow that I can’t even imagine the bigger picture. Because of that, I aim to make the next best choice in life and business.
Beyond that, I just want to enjoy the ride 🙂
- Love You to Pieces Beautiful Monster $10.99 Amazon, Children’s Book
- My Mom is the Worst $10.99 Amazon, Children’s Book
- Best Trip Ever! $10.99 Amazon, Children’s Book
- Because YOU Are Superwoman $19.99 Amazon, Birth Book
- Website: MyMomistheWorst.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/StoriesbyJKCoy/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoriesbyJKCoy/
- Other: Search J.K. Coy on Amazon for all available book titles
Lorin Kelly Photography