Embrace Permanent Beta and Launch

A while back, I met with a friend who is a blogger. She has been blogging for a few years, but her blog is in desperate need of a facelift. It has grown a little “long in the tooth,” as they say. I have been meaning to speak to her about his, but she brought it up herself.

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“I am redesigning my blog,” she mentioned. She then showed me a prototype. I was flabbergasted. It looked … great! It was a hundred times better than what she currently has.

Truly wowed, I asked, “So when does it launch?”

“I don’t know,” she replied. “I still have some changes to make.”

A little suspicious, I asked, “How long have you had it at this level?”

“Months,” she admitted.

“What?!” I exclaimed. “This is way better than what you have now,” I blurted out. “Just launch it!”

Unfortunately, many people get stuck in this kind of no-man’s land. They want it perfect before they share it with the world. The problem is that they are missing scores of opportunities by waiting. Instead, they should get used to the concept of “permanent beta.”

As you probably know, “beta testing” is that stage of software development when companies roll out a version of their product for a wider audience. The premise is this: “we know it’s not perfect, but it’s far enough along that we need your input to get it right.”

The wide-spread use of beta testing has conditioned consumers to think of it as a permanent state. Gmail, for example, was released to the public in March 2004. It didn’t officially exit beta status until July 7, 2009. That’s a five-year beta test!

Software is never perfect; this is why there continue to be upgrades and bug fixes. Everything improves over time—and it does so faster when more users see it and have the opportunity to provide input.

Just because the Gmail beta test ended it did not mean that Google finally had everything right. After the test ended, GMail suffered a major outage. But most people are okay with that. Or, if not, they get over it quickly. Users would rather have something now than perfection later.

When I post to my own blog, for example, I know there are likely errors in what I have written. But no matter how many times I read and re-read my posts, I can’t see them. Instead, I post them as-is and let my readers proof them. They are faithful to let me know when I have a typo or other error.

It doesn’t have to be this way. As the Chairman of a book publishing company, I know numerous editors. I could hire them to review my posts before posting them to my blog. I could also submit them to our lawyers for legal review. I could even have our marketing people have a look.

But if I followed that process, I would never post anything. Instead, I have embraced the concept of permanent beta. I launch and then tweak. This is the pattern.

As G.K. Chesterton once famously said, “If something is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” In other words, the point of absolute perfection never comes. Too often, this is just an excuse for procrastination.

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  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    I really believe this is a relevant post. I did waste some precious opportunities with blogging in the past thinking that I will do a better job and then post it. But sometimes it took weeks! Today’s post is an example of the transformation that happened in me. I wrote it, edited it and without giving time for ‘Mr. Reasoning’ to stop me, I posted it! Here it is: 
    http://joeandancy.com/2012/06/18/smart-way-to-make-friends/. Thanks Michael for the confirming post!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Good for you, Joe. You did it!

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        Thanks for the encouragement, Michael. Truly that means a lot to me!

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Not sitting on anything that needs to be shipped at the moment but there have been plenty of things in my life that I’ve waited and waited upon. My blog, putting in our pond, our garden, etc. Wanting things to be perfect and never finding the “perfect” in them.

    Eventually I learned the lesson you wrote about and launched them. Now I have a nice blog, good pond, and a growing garden.

    I’m with you when you say launch and tweak as you go!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      A garden is a great example, because timeliness is of the essence! Wait too long, and you’ll have to put it on hold for an entire year. AND you’ll miss out on the fruits of even a small or mediocre garden.

  • http://dalemelchin.wordpress.com/ Dale Melchin

    This has been a huge problem for me for a long time.  I’ve had a hard time allowing myself to fail forward.  The seems to be a problem because many of our organizations are very punitive when it comes to failure and the learning process.

    Unfortunately we’ve over corrected by making everyone a winner rather than allowing a reboot.

    As always Michael, great post look forward to seeing your content every morning!

    • http://modernservantleader.com/ Ben Lichtenwalner

      Great point, Dale. I always liked that expression: “fail forward”. Without launching – beta or otherwise – all you’re doing is falling forward, right?!

  • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

    The picture of a shuttle launch doesn’t exactly fit. When engineers designed the space shuttle, everything had to be perfect. The cost of an error was too great. There was no room for mistakes.

    But this is not the case for most things in our life. Our errors are not fatal. They do not cause permanent harm. An imperfect blog or book, software with bugs, a project that leaves out important elements, all of these will survive, and will eventually be better after we launch it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. Good point. We learned what happened when they didn’t get it right.

    • http://smalltownkidmin.com/ Jared M

      Yes and no. I thought the same thing at first.  But if you think about it, the trajectory of a space shuttle is constantly being course corrected.  So the metaphor can still work.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        This is a good point. I hadn’t thought about it that way.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    I’ve had to learn the hard way on this one. As a creative person, I used to start a LOT of things, but actually finish few. I would have a desk full of half baked ideas, in various stages of completion, waiting for inspiration to finish them. Perfectionism is a killer. What I find that works for me is a system called PIP. It’s simple and works for almost any problem, project, or pile of unfinished work.

    It includes three things…

    1. Priority: Make one item a priority. You can’t solve three things at once.
    2. Ingenuity: Try different things until you find something that works.
    3. Persistence: Keep at it till you get it done. When it works… ship it!

    Focusing one one item at a time has really helped me whittle down the pile. The secret is to ship when it works, not when it is perfect. This process makes sure it gets out the door. The cool thing is, others will give you feedback once they have it and help you make changes later.

    If you find yourself stuck… try PIP!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Love it, John. Have you written a blog post on this? If not, you need to! (Then come back and add it to your comment.) Thanks.

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        This is actually one of my “Seven Talents,” from my first book, The Path of Consequence. I hope to revisit this project in the future and create a workbook that includes all seven items. PIP is actually the pivotal point in the book, where my main character is stuck in front of a huge cliff on Black Mountain. By making the cliff a priority, trying a lot of different ideas, and having the persistence to see it through, does he finally find a solution that lets him and his followers find a way to the top.

    • http://www.beyondthesinnersprayer.wordpress.com/ Barb

      I’m still in the starting lots of projects and finishing few stage. I love the idea of focusing on one item and “shipping when it works, not when it’s perfect.” 

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      I think sometimes you have to ship it before it works. The persistence part comes when you learn what didn’t work after you shipped.

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        I might disagree here. Shipping something that doesn’t work leads to frustration on the part of the consumer. Shipping things without all the features enabled, leads to an upgrade path. I’ll use Apple as an example. Their first iPad worked well, but it was somewhat limited. Everyone wanted new features and tweaks. Viola… an iPad 2 and now a 3… Soon after the launch, they came out with upgraded software to fix the bugs and add new features. That certainly kept the excitement going…

  • http://www.endgamebusiness.com/blog Steve Borek

    As I always say, the first one to make 5K mistakes wins!

    Take the first step even if it feels uncomfortable.

    • http://modernservantleader.com/ Ben Lichtenwalner

      Why 5k?

      • http://www.endgamebusiness.com/blog Steve Borek

        The engineers at Dyson, vacuum cleaner co., made 5,127 prototypes before they came up with the right one. It’s a metaphor.

  • http://gcornett-musings.blogspot.com/ Gene Cornett

    I need to hear this and I have friends who need to hear this. I have so many blog post ideas languishing in Evernote. I have so ministry ideas that hover just below the threshold of being able to launch them. The thought here seems to be similar to Seth Godin’s book “Poke the Box.” However, it seems that this post sets up a constant tension between this and the concept of “Wow. How do we maintain the appropriate balance between  the importance of “Wow” in the first part of Platform and the danger of getting stuck in “Failure to Launch.”  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      To paraphrase Andy Stanley, this is a tension to be managed not a problem to be resolved. You have to fine that place in between where you create the best product you can then ship it. This is why I use deadlines and REALLY respect them.

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

    I think it comes down to this: we so often define success as the absence of mistakes instead of the presence of something of worth. That leads us to fear and procrastination, instead of ambition and calculated risks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s a great summary, Loren. Thanks.

    • http://www.hope101.net Lori Tracy Boruff

      Powerful thought and perspective Loren – I’m quoting you on my facebook!

    • Booksk

      Wow! That speaks directly to me. I need this stenciled on the wall.

    • editvdo

      That is a powerful statement, Loren. I wanted to comment so you would know it’s still having an effect a year later. Definitely copying this to Evernote!

      Vickie

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

     There are a few things that I need to get shipped out. I recently made some changes to my own blog and shipped them out the door. Its been a great change and helped allot. Now I guess its time to just keep shipping, Keep pushing, and keep getting it out the door.  So many people will be blessed by this post. I surely was.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       Good for you, Lincoln!

  • Suzie

    I have had my future podcast on the drawing board for a long time now. I listen to the various shows that provide all the tricks of the trade for producing your own podcast, but I do not get past go.
    As a matter of fact, Michael, I first heard of you on the “Podcast Answerman”. It led me to your new book- Platform.
    Now, I am listening to your “This is Your Life” podcast, and I am really enjoying it.
    Tell us, Michael how long did it take you to get your show up and running?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It took me exactly six weeks. Most of that was devoted to developing the concept of the show, picking the music, learning the technology, etc. But I set a launch deadline of February 14th. This was key. Otherwise, I would have tinkered with it forever.
      Once I launched it, I kept tweaking. Just like I recommend in the post, I see it as a beta test.

  • http://www.themightymelon.com/ Ellen

    I just started blogging and had to remind myself of this throughout the entire process. Whether it was design, selecting a WordPress theme, font color, etc. I tried to make my decision and get rolling. I think your article is dead on when it comes to missing opportunities because we have this idea that  everything needs to be perfect.

    Thanks! 

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      You’re exactly right, Ellen. When it comes to blogging, it’s so easy to get stuck in all the details and decisions. Set a deadline, and do everything you can to get it as best as you can beforehand. Then launch. I’ve only been blogging for 4 years, and I’ve redesigned my site 3 times, with another in the works for later this year. Just part of the process.

  • http://www.facebook.com/torvill Anders Torvill Bjorvand

    This is a homerun by Michael Hyatt. I say this to clients constantly. It is kind of counter intuitive, so I get that it´s both difficult and scary to embrace, but it is so much more efficient. Organizational websites should no longer be viewed as campaigns, but rather as a part of the organization´s life – coincidentally happening online. Getting it “out there” and interacting with your followers, and to learn and adapt quickly, is the key to efficiency and success online.

  • http://sparkvoice.wordpress.com/ DS

    Post and tweak – what a great phrase.  I believe that it is helpful in the field where people just need to let their creative juices flow.

    What I’ve found is that things like that allow me to procrastinate.  The longer that happens, the less likely I am to get it finished.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      That is a great phrase. Worth stealing.

  • Joseph

    I’m seating on my first book. Trying to make sure that it is perfected.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Even after a dozen editors, countless revisions, and multiple reprints, it still won’t be perfect. Part of the craft and process.

  • http://scottkantner.com Scott Kantner

    A new version of one of my apps…. To combat this, I’ve stopped trying to do major releasees in favor of smaller incremental ones.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      The iPhone itself is a study in this isn’t it?

      • http://scottkantner.com Scott Kantner

        Yes, and about once a year Apple drops a mother lode like iOS6!

  • http://sheridanvoysey.com Sheridan Voysey

    This is so true, Michael, especially for those of us who are perfectionists and want every detail in place before we go public. Ironically, most of the details we fuss about will likely be missed by others anyway. 
    The ‘permanent beta’ phrase captures the solution well!

  • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

    Love G.K. Chesterton quote! I prove that quote over and over again. 

    Wish I could do things well the first time, every time. But a “poor” launch is better than a “no” launch because, as you said, a poor launch can be adjusted & tweaked.

  • http://metalmotivation.com/ C. J. – The Metal Motivator

    In the age of digital publishing, we are always changing the tire as the car is driving down the road. Get out of neutral and get your blessed ass-urance on down the road!

  • http://www.worshipteamcoach.com/ Jon Nicol

    I’m a good starter, lousy finisher. This concept has helped me to create and ship several things. But lately, I’ve been falling back into the perpetual-tweak phase. Thanks, Michael, for a solid kick in the rear.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       I felt the kick, too. ;)

  • http://www.stephanielchurch.com/ Stephanie Church

    This is a fantastic post. I sat on my personal blog relaunch for almost two years because I didn’t perceive it as “perfect.” In early May I left the Nashville Storyline conference (which I learned about from your blog) with the confidence to go ahead and just put the blog out there. I’m enjoying the creative outlet and the connections it has afforded in the two weeks it’s been live … and I already have one guest post invitation for another blog with a much larger audience.
    The launch into permanent beta is another extension of living intentionally. And by sitting on the ambition of launching my blog, I wasn’t living intentionally. 

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      This blog journey you have set out one will continue to require tweaking. You will keep learning how to do it better. As long as your keep viewing it as a permanent beta.

      • http://www.stephanielchurch.com/ Stephanie Church

        Hi Jeremy, thank you for pressing me on to write my about me! I’m on vacation, rained in by Debby, and finally got to the task. 

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      I found something else you can tweak, Stephanie. Your about page. Michael has some great resources related to writing an excellent about page.

      http://michaelhyatt.com/10-ways-to-create-a-better-about-page-for-your-blog.html

      • http://www.stephanielchurch.com/ Stephanie Church

        Thanks, Jeremy! Yes, the about page is certainly on my list. Writing that has been another one of those uncomfortable activities that I’ve been putting off (I’ve even considered having a good friend write it). :) And I do love the other ideas in the post you suggest. Thank you.

    • StephanieGlidden

      Good for you on guest posting. I have been trying to find more guest post opportunities but I haven’t had much success. I hope it helps you to grow your blog and opens more opportunity for you along the way!

      • http://www.stephanielchurch.com/ Stephanie Church

        Hi Stephanie! I meant to tell you that the guest post has resulted from networking with people outside of blogging–quite honestly through Instagram! It’s crazy how people can connect. I wanted to clarify this wasn’t through any sort of blogging prowess, just some God-appointments. 

  • http://brettcohrs.com Brett

    By reading, over the past couple years, folks like you, Mr. Hyatt, Godin, the big three of Ziglar, Tracy, and Robbins, and more recent additions like Mr. Pressfield & Goins, I’ve grown a little in this area.  But it has taken a while.

    My next launch is less of a particular project. My hesitation to whittle my sales marketing efforts down to focus on a potentially more profitable clientele is my current challenge. As Mr. Iannarino talks about in ‘The Sales Blog (I recommend you give it a read if you’ve not found it), the people that are worth doing business with already have partners. In order to do biz with them, you have to increase your ability to create value.

    The launch is simply to start getting to know those orgs. That might not sound like a launch, but it feels like one. 

  • http://www.nthedetails.com/ NTheDetails.com

    This was really a much needed read for me. As a programmer I have came up with different ideas, developed some of them and did soft launches, but I failed to put the effort into getting the word out about them because I was chasing perfection. As a result, I was left discouraged and eventually abandoned the projects and moved onto the next idea. The problem with moving to the next idea, as I am just realizing now, is that my thought process wasn’t changing.

    “Starting somewhere is better than not starting at all” is what I am taking from this post. Thanks a lot for that slight shift in thinking.
    -Dan

  • jodiaman

    So happy for this post today. As I launched a blog redesign today and I already know lots of changes that I will make.  I always launch and change as I go.  My readers also tell me my mistakes. I am always grateful. For my new design today, I am launching a new free ebook for subscribers and a reader already found a typo in the book. Also my design needs some help since it threw my photo below the fold.  One step at a time. While I am making changes, my subscribers will grow. 

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      The eBook is a great example of a mistake that isn’t fatal. You can change it anytime you want.

    • StephanieGlidden

      I wanted to visit your blog but I can’t click over there from here?

      • http://www.healnowandforever.net/ Jodi Lobozzo Aman

        Disqus must not be working. I just fixed my profile. :) 
        I know it is bad manners but here is the link http://www.healnowandforever.net !
        Thanks for asking Stephanie!

        • StephanieGlidden

          I don’t think it’s bad manners, I asked :) 

  • http://twitter.com/OSSAlanR Alan Robertson

    I’ve written a lot of open source software.  I discouraged my very first customer from running the software because it wasn’t ready…  He installed it anyway, and forced me onto a road that was key to my career the next 10 years.  It’s hard to put your baby out into the cold, cruel world…

    • http://www.nthedetails.com/ NTheDetails.com

      Alan, I know the feeling all too well.

    • http://www.beyondthesinnersprayer.wordpress.com/ Barb

      “It’s hard to put your baby out into the cold, cruel world . . . ” That’s exactly how I’m feeling this week as I get ready to put a baby out!

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      I love how he didn’t listen to you and it forced you into something better.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Alan,
      I feel the same way about most writing before I launch it out there! 

  • http://twitter.com/OSSAlanR Alan Robertson

     Of course, I still have that problem with my blog posts… ;-)

  • http://www.producewithpassion.com/ Dan McCoy

    Thanks Michael.   I am a bit of a perfectionist and when launching my IT company would take a LONG time to get a solution out the door because I wanted it perfect.   Fast forward and the lessons I’ve learned from reading, teaching and coaching.  Perfection happens only by the refiners fire.   You have to get it out there.   As an illustration – we started marketing and selling cloud solutions BEFORE we had even chosen a platform to support our cloud solution.  The neat thing is that we were out educating our clients as to the possibilities, which helped us refine our solution based on THEIR needs and not what we wanted.   That’s what I call an ASK campaign.  How’s that for not waiting on perfection?  Kind of reminds me of what Peter Diamandis did with the first Xprize.    Speed of execution is one the best things I have learned as an entrpreneur and leader!   The key to success in doing this is executing flawlessly, not having a perfect product.   Part of that flawless execution is having a process to deal with the imperfection and looping back to address it.

  • http://www.fieldofdebt.com/ Jen McDonough

    Michael
    Great post! It is funny how we can all at times get obsessed with making things ‘perfect’. Whether it be in taking the time to write a sympathy/thinking of you card, saying the perfect speech, or even stressing over the perfect blog. Better to take action versus staying stuck in the muck of indecision and perfection.
    Thank you.
    Live Beyond Awesome.
    Jen
    Member of human race who is proud to be imperfect at times in order to be authentic, inspiring, and fun. (:

    • Jim Martin

      Jen, I like the sentence beneath your name!  That is great!

  • ariellabaston

    While a good look at getting stuff done and avoiding the traps of
    perfectionism, I find this article is suggesting that it’s ok to have no plan and
    escape accountability by just calling a product “perpetual beta” and
    releasing it.

    But if you have a list of what you want your product to have, and you’ve
    decided a level of quality you can live with yourself at, you never
    get stuck in limbo nor do you perpetually fail to launch. If you have a
    definition for what you want for launch and a deadline, you can then
    even intentionally drop lower priority features or quality level near
    the deadline if you get pinched. Again that’s not perpetual beta, but a
    managed release.

    Seems to me this article is about how to escape accountability and the burden of quality for the sake of feeling better.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Arriella,

      Well, I think you can look at the quality of Michael’s work and the breadth of what he has accomplished and quickly realize that he is not “escaping accountability or the burden of quality”—nor would he tell others to do that either.

      Michael is not suggesting that we put out junk (as a matter of fact Michael teaches on the need for WOW—http://michaelhyatt.com/016-the-how-of-wow-podcast.html), but there is a point of diminishing returns that prevents us from “launching”, and if we have a post/product/service that is at 90% and we are waiting for 100% then we are letting an opportunity go by.

      I do like your language of a “managed release”—thanks for you comment.

      • ariellabaston

        If it’s 90% then it’s 90% of the imagined launch’s feature set, which is not what Michael is writing about. In this article he wrote about perfectionism and perpetual beta status, and not versioning / managed releases.

        You already know this and the article hasn’t fooled you. I’m just concerned about the others having an emotional response in the comments which hints that Michael has indeed equated perfectionism (an emotional subjective ideal) with “being good enough”. Few people are commenting about witholding features for future releases to keep an initial deadline, and launch sooner than later.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It’s a fine balance. I believe strongly in creating remarkable, wow products. (In fact, the first section of my new books is about that.) All I am suggesting is that you must balance this with shipping.

  • http://www.beyondthesinnersprayer.wordpress.com/ Barb

    You can’t believe how much I needed this exact post TODAY! I hardly slept last night because I was in panic mode over the launching of my Christian weight loss app that’s scheduled for this Saturday.

    I’m a perfectionist, and I was thinking of all the ways I could have made it better. This is after two years of working on it. Finally, I got up, went through the worry questions and Bible verses on the app, gave it up to God, and went back to sleep.

    Then He blessed me with your post this morning. I’m taking it as a sign that I’m not supposed to un-schedule my app release to perfect it further!

    • Jim Martin

      Barb, I relate to what you said regarding finishing something and then thinking of the ways it could have been better.  I remember one particular chapter in my life where I did this a lot with a particular project.  I experienced no joy when I finished and no reason to celebrate  the because I was focused on ways I should have done it differently.  Good for you in taking this worry to God.  

      • http://www.beyondthesinnersprayer.wordpress.com/ Barb

        I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but you’re right – I’m not experiencing the joy because I’m thinking of ways I could have done it differently. That’s helpful. I think I need to switch into praying with thanksgiving mode.

        • Jim Martin

          I am glad that was helpful, Barb.  I only mentioned it because I have done the very same thing!  :)

  • http://twitter.com/GinaAmerongen Gina Amerongen

    I, I am currently writing a book regarding my near death auto  accident as I suffered a c-1 to c-2 injury and broke my leg and no I did not end up like Christopher Reeve. I was a very rare case as all of my numerous doctors have told me most c-1 to c-2 people do not make it to the hospital or out of the hospital.I was in the hospital for 2 months, broken ribs, halo surgery, neck fusion, they rebuilt my leg and I am not a paralyzed nor did I suffer any brain damage and very quickly went off the venilator.(I actually yanked it out myself) but I was ok,  They had told me I would need a voice box to speak. Well, as soon as I pulled that sucker out I was yelling with tears of joy,”I can  talk, I can speak”. The is most of it as I am still recovering and the accident was Jan 15, 2012. I too and in the gathering info stage and need to get it out there.  I have had so many people tell me I have an amazing story here and I obviously was not finished here yet:) Thank you for this email.  It made me think and I want make writing more a daily part of my day instead of researching and getting caught up in so many details that people most likely could care less about, it is just that I do. So, thank you!
    Gina Amerongen

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Gina,
      What an amazing story! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/JulieSunne1 Julie Sunne

    Oh boy, right on, Michael! So easy to wait … and wait … and wait! I’m an editor, so I lean toward having it be perfect (even comments) before posting. I can spend hours (days) on tweaking  something that should have been launched way earlier. Keep preaching this–I need the constant reminders!

  • http://www.authorcynthiaherron.com/ Cynthia Herron

    Oh, my goodness, this was such an excellent post! As a writer (and a perfectionist) I often find it difficult to turn off my inner editor. I used to cringe when a scheduled blog post would launch and then, invariably, I’d discover a typo or two.

    While I think we should strive for a certain level of professionalism, I also believe a bit of transparency humanizes us. We don’t want our posts to make us seem untouchable. The whole idea behind blogging is connecting with like-minded folks and those individuals who are genuinely interested in our subject matter. People are more likely to forgive a grammar infraction than a topic that just doesn’t resonate.

    Thanks so much for addessing this. Whew! Now I can pull out my lace hanky to wipe the sweat from my brow.  In a polite, lady-like way, of course.

    • Jim Martin

      Cynthia, you really make a good point.  While we want to strive for a certain level of professionalism (as writers, speakers, or whatever), there is something to be said for being transparent and trusting that others will connect with us as a result.

  • http://thekevinedwards.com/ Kevin Edwards

    Another great post.  I have the “perfectionist” disease, also.  I’m getting better at it, but still have a ways to go.  Thanks, Michael!

  • Claire

    My podcast. I recorded one episode. Had a friend listen to it, and…Episode #2 is overdue. Planned, outlined, and nearly ready to record. I’ve been putting it off and letting other items be a priority in my life. But in a few days I won’t have any excuses to hide behind. Michael, this post couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      What’s holding you back? Is there an underlying doubt or insecurity that’s slowing up the process? I usually think I’m too busy, but often find it’s something else entirely that’s the true roadblock. If I identify it, I can face it and move forward.

  • http://twitter.com/ryanccard Ryan Card

    Great post! I guess my blog re-design may have to go live sooner that I was thinking! I am a bit of a perfectionist, but the blogging world has been beating some of that out of me. Like you said, if I waited for the post to be perfect, I would never post at all. 

    I have been adapting a process of “phase design.” I aim to have x-number of items finished for a phase one release, then move on to phase 2, and so on. But there always seems to be phases as the tweaking keeps on going! Ha ha.

    I guess in many ways its the greatness of the “world” we are in. Creativity can just keep going. There’s no real end.

    Thanks for all your posts!

    • Jim Martin

      Ryan, I like this sentence “Creativity can just keep going.  There’s no real end.”  An encouraging reminder.

  • http://www.leadtoimpact.com/ Bernard Haynes

    Michael are you sure this was your friend and not me.  I did the same thing. I had a site that was not that good. I redesigned it and had others give me good comments about. I  kept tinkering with the design to make it perfect. Instead of launching, I spent several more months making changes. I had everything ready to launch at the beginning of the year, but I thought it needed some more work. I was going to email my web guy to move the launch date from Jan 1st to Jan 20th. When I went to email him, a couple of days late, he had launched the website. I was scarred to death because I thought that it was not ready. I settled down and thought at the rate I was going it would never be ready. I have learned that I can make changes and updates as I go. I still have to fight the feeling is it good enough, but I go ahead and ‘ship it’ anyway. Thanks for the post.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      If you only knew how many people asked me this! ;-)

  • Kathleen McAnear Smith

    Thank you for this encouragement! I just saw an online article about how “Kathleen McAnear Smith” uses social media to get her blog out. As that is ME, I thought I better read it. This is the beta of my new blog; so after reading your blog this morning, I thought I better DO it-launched! Blessings and thanks, Kathleen
    http://kathleenmcanearsmith.blogspot.com/ 

  • http://www.facebook.com/debra.l.butterfield Debra L. Butterfield

    I’ve only just begun to revise my ezine, but thanks to this post, I can now launch a beta version, comfortably knowing it’s okay to make improvements along the way. Thanks, Michael!

  • Kimberly Sheridan

    My Facebook business page … trying to incorporate so many marketing strategies with the tabs that go to various lead generation websites that my perfectionism is showing. Will launch it today … err maybe tomorrow! Yes by tomorrow for sure. Thanks for the push Michael … embracing imperfection is the road to freedom!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Did you hear that, Everyone?! Kimberly is launching tomorrow, June 19th. Put it on the books! :)

  • http://jonathanfosteronline.com/ Jonathan Foster

    Thanks for this, Michael. You inspired me to use this same idea for relationships. The best secret I know to a great relationship is “tweaking.” Marriages are always in “beta.”

    Here’s the post:
    http://jonathanfosteronline.com/2012/06/18/tweakers/

    I also linked to this post in mine.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

       Jonathan,
      Beta Marriage (ha.) You should write a Hallmark card for that. Fun concept~—Does that mean that we can do split A/B testing in relationships too? :)

      • http://jonathanfosteronline.com/ Jonathan Foster

         Hahaha! Pretty sure mine works best with a single relationship (marriage) test… :)

        • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

          Agree! :)

  • http://aparchedsoul.com/ Grayson Pope (A Parched Soul)

    Love this concept. I’ve learned to embrace it by accident. I don’t make a lot of money from blogging, so if I need to change the theme on my blog I do it on the fly. It might look rough for a day or two, but if it’s better than what was there, what’s the harm?

  • Meghan Carver

    I spent too much time looking at everyone else’s blogs and feeling sorry for myself, thinking, “I can’t do that.” Wrong thinking! I finally committed to blogging regularly and, whether it grows or not, I’m being blessed by self-discipline and slogging through my own spiritual issues as I write posts.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

       Great attitude, Meghan!

  • http://clydewoman.wordpress.com/ Leilani

    Wow!  I needed to hear this.  I took a big step in revamping my blog this past weekend and it felt good to move forward!  I used to be a self-proclaimed perfectionist.  In reality I was scared and lived a safe and boring life!  

  • Keith Spanberger

    Hey Michael, This is really good and once again, you have truly blessed me!  I am taking action TODAY, NOW and moving on what you have imparted to us/me. 
    THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
    Blessings – Keith

    • Jim Martin

      Keith, I like what you said about taking action today.  In recent years, I have realized that the smallest step forward is still a step forward.  I may not think I have time to make significant progress on a project today.  However, quite often I can take one step today and still make progress.

      • Keith Spanberger

        Hi Jim, I like that statement “the smallest step forward is still a step forward”…  Even though I know this, reading it again is still a great reminder!  Thanks – Keith

  • http://www.lilykreitinger.com/ Lily Kreitinger

    Absolutely LOVE this post. You can apply to anything in life. If we wait forever to write the PERFECT post, article, e-mail, it will never happen.  We can edit ourselves perpetually and deprive our readers from great content.  Paralysis by analysis is something I’m guilty of many times.  Being around other bloggers has shown me that it’s all about building relationships, not winning a  Pulitzer prize.

  • http://www.hope101.net Lori Tracy Boruff

    I have been messing with my WordPress website for MONTHS!  Because it didn’t look  perfect – I quit recording interviews and Hope101.net came to a halt. I’m realizing now that someone may have needed a message of hope during this time and my self-focus squelched it.  What is more important here – a perfect looking website or HOPE for hurting hearts? HOPE!

    Again Michael, God used you to lead the way. http://www.hope101.net is out there – it is what it is and I’m going to start scheduling authors and experts on how to heal emotional pain to hope again! 

    Thanks for reeling me back to my vision and mission after being lost in the sea of perfectionism!

    • Rachel Lance

      Great thoughts, Lori. Makes me think a bit of a post Donald Miller wrote a while ago. He talked about the dangers of neglecting to promote our work. Ministry is inhibited when we get hung up on perfection or humility or any other number of things that keep us from making the most of the opportunities before us. Good luck getting back on track!

  • Jim Martin

    I am glad to hear this today!  I can think of several projects that I waited far too long to begin because I was after some form of perfection.  I remember once telling a friend regarding a particular project: “I’m just not ready yet.”  He then said “So what would it look like for you to be ready?”  He then encouraged me to do what you said in the post.  “Just begin!”

    Thanks!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

       Jim,
      I have friends like that, too. Who ask really great (albeit slightly annoying) questions and challenge us to move ahead!

  • http://www.lilykreitinger.com/ Lily Kreitinger

    Absolutely LOVE this post!  Our goal as bloggers is to share great content. Not win the Pulitzer prize!

  • http://www.thepracticingcatholic.com/ Lisa Schmidt

    Great post, today!  We are in the middle of a blog redesign as well (my husband and I run it together). We’ve known for some time that our About Us page needs improvement (this fact was really confirmed after reading the chapter on this topic in your new book). It’s on our list of things to do for the design. But that page is consistently one of our most viewed pages, so we really should make the edits live now rather than waiting for the launch of our redesign. Thanks for the nudge.  By the way, via reading that chapter in your book, I was pleasantly surprised to learn you are a deacon in your church. My husband is currently finishing his 2nd year of deacon formation in the Roman Catholic tradition for the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Carolyn

    A tool help parents begin the conversation with their children regarding sexual abuse. RiseAndShineMovement.org. It’s not perfect, but I’m tweaking continually. And guess what? It helped some parents whose child was violated last week. Glad I launched.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Carolyn,
      Blessings to you and your ministry!

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      What a great example, Carolyn!  Your work is so important that kids need your message out there.  I can’t think of a better reason to beta launch!

  • Cherry Odelberg

    Rather than answer the question, let me thank you for  crediting, “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly,” to Chesterton.  This philosophy has given my perfectionist inhibited confidence a kick on many occasions and I am glad to know whom to credit. 
    My own blog has been in beta state for too long, I need to figure out how to fix the “home” tab

    • Cherry Odelberg

      Oh, you mean I could actually show my blog face?  http://einefeistyberg.wordpress.com/  even though it is not perfect?

  • Kiran Pagar

     This is exactly same as you say about life plan! Ain’t it!

    “It’s not a document that you will finish!” This was the most important advice to me about planning.

    Don’t try to make it perfect. I will never be

    Thanks Michael,
    Kiran Pagar

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       Great insight, Kiran. Thanks!

  • derekouellette

    Michael, this is my first time commenting.

    I just finished reading your book, Platform. 

    I’ve been blogging for many years now but after reading Platform I realized I need a fresh start. My blog (covenantoflove.net) is tired and too much stuck in it’s more miry clay to be much good. It’s controversy on steroids. I’ve banded it that one unintentional and see it as irredeemable!

    I felt the need to re-create my online image (after all, if as a marketing manager of a Christian retail store I worry that customers will stumble upon it, that’s not a good sign!). So last night I went to work.

    I’m attempting to build a new platform at http://blog.derekouellette.com and once I feel all of the necessary essentials are in place, I’ll drop the “blog.” and move it over to derekouellette.com. This just happened last night.

    How timely is this post of yours! I was thinking I want to work all of my bugs out first. I was planning for a launch sometime in mid to late August.

    Thanks for the advice here. Once all of the meat and potatoes are in place, I’ll launch it.

    Derek

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

       Derek,
      Love the “Launch Pad”! Site is looking great—keep up the momentum my friend!

  • c-kwommack

    Whew! Good to know. I am in the middle of a blog re-design. Started a month ago and it is almost finished.  All the while, I am still writing and publishing on my old blog…don’t want to get out of the habit!

  • Annette Skarin

    Thanks for the post. I was struggling last night about which blog site, what name, whether to go for the free one, or pay extra bucks to get all the extras. Etc., etc.,…I’m spinning in circles and we all know circles never end.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      Did you make any decisions Annette? Did you take any steps?

    • Rachel Lance

      Those are pretty important decisions, Annette, but fortunately with a little extra work you can change your mind later on almost any of them. That’s not to say you shouldn’t proceed with great intentionality, but don’t get caught in analysis paralysis. Make the best decision for today and jump in!

  • http://modernservantleader.com/ Ben Lichtenwalner

    Spot on as usual, Mike. I am ridiculously late to the Facebook Fan page scene for MSL. This weekend it will be live one way or the other. 

    Also, as one of your beta testers, I’d suggest on minor revision:
    “Users would rather have something BETTER now than perfection later” 

  • Dan Erickson

    I love today’s post Michael.  The older I get the more I share this philosophy.  To quote two modern media snippets: “Just Do It,” and “Get ‘Er Done” are great pieces of advice.  

    I’m  currently rewriting my second book “At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy.”  The premise is that the cult leader that the protagonist of my first book “A Train Called Forgiveness” was victim to in his youth faked his death and has started a new cult.  Protagonist Andy Burden starts a search, but has to make a decision between justice and mercy.  

    But I stray.  My point is the rewrite.  I do it quickly.  I do it once.  Then I get it to my editor.  Do one more rewrite. And publish.  If I worried about perfection I’d be the guy who never finishes.  The book would sit on my computer in manuscript form, forever being tweaked here and there, yet probably not improved.  

    Thanks for promoting this idea of choosing productivity over perfection.  People need to hear  that.  For more info about my books you can go to my blog at http://www.danerickson.net.  But beware, you might find an occasional error or two.    

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Congrats on getting on with your second book. One of the great things with book publishing nowadays is the eBook and the ability to correct mistakes even after it’s been “published.” While it doesn’t work the same way if you go the traditional route, it’s another incentive to ship.

  • Donnye Collins

    Thanks for the great advice Michael. Many times creative people suffer from that old “paralysis of analysis” plague and overthink the thing. Your article reminds us that while the work may not be perfect to us, it is to anyone whose reading it for the first time because it’s new to them. We should let it stand on it’s own merits.

  • Jon Kidwell

    I really appreciate this post. I am new to blogging and had to take that leap. I still struggle with holding things and tweaking things. Michael, like you said in a podcast and the blog- people may bring up mistakes you made, but you can edit them, and re-publish. Thanks for the boost in posting confidence and all the other wonderful materials you produce.

    Health! You need it! Check out http://www.jonkidwell.com

    • http://www.beyondthesinnersprayer.wordpress.com/ Barb

      Just checked out your blog, Jon – it looks great! I’ll be back to check it out again.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      That’s a good start, Jon!  Keep it going!

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    I had a product that I was working on and taking too much time on, last Wednesday I just launched it in a “beta state” just to get it out to the world. I’ve been very happy with the results! Taking action is the key.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That’s great Kimanzi! Exactly the way it should be done.

  • Greg

    “Embrace Permanent Beta and Launch” – excellent title for an important concept!

  • StephanieGlidden

    I did this with a post this morning. I was getting hung up on finding the right images, the right this and that. Finally I remember what Jeff Goins says “Just ship it!” So I did. It felt pretty darn good!

  • http://actuallykatie.com/ Katie McAleece

    This makes me think of Nike’s slogan, “Just Do It.” …Just post the new blog design, just click ‘send’, just get up and go out and make it happen. So what if it’s not flawless. You can always work on it once it’s up!!

    I think a lot of writers are like this. Hyper-perfectionists. I know I am. So thank you for posting this and giving us a bit of kick in the pants. Haha

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Spot on Katie! You’ll have time to refine and adjust the little things that need to be fixed over time. Most people won’t even notice the little issues.

  • http://www.malihirsch.me/ Mali Hirsch

    I have been working on the company’s mobile version of the website for a year! It started as a  ‘quick’ solution to a flash-free mobile site to represent content till we re-do out main website. Now, a year later we are still in “beta’ mode and more and more things are being added to this silly site. My opinion is to just fire up the stupid thing and then channel all the energy to the main big site. *sigh*

    • Rachel Lance

      Scope creep? It’s a constant challenge, isn’t it?! My team has gotten ruthless about our objectives – it’s prevented at least few scope creep tangents.

  • Jeanette-sharp

    I loved this post! It set me free! :) I struggle with perfection and it nailed me in a good way.  

  • Dustan Stanley

    I think this is a great post. I can’t tell you how many people ive met around the world waiting for their product to be perfect. I used this technique for my first book because I didn’t have money for an editor. There are errors, I know it. But, like you, I just can’t see them no matter how many times I’ve read. I released, caught a few bad reviews because of the errors and a bunch of good ones, but in that process two people read the book, loved it, and because they believe in it so much they offered free editing. Now the book is getting better than ever before.

    Now, I can save from sales and hire an editor for the next release. But I had to get it out to justify spending so much time on it. One friend calls it tweakology.

    That’s for putting this out Michael and letting us all know even folks like u sometimes have to release beta.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Assuming that your book was in print (not ebook) that really took guts!   In the end, “Tweakology” gets your message heard better than perfectionism.

      • http://www.revolutionarylife.org/ Dustan Stanley

        Yeah. I honestly think that was a mistake. I could have tweaked a beta version of the ebook, and saved myself some extra work reworking the paper version.

  • http://www.theworld4realz.com/ Andi-Roo

    I’ve always read that you should go ahead & hit publish whether you think you’re ready or not, but had never understood the significance until this article! Thank you for making it so clear. Am hoping to put in some tweaks in the near future, & when I do, I’ll be sure not to sit on the changes!

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    Two proposals. But I have a firm and imminent deadline and will not let my over-active need for perfection change it. I will not, I will not, I will not … :)

  • Stephanie

    Bravo. I appreciate this perspective immensely. I strive to be a “thoughtful risk-taker.” I want to be wise in decision-making, but also quick to action. 

    The “perfect time” to do things rarely comes.  It’s usually best to move forward, step-by-step…in spite of road blocks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Swihart/100003908965783 Julie Swihart

    I tend to be a perfectionist on most projects. I can’t stand putting my name on something I know I could’ve done better, but this post helps me see the value of having something vs. nothing, since perfection takes FOREVER. Thank you!

  • http://KatieAxelson.com/ Katie Axelson

    I think you have to find the balance between working towards perfection and shipping. As my advisor in college always said, “Sometimes you just have to hit print.” I guess now that means “Post.”
    Katie

  • Melody DuBois

    I saw just the subject line of this post come in by email… and (remembering an earlier post you did on this subject) I finally launched an idea I’ve been sitting on for, well, way too long.  It’s a humble beginning, but at least it’s a beginning! naturalbornalien.wordpress.com

  • Anthony Gitonga

    This is quite a release from the curse of perfection. Just with this post I have decided to launch a program for one of my books.

  • http://www.2knowmyself.com/ Farouk

    that’s so right
    this can delay everything and in most cases it wont be needed
    keep up the good work

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    I’ve been stuck on hold with launching a 2nd website connected to my novel. I put an opening-in-June sign on the site. Well, it’s June and the only thing I’ve done is change the message (and not given the opening a date; not even a “coming soon” line).

  • Monusher

    This is such a great post, I have  wanted to blog for year but just like in writing this comment ,I work so hard for perfection.  My pastor a couple of weeks ago stated that when we are indecisive about getting started we get “Nothing.” That has been my problem but i think now I will give the concept of “Permanent Beta” a try. 
    Thanks for a great post.

  • http://cindyhirch.com/ Cindy Hirch

    How timely Michael – I struggle with this all the time with my blogs. I send it off to a friend to “take a look” and by the time she has gotten back to me I’ve made 20 more changes. One’s personality style certainly influences our need for perfection as well. I’m learning to just let it go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/themoviemark Adam Bryant

    I’ve recently done what you suggested and re-launched my webpage/blog without it being perfectly 100% complete.  And I’m currently reading through your book Platform, which is great.  However, I still have a few things I’m trying to work through.  For example, Mr. Hyatt recommends lists and posts of about 500 words.  My page centers around movie reviews and entertaining articles all from a Christian perspective.  I have an article discussing the 10 Worst He-Man characters of all time (I know, in-depth stuff).  Today I posted part 1:

    http://www.themoviemark.com/lists-of-awesomeness/10-worst-he-man-characters-part-1/

    Part 1 alone is 930 words.  Characters 1-5 will be in a separate post.  Am I going about this in the correct way – breaking up what would be one big list into multiple posts?  Should Part 1 have been broken down even further?  Or would it be acceptable to have one big post that is separated into pages?

    Any suggestions would be welcome.  Since I’ve completely re-designed my site, I’m trying to do things differently than I have in the past.  I want to learn what didn’t work and improve upon that.

    I’m here to learn!  Thanks.

  • KathleenMSmith

    OK..uploading my new blog..but have a great problem with generating traffic! This is a blog for people about to retire, discussing how to set up for life at this Sage Stage-emphasis NOT on finances….that is well covered. Thanks for your teaching! 
    http://kathleenmcanearsmith.blogspot.com/ 

  • http://www.melaniedorsey.com/ Melanie Dorsey

    I often feel like I’m “blogging wrong” because I ALWAYS tweak and retweak my posts. But if I waited until I felt like it was perfect…it would be days between posts!
    That Chesterton quote is great…kinda freed me up inside.
    Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1462907690 Gina Cleminson

    If my blog design & posts had to be perfect, I’d never hit publish either! [Self-imposed] deadlines help me launch. I post Monday through Friday, so I better get my act together on a draft before midnight, or I’ll miss my deadline. I like applying The Nester’s decorating mantra to blogging: “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”!

  • http://www.liveyourwhy.net/ Terry Hadaway

    I’ve decided that I’ll always be asking, “Is that good enough?” to which I’ll quickly reply, “Nope!” That truth, however, doesn’t keep me from producing new content and finishing up new products. With “What If Thinking” already shipping, more stuff is making its way through the process. A few mistakes remind people I’m human. Too many mistakes convince them I’m careless. 

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  • http://TheLouiseLog.com/ Anne Flournoy

    A good antidote to the curse of perfectionism…  Thank you!

  • Ravee5

    This is the best advice I ever got from any teachers.  Thank you.

  • David Corley

    Awesome content as always.  It seems that when we wait for “perfection” we are truly doubting ourselves.  We know perfection does not exist so it becomes this outlying excuse because we may not have the confidence to get it done and course correct.  Before launching anything we should know there will be problems, but have the understanding that we can overcome any challenges.
    An airplane is constantly falling to the Earth and off course.  It’s the pilot who keeps it in the air pointing to the destination.

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  • John Benson

    Mike, this is your usual wise counsel.  I have been enmired in the startup logistics of a blog I want to see out there about Theological or Spiritual aspects of aesthetics, one of my favorite branches of philosophy and theology.

  • Kevin D’Souza- Speaker, Coach

    This is a great topic for reflection. To err is human, to be perfect is divine. So we should not worry about waiting till we perfect whatever project we are procrastinating on. 

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  • Martha

    I just wanted to thank you for your Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal.  It is great!  I was a research editor and ghost writer for years, and I’ve never read anything so succinctly written on that subject.  Two edits for you: Page 17, under D. The Manuscript, Point 2, “The manuscript will include various” is repeated twice, and page 29, under Write Your Query Letter, point 7. “I” needs to be “he.”  I’m a terrible copy editor, but those popped out at me. Question: Do most publishers now only receive proposals presented by an agent?  I know you do.  Martha Greene

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your comments. I actually have those noted: I just need to schedule a time to revise!
      Yes, most publishers will not entertain proposals unless they come from an agent.

  • http://www.livesimplylove.com/ Merritt

    oh no! I’ve been trying to launch a website for my company for the last 4 years. I’m not as far a long as your blogger friend since it hasn’t been designed and I haven’t written the copy (even though I have a designer friend who has agreed to do it for free!). I say oh no!, because I know you’re right and it’s been bugging me forEVER. Thanks for the kick in the pants. And the reality check that nothing is ever DONE. 

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  • Deborah Stewart

    Dear Michael;

    Please forgive me if this is not the correct place to post this message? This is my first visit to your site, and I was purposely led here by Donovan.

    We were discussing my unpublished book. He suggested that you may have some literary agents posted here.

    I must comment here that just from what I have read today, you and your family seem to be amazing people in the company of other amazing people. I have been inspired by you!

    I suppose you could say that I am responding to something you wrote: “Why are you just sitting on it why don’t you go outside…” The first thought that popped into my head was: “I have been sitting on my book! I want it out there in the hands of children who need to know the Lord.”

    Michael, do you have any suggestions?

    May God Richly Bless You, Your Family, the Precious Woman in Africa, and All Those Whose Lives You Touch;

    Songbird of Faith

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Deborah, welcome to my blog! I have two posts that might interest you: “Advice to First-Time Authors” and “Literary Agents Who Represent Christians.” Also, my podcast tomorrow will be on Advice to First Time Authors, including questions from my listeners. Hope this helps.

      • Deborah Stewart

         Many, many thanks, Michael! I will pursue my dreams until I find that rainbow that I know is waiting. Abundant blessings to you & your family! Please keep sharing the inspirational true stories. I will never forget the one about the Blessed Woman in Africa who has everything in the world she could ever want or need…

        Deborah (Songbird of Faith)

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