Episode 10: From Side-Hustling Teacher to Publishing Powerhouse with Maria Dismondy

“The idea was planted in your heart for a reason.” – Unknown

If you are one of those people who have always felt called to go in one direction over another, what happens when you find another passion? Maria Dismondy always knew she was going to be a teacher, but then she realized that she was meant for more. Listen as she shares how she went from side-hustling teacher to publishing powerhouse.

From the time she was little, Maria knew she was meant to be a teacher. She went to school, got her degree, and then went on to teach.

It wasn’t until she started looking for realistic children’s books for her class that she realized there was a true gap in the market and she was determined to fill it. 

She started writing children’s books and not too long after that realized that she was making a huge impact, making more money, and ready to leave teaching behind.

After a few people approached her looking for help with their own books, she knew that she was ready to pivot again.

This was an amazing episode filled with laughs and fantastic insights on what it takes to lean into a new passion. Listen in for all of Maria’s pearls of wisdom. Stay tuned until the end to hear my takeaways designed to help you take action toward your dreams today!

In this episode:

[02:57] Maria shares about her background and her journey to publishing.

[06:26] How do you find children’s book authors? 

[09:09] What they do while they’re finding other authors to market to their customers. 

[10:52] Why it’s important to practice what you preach. 

[12:56] Learn about her podcast and the direction her business is going now. 

[15:31] It’s important to have a support system around you and find connection. 

[18:30] You can have babies and have a passion in your heart for more. 

[21:42] She’s still very connected to teachers and influencers. Learn more.

[25:03] You don’t have to be just one thing. There are so many opportunities to serve these days.

[27:10] Maria’s advice for side-hustling teachers. 

[28:44] My takeaways for you to take action today!

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Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy

Maria’s Website

Cardinal Rule Press

Maria on Facebook

Maria on Twitter

Maria on Instagram

Maria on Pinterest

Maria on YouTube

Maria on LinkedIn

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