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and transformation
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You’re invited to embrace
a unique way of networking
that is all about collaborations
and transformation
in a nurturing space.
Your sisterhood awaits! 

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Jill Celeste,
Founder of Virtual Networkers

Is It Time To Write A Book?

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About a month ago, I decided it was time to write a book.

I have made this decision in the past, but this time, things are different. I am not writing this book as a lead magnet. I am not writing this book to attract more clients. I am not writing this book to please anyone.

I am writing this book for me.

In this week’s marketing lesson, I will to take you through my “mind journey” of how I arrived at writing “The Book.” I hope it inspires you to ask yourself the same question: Is it time to write a book?

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I have started many books in the past. The first drafts – some even completed – sit on my Google Drive like flashing lights that blink “failure.”

Sure, I have written a book in the past. My first book, That First Client, was a Top 25 Amazon Bestseller in Marketing. Not too shabby.

For about two years now, a persistent thought would exclaim: Jill, you are supposed to write another book!

My Ego would counter, though, chiming in with Resistance such as:

  • Why bother writing it if it isn’t a bestseller
  • You don’t even know what to say
  • You have tried this before and failed
  • You could do other things with your time. You know, like money-generating activities?

It’s time to write a book

About a month ago, I got a notification that Luvvie Ajayi Jones would be publishing her second book, and she was recording a Facebook Live that night to talk about it. Being a fan of Luvvie’s work, I hopped on to learn more about what she wrote about.

As I watched her share how she wrote her book, the Resistance she encountered, the message she was sharing with the world, I heard a voice, loud as thunder say, It’s time, Jill, to write a book (I promise, I am not making this up…).

It's time, Jill, to write a book. - The Universe as told to Jill Celeste

I remember taking a deep breath as Luvvie finished her broadcast. I was going to write a book. And not just any book. I was going to write The Book that I was meant to write.

It’s important to understand that my decision to write a book was swayed by two things Luvvie mentioned in her Facebook Live:

  1. You are writing this book for yourself. Everyone else gets to read it.
  2. The job of the first draft is to exist. That’s it.

These two nuggets were permission slips for me. I would write this for me (wow, even just typing that sentence brings a rush of relief.)

And the first draft – the ultimate work of imperfect action – was going to exist, despite my crushing perfectionist streak that would try to edit it as I go (resulting in my abandoning my draft completely. I have done this before).

It’s about being a Loud Woman

And I knew what I wanted to write about. I knew it all along. I just never gave myself permission to own it. My book will be about being a Loud Woman. The same message I’ve been repeating since late 2019.

Once I made this decision, the floodgates opened, and ideas sprung forth. I purchased a license to use Scrivener, software that helps you write your book, and it was heaven sent (whoever designed this software had visual thinkers in mind!). I became energized about building my marketing platforms, specifically Instagram, so that I could reach more women.

All roads now lead to The Book. Every Monday through Friday, I write for at least 15 minutes. I have gotten brave, shifting from a strict self-help guide to a memoir about my life, mixed with research and bold statements. I plug away at it, imperfectly, sharing a daily update on my Instagram Stories as a form of personal accountability.

My book is slated to be released in the fall of 2021. I can visualize it. I can see its success. I can see it impacting women. I can feel the elation, eagerness, and nervousness. My senses are alive. My manifestation power is in full bloom. I am writing a book.

My question for you: Is it time to write your book, too?

Your marketing assignments:

  1. What’s stopping you from writing a book?
  2. Brainstorm a list of topics you would love to write about.
  3. Set aside time every day for writing, even if it’s 15 minutes.
  4. If it helps with accountability, publicly declare on social media that you are writing a book.

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Jill Celeste is an international bestselling author, marketing teacher, and founder of the CelestialUniversity.
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