I wrote a book once. A few of them, actually.
My mom bought me one of the “modern” My American Girl dolls. Do you remember those? You could pick a doll that looked like you (my doll had olive skin, red hair, and green eyes, so clearly I understood the concept well) and she came with six blank books.
You got to write her story—and I did. I spent days, sprawled out on the floor of my bedroom, scribbling in those blank pages.
But that’s the thing about being a kid, isn’t it? It’s easy to be an author. Or a movie star or an astronaut. You can be whatever you want.
That remains true as we grow up, of course, but somehow we lose sight of it. We stop believing it, so we stop striving for it.
I wrote a few books once, but I’ve been waiting for inspiration, motivation, and permission to do it again ever since.
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It’s been said that 81% of the American population wants to write a book.
Four out of every five people—including me and, I assume, you too—wants to be a published author. But we’re just dreaming. Waiting for “someday”, while we sit on our butts, checking Twitter and answering emails.
(Please tell me this is not just me.)
Our books are going unwritten, unnecessarily.
We have the desire and we have something valuable to share. What are we waiting for?
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There is no “right” time to start—unless we count right now.
I have wanted to be a published author, but for so long—too long—it seemed a far off goal. It wasn’t that I didn’t think I would ever do it. I was just sure it would happen someday. Never now.
Because I wasn’t ready yet. It seemed nearly unattainable, if not for some magic mix of luck and talent. In other words, like most big goals, it seemed completely outside of my own control.
Not only is it completely attainable, it can be done right now. You can do it in a month. You will do it one month.
We both will.
Because personally, I’m tired of waiting. I’m tired of making excuses. Maybe you are, too?
I’m here to tell you (and tell myself): The time to write is now.
I’ve collaborated with some of the smartest ladies I know—four incredible creative entrepreneurs: Regina, Brittany, Ashley, and Elizabeth—to help the 81% get their books out of their head and into the world.
Together, we’ve declared the month of May “InfoBoMo” (Information Book Month to those not in the know). By June 1st, we will be published authors. Because we’ve got books we want to write and info we need to share with the world—and we think you do, too.
We will spend the 31 days in May helping you write your first (or next) information book. Oh, and we’ll be writing right alongside you!
In an effort to include absolutely everyone (or, at least, 81% of people), participating in InfoBoMo is totally free. But for the prized few who want a little bit more than the 20-page Welcome Kit, a few Twitter chats, and our best wishes, we’ve created a special premium package, too.
– The Welcome Kit, of course
– 20 individual weekday lessons (including worksheets and video)
– A private Google+ community
– Personalized feedback from the hosts
– Three Twitter chats, two Instagram parties
– And more!
Who We Are
Each of the four hosts is playing a special role in InfoBoMo:
And I, as you all know, am your faithful writing and storytelling guide.
Members of the community will receive 20 lessons throughout InfoBoMo, four from each of the hosts, with special insights and tips on every step of the process: writing, editing, designing, promoting, and publishing.
We’ve got you covered from start to finish.
We’ll also be with you every single day in the private Google+ communities offering feedback, answering questions, and sharing our own progress with all of you!
In the immortal words of the High School Musical cast, we’re all in this together.
Here’s How You Do It
I’ve already started tweaking my bio: “Jenna Arak is a writer/infopreneur and the author of six American Girl stories and one best-selling infobo…” It’s got a ring to it, no?
Other than the pomp and circumstance (read: fancy new bio) of your new author title, writing an information book will also:
…make you helpful to a wider audience.
…make you a thought leader.
…make you money.
Yes, yes, and yes, please.
It couldn’t be simpler to sign up.
I’m ready. Are you?
Here’s the website once again: http://infobomo.com/
It takes a village, right? Let’s do this together! I’ll see you May 1st.
Will you be joining us for InfoBoMo? Let me know by raising your “digital” hand in the comments below!