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[SWP: Behind the Book] Stick with it! How I Took My Book All The Way (And Why Your Book is Needed Too)
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Meredith Rom
25 days ago
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Written by
Meredith Rom
25 days ago

On August 22, 2017 my book, Just Be: A Search for Self-Love in India released to the world. It’s been six years from the first moment a friend of mine handed me a handwoven notebook in India and said, “You’re going to write a book one day, so I got this for you to start.” 

“What do you mean, and how do you know?” I asked. I had only turned twenty-three years old a few days before and the thought of writing an entire book felt daunting. 

“Sometimes, I can prophesize,” he replied without further explaining himself.

As I continued my travels through India, I often wondered, “Could I really write a whole book?” “What would it be about?” 

Through meeting gurus, spiritual teachers and staying at ashrams and meditation retreats, I began to discover a sense of magic to life - a realization that the universe was conspiring in my favor to give me the exact experiences I needed to heal. 

I discovered a deep, pervasive connectedness to everything and everyone around me, and a trust in a force greater than myself. 

It was then that I began writing my book, with the hope that through sharing my story I would support more people to connect to this sense of magic in life, and to a place of stillness and love within themselves.

Upon returning from India, I spent a whole month tucked away in a cabin in the woods writing.  But as soon as I returned to the “real world” - life quickly got in the way. I needed to find a place to live and earn money, so for almost three years, my dream of publishing a book was pushed aside. My half-written manuscript sat on my computer, gathering dust. 

Then one night I had a dream. In the dream I opened a drawer and inside was a book of a woman’s travels - there were beautiful insights and stories written in it, and in that moment I realized, “This was the book I was supposed to write, and I haven’t done it yet.” 

I woke up the next day, determined to recommit myself to this dream. I said a prayer to the universe, “Spirit, I don’t know how to write or publish a book or even the first thing I need to know about where to start, but I promise to show up. I promise to give this my best shot.” 

I tried waking up early, devoting myself to my writing one hour a day, but as the demands of life, work and emails piled up, my manuscript was again left, pushed aside. 

It wasn’t until I met She Writes published author, Abbey Campbell Cook that I discovered what a writing coach was.  She shared how Brooke Warner had supported her to finish writing her first book, The Lucidity Project and how it was about to be published. 

“This is exactly what I need!” I immediately thought.  Soon after I began working with Annie Tucker, an editor and writing coach, and in 13 months (after sending approximately 5,000 words in every two weeks) I finished writing my book.  

Along the way, I consistently reminded myself of three reasons WHY this dream was so important to me:

  1. I wish to honor this divinely guided idea that felt like it chose me 
  2. I am curious about the process of learning how to write and publish a book 
  3. I wish to help even just one person through my writing

Whenever doubts, fears or overwhelm came up along the way, I reminded myself of these three simple desires, and I took the next step in front of me.

I truly believe we all have a story and a gift to share. For some of us, that gift yearns to be birthed in the form of a book.  

If you have this calling, a desire to finish writing your own book, I believe it is your sacred duty to honor it. You never know how much your story will affect the people who read it, it may even change their lives.  Or it may give them permission to follow their own big dreams. 

From my experience, writing and publishing a book is no easy feat. The path has been long and winding, but now being at that moment where it is finally published, I can truly tell you it has all been worth it.  

Now, I am proud to say, my book reached hundreds of people before it was even released (I raised over $10,000 from early-copy pre-orders to publish my book) and many more after launch day.

So keep listening to that call of your heart. Give yourself the gift of support when you need it. And take your dream all the way!

Order Meredith's book on Amazon: http://bit.ly/mr-justbe

Meredith Rom is a yoga teacher, author, coach and host of the Rising Women Leaders podcast. Her mission is to support women to create a foundation of love within and for themselves, to live beyond their fears, and truly share their greatest gifts with the world.  After graduating from NYU she followed her intuition to Northern California where she now teaches yoga and mentors women to rise in courage, self-love and feminine leadership. She recently finished writing her first book, Just Be: A Search for Self-Love in India. Find her at www.meredithrom.com and on instagram @meredithrom.

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