Marina J’s top tip for aspiring authors: Write lots. I’ve been writing a regular blog since 2008, and when I look back at them I smile, mostly in shock, because I write so differently now. Also I don’t write in different coloured paragraphs anymore, which I slightly miss.
Marina J teaches women one of the most important skills of all: How to get your fabulous back after upset with him, with her, or with life in general – because your happiness is everything. A relationship expert, best selling author and speaker, she has helped thousands of women around the world live the life they always knew they were meant to be in. She loves to write regularly as a contributor to magazines, newspapers and websites and has been known to do the odd interview on TV and radio. She is married to the love of her life and lives with their daughter by the beach near Sydney. She can be found at www.marinaj.net
Why do you write? To reach you, sitting like you are right now, wondering how you’re going to get “there”, because I know how determined you are to get “there” and so that’s why I write. Because I want you “there” already too! And I know how to get you there.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? What I’m doing right now – which is helping women turn their power on and get their fabulous BACK after upset with him, with her or with life in general – because life can get a bit bumpy along the way. I coach women around the world and have been for more than a decade.
What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Finding a decent publisher. Nine days after we launched I walked away from my publisher via a fabulous lawyer. I wouldn’t be the author of Turn Yourself On if I didn’t stand up for myself. It’s so important to have good people surrounding your book and unfortunately in the beginning, I didn’t.
What’s the best aspect of your writing life? I actually don’t like being a writer (see below!)
—the worst? Being stuck in a room by myself writing! Now I’m lovely, don’t get me wrong – but I’m more of a speaker actually. So I’ve written my book as if I’m sitting next to you, which helps me feel that I’m in the room with you when I write, so I don’t get too forlorn.
What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? I’d self publish right off the bat. Unless I found a publisher brave enough to keep the energy and tone of my book so as not to make yet another homogenous book (it happens more than you realise) and, who would and could, allot me good PR.
What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? That I didn’t need a publisher; I reached #1 on the Amazon best seller list in the UK and USA without them.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? That when you first write something down, sometimes it will be ‘bang on’. Other times, it just doesn’t quite hit the mark. Know then that it’s simply a draft and for most of what you write it will go through several drafts (or many!) as you hone your message. This stops you from beating yourself up and lets the real you come out and play. My film director friend told me this is normal for every script he writes or has seen and as such took a huge weight off my shoulders.
Whether you’re down in the dumps after a relationship break up, feeling insecure with where you are in life, or just craving a drastic change, it can be difficult to put the wheels in motion.
Turn Yourself On is a practical guide to turning your life around.
A #1 Amazon best-seller in just three hours, Turn Yourself On is the ultimate guide to getting your happiness mojo back after upset with him, her, or just life in general. In the book Marina J shows readers how to:
- turn on your confidence, sensuality & self-love
- stop self-sabotaging your own success
- heal the deep hurt caused by relationship breakdowns
- get better at asking for (and getting) what you want
- feel secure with yourself, and learn to put you first
- become the positive change you need
Filled with relatable examples, practical tools and techniques, Turn Yourself On is an empowering read to help you live with greater happiness. This is your best friend and handbook for life.
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