Writing Challenge in the Midst of Protests

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I did a thing a couple of Friday’s ago where I attempted to write 10,000 words in one day. I called it the #10000wordstoday challenge. It was an attempt to jumpstart my writing juices for my YA/Magical Realism novel based off of two short stories I’ve done.

I woke up that day ready to knock out words. Anything to take my mind away from the killings that were happening around me, at that time it was George Floyd. But it was damn near impossible to reach that goal with all that happened over those hours; protests across the nation, burning of buildings, riots and so much more.

I knew it was going to be a challenging day up front with a 5-year-old by my side at every moment plus my normal 9-5, which has been more of a 7-7, was on the busier side for a Friday, but it still felt possible. It wasn’t until the afternoon hit that my happy and fun thoughts shifted to painful and angry phrases.

I’ll try again one day, but for now, check out my vlog from that day. I’ll continue to pray but I now act on the thoughts I have around what it truly means to be unified. We black people won’t be able to fix this. We’ve lost so much just trying to find and push a solution only to be shown by recent acts that it will take true white alleys to get things turned around.

If you support my writing journey, I pray you support black lives matters and understand that it’s an all hands on deck situation if things will ever permanently change.

Book Clubbin’ Starts this Week!

There is still time to join the Wine Down with Words book club. Our first session is this Thursday and the first book is juicier than a peach ripen off the coast of Georgia. I can’t wait to chat about it! Join below and grab the book today. It’s a quick read, so you’ll definitely knock it out by Thursday.

Oh and the author may join us too!!!

This week’s book:

His and Hers: Down If You Are (Kindle)
$1.99
Book 1
50 pages
May 14: 8-9 p.m. EST

Book Clubbin’ Starts this Month

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I’m so happy to announce that I’m launching my book club, Wine Down with Words, this month and I hope you can join!

JOIN THE BOOK CLUB

My mission for this book club is to spotlight indie authors and introduce new readers to their work. As a proud indie author myself, marketing to grow your readership can be tough and expensive. I want to help carry that load by getting books out to to the masses I know. We’ve got a good book line up which you can learn more by joining the book club. I’m even looking for other indie books to read with the group.

There’s still time to join. Just click here to do some book clubbin’.

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Authorpreneurship 201: Building Your Catalog is Vital

This journey of being an author, a self-published but willing to pitch my book to an agent or larger publisher authorhood, has been filled with so many lessons and now it’s time for me to drop a few nuggets. So if you haven’t subscribe yet, you definitely should!

Today’s Authorprenuership lesson comes from the five year in review lens; in other words this if for my 0-3 year experience range indie author. It’s so easy to keep pushing the same book over and over again but guess what’s the biggest obstacle for a self-pub author: growing our audience.

Water Your Audience and They Shall Grow

Yep, not selling the book–as long as it has a good storyline–isn’t the biggest issue. Not getting it out to your audiences is definitely easier now since we have retailers like Amazon, Bookbaby, iBooks and others who can get us in a reader’s queue. Plus if you have a social media following (big or small), you can bet that 1 out of 30 followers will buy your book.

But what happens when your audience slows to grow, and even though I know this is a completely abnormal situation, but what if you can’t travel to events or there are no events going on for you to hustle your book at? How can you possibly grow your audience?

Enter lesson 201. What I’ve learned since I first published my book in 2015, is that if you keep pushing the same book and your audience doesn’t grow, your following will plateau and interest will dim. But before the light completely goes out, you can do one thing that will make the sunshine bright once more–write mo!

Mo Books, Mo Books, Mo!

I just released my fourth book, which is the second release this year, and I immediately saw my readership grow. Even though my following didn’t drastically change, it did increase and so new readers took a chance on me because my old readers were excited to share my new books with their audience.

Of course there are other factors that play a part; make sure you have reviews for your current book(s), stay active with you audience, write or do anything that pertains to your writing career whether it’s blogging, vlogging or joining TikTok. But keeping things completely transparent, I knew this step was essential years ago, like literally the third year that I pushed the same two books.

What kept me from dropping more books faster? Answer: Excuses. “I don’t have enough time to write,” or “it needs to be perfect” were my favorite excuses but the latter was the greatest one of all.

Trust in the process and instead of looking for perfection, write toward passion. Write a story that makes you feel something and trust that even though a comma is out of place or maybe the a sentence is a run on that the editor will catch it.

Write and then release and then do it again.

I’m thankful that I can now open a bookstore online with Square and have several options for readers. I’ll share how that goes too because I’m testing it to see if managing my own store is worth the work or if I should just stick with the mass-producing book retailers.

Now Open!