03/18/2017

You see that date? That is the date of my FIRST author meet and greet!! After a copyright fiasco and a formatting issue, I am finally able to start scheduling author meet and greets. This has been a long time coming. I have heard many times that the hardest thing for an independent writer is getting your paperback book copyrighted, properly formatted and developing a loyal fan base. Now that I have the first two just about finished, I can focus more on the third one. 

My blog is slowly but surely attracting more readers who appreciate my no holds barred writing style and my candid approach on sensitive subject matter. For a while, it was just me and only me. That is no joke. I could not get a subscriber or follower to save my life in the beginning. Thankfully, that is no longer the case for BookingAnita. Anytime I receive a notification that someone has followed or subscribed to my blog, I get a little emotional on the inside. It is one of the best feelings in the world to me and it is a feeling that will never, ever get old. 

Columbus, Georgia I am on my way in a few weeks! I will be posting the location soon. If you happen to be in that area, I would love for you to stop by. If you hear loud boisterous laughter echoing in the air, then you know you are at the right place. Come join the crowd. You will not be disappointed in what this shameless quirky writer has to offer. What is better than a quirky writer? A quirky writer with an intense sense of humor. I am a firm believer that laughter is good for the soul. 

I will be posting pictures on my blog of all my author meet and greets as well as the locations. What I am looking forward to the most is taking selfies and exchanging hugs with readers. Man, just the thought of it warms my soul. 

Until next time… 

Today Is A Good Day! 

​Ahhhhhhh Shucky Ducky now!!! I am smiling from ear to ear. Why? Because I am getting closer and closer to my writing dreams. I had to wait almost two years for things to finally start lining up and I could not be more happier. Independent writers have to work twice as hard to prove they have what it takes to be a good writer. It is easy to feel the need to spend a whole lot of money to get yourself out there because you want to show the world what you got. Trust me I know the feeling, but sometimes you have to just wait and be patient. As hard as that may sound, it is the truth. 

I can remember wanting to spend a whole lot of money on marketing and book promotions, but I had to restrain myself because I knew that could possibly hurt me in the end. I have read heart breaking stories from published and self published authors who spent thousands and thousands of dollars on promoting and marketing their book with little to no results. I personally find that hurtful because I want everyone to be able to accomplish their goals and their dreams. 

Truth be told, I have spent less than three hundred dollars on marketing and promotions because I wanted to see how well Poka City Blues would do in book contests and competitions. The responses and critiques have been very positive which is why I am working so hard to make this ebook readily available in paperback. 

At the present moment, I have yet to spend anywhere near a thousand dollars. Every move I make is well thought out and planned. It may seem like I am at a standstill, but I am not. It is all about playing your cards right, being patient and never losing hope that what you have is  something wonderful to offer. 

I have other stories that I plan to get out there, but I am taking things one at a time. You may be thinking that two years is a long time to be holding out hope when it comes to my writing, but you are going to soon see that it was worth it! For all you struggling writers out there, do not become discouraged. Keep that head up and never stop writing!! 

I usually do not post silly selfies, but since I am in such a good mood, I am going to post one tonight! 

Alright, that is enough. Time to get back serious. 


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Until next time… 

I Didn’t Win But… 

​Losing is not a very good feeling. For some, it can be downright depressing. I for one do not like to lose, but there are sometimes in life when I do. A few months ago, my debut novel Poka City Blues was entered into the Writer’s Digest Ebook Awards. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Writer’s Digest, winning an award or receiving any type of accolades from them is a BIG deal. Writer’s Digest is almost like the Wall Street Journal of the literary world and it is a place that can seem daunting to an unknown author like myself. It is a good thing I am not intimidated easily.  

When my book was entered back in November, I knew I had a small chance of winning. A small part of me had hoped that I would win, but that was not the case here. Poka City Blues has come close to winning quite a few awards, but it has yet to snag one. When I received the email from Writer’s Digest informing me that I did not win, I will admit that I was a little bummed out at first. For a moment I started to question if I had what it takes to be a writer. However all that changed once I read their review. 

Just like any other book contest, everything is scaled. The higher the score the better. I had assumed that my scores must have been pretty low for me not to win. Oh how wrong was I! Seeing how I had to edit and format my book on my own (because I could not afford to pay a professional to do it), reading their review removed any doubt I had regarding my writing abilities.

Never in my life have I been so happy after losing! After reading a review such as that above, and that is just a small part of it, I have no doubt that Poka City Blues has a lot of merit. In the next coming weeks, I have an exciting announcement to make, but you will have to stay tuned to find out. Are you ready to order your own paperback copy? In a few more weeks you can. I recently encountered yet another setback, but I always find a way to get around them. Setbacks only motivate me to push harder. I was raised to smile in the face of obstacles. 

Until next time… 

What Defines A Successful Author?

What is your definition of a successful author? Is it one who has millions and millions of followers on social media? Is it one who has millions upon millions of dollars in their bank account? Is it one who is frequently in the media spotlight? Granted, some or all of those things combined can equate to a successful author, but I tend to see beyond that. In my personal opinion, authors who have accomplished some or all of those things should be commended because they have worked hard to get to where they are at. There are even some popular authors out there now who are doing exceptionally well despite some agencies not believing in them or their work.

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To me, a successful author is one who can touch hearts, open minds and generate a discussion whether it be in big or small numbers. I know that there are some authors who may feel like they are not successful because they are not in the media spotlight, have a huge bank account or have not made it onto a best-sellers list. As a debut author, I can truthfully say that I did not write my first novel to become rich or famous. I wrote my first novel because I have always enjoyed writing stories, and I wanted to see if I had it in me to write a compelling story that will touch the minds and hearts of my readers. It has been a little over a week since my debut novel was published, and I have garnered a few positive reviews.

Now Available on Amazon!
Now Available on Amazon!

Whether you are a published author backed by a literary agent or a self-published author like myself, if you sold a book or books, and it inspired a reader or readers in some way then you are a successful author. You may not have ranked highly on the sellers list or made it into the media spotlight, but at least you can take comfort in knowing that someone was inspired by the art of your storytelling and that your hard work and effort did not go to waste.

What I Have Learned As An Independent Author

I have learned a lot as an independent author and let me tell you, the experience has been one heck of a roller coaster ride. I started off writing my first novel Poka City Blues as a challenge to myself to see if I had what it took to not only pen a good story but also to be a good writer. After months of brainstorming, editing and proofreading (over and over until I was red in the eyes and blue in the face), I was finally able to self-publish my debut novel five days ago all thanks to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. To get my novel noticed as an independent author, I knew that I had a lot of work ahead of me. I did not have a literary agent to help build the anticipation of my debut novel, and I did not have a team of promoters to help me get the word out about my novel. So what did that mean for me? Well, that meant I had to find ways to spread the word about my novel, and I had to think of other ways to get my novel into the hands of many readers. Sounds like a lot of work, right? It is, but that is okay because I am used to getting things done on my own and getting things done the hard way. Nothing ever comes easy for me, but that is what pushes me and motivates me.

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I have to admit that I was hoping with everything inside of me that I was going to get thousands upon thousands of downloads the first day my novel was published on Amazon, but that was just wishful thinking. Success for an independent author like myself does not happen overnight, and that is what I had to keep in mind.  Just yesterday, my novel garnered a few downloads, and I cannot put into words how exciting it was for me to see that. One or two downloads may not sound like a lot, but to me as an independent author that is huge! I still have a lot of work ahead of me to get my novel “out there” but I have the drive and the determination to do it. If you believe in something that you feel deep down inside has the potential to do something great, stick with and see it through. Giving up is the worst thing you can do.

Now Available on Amazon!
Now Available on Amazon!

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