Can you believe it? This has been a long time coming! It just seems so surreal to me! I am about to order another shipment of Poka City Blues to have in stock so that I can get this story in the hands of readers as quickly as possible when they order online. Seeing how April 28th is soon to be here, I want to make sure that I have plenty of books available on hand to ship out once that day arrives.
My fingers are going to be a bit achy for the next week and a half since I will be busy writing inspirational messages in each copy, but it is going to be worth it. Never would I have dreamed the number of readers who requested a paperback version of this story. It is all thanks to a few contests (where I came close to winning) and of course, literary reviews. Poka City Blues would have remained an Ebook if it was not for the number of paperback requests.
For the independent writers out there, do not become discouraged if your Ebooks have not sold a lot of copies. Poka City Blues only sold a couple thousand as an Ebook and that is the honest truth. After entering a few contests and submitting it for literary reviews, a whole new world of readers became interested in it and soon started to request paperback copies. Silly me assumed most readers loved Ebooks because we are in the “age of technology.” That is so far from the truth. The fact is the MAJORITY of readers prefer reading a story in an actual book versus on a tablet or iPad. Makes sense if you really think about it.
As you can see, I am really working hard to get this amazing story out there and as a token of my appreciation, I am going to give away five FREE copies. Stay tuned because next week I will post how you can enter to win your own copy of Poka City Blues valued at $21.95. What is next on my book list to offer in print form? Well, for that you will have to wait and see. I am taking it one book at a time.
Have a wonderful day everybody and may all your dreams and aspirations come true. I am rooting for you! You got this!!
Until next time…
You see that date? That is the day when avid readers and book lovers alike will be able to purchase my books online. Seeing how I am spearheading this on my own, I want to make sure that I am doing everything right. The last thing I need is the IRS coming after me LOL! There is quite a bit of work and paperwork that goes into selling books online and I want to make sure that I am handling everything correctly.
At this time, I would like to thank you all for being so patient, understanding and supportive of me. I am working hard to offer quality books to readers who appreciate my unconventional writing style and my off the wall banters. For the last couple of weeks (when I have been feeling up to it), I have been on the road meeting up with readers here locally and those who live a few hours away to deliver copies of Poka City Blues to anxious readers. I have the Square App and card reader on my tablet which makes it easy for me to do my book transactions when I meet up with groups of people. Let me tell you, Square has really been a lifesaver.
On a side note, I received this wonderful email below this morning from Reader’s Favorite. I wanted to share it with you because emails like this motivates me even more to get my books out there to other readers. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Reader’s Favorite, they are a really big deal when it comes to books and reviews.
So hang on, April 28th will be here before you know it. Until then, I will be keeping you entertained with my blog posts and more rhyming short stories. Once again, thank you for your support and your patience. It is my hope that I can continue to be an inspiration to you and many more.
Until next time…
It is amazing how some writers will go above and beyond to show their support for other writers. I know this is something that I do regularly because in general, I like to cheer people on. Especially if it is for the greater good.
Today, I was personally touched when I saw the love and support from other fellow writers on Instagram. Just to see other people cheer me on touched my heart and it came pretty close to moving me to tears. I have always said that writing gives me the opportunity to express my feelings, my thoughts and my earnest desire to inspire others. Writing is not something that I take lightly nor is it something I take for granted.
To all you readers, writers, bloggers and poets, please know that I am very thankful and grateful for your support. I love opening my emails and reading responses from you. Not only that, I enjoy reading the wonderful comments you sometimes leave on my blog posts. You may not realize it, but that truly means a lot to me as a writer. It is my hope that I can continue to be an inspiration to you and many more. May all your dreams and aspirations come true.
Until next time…
It’s official folks! Poka City Blues is now properly copyrighted for sale in paperback! Can you believe it?! I never thought I would see this day seeing how I ran into so many hiccups and roadblocks along the way. Since I unwrapped this book this evening, I cannot stop smiling and looking at it. I am getting this warm fuzzy feeling inside and I do not want that feeling to ever end!
After being hit with an illness last week, this is a pretty sweet way to start off my week. I am on cloud nine and I feel great! Soon, I will be offering readers a chance to purchase their own copy from yours truly until Poka City Blues makes it way to a store near you. Each copy I sell will contain a personal handwritten message from me along with a unique momemto. You know me, I have to do things differently or else it would not be worth doing. Stay tuned for a chance to win your own copy of Poka City Blues and how you can soon purchase your own copy here, on my blog.
Time to do a little celebrating Bollywood style. This is worth celebrating because this has been a long time coming!
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It has been said that writing is one of the greatest gifts. If we really think about it, it is. Think of your favorite magazine, journal, television show or movie. Someone had to sit down and write it. It takes an amazing imagination and a passion for writing to develop articles, books, television shows and movies that captivate the minds and hearts of people. Are you not glad that someone took the time to pen your favorite book, magazine, television show or movie? I know I am.
Sometimes writers are advised to pick and choose what they write about carefully. I experienced that myself when I embarked on my writing journey to land a literary agent. In so many words I was advised to “pretty up” Poka City Blues, but that was something I refused to do. Some of the most memorable books and movies of all time were once bucked against because the subject matter or material was deemed “too sensitive” for major audiences. For example, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.
In the end, every writer has a choice to write about what he or she deems as important or worthy to be written. That is the beautiful thing about writers. We all have our own niche and writing style. Regardless of what you choose to pen or write, just know that there are readers out there who will appreciate and be inspired by what you have written. Write what suits you, but most importantly, write what moves you. When you write from the heart, you can rest assured that your material is coming from the right place.
Until next time…
Yes, those words describe my next literary work perfectly. I’m about to embark on writing my second novel and I can’t wait to start on it. Once again I’m drawing inspiration from within my own family to craft another unconventional and inspiring story.
It took several months for my next novel idea to take shape, but that doesn’t bother me one bit. I don’t like to force an idea for writing, I’d much rather it come to me on its own. If you ask me, it’s much better that way. Once I decide on my next novel’s title, I’m going to post it here. My titles, like with anything I write, has to be different. Any other way just wouldn’t be right or acceptable to me.
I’m also brainstorming different book covers as well. It’s very important to me that my book covers reflect what my stories are about. To me, that just makes sense. I anticipate my second novel’s release mid January or February of 2018. Are you ready? I know I am. This is going to be fun!! Stay tuned for updates, giveaways and teasers.
Until next time…
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…