Build It

Your platform that is. One of the hardest things for an independent writer to do is to build a good reader base. In a nutshell, it takes hard work, perseverance, determination and patience. I’ll be the first to admit that it can be overwhelming at times, but don’t be so quick to get discouraged. I can tell you from my personal experience that if you keep at it, your efforts will pay off in time. You can’t be afraid to put yourself out there because if you think developing a large reader base will happen on its own, you are sadly mistaken.

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One thing that has been a big help to me is reaching out to well-respected book bloggers. If you are an independent writer, this is a definite must because a well-respected book blogger can get your book into the hands of many readers. I can’t tell you how many guest posts and blog interviews I’ve done in the past few weeks after I was able to convince several book bloggers to read my first novel series The Chronicles of Neffie. It’s a wonderful feeling to get an email from a book blogger inquiring if I will be willing to do a guest post or a blog interview after they read The Chronicles of Neffie. There is not enough words for me to describe the feeling that I get.

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Seeing how book bloggers are very busy themselves, I understand that it may take a few weeks for them to blog about my book, but I know like most writers that the wait is going to be worth it! Well-respected book bloggers hold a lot of weight in the book industry and they are sought after by both published and self-published authors. The ebook sales for The Chronicles of Neffie has been great thus far and it’s going steady. I couldn’t be more happier because my ebook is what I wanted promote first. I have several guest posts that are also pending in the next coming weeks and I’m excited and honored to be able to take part in such a wonderful opportunity.

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If you are an independent writer, I urge you to write that amazing story of yours! Don’t you stop at nothing when it comes to getting that book of yours into the hands of many readers. Look at it this way, when you query a well-respected book blogger, they can say one of two things, ‘Yes‘ or ‘No‘. If one says ‘No‘, you move on to the next one. Eventually someone will give you a chance and who knows, you may get more than one to agree to review your book. How do I know? Well, I’m speaking from experience. Believe in yourself and your writing and don’t let anyone stop you, discourage you or get in your way.

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Until next time…

Neffie’s Grip

Getting a well-respected Book Blogger to review your book can be a tedious process. Why? Because they are bombarded with book review requests daily. Some Book Bloggers get review requests from both published and self-published authors which is why many are understandably super busy.

If you happen to get just one well-respected Book Blogger to agree to review your book, you’ve made some good headway in getting more readers introduced to both you as an author and your book(s). I received an email back from one of them yesterday. Imagine my surprise when I saw the following message yesterday morning:

You have no idea how that email made me feel. Neffie is a representation of all the strong women who came before me and I wanted to tell her story. To see readers become enamored with her is a very rewarding feeling. And yes, I will be sharing my interview and guest post when the time comes.

Neffie, you sure know how to hold onto a reader and just think, this is only the first novel series. As The Chronicles of Neffie ebook continues to remain in several top 100 categories on Amazon, my heart continues to overflow with joy. Saturday she was at #2 again in one category in ebooks and last night she was at #5. The ebook sales have been great!

When it comes to Neffie, you can’t help but to love her and maybe even hate her a little, yet her strength, honesty and courage is something to admire. I was asked if I would have an artistic portrait made of her since a lot of readers want to know what she may have looked like. Who knows? I just might. I just might…

Until next time…

Here it is!

Hellooooooo and Good Evening everyone! How’s everyone doing this Thursday? I hope that each of you are doing well! As promised, I’m going to post a digital link to my full Midwest Book Review for their February publication! I’m so excited. I got some stiff competition, but I’m loving it! Can you believe I have close to 100 reviews on Goodreads?! Tomorrow will be one week since it’s release!

Today has really been a good day for me because my own review was sent to Cengage Learning today! I’m honored that both teens and adults are buying The Chronicles of Neffie. You can read my full review here. Have you snagged your copy?

Until next time, keep being awesome!

Sedelia Of Poka City Blues

Sedelia, the sassy main character in Poka City Blues, is a quick-witted woman who is very straightforward in her delivery. Sedelia does not believe in tiptoeing around touchy issues since “sugarcoating” things have never been her style, and she does not mind pushing the envelope when discussing topics such as racism and discrimination. Some readers may find Sedelia’s way of delivery as unconventional or terse, but that is the way she has lived most of her life. Although she can be quite facetious at times, Sedelia has always marched to the beat of her own drum.

Now Available on Amazon!
Now Available on Amazon!

To download follow the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V3MD4FM

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!

To download click this link –> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V3MD4FM

Poka City: A Tale Of The Deep South

The South, specifically the Deep South has a long standing history of racism, discrimination, and hate. It comes as no surprise that the states with the most violent history of those three horrible acts include Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Now that is not to say that racism is only found in the four states that I just mentioned or that racism, discrimination or hate is found only in the South. Truth be told, racism, discrimination, and hate is everywhere; it just happens to be more prevalent here in the South. Poka City Blues touches on racism and discrimination while also recognizing the individuals who had the courage to rise above the racial hatred and to see beyond a person’s skin color. Everything does not always have to be seen as black and white because there is beauty in every color, hue or tone. If everything were in black and white, the world in my opinion would be plain and boring.

To download your copy of Poka City Blues follow the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V3MD4FM

Now Available on Amazon!
Now Available on Amazon!