Well, today, seven years ago, I released my first book An Unexpected Blessing. I was so cared but the book did amazingly well. It was even featured in the USA Today HEA blog. My debut! You can find Alex & Fera’s story on Amazon. For the rest of the month, it is FREE on KU
I haven’t be able to stop ever since. Believe me I’ve wanted to. Especially last weekend when I almost threw my whole laptop and writing career away. Yet I press on. Sharing the things dearest to me: my faith, my culture and that swoony happily ever after.
I want to thank everyone who has stuck with me from the first day and those who have come along from the ride since then. I also bless my Father & King, the One who gave me my gift and because of His grace alone…I am what I am.
I’ve had this blog since 2011, but I’ve been blogging since 2009. What happened in between? Well let’s just say I forgot that small little detail of backing up my stuff.
I love pouring out my thoughts. I love pouring out words of transparency laced in encouragement. I truly believe that I help someone that way. Who? I may never know, but along the way, I’ve gotten quite a number of emails. I didn’t blog much in the last two years.
2018 was a year in the dumps for me…everything that could go wrong did. That at all doesn’t mean there wasn’t anything to be grateful for. 2019 was a year of digging myself out of the pits and maintaining. Rough but still there was a lot to be thankful for.
The year, 2019, seemed to be a blur but I remember two very distint things.
1. I released two books last year, both where awarded the Award of Excellence from Romance In Color. That was a huge confidence booster as a hadnt written in about 18months. Although sales from both books could be better. My loyal readers enjoyed both stories.
2. I was freed from the bondage of Cooperate America….LOL. It was once my dream job but those can turn into nightmares after a while. All in all I’m thankful of the 13 year run.
So what does this year hold especially in regards to my books? I really don’t know. I’ve decided to be more fluid with my plans. Transparent moment?…The readership seems to be dwindling for black Christian fiction. It’s discouraging and eye opening. Those who release often are most likely signed to a big publishing deal. Indies, like myself that depend on readers are not making returns. So do we quit or do we release sparingly as the market dictates?
I know I won’t stop but strategy will change some. What I do know for sure…God willing
Ether Mustafa or Adeniyi from A Promise Fulfilled will get their story told this year.
I’ll release a couple of shorts stories between 35 and 90 pages long. Some will be of new couples, some of old couples you love. I rereleased Full Circle yesterday…check it out https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083DCK456
I’ll start blogging again.
My active newsletter subscribers will know everything about release or changes FIRST, then my blog, then my group.
That’s all from me for now. I do wanna say …thank you again for being my my side.
Today is my fifth anniversary in publishing. In addition to being thankful for you coming on this journey with me, I want to share 3 things I have learned along the way as a published author.
First of all, I want you to know that I still consider myself a new author, but this journey has taught me a thing or two. I can share the glamour of holding your baby in your hand. Or yes it is glamorous, for me at least. But I want to share with you my transparent truth, it just might be yours as well.
Let your voice come naturally to you. I had to start with this because one of the things that stopped me in the beginning was I told myself I’d never sound as great as those who I’ve admired for years. Well, I was right, they are them and I am me. When God made each and everyone of us, He broke the mold, figuratively of course 🙂 So instead of trying to copy someone’s voice, hone the one that God gave you.
The passion for your story will dwindle: The thrill of a new idea is always exciting. I have woken up many nights so excited. But as time goes on, the allure of these characters dwindle under the craft. The number one thing I do is to step back and let the characters loose. One of the reasons the passion may dwindle is the characters aren’t doing what I told them to do…free them but don’t throw away the story. You can’t fix a blank page.
You will not feel like writing every day…and guess what? You don’t have to. I know you see those quotes all the time about “write everyday”, “a writer should be writing” while true, that’s an enormous amount of pressure. I do not write everyday, but I also don’t write only when I feel like either. I set goals for releasing a book and follow my word count action plan to get it done.
Growing a platform takes time. It will not explode overnight. That’s just not how it works. You have to post consistently. You have to put up valuable content. You have to make an effort to build your platform every single day. But don’t be so busy looking for the masses that you forget those that are with you now. Nurture them and they will help you spread the word. I LOVE MY AFRO LUV BUGS, they are my rock readers and I’m so grateful to them.
Writing/Authorship/Publishing are three very different things. Be clear about what you’re doing and who you are. Publishing is a business and should be treated as such.