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5 Years Later, 5 Things I’ve Learned.

Hi there!

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.

5Years In Publishing

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Have you read my titles? Check them out here

Keep walking in the direction of your dream. It might not be writing but whatever it is, keep at it. Good things take time.

Peace & Blessing,

Unoma

 

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I Even Forgot To Title It…

Remember I talked about the whirlwind in a previous post? Now I’m going to give you an update on what has been going on so you too will be in the know.

 

 

 

First thing is first, I’m in Lagos, Nigeria. The reason for my visit apart from seeing family and friends is the premiere of my movie #TemptingFate. My husband wrote & directed the movie I worked as a producer…I earned that title..LOL. The movie will show in Nigerian theaters nationwide on July 17th. If you are in Nigeria, make it a date.

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On the 12th of July at 2pm, I’ll be signing and reading from my books at Patabah bookstore Off Adeniran Ogunsanya in Suru Lere Lagos. I really hope to meet my Nigerian readers there. Prizes and surprise guest will be there..:-)

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Now onto publishing news….drum roll please, giving thanks to God,  I’m now signed to Brown Girls Publishing under the Brown Girl Faith imprint. yay! My own publishing company, KevStel Publications is still alive and the Sons of Ishmael series and others stories will be published under it…but Final Ultimatum which is the sequel to The Christmas Ultimatum will be published under BGF in the Spring of 2016! I’m excited to be on this new journey as a hybrid author.

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Speaking of Sons of Ishmael, Anchored By Love which is the second book in the series, is in the proof reading stage but I need to tighten up the end.It should be available for pre order late August hoping to release in October 2015.

Anchored by Love

Here is the synopsis:

One request changed everything forever…again

When Jabir Danjuma met Damisi Odinga years ago, it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight. However, their attraction can’t be denied. Just as he begins to feel the forbidden emotion, Damisi breaks up with him and moves half way across the world. Now, Damisi has a request that only Jabir could fulfill. Their encounter sets off a series of events that leave them both with fresh pain and hurt. They vow never to see each other again, but fate has a different idea. Will they stick it out long enough for the Potter to perfect their scars and pain for His purpose or will distance and time steal the day.

 

I  shared the first chapter of the book with my newsletter subscribers last month and I’ll share more chapters soon, to get it sign up here

Lastly, I’d like to announce that my books are now available on Jumai Nigeria online. If you’re in Nigeria, you can now order from Jumai and it gets shipped to you anywhere in the country.

I’d like to say thank you for your support of my work. I couldn’t do this without you, sounds like cliche but it is so so true.

Be Blessed.

Unoma

PS: This post went on for weeks without a title…hence the title