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Indie Author Guide


Ever since I published my first book in 2012, I have been asked how I did it, along with many other questions that I feel I have enough to fill a book. Most of the questions are usually the same ones that I am asked repeatedly. I try my best to answer each one and at times I feel like I’m leaving something out.

I want budding authors to strive in this business, as being an author is a business. It’s how we earn an income. Some authors earn a lot more than others but I don’t want to keep aspiring authors from learning their craft to where they can’t make a living. I want to help them become successful.

I have decided to take these questions and answer them by writing a book. Not only do I answer their questions, in length, I added a plethora of other useful tips and tidbits that they should know to help them in building and marketing their brand. Though it’s a guide on how to become an indie author, I do write a little about what to expect in the traditional publishing side of becoming an author.

Indie Author Guide

Though I don’t have an exact date set for when it will be published, I do know it will be out sometime next Spring.

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My first book reading


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Yesterday I got the opportunity to read to a wonderful group of kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Bryant. I started out asking a the question, “Where do you think goldfish comes from?” I had a lot of wonderful answers including, the ocean, the river, the pond. My favorite answer had me laughing, “The pet store!” My book goes to show that every child has a different thought as to where goldfish comes from.

They were a very tentative group, with many brilliant questions. They each truly enjoyed the book and the colorful pictures that it entailed. After I was finished reading they asked a few questions about the book and being an author, then they thanked me as they had to go on to another project.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading to them. It’s the reason why I wanted to write and publish a children’s book, to do something for children. I love kids and I especially love mine. What a wonderful day it was and I look forward to the next opportunity I get to do it again.

Busy mommy


People have asked me and continue to ask me, ‘how do you do it?’

I’m a single mom to a two year girl, I attend college full time, and I write (books). That isn’t including the things around the house mind you and the errands. I just respond with a shrug and say ‘I dunno, I just do it.’

‘But when do you have time for yourself?’

Now this is the part where I’m dying laughing inside, thinking, what are you kidding me? Time to myself? That went out the window running. I calmly reply, ‘I simply don’t have time to myself.’

School will be starting soon and my daughter will be going to daycare for the first time. It was hard on me taking care of her while trying to get homework done as most of it had to be completed on computer; I spent way too much time on the computer than I wanted to. This time around I’m hoping that doesn’t happen. I guess I’ll find out.

It is pretty tough though, raising a child on my own, but I’m doing it. Not long ago I messed up my back, so I have the pain to deal with. Then a few months after I had my daughter I started working out and slipped a disk; more back pain. But I’m not trying to complain, I’ve actually come to realize that chronic back pain will forever be a part of my life.

When school semester finished this past May, I set two goals for myself. One, publish a children’s book and two, finish the young adult novel I’ve been writing. I’ve actually accomplished the first goal. My children’s book is in publication and will be on the market this winter. And as for the novel, well, I started working on it two years ago. I ended up putting it aside when my grandfather became ill, then passed away. It was several months before I picked it up again, only to put it aside for school. It wasn’t until two semesters had passed until I picked it up again. The words started to flow and soon there was a new character and a better plot. I finally surpassed 25,000 words and continued to keep writing. Though my manuscript is bare bones, I only wish to get the storyline out, then go back and fill in the rest later.

I have over a month left before fall semester begins. I feel proud of myself for having written as much as I have, though almost half of the novel was already written. So, have I accomplished that second goal? Not yet. Summer isn’t over. I have one month and one week. I’ve spent many nights staying up in the wee hours trying to finish the last bit of homework, I’m sure I can do the same to finish up the last bit of this novel.

JA