What was the hardest thing about self-publishing the first edition?


Editing: I ordered 7 proofs before the book went live and still missed so many mistake. It helps to have a second pair of eyes. Have a trusted friend(s) or beta readers to look over your work. If you can afford it, hire an editor.

Sales: I was initially concerned about sales. I sold 1 copy the first month. I didn’t break sell over 100 copies until the 6th month. You must exercise some patience. If your passion for sales outweighs your passion for your craft, you’re probably in the wrong profession.

Marketing: There were times I felt like I was shouting into the abyss for someone to buy my book. That my book was in the sea of other books and would never get noticed. Again, patience is key.





How did you self-publish the first edition of your book?


I went through Createspace. They guide you through each step.  If you’re ever stumped, there are articles online and tutorials available on YouTube. You can also create paperbacks and
e-books through Kindle Direct Publishing. I did my book cover for free on canva.com. I hired a freelancer to do the illustration on fiverr.com. Both are great sites if you’re on a tight budget.  

How do you market your book?

Running Facebook and Instagram ad promotions from time to time. Generating book buzz by doing giveaways on Goodreads. Networking with other writers and building relationships with readers. Using keywords in createspace & KDP that were relative to my book. Creating websites and social media pages.


Who are your favorite poets?


​I'm very fond of poetry and have so many faves. My top 5 are Lucille Clifton, Ocean Vuong, Pablo Neruda, Nayyirah Waheed, and Warsan Shire. 


Did Andrews McMeel reach out to you to republish your book?

I submitted a book proposal to them. I heard back in a few weeks and the rest is history! 





WRITER

What inspires your writing? 

I draw from my personal experiences as a woman of color, trauma and mental illness survivor and hopeless romantic. Music also inspires me. 

What inspires your writing? 

I draw from my personal experiences as a woman of color, trauma and mental illness survivor and hopeless romantic. 


Any advice for new writers? 

My only advice is to do it! I wrote this book off and on since 2008. I walked it away from it because I doubted myself and was too afraid to publish. I was so worried about how others would perceive me. I returned to it in late 2014 because I saw that there was a market for it and decided to make my dreams come true. 


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