Thanks so much Rachel for having me. Head on over to Rachel’s amazing blog for my latest interview. Also, don’t forget to follow her blog 🙂
I’m happy to welcome author Yecheilyah Ysrayl to my blog.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Thank you, Rachel, for having me. My name is Yecheilyah (pronounced e-see-lee-yah) Ysrayl known to most as EC. I’m a native of Chicago and have been writing since I was twelve years old. I’ve been publishing my work now for about ten years. I am passionate about black history which is funny because I was never a history buff in school. But I enjoy reading and learning about the history of my people. I love sitting at the knees of elders and hearing stories of life back before I existed. So naturally, I got into writing about us just the same. Toni Morrison said that if there’s a book that you want to read that hasn’t been written yet then you must write it and that’s exactly what I do, though not…
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Let’s do this!
Announcing the July 2017
Word Weaver Writing Contest!
Enter your amazing piece of writing! We have over $400 of valuable prize packages!
YOU will have the month of July to enter an amazing piece of your own writing to our contest.
Here’s what you do:
Uh, enter a piece of your writing in the contest. I thought that was obvious.
Here’s what you GET:
The FIRST PLACE Winner will receive THIS prize package:
Cover Design & Publishing Package from Award Winning Moyhill Publishing (www.Moyhill.com)
- This insanely great package includes
- COVER DESIGN and EBOOK FORMATTING for your edited book
- PROOFREADING and up to two electronic proofs with changes if needed
- MARKETING COVERS (larger formats) for Amazon and Smashwords.
- PROMOTION for the book placement on the shelves of the Moyhill virtual bookstore.
- YOUR BOOK GETS FOUR WEEKS AS A PINNED TWEET to over 20,000 followers from Sally Cronin’sSmorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore account.
- This insanely great package includes
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Authors! Don would like your feedback! Check out this post.
“This post calls out to those of you that are authors. I’m trying to open a dialogue and share my experiences in an effort to see if we have a commonality in our goals and how we get there.”
This post calls out to those of you that are authors. I’m trying to open a dialogue and share my experiences in an effort to see if we have a commonality in our goals and how we get there. I am always torn on this blog to identify as an author who is selling books. That’s why I started it, but it has evolved into something much more.
I am someone that is extremely reluctant to blow my own horn. Building myself up is not one of my strong points. In fact, people who know me will tell you that I am the first to put myself down in order to diffuse others’ attempts to do so.
This past April marks three years since I jumped feet first into the self-publishing arena. Has it been all rainbows and unicorns? Not exactly. Have there been times when I’ve given up hope…
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Its the final countdown! Don’t miss out. Meet me in person at The Tampa Indie Author Book Convention this summer. Spread the word! Why am I shouting? ! Because its exciting! Lol.
by Kyle Perkins
A little back story about the convention, as well as Virginia Johnson and I. In January of 2016, I became an author, and shortly after, Virginia became my PA. So, we had to navigate the indie world together, like two baby deer learning to walk. At first, like all people getting into this business, we were super optimistic. Who wouldn’t be? I published a book. Not many people can say that they have the patience for that. Writing a book is a big deal, it’s sharing a piece of your soul with the world, and asking the world to judge it. We have always received great feedback on our work, and grew to love the community…
Then, we started learning of the inherent flaws in a predominantly online business. Setting aside catfishing models, shady PAs, and plagiarism, we noticed a huge problem within our community. It was…
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A vision board! I love it. What a creative way to manifest your goals. (Yall know I’m always about action). Remember, a dream is a dream. Action makes it a reality. Wake up from your dreams and live your purpose!
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What better way to make your dreams come true than by putting a plan in place to make them a reality?! Everyone has dreams inside whether you write them down, say them aloud, or think them and let them fade away. I’ve often taped pictures of things that I want to the wall with motivational quotes and affirmations scattered to keep me focused. Thanks to next week’s assignment I have to turn for my Life Coaching course, I’m putting together a vision board.
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Don gives some excellent advice here!
This post may go against the idealist author’s idea of what sells books. As someone who has had varying levels of success, I now have a large enough sample size that I can tell you what I have observed with regard to what attracts readers to Indie Authors and their work.
The most important factor in the success of a book is the author’s group of followers. This is typically measured not by how many likes you have on your Facebook author page or by how many Twitter followers you have. This following is generated by getting people to subscribe to your content, typically through the creation of a mailing list.
At first I thought the idea of cultivating and maintaining an email list was outdated and cumbersome. I’ve since found that neither one is true. An email list is a group that can help you evaluate your ideas. It’s…
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