Back when I first discussed my goal of full-time authorship (and again when I reflected on my first full year as a published author), a few readers expressed interest in learning more about my plan to become a full-time author. In short, I’ve had to realize that, if I want writing to be my job, I have to think of it like a business. This mindset shift marked a huge evolution in my writing life, and I’ve done my best to outline my thinking process in the article that follows.
First, I want to make a few disclaimers:
1. I am not an accountant or financial adviser. All advice given should be taken (preferably to a professional) with a grain of salt.
2. This post is meant for authors who want to make a full-time career in independent publishing.
3. This post is written in first-person, because it is…
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It’s here again, that somber, dark, short month where the world outside is dismal. As usual, I plan to use this month’s reading to keep the fires burning in my mind and heart by focusing exclusively on works by black Americans. Here is what is on the queue for this month’s reads and reviews. What are you reading?
By: Marilyn L. Davis
We want to promote your book and we don’t expect you to pay us. How’s that for straightforward information?
We know what it’s like to sit and write and wonder if anyone will read our creative efforts. We know what it’s like to be a fern at the bottom of the redwood forest. But through hard work, good writing, and social media shares, we attracted readers, followers, and the attention of other sites. In fact, we made The Write Life’s list of top 100 writing sites in 2016, and we’re one of their eleven sited writing communities for 2017. We also made Positive Writer’s top 50 in 2017.
Those awards certainly mean something to us and about us. But just as importantly, they mean that we have credibility in the writing world, which can translate to exposure for you.
Because we wanted to…
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If my memoirs were only a capture of the facts and events as they’ve happened, I’d be able to publish one on my books this year and likely the other one next year.
But writing memoir is not about just chronicling facts and events. Writing memoir is about recalling and interpreting facts and events into something meaningful.
Yes, the events of our lives happened. BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
“What it means” is the whole point of writing memoir. For many of us who write or read memoirs, it is what drives us to write our own and to voraciously read someone else’s. We don’t want to regurgitate the facts or read someone else’s regurgitated facts. We want to piece together the clues of our own lives and determine what it all means. We want to read someone else’s clues and see what they believe it all means compared…
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Among those who write about abuse, many are quick to label those who have experienced abuse as “survivors.” The term is meant to be empowering, reminding people of how far they have co…
(Top Row, L-to-R): Dr. Carliss R. McGhee, Dr. Francene Breakfield; (Middle Row, L-to-R): Dr. Victoria M. Ruffin, Victoria C. Murray; (Bottom Row; L-to-R): L.D. Wells, Particia J. Thurmond
The Inglewood Alumnae Chapter (IAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is excited to host Delta Authors on Tour in the Farwest Region on Saturday, February 4th, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at The Museum of African American Art at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The Museum is located at 4005 Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles on Macy’s 3rdFloor. This event is free and open to the public.
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1. Keep a list of blog post ideas. Whenever an idea for a great blog post strikes you, be sure to write it down immediately. It could be just seconds before it’s gone again. This way, whenever you’re running low on inspiration, you have your blog topic list to fall back on.