“I am an amazing person.” It was one of the most striking things that author, app-developer and entrepreneur Vaughn Dabney said to me during our conversation. It was assured, confident, and rolled off the tongue. Not in any way arrogant, but inspiring for someone that so often is her own worst critic. I wanted to repeat it. I wanted to remind myself. Filled with many more gems during our talk, I appreciated his candidness, his sense of adventure, and his simple yet targeted approach to releasing his first book, “Finding One.”
The best way to understand great storytelling is to think about the stories that have intrigued you over the years. What stuck out to you? What is it about the stories that you enjoy? Compiling my own notes and with some research, here are a few things that stick out to me about creating compelling stories.
Last year, I connected with Leah Grey about writing a guest post for WriteLaughDream.com. Grey, the wife of a recovering addict, wrote an amazing post entitled “How Not to Give Up on Your Marriage.” Still, a post that is shared and read often to this day, Grey has a powerful message of healing, redemption, and family in regard to addiction and recovery. It’s her ministry and has undoubtedly impacted the lives of so many across the country.
It’s hard to assume that people are going to buy your book if no one knows who you are. That is honestly simple math.
Funny enough, I barely had a platform when I released my first book. But I was able to pull on my network. That meant family, friends, and the few blog readers I had at the time. Even with as much as my audience has grown, there is still work to do.
Monthly I participate in a Mastermind Call with some of the most phenomenal women that I have met on the interwebs. Getting close to a year in, it has already yielded some amazing results not just in things that we have accomplished but in the sense of community and support it has created. Many, if not all of us are writers, and this idea of self-publishing came up in which one of the women said something that we all had to nod profusely to. “I am not a self-published author but an author that’s self-published.”
When I first decided that I was going to self-publish my book, it was one in the face of rejection from sending my book proposal to agents and publishing companies. Then two I only had the the name of a self-publishing service, Createspace and I had to go from there. I had NO IDEA what I was doing. HAHA. It was through the encouragement of a friend, Alex Elle, that I actually decided to step out and do it myself.
When I met my now fiancé, I was actually an aspiring songwriter and I remember him saying to me, you are going to write books someday. I laughed because I always felt that in my heart as a child too but here I was pursuing a slightly different path. When I was young, I remember trying to read “Fly Girl” and thinking, I could write better than this. (Sorry no offense to Omar Tyree, I was young and just felt if he could do it I could do it.) I never did finish that and hear it’s a hood classic. But I digress. I was an avid reader and knew that one day, I too wanted my words to be able to affect people, and I just didn’t quite know how it would manifest.