“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.
In a Forbes article from 2013, it was estimated that somewhere between 600,000 to one million books are published each year. Each year. When you decide to pour your heart and soul into a book, it does not mean that anyone will care. Unfortunately. That’s not to discourage you, it’s to first just help you to be realistic. Now with that out of the way, I want to get you to truly realize that building your concept is hella important.
The blog to book pipeline has become a gateway for success for many independent authors. Through building online platforms first, writers have the opportunity to release their books independently to a ready and waiting audience. Tyece Wilkins did just that with her award-winning blog, Twenties Unscripted.
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.
I looked up the job of a publishing company and realized that their job is every single thing that I’ve done for myself for the release of my first two books. On a much larger and efficient scale of course but stay with me. Being an independent author is no easy feat. It can seem like a glamorous thing to release a book, but the reality is that it takes a lot of work if people will ever know that it exists.
What some of you may not know about me is that my journey in blogging honestly started from my work in the music industry. I know, weird right? But let me explain. I started college as a journalism major but decided that news sucked and I wanted to write about something more exciting, cue songwriting. Lol. I just randomly decided that I wanted to write songs and so I switched schools and majors to Broadcast, Telecommunications, and Mass Media which somehow held a music industry track and the rest was history. Why I am no longer in hot pursuit of a songwriting career is because at some point you come to a crossroads where you have to either get better or quit.