Finally, August 2016 I published my book “W” on Draft2Digital.com. I sat down, pregnant and all, every work day and made sure to get all the love, hormones, tears, and sexual impulses down on each page of the short story. As I finished the manuscript, I felt immediately accomplished. I was elated to have finally finished my first work in which I’d publish. I’d written plenty of full-length novels but never published them out of fear. Twenty-six just felt right, and I wanted to complete a goal in order to explain to my daughter that following your dreams is possible.
I researched and researched to find the perfect platform. I didn’t have much money, I had to budget what I could, but that didn’t stop me. I found the site that was right for me! It offered a free ISBN number, didn’t take too much money from my royalties, and had by far the easiest instructions. I hired an English teacher to edit my book (HIRE AN EDITOR), and got my cover designed. I was on my way, or so I thought.
Everything had been planned, and yet as a published author I still feel I must learn something new every day in order to make daily book orders. One thing I found out for sure is publishing a book is an Every day hustle. I figured out that my book was my brand, it was my baby, BUT I needed to LEARN more.
Here are a few things that I learned:
- Be creative with advertisement- Be sure to always try new things, try new applications to create images, use quotes, do virtual book reads, videos, and guest blog. It’s a MUST.
- Allow other people to help you because you do not know everything.
- Monitor all social media and make sure everything remains positive.
- Read positive books and set goals for each month.
- Network, network, and join like-minded network teams and groups.
I figure, what’s the worst that can happen by reaching out to other writers, reading more informational and motivational books, and attacking your goals with a plan! Those tactics actually work; I learned to depend on networks to guide me and to ASK. People don’t like to inquire, but you must. I love being an author, and I am still learning how to successfully market myself and my book. It’s a learning process that is frustrating, but ultimately enjoyable.
My name is Jasmine Jackson, and I am a published author who is still learning, working, and building a literary legacy. I assure you if I can do it, so can you! Next time, I’ll have a better network, more information, and a bomb editor.
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