Let me introduce myself, my name is Donisha but I write under the pseudonym Queen G. I am 33 years old with two teenagers. I have enjoyed writing since I was 6 years old. My parents tell me that it came from my joy of talking and being nosy, lol.
I didn't really think of my writing as anything more than a hobby at first, a second maybe even third love. That was before I was diagnosed with Lupus though. When that diagnosis came I slipped into a depression that lead me back to reading.
I would go through 6-9 books a week. Then one day I just picked up my notebook and started writing. People would always ask me to read some, and when they did they would always ask for more. Once I was encouraged I continued to write.
My first book I published did alright in sales, but I know there is a misconception about authors; that we are rich or that everyone has formal training.
Another misconception is that everyone will enjoy your writing. It is important that you have a tough outer shell when getting into a business that deals with consumers because they can make your career or end it.
It is important that you build a strong following and that you interact with your readers through social media. Building those bonds will help you gain followers but those supporters will help promote your projects.
One of the hardest tasks to do as an author, self publishing, is to build up their brand. The positive to self publishing is you're keep the majority of your royalties to yourself.
The steps to being successful with self publishing are simple: make good connections with your readers, pay for an editor, promote relentlessly, and be willing to invest in your own craft.
Most authors get into the writing business and forget to have the passion that they initially start with. You can not do that in this profession because you only get back what you put into it.
Always remember that not everyone will enjoy your writing, but if it's your dream follow it and put your best foot forward.
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