#WriterWednesday 16 Big Things From 2016

The end of the year always demands introspection and reflection, especially for me. As the year changes so does my age. I was blessed enough to be born on the last day of the year, so I am always looking back. 2016 was a bang up year for America– black men were killed at alarming rates, Trump was elected President, and many of the 80s and 70s’ pop icon that we grew up with passed away.

But we pressed on, at least I did. I didn’t do everything I set out to do, but 2016 was a break through year for me as an author. Check out the year in rewind and hopefully a literary jewel or two will trickle from this post into your lap.

  1. The very first reading I participated in was a paid reading and I sold books at the event. Could you imagine my shock, that I would be paid to read from my own book. Speeches I understand, but I never expected to be paid just to be just to read my work.

2. I started coaching authors. Some of my authors booked me to work on their writing and some of them booked me to teach them marketing strategies. Some of them listened and some of them didn’t. LOL.  In the end we both were stretched and grew. Wanna work with me too? To book your Publishing Pow-Wow today click here or click the photo below.

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3. I got a chance meet Kevin Powell. We were seated beside each other at the Black Book Fair. He bought a book and signed up for my mailing list. I don’t know if he read said book, but I was excited nonetheless for a potential new reader. As long as he has the book the possibility is there.

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Me and the legendary Kevin Powell
4. I became a staff writer for Memoirs of a Virtuous Woman. If you’re a Christian woman trying to live right and deal with real issues you need to pop over there. This position was a great win because someone that I worked with (Why did I type that past tense? Was that prophetic? I hope so.) someone that I work with was very adamant about me ditching Jesus and just writing for a secular platform. I said no and a month later I got this gig, which ultimately landed me in the Memoirs of a Virtuous Woman magazine as well. Whatever your convictions are hold onto them. 

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5. I met with a live bookclub here in New York City. Bookclubs are secret societies. The only way in is if you know somebody that knows somebody. Thankfully at my first reading of the year I met somebody who was a member of the Sugar and Spice bookclub. Many authors live off of bookclubs and as a new author while I recommend connecting with bookclubs invest your efforts in connecting with readers; they will always lead you to more readers whether they run in packs or not. 

 

6. I went to Chicago. I didn’t do anything touristy, but I totally and completely loved attending, Book It. I had such a great time I’m going back again in 2017 by God’s grace. I also had the opportunity to meet some readers whom I know and love online in the flesh. 


7. I finally learned how to properly promote my books and brand on Instagram. Yes, for real. I learned how to promote myself and my work and actually make sales. Want to learn as well? I wrote a book about it and taught a class on it make sure you grab each one Influence to Income Workbook and Influence to Income Video

8. I learned the power of going Live streaming. After teaching one class while Live streaming I booked a gig to teach a Smart Social Media Management class for authors.

 

9. I took the whole entire family to a book event. First of all the kids are already on the payroll, but we let the hubs tag along. We all made it out alive, so maybe just maybe I’ll let them join me on the road again.

 

10.  I got invited to speak at a library in North Carolina. Now that was a sore spot for me because every time I tried to book a trip or talk at a local library as someone suggested to me a long time ago it just never went right and then BAM! I got an invite. Though it is often said you shouldn’t wait for an opportunity you should create your own recognize that sometimes it’s just not your time. While there I met the and ate dinner with the Victorious Ladies Reading and if you don’t know who they are you better ask somebody. 


11. I wrote and published my first non-fiction book, Pursuing Your Passion in a Godly Fashion: Prayers for Creative Christians and Entrepreneurs. 

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12. I sold out of Pursuing Your Passion in a Godly Fashion on the day of its release at the Christian Book Lover’s Retreat (which if you haven’t registered for it, please do yourself a favor and register). 


14. I finally made up in my mind that no matter what goes on around me I would write until God tells me to have a seat. 

15. I returned to my first love several times this year. I wrote some poetry. One of my poems was retweeted by Errol Lewis of NY1. Of course, I had  to tag him first.

 

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16. Opportunities abound and possibility is everywhere you just have to seek it, speak it, and walk in it. 


How was 2016 for you??? Share some of your highlights and lessons with me.

 

#WriterWednesday Coach, Consultant, Strategist–Same Difference, right? 

With the flexibility of online learning and more and more authors opting to self-publish we also have the emergence of writing coaches, consultants, and strategists. If you’re not familiar with business then it all sounds the same and it seems like you don’t need any of it, but  it’s not the same difference. Most likely you will need or want to work with a coach, consultant, or strategist. 

Why? 

Writing may be an art, but publishing is a business and if you plan to sell your art you’re going to need help. 

So, let’s breakdown the difference. To make this very clear, I’m going to treat each one like a relationship. 

Coach–Long term relationship 

If you hire a writing coach or business coach you two are in it together for a long period time. 

Your coach will deal with the whole man. Besides helping you set up systems for your business they will make sure that you have a mindset for success, hold you accountable, and offer encouragement at the same time. 

This relationship should be fruitful. Your offspring will be–a plan of action and your coach will even assist you in implementing the plan. 

Consultant–The one night stand

First of all saints, don’t worry I haven’t lost my mind nor am I promoting fornication this is merely an illustration. 

The consultant has one job to do and they are in and out. You probably will not be getting a call back neither will you be receiving emotional support and mindset management beyond your initial evaluation and the consultation. 

A consultant has one job to do. 

Consult. A writing consultant will review some or all of your work in progress, provide you with feedback and respond to your immediate concerns and after that they’re gone. 

In terms of your business, they will review the parts that are non-functioning or malfunctioning, for example your marketing or branding. Next they’ll teach you a new strategy to jumpstart that broken piece and provide you with a plan to enact the strategy or strategies laid out. They may or may not do a follow up call after implementation. It’s entirely up to the consultant, but they are not obligated to remain on board throughout the duration of the project or roll out of your marketing plan. 

I like to be supportive, so most often I operate as hybrid of a coach/consultant. 

Strategist–That guy/girl you have in the friend zone. 
A strategist has the ability and potential to be so much more, but you just want the good time and smooth sailing they can offer. 

You tell the strategist your problem and they hammer out a solution with exact steps for implementation. Clearly, this person understands the business and could do more, but that may be all they’re offering or that may be the only service you want or need from them. 

So, which one is right for you

1. Do you know any thing about business? 

Yes, then you may only need a consultantation to become an indie powerhouse. 

No, then invest in a coach who will tell you over the course of a few meetings things that you’re going to spend hours researching on Google. 

2. Are you intrinsically motivated? In other words are you a self-starter or do you need a push? 

For the self-starter a consultant or strategist is all you need because you’ve already got things up and running, but your systems aren’t working well. Most likely once you get some solid directions you can move forward. 

If you’re not a self-starter and tend to fall apart or don’t follow through on your own, you need a coach standing on the sidelines calling the plays to you. 


You need someone who will see this project through and that’s what a coach will do. 

Ultimately you know yourself and your commitment to the success of your book(s) and writing career. If you plan on succeeding make the investment in one or all (of course you can start with me)

I want to hear from you. Was my dating analogy good? Have you ever worked with a coach, consultant, or strategist? What was your experience like?