Unsolicited advice

As an author …

I wish I could tell you I know all there is. I don’t.

Truth is, when i first started writing I barely saw a return on the investment I put in. Hours upon hours of writing but no money was being made. Time spent away from family and friends and even some of them will not support. My name printed real cute on the front cover of books and you can find me on Amazon but that’s about it.

I should quit, right? I BET NOT and neither should you.

Here’s some unsolicited advice.

1. Invest in yourself and your gifts. The same way you go to school for a degree or certification; study your craft. Spend money on the best book cover, editors, proofreaders and promoters. Cheap is not always the way to go. Trust me, I know.

2. Build you a team. People who will push you, encourage you and pray for you. Have someone on your side who will tell you the truth, even if it hurts your feelings. Get to know people who are on the level you’re trying to make it too and one day surpass. Ask their opinion and take their advice.

3. Do NOT write book series if you don’t have the time to finish it. You will lose readers that way. If I have to re-read the first book just to read the second one, issa no for me.

4. Believe in yourself. There will be some folk who will not like what you put out and you may get some bad reviews. Trust your gift. Family may not support. Trust your gift. Nobody showing up at your celebration, trust your gift. It will pay off.

5. NEVER GIVE UP. I told you, for years the royalties I received couldn’t even pay my water bill (the cheapest bill in the house) but I did not quit. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not in a position to quit my jobs but I am finally seeing a return on the investment I’ve been putting in. IT TOOK YEARS though! You will see it too.

6. Stop comparing yourself to someone else. You are you and they are them. I don’t care how many of their books you read, you will not write like them. It’s their gift the same as it is your. Find your own footing. Sure, I said before, take advice but don’t copy them because that will only make you a copy of them and not you.

That’s it for now.

I don’t know it all. I haven’t made the New York Times’ Best Seller. My books are not in Barnes and Noble or Walmart stores. My name is not rolling in the credits of movies. I am not being called on to headline book events. Fact is, I’ve never even won a book award but I’m Lakisha … Author Lakisha and people know me and they read my books.

“Writing didn’t find me, God etched it within my soul when He formed me in my mother’s belly.”

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Vote for Dear God as Reader’s Choice

You still have time to vote my book, Dear God: Hear My Prayer for the TCK Publishing’s, Reader’s Choice Award.
 
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THANK YOU!

Each day I am grateful.
 
— Grateful to God for His unwavering grace and mercy, towards me.
 
And I am appreciative to ALL of you who support Lakisha, in every capacity. Whether it is liking a post, sharing a post, buying a book, inviting me to your worship service, adding me to your calendar, following my blog or simply praying for me … THANK YOU!
 
Thank you doesn’t seem adequate enough but know that my heart is full of gratitude towards you. 💖
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New Book Alert – 2:32AM

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The bible tells you how to fight the enemy but what do you do when it feels like it is God you’re up against?

Charlotte’s nightmare began at 2:32AM, the morning she experienced the most unimaginable pain ever, the loss of a child.

Now, she finds herself angry at God. She trusted Him and He took her only child. She prayed to Him and it seems as if He has turned His back on her. And if things could not get worse, hell keeps showing up at her door.

What can she do, when she continually cries in the darkness but gets no answer? Where can she turn when it feels like her back is against the wall and there is no way out? Who can she depend on if God let her down?

Questions Charlotte ponder when the memories snatch her from her sleep at 2:32AM. Questions that make her angry because to her, God has forsaken them.

 

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Book Lover’s Appreciation

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Hey Readers!

Please join me, this Saturday, March 31st for Book Lovers Appreciation Day in conjunction with The Life Center Community Festival. This day of family fun from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. will feature food trucks, entertainment, prizes, a Kids Korner with story hour (@ 2 p.m.), an Easter Egg Hunt and more! The best part is you get to mix and mingle with some of your favorite authors and receive a discount on their books.

This event will take place at The Life Center is located at 6385 Winchester Rd. (The Old Barnes & Noble). AND admission is FREE. The first 40 adults will receive a special gift bag.

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