Thought I’d share this again…

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’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.”

authorlakisha@gmail.com

https://www.amazon.com/Lakisha-Johnson/e/B0091JWVJY

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News Article

This is an old post, I’m not sure why it didn’t post before but … it’s still valid. I’m in the newspaper!

You read this right. I’ve been featured in the Desoto Times – Tribune.

You can read it HERE

The Family that Lies

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The Family that Lies
Forsaken by Grayce, Saved by Merci …

Born only months apart, Merci and Grayce Alexander were as close as sisters could get. With a father who thought the world of them, life was good. Until one day everything changed.

While Grayce got love and attention, Merci got all the hell, forcing her to leave home. She never looks back, putting the past behind her until … her sister shows up over a decade later begging for help, bringing all of the forgotten past with her. Merci wasn’t the least bit prepared for what was about to happen next.

Merci realizes, she’s been a part of something much bigger than she’d ever imagined. Yea, every family has their secrets, hidden truths and ties but Merci had no idea she’d been born into the family that lies.

Get your copy today! Click HERE

** Also – if you’re in the Memphis or surrounding areas, we invite you to come and hang with us at the official book release, signing and discussion.

Here’s the link to RSVP. Or if you have a business and would like to be a vendor or sponsor, you also have the option. RSVP HERE

Oh .. and you can watch our first interview on WMC-TV 5 by clicking HERE

As always
Happy Reading
Lakisha

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**New Author Alert**

Are you in need of books to read? Well, you’ve stopped in the right place. I’ve had the privilege of reading all of her books and I know you will love them too.

Meet Author Genevieve Woods. Author of the Greatest Love Series. A Christian book writer who has penned 4 titles and currently working on her 5th.

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Begin the journey with the cast of The Greatest Love Series, you will find new love, lost love, redeemed love but most of all the greatest love of all.

Book 1 – All I’ll Ever Ask available for $0.99
Book 2 – After Church available for $0.99
Book 3 – Dawn and Autumn available for $0.99
Book 4 – Just Be Held available for $0.99
Book 5 – The Conclusion – available now for pre-order

Follow her on Facebook in her book group – GDWOODSBOOK READERS

Happy Reading
— Lakisha

**Giveaway** – The Family that Lies

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You all have been awesome with your support of our new book, The Family that Lies. To show our appreciation, we are giving away a 8GB Kindle Fire. YES!! For a chance to win, email proof of your purchase of The Family of Lies to authorlakishagifts@gmail.com.

That’s it!

The Kindle will be gifted on Friday, November 25, 2016!

If you haven’t downloaded The Family that Lies, click HERE

Good Luck!

Oh, please don’t forget to leave a review!

Thanks and Happy Reading
— Lakisha

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