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Published Author Roundup Three

Published Author Roundup Three

This is week three to feature some of the self-published authors I’ve worked with.  You can read the previous posts here:  Published Author Roundup Two and Published Author Roundup One 

 

The original question presented to the authors was: “What did it feel like the first time you saw your name on your first published book?” 

 

The previous two posts were more of a testimonial for me in helping these new authors get started and published, which I greatly appreciate but the last responses I received, they actually answered the question of how it felt to see their name on their first published book. 

 

The first author is Erika Mohssen-Beyk 

 

Erika-Mobeyklet-the-sunshine-in-erika-mohssen-beykErika has come a long way in terms of writing and blogging. She speaks about four different languages and so at first she was apprehensive about her writing and the English language but she was and is a determined lady and her progress is awesome. She has one book published and has another one finished but will be published in her own time. I have a lot of admiration for you Erika and you are an inspiration.

 

Hi Monna 🙂
It is a while now we did publish the book, it felt good to see it finished.
I did not sell any of them yet, but it is ok. It did what it was meant to do
for somebody I did write and partly translate it. This was the most important for me. And I had some people who got it for free from my blog. 

 

It is nice to have a little book with my name on it and as you know I have another one, which is finished, but I feel it is not yet time for it. Maybe I make a few changes.

 

I already did give it to some people as a PDF and they used it.  I will contact you for this when I feel the time is right. You did help me with the first one very much. Happy to have you around for help to publish.

 

Thank you, Erika

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Another great lady that I had the pleasure of working with is Lillian De Jesus. She has her own online business lillian-de-jesus-virtual-assistancelillian-de-jesus-virtual-assistance-how-to-use-canva-like-a-proby the name of Tigerlily Virtual Assistance 

 

Lillian writes: 

Seeing my name on the front cover of my book was an amazing feeling! I felt accomplished and I never thought I could publish a book or would ever in a million years.

 

However, the only way it was done was by having help because there is no way I could have gotten it done by myself.

 

I’m so thankful I found Monna Ellithorpe to help me along the way. 

 

Thanks and have a wonderful 4th as well!
Lillian

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Alicia Osmera writes: 

Alicia OsmeraTerror In The North TowerI still want to pinch myself. Is this for real? Yes, it is real. I am a published author. When I saw that my book, Terror In The North Tower was finally up and live on Amazon.com, I started smiling, jumping up and down with joy. Finally, I had accomplished my goal. 

 

To see my name on the cover of a book is hard to describe.

 

Happy, ecstatic, overwhelmed, grateful and thankful to have the opportunity to see my creation come to life.

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In addition to giving some extra recognition to these new authors, I want to also encourage anyone thinking about writing a book, short stories, poems or screenplays to “JUST DO IT.”

 

Step out of your comfort zone and start by joining a small writing group or taking some writing courses online. Udemy has lots of writing courses at reasonable costs. Start learning on Udemy today! (Aff.) 

 

There is a stigma associated with working online and you may not have support from your family or friends but please don’t let that stop you. Believe in yourself, work hard and do what you need to do to reach your dream. 

 

Look at the three women above and the two in my previous posts; look at me and many others who are now published authors. We didn’t let anything stop us.  Will You???

 

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Published Author Roundup Two

Published Author Roundup Two

This week I am posting number two of the Published Author Roundup. The original idea and first post was made last week and featured Joy Healey: Published Author Roundup One 

I had asked the most recent authors that I had worked with; “What did it feel like the first time you saw your name on your first published book?”

This post is from B.G. (Brenda) Jenkins – B.G. Jenkins Amazon Author Page (Aff.)

Thank you Brenda for your article to post on my blog this week.

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bg-jenkinsI’ve heard it said that, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and that is true, but there can also be things left unsaid in a picture that cannot be captured without words to define it more clearly. Sometimes a picture needs words to add to the vibrancy, or the essence of it.

It’s for this reason I write. I write to leave behind a better picture of my life, to entertain, to leave lessons, to leave understanding, to inspire and encourage others, and to leave love.

It’s also been stated that, “Silence is golden,” and many times that can be true, but who wants to go a day without words like, “I love you,” or “Great job?” Words need to be spoken, and they also need to be recorded. That’s where this post comes in.

I would not have been able to leave these recordings in print without the help of my friend, and writing mentor, Monna Ellithorpe.

She helped me to format my books, to edit and to publish in a couple of different places. She willingly gave of her time and instructed me so that I could learn the process also. Not only did she hold my hand and help me through the publishing process, Monna also taught me some valuable lessons about writing.

 

These are some of the lessons I’ve learned:

 

1. Write free style (brain dumping or free writing). This lightens the load on the brain to help free up more creativity.

2. Organize and analyze your thoughts and then look at your work from the readers’ point of view.

3. You don’t have to know everything. You can outsource and learn as you go.

4. Work with people you trust, and who will be honest with you.

5. Write daily to improve your skill.

6. Read daily to improve your skill.

7. Develop your own style.

8. Listen to constructive criticism, but ultimately it’s your call.

9. Get a great editor.

10. Be kind to yourself in your writing, and learn as you go.

So, if you long to take this journey as I have, turn to Monna. Her prices are very reasonable. She will help you, instruct you and do an outstanding job for you no matter what you hire her for. If you’re looking to write and publish a book, Monna has my stamp of approval!

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Thank you so much, Brenda for this wonderful recommendation. I love working with authors and helping them to publish their books. It’s especially thrilling when I know you have written another book and I get to help you with publishing.

Reading over the ten point lessons that you mentioned above is, I guess what I would call every “Writer’s Guidelines” and I believe every writer should print this and keep it where they can read it everyday.


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To all new and wanna be writers, believe in yourself and have faith that with hard work, consistency and persistence you too can one day call yourself a “Published Author.”

 

 

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Published Author Roundup One

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The original idea for this post was that I had asked the most recent authors that I had worked with; “What did it feel like the first time you saw your name on your first published book?” 

 

I received five responses to my question and each were in a different form than what I had expected but that was entirely okay with me.  I just needed to think of a little bit more of a creative way of presenting the submissions I received.  

 

I decided to use one in particular for the post this week.  I will post the others next week and the week after. I’m doing this for a couple of reasons; 1) If you suffer from migraine headaches, then you know how debilitating, disrupting and painful they can be. I suffered with them for years. 2) Joy Healey wrote such a wonderful tribute to the man ( John Woolgar (RIP) that co-authored her book, that I wanted to put forth a little extra tribute to him also.

 

So, we will start out with Joy’s post and her moving tribute to  John Woolgar.

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joyhealeyMonna has kindly invited me to write about my experience of using her services to publish my eBook.

At one level it would be easy just to say “Great” and leave it at that, but that wouldn’t do justice to how well it went, especially as I was rather an a-typical “client.”

Monna is no doubt more used to dealing with experienced authors who know what they want, and are really excited to seeing their new work on show.

Sadly, with me, she was faced with a rather jaded “author,” trying to salvage something from a project that went badly wrong! To her credit, she didn’t let this stop her.

To cut a long story short, in my completely innocent days online, I fell for the “line” that if I worked 10 hours a day for 6 weeks, I could produce an online master-piece (in the form of an eBook) and retire in riches from the proceeds of the sales. This was as a complete newbie to the online world, all along-side running my offline business.

My bemused Internet Marketing coach reckoned without my perfectionist tendencies, and it probably took me as long as that just to produce the eBook. After which I had to start on the website, the blog, the lead magnet and the auto-responder series.

Then – worst of all – it turned out, the world would NOT beat a path to my website, credit card in hand, itching to buy. I was meant to market my product! Dear, oh dear.

I probably sound a bit lazy here. I’m not lazy. I actually worked far more hours than “suggested.” But I’d been over-optimistic and ill-advised as I’d never thought through the whole process.

Which of course is obvious if you stop to think about it.

But I didn’t, and I paid the price.

I limped through most stages, except the marketing – with predictable sales. Not many.

By then I’d had enough of the whole topic (Treating and Preventing Migraine with Complementary Therapy) so I didn’t renew my web-hosting when it expired.

I thought that would be the end of it, but somehow I couldn’t let go, and here’s why – which I haven’t actually gone into on my own blog. First a clue….

 

Why Is There No Author On The Title Page?

 

This isn’t an omission by Monna – she actually offered to add one for me. It wasn’t there on the eBook I originally published as a PDF, then sent to her for conversion into a Kindle book.

The reason there’s no author is that the book was written with a co-author and I owe so much him that, although his contribution was written with the knowledge that it would be published under my name, I wouldn’t actually feel comfortable to put just my name on the cover.

To further complicate the issue, I also had input from several other complementary therapists who are credited within the book – those who I know are still practising.

So if there were to be an author credit, it would probably be too long a list to fit on the cover!

But worst of all….

My Co-Author Died

My first interest in Complementary Therapy was stirred by a wonderful friend, John Woolgar (RIP).

I met John when he was a distributor for a well-known range of nutritional supplements. I had been attracted to the product by one of his articles because I was plagued by migraines and had been searching for a solution.

I was so impressed with the results that I actually studied nutrition for a while then worked as a sub-editor for a UK-based professional nutrition journal.

The first version of my eBook was produced as part of the nutrition course.

Then – when I unwisely decided to try and sell it online – I invited John (also a migraine sufferer) to be a co-author and add a section on his own hands-on experiences.

He must have worked on it for many hours, during what I now suspect were times when he was seriously ill and knew it. Yet he still spent all that time unselfishly helping me by setting down his experiences.

John didn’t live nearby, so we hardly ever met up – just chatted by phone – so I couldn’t see any health deterioration.

He never told me about his illness so I was totally shocked when his wife wrote to tell me he had died. I felt I had never had chance to thank him properly for all he had done for me. Without going into details, he literally changed the course of my life – for the better.

A modest, honest and God-fearing man, with a great sense of humour – the world is a worse place for John’s passing.

So, my conscience kept nagging at me that he had spent so many of his last hours working on “my” book, and I had “given up” on his final gift to me.

Then, in an IM course I am studying, we learned the principle of “Take your product to the traffic,” an online book that can be found at Amazon.

 

Enter Monna Ellithorpe

 

Sorry it took so long to get to the point (that’s me all over) but I’m telling the full story partly in memory of John and partly in apology to Monna if I wasn’t a bright and optimistic author. That eBook has very sad memories attached.

However – thanks to Monna – I have now fulfilled what I feel was my duty to John, to publish what he worked so hard to write. 

 

What Was It Like Working With Monna Ellithorpe?

 

When she published my eBook on Kindle, Monna took away from me all my stress and anxiety about doing something so new.

I’m very “time-poor” so it was great that Monna responded quickly to my original invitation to quote for the work. We had about a ten-minute Facebook chat, which cleared up my questions right away, and gave me confidence that Monna had understood my requirements.

Although Monna offered related publishing services, I didn’t feel they were right for me at the time, which she accepted without pressure. She gave me a price, I sent her the money and heaved a big sigh of relief that the job was off my plate.

We agreed our terms at the back end of a week and I told Monna not to worry about it until Monday. So I was very impressed and grateful to find that she had worked over the weekend to deliver for me. I know Monna has family responsibilities so this was really beyond the call of duty.

Monna delivered a first draft, picking up one or two mistakes I’d missed (thanks!) and when I “signed it off” she released it for me, and there it is, finally on Kindle.  

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Monna quickly grasped what I wanted her to do. From then it was job done, according to my spec, and fast. Very business-like approach. What more could you wish for?

Although my requirements were pretty a-typical, Monna handled this job completely professionally, and I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone else looking for publishing of any kind.

Perhaps after this happy and stress-free experience I may be inspired to produce more eBooks!

Thanks Monna.

 

Joy Healey
http://joyhealey.com/
https://www.facebook.com/joy.healey

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You are welcome, Joy and I would like to thank you for writing this wonderful post and sharing with us a little bit of background behind your book.  

 

Thank you so much for letting me be a part in getting your book out to those who can certainly benefit from finding relief from migraine headaches.

 

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