Friday, August 4, 2017

20 Books by 2020

The biggest goal for me is to publish 20 books by year 2020. GOD willing I live that long, I know that this is something that I WILL accomplish. The biggest thing about doing what you love is to set high goals and standards for yourself. Which is the reason why I don't celebrate many accomplishments that I achieve. There's a bigger goal and a bigger picture for me and there's more than just publishing a book.

I have a vision and I want millions of people to be reading my books and coming away with something after reading it. I don't want to be the author who just publishes books and goes on about my business. The process of writing the book until completion where I release it to the public is exhilarating and really exciting.

When I wake up on Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's, there is this excitement brewing inside of me that I'm going to do what I want to do for the day which is working on my projects. No matter how much I do for the day, there's a sense of fulfillment at the end of those days that I've done the necessary things to get myself to the next step in my writing journey.

With that said, book #6 will be released on September 15th and it's the continuation of The World We Live In Series. This will be Part 3 of 5 in the series and I plan on releasing part 4 and 5 sometime next year back to back and that'll be the ending of the series of those books. There's a reason behind it and sometimes you don't want to drag a series and feel forced into writing content. But, I promise that the last book of the series will be a great ending to all of my 19 characters. If you haven't started reading the books, please do, I promise it'll be worth the read.

You can find my books on Amazon and all other major bookstores. Be good and do what you love. Turn your dreams into reality because eventually, I'm leaving Corporate America myself.

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Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Challenging Yourself

The biggest part of growth in what you're doing is challenging yourself. To keep from the boredom hitting, it's always good to take up a new challenge. With me, I've always written poems, I have written 5 books in poetry format. Now I've taken the next step to writing screenplays and films. It's one of the biggest challenges I've done in quite some time.

My newfound love and venture as stated in my previous blogs started when I first got back home from my LA trip. Since then, I've been focused on writing different films dealing with societal issues that we face today. I've been working on long films but also short films. That's the new thing in today's television and movie world, the shorter films.

I've written some short films and my newest one is about a young teenager who has multiple personality disorder (dissociative identity disorder). Writing short films, you have to always delve into the subject matter quickly or you'll lose your audience. Plus, you don't have long to get your point across in what message you're trying to tell.

Short films are challenging as they can be from 8-15 pages and depending on what people are looking for, you have to be cognizant of the content and whether you can write it in that page frame. Me challenging myself to write and focus on different areas, it's allowing me to be diverse in my writing and not being fixated on one specific subject area.

So when you're faced with being stagnant or bored in anyway, step outside of your comfort zone and do something different with your passion. You will be surprised at how gifted and talented you are in other subject areas than you thought.

I truly appreciate everyone reading my blogs. You can find me on my social media pages below:

Facebook Page
Amazon Author Page
YouTube Page
Author Profile Page
Twitter Page
Instagram Poetry Page

Be good, follow your dreams and continue to challenge yourselves.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind



Friday, June 30, 2017

My Feature In Writer's Life Magazine

Sometimes you never know what opportunities in life will come your way. I was blessed to be featured in Writer's Life Magazine. I was able to connect with the editor of the magazine and was given an opportunity to be in the magazine for the summer edition. The magazine was just realized a week ago and it's one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. 

Granted the magazine isn't huge, the fact that I'm featured in it, it's very fulfilling. The pictures are below and if you want to see a digital or print copy the website is this link here. Writers Life Magazine

I hope you all enjoy reading the magazine!



Be good and follow your goals

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Sunday, June 25, 2017

My Uncertainty and Writing Struggles

From February 2016 all the way to today, I've been writing so much. The thing is I don't truly feel accomplished. It's probably because most of the world doesn't even know I exist or that I even write. You get to this place of uncertainty wondering if you should continue doing what you love to do. I've finally figured out my purpose in life and now here I am questioning if this is even worth it anymore.

You start to question how much time do I spend trying to get myself out to the world and what's worth spending money on and what isn't. I've spent money on so many things and a lot of my investments have been a waste of time.

With 5 books published, another 3 books written and ready for publication, a screenplay script completed with another one almost done, I should feel accomplished, right? Well...no I don't, even with me recently being published in a magazine for authors. I guess the thing for me is, I don't feel like wasting years of my life to be noticed for my talent and abilities. So maybe I want some notoriety now because the reality is, tomorrow isn't guaranteed and the real truth is we're all going to die eventually, we just don't know when.

People tell you to write because you love it. I do love it but I don't want to be writing the rest of my life while working some Corporate America job that I'm not supposed to be working in at all. Then comes the question of when do I quit and walk away from the stable full-time job I'm bored from with medical benefits that I barely pay into as my job pays more toward it.

These are the conundrums that people face when they have a passion for something but feel stuck in a rut. The main reason for me writing this post is to share my reality and my truths of what I deal with and go through on a regular basis. I've realized that too many of my previous posts were all too positive and uplifting, now it is time to talk about my struggles.

My book sales aren't that high, I can't get an agent to represent me for my screenplay and I'm mentally tired from my job. My writing should be my career and that's what I should be able to focus on every single day of my life. Honestly, I have no motivation to do it most days and it shouldn't be this much of  a struggle. I can't be walking in a dark tunnel forever because that does no justice for me. There needs to be a glimmer of light that shines.

Who knows when I'll take that leap of faith and just not care anymore about stability. Maybe my life needs to be a little crazy before stability settles in with my writing. Maybe I need to just pack my bags and move to Los Angeles like I've been wanting to for so long.

My social media pages are where you can find me:

Instagram Page
Facebook Page
Author Profile Page
Amazon Author Page
YouTube Page

Be good everyone,

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Mind of a Writer/Update On My Writing

One thing about writers, whether you're an author, poet, blogger, screenwriter, your mind is always processing thoughts and ideas. To be honest, we very rarely takes breaks (unless it's a necessity such as being burnt out, vacation, family or any other circumstances). For me, it's very hard to take breaks, or should I just say they don't last very long.

You would think that with my next three books that I'm publishing between now and the beginning of next year that I'd take a break from writing. Nope. Not. For. One. Second. I'm still writing and sharing content (feel free to follow me on instagram: www.instagram.com/aquarianmind). Currently I'm posting love poems on there that I've written a few months ago. It was a book but now I've decided to post those for free, it's a different avenue than what I normally write about which is societal issues.

A few weeks ago, I went to Los Angeles for a vacation but also to network and meet people in the business. I met some great people and the one thing that was told to me was to start writing scripts/films. Granted I've seen what scripts look like, I never wrote one and in my mind, "how am I going to write a script?" The reality is I write books in poetry format on societal issues.

So I rode on my 5 hour flight back to the east coast researching scripts, how to write them, learning about the business, how it works and also thinking of what in the world I could write about that would get someone's attention. Let's just say I took it on as a challenge to write a script, develop a storyline and build a few good characters that would be appealing to an audience.

I ended up writing a script on 4 women who are best friends who find a platform of poetry to express the struggles they deal with and go through. It was one of the biggest challenges in my life but when I finished it, it felt exhilarating and I felt so accomplished.

I can surely say it's a whole different realm than writing a book. Writing books, you can write what's on your mind. When writing a script, you're writing what's on your mind but you're also describing every action that's going on and how you want to portray the story. Writing books, you have to create imagery more, with screenwriting, the imagery is there but the actions have to come out. Right now, my script is currently being submitted to a few places to see if it'll be picked up.

When you find your love and passion and you're blessed with a gift and talent, don't waste it, utilize it to the best of your ability. I've now got the itch to develop another script but that won't stop me from writing my books though. You should always keep your options open and available.

My new book Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun releases Friday, June 16th. I will also be featured in Writer's Life Magazine: Summer Edition. I'll keep everyone updated with the release date of the magazine. In the meanwhile, here's the link to pre-order my book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pfG9RD

Be good everyone and follow your dreams.


Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind



Friday, May 12, 2017

The One Question I Get Asked As An Author

Recently, I had a long conversation with my dad about my writing, publishing my book and the business. We discussed my recent books I've published, my next one coming in mid-June and he gets engaged about my plans and goals with these books. Then came that one question I knew was eventually coming from my dad. Would I take a book deal from a publishing company. He tossed me a large amount of money scenario and I paused for moment and thought about it.

When I formulated my thoughts I eventually said to my dad I wouldn't and here are the reasons why. For starters, I like being in control of everything that I'm doing (writing, proofreading, book covers, synopsis, marketing, social media, getting book reviews, setting my book prices, doing promotions, etc.). I told my dad it's hard for me to let go of all that I do regarding my goals and my vision.

For me, it's hard to put trust into people who want a piece of the pie. I'm not saying to people who have aspirations to have a book deal to not do it. I'm very fixated on building my author brand and also my brand in general. I don't mind getting input and advice from people, but to be told what to do, that's not something I like dealing with.

I've spent a large percentage of my life being told what to do so for once in my life, I'm in control of my own destiny, I get to do things my way. If it doesn't work, then I can say I tried, didn't succeed, learn from it and then get better at things. Obviously, I'm not good at formatting my books for paperbacks, I'm not good at making great book covers, so I'm willing to pay people money to do those things for me. Some book covers I made myself, some I've paid someone to make it for me. I won't divulge those people but let's just say I get a good deal on my formatting and book covers.

Nothing is worse than walking into a party with a pizza pie and everyone wants a piece a slice. That's how I see the business of book publishing companies. So the big publishing companies will invest into you, but it's only after you've achieved all of the success on your own. Why would I all of a sudden put trust into a publishing company after I've done it all on my own? I'm making 70% doing it on my own, I'll be lucky if I could even get 50% from the head honchos in the book industry.

On top of that, I've planned 4 books to be published this year, I've published one, the next one is coming and the other two are already completed and the 3rd book coming in September, I have a book cover for it. Next year, my goal is to publish 5 books and I will be doing that going forward. So for me, a publishing company will be restricting me from my goals and vision of publishing content every 10-12 weeks.

No, this isn't a bashing post on book publishing companies but the reality is, they're on a significant decline from the outside looking in. People are going the self-publishing route and it's working for a lot of authors. It's just like bookstores aren't lasting as much anymore because the newer generation are reading eBooks more granted paperbacks are still popular but easily accessible on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other bookstore websites. You can easily order a book online and have it at your door within 1-2 days.

Okay, so back to the subject at hand, I can get sidetracked sometimes. I always feel it's good for writers and authors to learn the business, do research, learn how to do things, make mistakes, fall on your butt and then get back up and learn from it. Make a few bad investments (which I've done), make mistakes with your books (my books were 8 x 10 and I had to resize them to 6 x 9).

At the end of the day, I enjoy the grind, I enjoy the process of doing this all on my own. It's more work but I'd rather it be this way than trusting a plethora of other people to do something but it's your vision. The best advice I can give for aspiring authors and writers is to do the work on your own in the beginning. Submitting your work to literary agents and publishing companies is a tedious and arduous process and by the time you spend months trying to get a deal, you could've published your own book.

I'm not about awards and accolades, I don't do this for the likes and popularity. I just want people to read my stories, feel, emote and be impacted by what I'm sharing and take a moment to think about the issues we face in everyday society and how they can make the world a better place.

Remember, my new book Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun will be released on June 16th so if you want to preorder my book on the major bookstores, please do so!


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Be good and follow your dreams!


Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Interview With Writer's Life Magazine

Hey everyone!

I hope all is well and everyone is having a great week and start to their weekend. I know, I'm long overdue for a new blog post, I was on vacation in Los Angeles for a week so I took sometime to enjoy life a little, and also take a mental break from the grind of my day job along with all of the writing I do. I wanted to share my interview with Writer's Life Magazine, it was a great opportunity to do this so people can get to know me better as a writer and author.

I will also be featured in their magazine in the summer edition coming in June. There isn't a definite date set yet but I will definitely keep everyone posted with that information as it becomes available to me. I enjoyed doing this interview and the editor LaDonna Smith, I am forever thankful for the opportunity to be part of the project.

This is not only about me growing as an author and as a brand, but also bringing more exposure to the great media outlets, young and up and coming authors can use to build their platform. Here's the link to the interview: Interview With Writer's Life Magazine

I hope everyone enjoys reading it and my new book Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun will be released on June 16th! Pre-orders for e-books are available now: Code Blue Amazon Link

Be good everyone and follow your dreams!


20 Books by 2020

The biggest goal for me is to publish 20 books by year 2020. GOD willing I live that long, I know that this is something that I WILL accompl...