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End of Year Thoughts/Things I've Learned From Publishing

For starters, I never thought that I would publish 1 book this year but I've published 3 books. It's been an interesting journey for me this year as I've figured out my purpose in life and my passion for writing. I've always enjoyed writing, especially poetry but I never knew I'd be writing in this magnitude and I'm happy GOD showed me this journey and got me to sit down and write stories about societal issues that we all face in today's society.

The biggest thing I learned this year with my publishing is to do it on your own, you appreciate the journey more. I wrote, proofread, edited, wrote the synopsis for my books, created the book covers and went through the complete process with publishing my book. I only hired people to format my books which is something I plan on incorporating into things I want to learn how to do in the coming year.

As far as other things I've learned, don't get caught up in reading all of these books by people who have the…

Writing My First Book and the Process

When I decided to write my first book, the process was arduous but definitely worth it. I knew I wanted to write something worthwhile so I decided I needed to address the issues that men face in today's society. One of them being that we are weak if we express and show emotion and feelings. Meanwhile, women want a man who is able to express himself but not do it too much to where he isn't manly enough.

So I started to think about things we as men struggle with along with things that I struggle with on a daily basis. I knew I had to incorporate all of the things I see and deal with on a regular basis and then add some things to it such as a young man who's made mistakes and is learning things about life along the way. It took a good 2 weeks to brainstorm all of the ideas and writing down things I wanted to address and discuss in the book.
I knew I was good at writing poetry so that was the only format I saw myself writing in. I've been writing poetry since I was 13 year…

The Struggles and Growth of a Man

The biggest thing happened to me a few days ago. I got a book review from Realistic Poetry International, a company that does book services for up and coming authors and writers. They do book reviews and I sent my first book, The Struggles and Growth of a Man to be reviewed. I got an amazing review and that's when it finally hit me, I am really good at this and I hope that my books will impact people's lives. You can find my books on Amazon and all other major bookstores. Be sure to check out my author profile page on Bublish to get excerpts from each chapter, eBooks are 99 cents right now so take advantage! Below is my review:

Review of:
The Struggles and Growth of a Man
by Jamell Crouthers
Reviewed by:
Realistic Poetry International

“A book that forces you to reanalyze yourself & life.”

Poetry to Change the World

For ages, the image of a man has primarily been identified by popular alpha male characteristics such as; masculinity, strength, and power. His primary role being, th…

The Hardest Part About Writing

There are always obstacles in anything that you do in life. So it's only fitting that I write this blog to share the hardest part about writing. I know what most of you are thinking, it's getting writer's block in the middle of writing a chapter. Well, guess what? For most authors, it's not writer's block, it's finishing the book in general.

When you have an idea, you brainstorm the idea, write down all of the chapters that you want for your book (you eventually delete some or add some to make the book better) and you start writing. Then life gets in the way, responsibilities, family, your job and/or career, you get caught up in a bunch of other things that keep you from getting back to what you were working on. Before you know it, you've lost your rhythm of what you were working on and you forget most of those ideas you originally had.

I've read numerous interviews on website and read social media posts with authors who have said that finishing the boo…

How I Write My Books

The question I seem to get asked the most is how I write my books. For me to have published 3 books in one year is a big feat but it's not as easy as you think. So it's time for me to breakdown how I write my books and the process. The biggest part for me is to be comfortable, in a clear mindset and music is the biggest component to my writing.

After spending a good amount of time brainstorming my ideas and writing down every possible idea I'd want to put in my book, then comes the part of sitting down to write the story. Most days I can write a good 2-3 chapters without any breaks (that's when I'm really focused and want to get things done). Other days I'll write 1-2 chapters and then brainstorm how I will write my next few chapters. A lot of times I'll re-read stuff and go back and edit or change what I wrote to get more impact on what I'm trying to say.

As far as the music goes, I mostly listen to ambient or electronic music which is relaxing and all…

How Does It Feel To Be An Author?

The title of this blog is pretty self-explanatory and it's a question I get asked a lot these days. So, here's my thoughts on being asked this question daily. To be honest, after my first book was published it was kind of surreal. It really didn't hit me until I typed in my full name on Amazon and my book came up. In my head I was thinking, "wow you really just published your first book." So let's just say it took a while for it to sink in.
My second book, when I published it and I went to type in my name on Amazon, once I typed in my first name, my last name would fill-in, that's when reality set in. My writing is displayed for the whole world to see and read. Now, I'm on my third book and I'm fine with it, it's more about getting my stories out to the masses.
People constantly would tell me, you should celebrate, it's a huge accomplishment. In my mind, I'm thinking of the next project I need to be working on. That's the creativi…

New Book Released October 17th!

Hey everyone,

My new book is being released tomorrow on most bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo and Apple. It is Part 2 to my first book which deals with and discusses a variety of societal issues. If you haven't taken the time to buy Part 1, you should, it a great read! The book cover will go up on the site in the next few days.

In the meanwhile, you can click on the 'B' on my page (if you're on your laptop) and read insight into my first two books along with the first few chapters of my new book.

Be good everyone and follow your dreams!

Get To Know Me As An Author

I know I haven't written a blog in a while, been working on a lot of different projects and also finalizing my next book for October 17th. A lot of you that read my blogs don't know me as a writer and how I do things so here's your chance. I did an author interview with a poetry book website so here's the link, I hope you enjoy reading it! In the meanwhile, I have 2 books on Amazon and other websites that you can read and buy along with my author profile page that's on my website.

Author Interview:

Be good everyone and follow your dreams!

Jamell Crouthers

The World We Live In A Poetry Book On Societal Issues

My first book was planned out to address societal issues and what people deal with on an everyday basis. Since I put so much passion into my first book, I made it a goal to write a part 2 to the series. It's been very fulfilling to write the 2nd book and now it is in preorder on Amazon and will be on other bookstores in the next few days.

The problem with society is we don't address a lot of issues that are going on around us. Why do we wait for something bad to happen for us to feel emotion and feel empathetic for others? We should be doing more by talking in open forums to each other to learn about our experiences and how we can grow from them.

My books deal with personal struggles, personal issues, societal issues such as drug addiction, alcohol addiction, depression and many more. I hope that people take the time to understand each other and how bad this world really is right now.

Hopefully my books will open people's eyes and want to take action to better our world. L…

My Radio Show Interview For My Book

There's nothing harder than marketing yourself to the masses. I did what not many people do when it comes to their books. I went to the radio to market my book. It seems unlikely that you can do something like that but I was able to through using my smarts and figuring out what avenues I can do down.

So last Sunday, I was able to setup an interview on a talk radio show and answer a few questions about my book:

It's a great interview, worth the listen and it'll give you insight into my book, why I wrote it and my purpose for putting forth so much time into writing a story like this. The interview is 10 minutes long and I answer questions that most people would ask me if they met me.

I hope you all enjoy listening to it and if you have the iTunes Store on your phone, tablet or laptop, its under the Talk 2 Q radio show, you'll see my name in his podcasts Jamell Crouthers.

Be good and follow your goals and dreams, don't be an average person in a wo…

Your Purpose In Life

Sometimes I wonder if people ever stop to think what their purpose is in life. I say that because I'm around so many people that live a life of mediocrity. It seems like people are walking around like zombies like they have no purpose in life. Everything is so routine and predictable. Wake up to the same alarm clock every morning, get ready for work, sit at a desk, do your work, get paid and wait for Friday to enjoy your weekend.

It's just a sad thing to look at and see. I understand that certain circumstances with having kids, a home, a car and a family to support where you have to grind but then I look at people with the same situations who busted their butts to do better for themselves and their families in life. Has society brainwashed people into law-abiding citizens where they don't critically think and strive for greatness? I'm not saying that everyone should be striving for something bigger but I see potential in so many people and they don't even see it in…

Societal Issues

There's always the question of why societal issues are never discussed. Are we afraid of speaking about it because it's taboo? Or maybe it's because we don't want to offend anyone. I wouldn't know but too many times we see things go on in front of us or on the news and nothing is done about it.
There are groups of people who do all that they can but there needs to be more people doing more things. Why don't people have more compassion for others in the world? It seems like nothing bothers us until it hits close to home, then we seem to react to things. It seems like it takes a tragic event to make us react to things and what's going on in our environments. 
This is why I wrote this current book which you see below. I watch and observe the world daily and I wrote a few chapters of stories that happen to people and hopefully it opens people's eyes to how much is going on around us and all of the time.
It's time we start discussing societal issues, wh…

My Determination For Success

After years of working in the sports industry along with retail, I finally realized what I am supposed to be doing, writing. I started writing poetry at such a young age but I never took it seriously enough to where people would actually read what I have to say. I feel that the world has so many issues and we need to be open to discussing them.

To me, my success will be determined by how many people read my poetry along with reading the books that I write. I feel that GOD has given me a talent and to speak through him. My ability to story tell has grown over time and I'm nowhere near where I want to be. I have a lot of poetry books to write and they're different than the conventional book that you would pickup at a bookstore.

I write my poetry books, edit them, make book covers, write the synopsis, publish it and market my book. So in hindsight, I do a lot of things and there's a reason behind it. I have a vision, I have goals and I like to be in control. The point is, be …

A Man's Struggles

Life is hard and it's a tough road. There's an understanding that, we all go through experiences to learn things and grow from those experiences. Through it all, we struggle, go through trials and tribulations to get to where we are supposed to be. So why is it that society has trained our minds to look at men as weak because we go through struggles in life?

It's one of those catch 22s where a man has to be manly and show his bravado rather than express and show emotion. Women wonder why we as men struggle to express our feelings, be open and be vulnerable. It's because society has ingrained into our minds to be strong, hold your emotions and feelings in, crying is for punks (which we are told from the minute we are able to walk on our own as babies). When we fall as kids, our parents told us stop crying, even though we are hurting and feeling some pain. We never take into account how the things we are told as young children come back to haunt us when we become adults.

What Has America Come To?

There's so much I can say about the past week of events going on in America. It's really sad to see what the world is coming to. All of these killings by police officers on young black men is becoming far too common. For me, well as a mixed race man (even though people see me as black because of my skin tone), it's a hard subject to discuss and deal with.

Seeing all of the social media posts got to me after a while, I had to sign off because there was too much anger and negativity and rightfully so. I try to avoid watching the news too much, life is hard enough as it is and you're not guaranteed tomorrow which is even scarier. The only thing I can really say about all of this is, be diligent in your thoughts, feelings and emotions. While at the moment you are angry, after you calm down, take the time to think everything through.

This has been an ongoing problem for hundreds of years. Black people have gone from the slave trade, to lynchings to now videotaped shootings…

My Passion for Writing and Storytelling

Years ago, I started seriously writing poetry and eventually I decided to write a book. I always knew I had a talent and a knack for it, I just never got to a point where I decided I'm going to write something that has meaning and purpose. I always thought to myself, no one will care to read what I have to say, plus it's poetry but boy was I wrong.
I went onto social media and started posting my poetry on Instagram and eventually I grew a following of my writing. I began writing about content that was relates to people and gets them to think about life. A lot of what I write comes from experiences, what I'm thinking at that moment, what I'm feeling, an experience a friend has been through or something that I commonly see in today's society. 
Poetry became a sense of enjoyment and escape for me. Since I don't openly discuss my thoughts (since my mind is full of clutter), I figured people can get to know me a little more through my writing (since I'm a privat…

Do You Find Your Soulmate In Life?

There's always this discussion about whether you find your soulmate in your life. I start to question that these days, and I truthfully don't think that you do. It's hard to say you've found someone that makes your soul feel at ease when in the drop of a dime, everything can change. I tend to think we all fall for each other way too fast when it comes to relationships and we forget to realize that you NEVER know everything about a person.

There will always be a few things that you may not know about a person. I mean, I find out things about my parents that I never knew and I'm in my 30s. So if I'm still learning about my parents, what makes you think that they won't learn something new about the person they are dating or are in a relationship with?

To me, I think you find the right person that you are supposed to be with for an allotted time (however long that may be) and that's it. My reasoning behind this is, the reality of life is things change and p…

A Writer's Mind

There's always the question of how a writer creates his/her work. How do they come up with the content that they do and what drives them to continually write all of the time? It's a hard question to answer for everyone but I'll be as honest as possible from my perspective.

Honestly, I've been blessed with a gift to story tell since the age of 13. I remember all of my sing song rhyming poetry until I got into my late teens and early twenties where I started expressing myself differently and everything didn't rhyme as much. It was a journey of growth all of these years and as I get older, I write more about the issues we face in society.

Now, in regards to my writing and how I do it. I write based off of experiences I've been through (along with friends and family) and seeing the world for what it is. Writing about things that are relatable is what my goal is at all times. My goal is to reach at least one person who can relate to what I'm saying or what I wro…