Saturday, December 31, 2016

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 their claim to fame with their books. Everyone's journey is different so don't get too caught up in what everyone else is doing. I'll admit I got caught up in trying to figure out how E.L. James, Stephen King, James Patterson, J.K. Rowling and other authors got their rise to dominance with their books. Then I realized I could figure out what they did, apply it and doesn't work for me. My genre is different than theirs and the market is different for various genres.

With thousands of books being published yearly, everyone is trying to get their books noticed, read and given good reviews. My genre is poetry and it's fictional stories so I'm in a whole different realm and the reality of it is, getting my books noticed will be a big battle but it will not stop me at all. I've read so many articles on the internet about poetry books not selling, boy am I about to change that.

There are a lot of other projects coming next year and I look forward to publishing another 3-4 books next year. Remember, strive for greatness and follow your dreams. Happy New Year!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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Friday, December 23, 2016

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 years old but I never took the time to write a story. I didn't want to make the story too long but surely didn't expect to write a Part 2 (which will be ready sometime in 2017). I had to address the struggles some of us deal with growing up, sometimes our circumstances are harder than others and it's a process with growing and learning about yourself and others. 

The Struggles and Growth of a Man was written within a month and it was because I had time to write and I had a lot to share. People need to know we struggle too, we need hugs, comfort, warmth, a listening ear and advice from others. Society has drilled into our minds that men need to always be strong, mentally tough and be aggressive along with assertive at all times. Sometimes we don't want to be that way, we just want to vent and relieve ourselves of the daily struggles of life.

My book is in stores now at a low price for eBooks and Paperbacks can be ordered on Amazon so take advantage of the low eBook price, it won't last long. My author profile is below where you can get excerpts of my book and insight. Be good and follow your dreams!
Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind


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Sunday, December 11, 2016

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
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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, that of a sole provider, especially financially. But in this book, Author Jamell Crouthers tells us of a different side of a man; a side that is commonly disregarded, overlooked, and purposely ignored. And with a persuasive pen, good intentions, and experience at hand; we learn what it’s like for a man to grow up minus the silver spoon and family portrait full of glee. Which happens to be the main focus of the book's introductory poem entitled; Growing Up.

Verse after verse, this poem hits you with direct indisputable facts; facts that are not only supported by testimony, but more importantly by truth. It’s overall message provides great insight on how growing up in a dysfunctional home without a positive role model negatively impacts the development and growth process of a child or adolescent. Essentially, with no role model to teach the misguided soul wrong from right; mainstream popular celebrities whom openly endorse drugs, disrespect of women, and violence inevitability replace the unfortunate void, as many of them are doing today.

Author Crouthers also touches on aspects that, perhaps, many men may be uncomfortable expressing aloud. Like the undeniable pain and yearning that comes from the lack of love a mother gives; and how some days, men can feel ‘ugly’, unconfident, small, and powerless---just like women, even if they refuse to admit it. Simply put, there are days that a man just feels...less than a man. Even so, this book is not limited to merely a man's adversities.

Author Jamell goes over and beyond by breaking down the superficiality that is destroying the authenticity of love, romance, relationships, and marriage. He is blunt and honest about the insufficiency of the educational systems incomplete academic curriculums; adamant and knowledgeable concerning the effects of bad habits that affect our overall health, but not once does he forget to pass along the moral virtue of kindness - encouraging hope, compassion, confidence, and ultimately success.

There are so many words that come to mind after reading this book - but there is only one way to best describe its impact - powerful! There were so many unforgettable takeaways in this book, to be perfectly honest, we’d need to write a novel in order to efficiently include them all! Nonetheless, we’ll leave you with our final thoughts after taking the books entirety into account.

Author Crouthers is an inspiring humanitarian that doesn't just present you with a problem, then drill his own opinions and views into your head. Rather he uses a direct writing technique that allows you to mentally feel and envision the situation for yourself. He achieves this concept by skillfully using a first person perspective, which was an excellent choice for this type of book! His poetry takes you all the way back to the roots of an issue and presents to the reader, strictly facts! Granted, it is an extremely emotional reading, reminding us all of the imperfect world we live in. Nevertheless, it is a plethora of issues necessary to be addressed.

This book stresses a truth that applies to us all, but there may still be a voice in your head, whispering; “None of this stuff has ever happened to me, so it doesn’t really matter”. But the truth is, it does. The theme rekindles some core values and responsibilities that are innate to all human beings that seem to be a bit lost in the wind nowadays. And we respect the Author for his unconditional passion in being a voice of leadership, as it is individuals such as himself that use the gift of poetry to change the world. Outstanding work, Author Jamell Crouthers! Can't wait to read the next book!

We rate this book 5 stars! Author Jamell, your work and words will go far!

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The Struggles and Growth of a Man Part 2 Releases December 15th!

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