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Work Smarter, Not Harder

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A quote that was said to me by a former manager while working in retail. It didn't resonate with me right away until I fully thought of the meaning behind it. That's when the light bulb came on and it all made sense to me. Here's how I work smarter and not harder.

For starters, I'm never going to be the guy who works 18 hours a day, that's not reality for me (granted if anyone does it, more power to you). CEOs who run companies or business people who do it, if it makes you happy and you're good sleeping 6 hours a night, do it. That's just not my thing and it never will be.

As a writer, blogger, author, YouTuber, and every other thing you can think of, I spend time on things that are important to me. I stay ahead in my writing so there's always content to be shared. With this blog for an example, I'm always a good 5-6 blogs ahead and I write my content way ahead of time. I only post one blog a week to not overload people with content because eventua…

2018 Book Publishing Schedule

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This is the only place I'm putting this up as not many people will know the full book publishing schedule of 2018. I have recently made some changes to the scheduling as I want to focus on the series of my books and not have readers hanging in the balance.

My goal is to continue to build my readership along with my author brand and the way to do that is to continually pump out great books, good content and keep the series of my books going.

February 28th-2 year anniversary of publishing books
Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun Part 2: This book is definitely going to dig in deeper into the controversy of police departments in America. It will be a book that delves into the police force and the main character Gary. Gary has moved onto new cases with higher government organizations. If you haven't read the first book yet, believe me, you should go pick it up!

April 27th
The World In Ruins: I've gone back and forth on whether to release this book for the start of the year a…

Behind The Scenes (Getting To The Ultimate Goal)

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The behind the scenes work is the dark tunnel that you walk through. There may seem like there's no sign of light and sometimes you'll see glimpses of light but you're not at the end of the tunnel. You have to remember there's an ultimate goal and you can't stop until you achieve that.

Most people don't care about the behind the scenes work, but want to be there when you've achieved the bigger goal. Be careful with those people because they'll act like they care at the end of the tunnel. They weren't there when you were going through the grind process.

Liking what you post on social media doesn't count as supporting you. If they're reposting what you're posting, buying what you're selling or helping you promote your business/brand, then that's a totally different story (which most won't do at all).

No one understands the work that is done behind the scenes and it's because they're not doing it. When you achieve the u…

Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun-Book Reviews

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Hey everyone, here are some book reviews from Reader's Favorite, these were people who selected my book to read and review. I appreciate them taking the time to read my book and I am forever grateful for the talent I'm blessed with to share with the world. This is the hard work and dedication to storytelling and getting my message out to the world about the societal issues that are going on around us.

Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun by Jamell Crouthers is the story of a policeman who is dedicated to his job, but when he realizes that there are dishonorable cops, he wonders if he should take action against them or remain quiet. I say this is a story because the flow of these poems is so good that you cannot help but feel as if you are reading a story in a rhythm. The flow is that good and connected!

The poems are written in free form about a police officer named Gary who has a son named Gary Jr. The poems talk a…

The Start of My Podcasts

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Start in January 2018, I will be doing podcasts weekly on societal issues and things going on in the world. My first episode will be on January 5th 2018 and they will be weekly episodes on Fridays. The goal is to discuss things more in a forum type of setting and to get people to think about what social issues affect them and how to go about bringing change. I also want to branch out to another audience...audio.

Some people are visual, which is why I have YouTube, but now it's time that I go to the audio aspect and using my voice to reach others. With all of the books that I've published so far, there will be plenty of topics to discuss and it will be a great opportunity for people to hear what I have to say.

I have a good year worth of content planned out and I will be writing more things as time goes on. My podcast will be on Podbean which is a downloadable app you can put on your technological device. My podcasts will also be on Apple iTunes where you can listen to them we…

Why I'll Always Have Goals

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The #1 reason why I'll always have goals...I can never be complacent. If you haven't read my previous blog about me wanting to publish 20 books by the end of 2020, you should back track and read it. That's a big goal for me and by the end of this year, I will have published seven. In 2018 and 2019, I plan on publishing 5 books each year. By the end of 2019, that'll be 17 books which means that by the summer of 2020, I will have published 20 books.

Yes, that is unprecedented and very rarely is done but let's just say I always have content to share and to be written. Once, I accomplish a goal, I move on. There's no time for me to sit around and goof off. There's no time to celebrate and go out and have fun. There's people I need to reach, an audience to cater to, millions of people that don't even know I exist and that I write.

I'm competitive as hell and I want to win at this. I'm an athlete so those competitive juices kick in, in my mind an…

Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun Audiobook Now Available!

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It's with great pleasure to tell you, my first audiobook is available for purchase! I narrated my book Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun on audio and you can purchase it here on this website! Once you exit here, you will see it on the right side of the website, it's only $3!

I've put a lot of work into making sure it's good quality (it's not perfect) and it's a great way to listen to my book and hear my voice since I wrote the book myself. I decided not to go the route of publishing it on bookstore websites because it's either pay for a narrator (which is hundreds of dollars) or narrate it myself but it has to be perfect in sound (as if I recorded it in a studio) and that isn't feasible.

I was able to buy a good microphone from Amazon which connects to my iPad, I downloaded an app (from the apple store) that allows you to record it and I recorded my whole book. It took a few weeks (as there were some obstacles I had to face) and I was able to get…

My Work Ethic (And Where I Get It From)

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My mom is where I get my work ethic from. Now that I've answered the question, I could end the blog here, right? Well, not necessarily, this is just the beginning of it. My mother always told me that whatever I put energy into, to give 100%. It's all or nothing at all, nothing in between. If it's in between, then you're basically half-assing it and it's pointless to do that.

So whether it was the workplace, friendships or relationships, I was always told to give 100% into it and when I hit a point of where I gave it my all, it was time to move on. In this blog, I'll go into my work ethic from a writing standpoint. The friendships and relationships part I'm quite sure you don't really care about and I get that.

As you all know, I had no idea I would even write one book, let alone six up to this point with many more to go (scary to think about right?). Since I've figured out my purpose in life, which is to write, motivate and inspire others I know th…

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

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For those who don't know, my first book is the Struggles and Growth of a Man. It's about a young man in his 20s named Robert who has learned a lot about life, daily struggles and trying to mature into the man he wants to be. He's been brainwashed about the world and his role as a man and he's trying to break from that mold.

If you haven't read the first book, you definitely should as it is a journey into the mind of a man, his daily struggles in life and also insight into our thinking. With Part 2 releasing on December 15th, this is the continuation of the series and it is an emotional roller coaster ride for Robert the main character.

The writing of this book was very emotional, impactful and also insightful as you learn more about Robert and how he deals with many adversities in his life. Part 2 delves into things that we all experience in life and you get to learn about Robert the man a lot more in this book.

So if you haven't bought Part 1, please go get i…

I Don't Compete With Others, I Compete With Myself

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The biggest thing for me is to get better at my craft everyday. Do you know how I do that? By competing with myself. If I sat and worried about what everyone else is doing, I wouldn't have progress. I would not have published all of the books I have so far, I would not have written all of these poems and posted them on social media.

I always say you're only as good as the last accomplishment you achieved. Everyday I accomplish something on this journey of mine. Do I get complacent? Nope. Why? Because I have more to get done, I always have something that needs my attention.

I do everything on my own for the most part, I would say about 90% of it. There are a few things that I need other people to do for me and I pay them for it. Marketing my books, formatting my books, making book covers, doing interviews (I can't interview myself), I'm not good at everything. That's the self-awareness in me (as Gary Vaynerchuk would say).

For me, every poem I write about what I…

Most People Can't Go On Your Journey

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The one thing that I tell people a lot is that most people can't go on the journey that you're on. Here's why and I'll explain. You have the people who settle for mediocrity and will complain about their lives and not do a thing about it, and then there are the people who want to do better and will work at their craft on a daily basis. It's one or the other, when it comes to your life journey, it's black and white, no grey areas (at least in my eyes).

With that said, most of the people that I know are perfectly fine with their lives and where they are in life. They either have desk jobs working 9-5, go to the gym, watch ratchet television shows with no substance, wait for Friday and then go enjoy their weekends. Those are people who will not understand your goals, your vision and you striving for greatness. Nor will those people necessarily support you either so don't have any expectations from them either. Very few people will support you because they kno…

I Wasted My 20s

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The title speaks for itself. I wasted my 20s, on a lot of unnecessary things. That's just my reality when I sit back and reflect on my life and where I am now. No one can help but reflect on what was and what's going on now, the inevitable eventually happens.
You must be wondering how I wasted my 20s so I'll tell you. I went to college and got a degree in mass media communications (television production), and I was fortunate enough to work at some sports media companies. I honestly wanted to be a sports broadcaster but after a few years of chasing that dream, I let go. If you watch YouTube videos of me talking about the NBA, you would understand how much I wanted it.
Then I ventured into refereeing basketball (after 7 years I hung up the whistle) which drained my body and it took a toll on my knees and my back. Plus I lost the love to do it and all of the politics and bullshit that came with it. In between that I worked in retail for 2 big companies that are basically well-k…

Building Your Author Brand

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It's so crucial and important to grow your author brand and it is something I am still learning and working on daily. I'm still a beginner as an author even though I've published 6 books in such a short amount of time. I am going to share with you websites that I use and also places you can get book reviews at decent prices so you're not spending a ton of money.

As a beginning author, trying to establish your audience all while making sure you're paying all of your necessary bills, I've learned to budget myself. Without further a do, here's the websites I use:

Social Media:
Facebook-creating your own author page to share what you're writing and have been working on is important. You can still share content on your personal page but you want to grow your audience and that's the key.
Instagram-you can use your personal page but I have a page for my poetry where I write about things going on in my life or things on my mind. It's different from what I …

Being an Entrepreneur Is Hard...Very Hard

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One of my favorite people to follow, read on and watch his videos is Gary Vaynerchuk. You either like him or you don't, there's nothing in between. He's blunt, he's honest and he curses every few sentences to get his point across but that's just who he is. I watch some of his YouTube videos over and over again just to remind myself of the process I'm going through.

While he's in the business of sports, media and marketing, along with being an author himself, we share one big thing in common...we're both entrepreneurs. Being an entrepreneur is hard...very hard, and for many reasons. There's this false sense of reality that it's yachts, parties, pretty girls, champagne and living the life. The reality is, it's nowhere near that. It's work...a lot of work...and every single day.

Most people want to be entrepreneurs, run their own businesses and do whatever they want as far as work hours. You don't get breaks, there's always somethi…

Writing A Book From Beginning To Publishing

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When I meet people and we discuss the passions we have and what we do, when I tell people I'm a writer and author, the astonished faces that I see are amazing. It's like this surreal feeling that someone is actually speaking to a published author. Then comes the questions of what I write about, how I do it and if I went through a publishing company. Then I tell them I do it all on my own (90% of it, I'm not going to lie) and that I'm a self-published author.

To make things easier on people and just in case anyone comes across my blog and sees this blog post, I'm going to break down the whole process for me from beginning to publishing. I will address marketing and book reviews in another blog.

Brainstorming: This is the most important process to any book that you will write. I have a blue book that I use to write every single idea or concept for a book, my to-do lists along with each chapter for my books. I basically write anything and everything that comes to my mi…

My Success

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I've accomplished a lot in my life (so what other people say), which is true in a lot of ways. The crazy thing is those things don't define me at all. I graduated high school, college and worked for some of the biggest companies in this country and the world. I'm not gonna go naming companies because that's not what this blog is about. 

None of those jobs I've had even mattered and the one I have now doesn't matter to me either. I work for the biggest and most well-known hospital in the U.S. and it doesn't phase me. People make a big deal when they see my résumé but it doesn't matter to me. 
See Corporate America doesn't work for me, I don't fit in it and it doesn't fit into my life, my talents and goals. Corporate America to me is monotony, there's no change (maybe in company policies or departmental changes) but in hindsight, it's the same routine every. fucking. day. Waking up at the same time and doing the same routines. Basically …

My Books Aren't For Everyone

The inevitable was going to happen...I got my first bad review of one of my books...the book...America Under Mind Control. Is it bothering me? Nope. Do you want to know why? Because there's way too many catastrophic events going on in this world to be griping about one bad review.

The reality is, my books aren't for everyone. I won't post the review on here because for one, it'll drive attention to the reviewer and that's surely not my goal. Secondly, it'll make me look like someone who's petty and mad and the reality is, I'm not and I don't care that much.

The reason why I'm writing this is because a lot of people who write don't know how to handle and deal with criticism and bad reviews. For me, it doesn't bother me because I've dealt with plenty of criticisms in my life about who I am and many others things. At the end of the day, we're all growing, human beings trying to better ourselves (or so I hope).

America Under Mind Con…

The Characters I Write About In My Books

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When I began writing, I never really thought I was going to write as many books as I have. I surely didn't think I would have this many book ideas that would come to me. But with so many societal issues that are going on, I knew that I could write about characters that would resonate with others. Throughout my reviews, people have felt and emoted through reading about these different characters that I write about.

I choose not to share my reviews on my blogs because you can easily go to my Amazon page or Goodreads page and see them yourself, my goal isn't to be boastful about my reviews that I receive from people.

The Struggles and Growth of a Man

Robert was created out of people that I know and have experienced things living in a bad neighborhood and going through struggles in their lives. Some of his experiences emotionally are things that I've felt and gone through. A lot of the other things I write about were experiences friends have gone through and also seeing bad ne…

The Sacrifices to Success

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When you finally make the decision to carve your own path to success, you'll soon realize that you'll have to make sacrifices to get there. You will not know in the beginning what those sacrifices will be but as time goes on, you'll soon figure them out.

You'll learn that you'll have to watch less television to get your work done. You may have to wake up earlier or work late into the night to get things done. You'll have to stop going out every weekend and only go out some weekends to get the work your need to get done.

There will be family events you'll have to miss, birthday parties, maybe even some weddings, especially when you're determined to live the life that you want and impact others. No one ever tells you these things which is why I tell you now what it takes.

Anytime, I have downtime, I'm either thinking, planning, strategizing, writing, marketing or brainstorming. Your drive will keep you going and you won't take many days off. Even…

20 Books by 2020

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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…

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…

My Feature In Writer's Life Magazine

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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

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 …

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 take 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 …

The One Question I Get Asked As An Author

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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 …