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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…