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

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