Category: Empowerment

4 Things I Learned while Self-Publishing

4 Things I Learned while Self-Publishing

Today’s featured blogger is Dr. K.E. Garland. This post provides personal insight on self-publishing from Garland’s perspective.

K E Garland

TUWcover2#1 Outsource your cover design; however, be mindful about how much you pay. The same person who designed the Kwoted cover also created The Unhappy Wifecover. This time around, she charged $265. This is not what I expected for a simple eBook jpeg. But instead of complaining, I paid her for it and then learned about a site called Fiverr. On Fiverr, you can find anyone to do anything digital for you. By the time I was ready for a cover for the paperback, I simply signed up, listed an ad with these words: I need a 6×9 paperback cover for Lulu specifications, and then narrowed my choices down from international graphic designers. Someone I didn’t know produced the paperback cover in less than 48 hours for $15.00!!!

img_1603#2 Outsource your editor. I started to ask an English major friend to proof and edit The…

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“The People”


(A re-post from my previous blog entry)

Disclaimer: This literary work is intended for creative purposes only. The origin is not intended to politicize, promote, or condone any party affiliation. Although there are similarities in content, the author’s purpose is to inspire and motivate. The body of work is the literary discretion and right of the writer.

The Preamble to the Constitution declares “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Sounds from “The People” were ringing in my ears enough for me to ask, who are the people? Most of my life, I was taught to be considerate of “The People.” “The People” had privileges and liberty in mine, the life of others, to the point, it appeared “The People” had more voice than me. There were times rather than my empowerment- I had given power to “The People.”

I remember being reared to become a “good girl.” By this way, “The People” wouldn’t think bad of you or have unpleasant things to say. Later, as a teen and young adult, when I was facing unfavorable situations in life, I was conscious of my actions to avoid a verdict of “The People”.

Currently on my journey, when I am facing major decisions, I find myself conscious of “The People” opinions. Well, now, I’m rendering “The People” powerless. I’m making declaration to “The People” my Bill of Rights. You see, I can remain in the state of stagnation without growth because of others, and if I do, I will fail to reach the fruition of whom I am created because of the need of others validation.

So, I ask, who are “The People?” I never see them. I don’t know them.  “The People” never personally say anything to me, but others tell me about them. Where are “The People” when I need them? Then, why do “The People” deserve power over me?

Therefore, I serve notice to “The People” whoever or wherever they are … I purpose to live and exercise my rights to life and liberty in pursuit of my happiness. I AM FREE from YOU!  I AM FREE to be ME!

~Yvonne L

Small Steps Up the Self Publishing Mountain#3

Small Steps Up the Self Publishing Mountain#3

Here is a post from a fellow blogger (Watching the Daisies) describing her writing journey as she makes small steps up the mountain (which are really major steps) to becoming an accomplished writer.

Watching the Daisies

http-www-pixteller-com-pdata-t-l-416066Last year, I created two posts about my self publishing journey : 12 Steps Up the Self Publishing Mountain  and Small Steps Up the Self Publishing Mountain#2  It is now almost three months post publication – a good time for a follow up.

Writing a book is indeed one small step on the journey; marketing and selling copies of a book is the next…

I am thankful that I created my blog well ahead of publication.  My blogging friends have:

  • Helped me improve my writing skills,
  • Boosted my confidence,
  • Shared LOTS of tips on writing, publishing and marketing.

Most importantly, we have supported each other through life’s challenges.

In the run up to my e book launch I was able to create:

  1. A book cover reveal post.
  2. A book launch party – my first self hosted blog party.  I learned a lot about blog parties from Jacqueline at A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales .
  3. I included…

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The Mystery Blogger Award


Josh, author of The Jaquar and its Allies blog ( nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award along with nine other bloggers. I am honored whenever any blogger offer my blog an award. I have followed Josh’s blog since our blog connection. His blog is very resourceful for wildlife lovers and those who desire to learn more about the wild and animal preservation.

Thanks Okoto Enigma for creating The Mystery Blogger Award.  The purpose of the blogger award in her words: “An award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much passion.”

Three Facts About Me 

  1. I don’t have a favorite color. There are too many to choose from.
  2. I am an ambivert, but I am more comfortable as an introvert.
  3. Sherbert ice cream is my guilty pleasure. I would go out at night to find some, but I won’t.

Josh’s Questions:

1) If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Hawaii. It does not matter which part of Hawaii. I would go first of all because it is free (smiling). I’ve priced a trip there, and knowing I could go free is more than motivation. On the serious side, I like nature, and it appears in its close state of originality. I would love seeing the waterfalls, flowers, foliage, beaches, and natural resources while sensing an ambiance of peace in paradise.

2) What is your favorite holiday? Honestly, I don’t have a favorite holiday now since I’m older. I see holidays differently. But, if I must choose, it is Thanksgiving. I like what it represents, I believe it encompasses all the other holidays. If none of the events surrounding Christmas and Easter along with other milestones in our life had not happened we would not have any reasons to express gratitude.

3) Why did I start blogging? I started blogging as a hobby. I started on another site and found a community of bloggers I connected with similar to WordPress. I find writing is empowering. I am actually discovering myself when I give words to my inner voice while offering inspiration to others.

4) What is your favorite hobby? Writing is really a favorite hobby and passion. It allows me to stay true to myself and provide inspiration and encouragement to others.

5) If you like donuts, what is your favorite kind? If you do not like donuts are you feeling alright? (weird/funny). If I like donuts is an understatement. I looove donuts. My favorite, what do you mean favorite?  Too many favorites to name, blueberry, lemon-flavored, cake donuts, glazed, and so on. It’s tempting to run out and get some now. I must admit though, I  can say no to certain food temptations. If I was not as conscious about healthy foods, I’ll eat a dozen of my favorites, easily.

My Three Best Posts:

It’s hard for me to say what is my favorite. It’s like choosing a favorite child. I value my work and although it may not all be up to par, I do my best and realize there’s always room for improvement. I’ll pick three of the ones from some of my entries which some readers seem to favor.

Maybe Won’t Get Me Anywhere

In the Meantime

Believe in Yourself

Five questions for nominees:

1) What are you passionate about?
2) If you had a bucket list, what is #1 on the list?
3) Finish this sentence, “I wish this world  ….”
4) What is your favorite song and why?
5) What new feature would you like added to WordPress and why?

My nominees: 

1) Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
2) Michelle Malone
3) AprilESutton
4) Eddaz
5) Boundlessblessingsblog
6) Benn Bell
7) Booky Glover
8) Watchingthedaisies
9) SpiritualJourney17
10) Vernon

Congratulations to the nominees. Thanks Josh for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. May you have continued success.

`Yvonne L.