Saturday, April 30, 2011



In today's technological age, everything is at our fingertips!  Press a button and things happen~~sometimes good things, and other times, not so good!  One thing I want to express to my readers is that it is so easy to get discouraged and give up~~no matter what your dreams may be.

I'm no different.  I try, try, try and try some more, and there are days when I feel like what the hell am I doing all of this for?  Why do I even bother?  Who cares what I'm trying to do, etc., etc., etc., and then I think about where I was three years ago, and I look at where I am today, and I smile!  Kirk Franklin's I Smile is such an inspirational song, and it's so true. 

I smile because God has been opening doors for me that I never even knew were there for me to even answer.  When I first embarked upon the literary scene, I had absolutely no idea what the heck I was doing, nor if I'd be successful and all kinds of negative thoughts were plaguing my mind.

But, one day I looked around and my second book, SILENT KNIGHT, dropped, and my heart skipped several beats.  Not only is the public receiving the new book, I've met so many wonderful people through this journey.  I've been introduced to countless authors, who, like myself, are struggling and trying to do their thang too.  And the more I spoke with these authors, the more I realized there are definitely power in numbers.

Don't think so?  I'll prove it to you.  Recently, I launched my new website, WRITE ON, and designed it specifically with indie authors, like me, in mind.  I have so many requests from authors wide and abroad, it overwhelmed me.  I just wanted to host a forum for my fellow authors to expose each of us to different reading groups, and the site has taken off!  OMG, I couldn't believe it.  God is so Good!

My readership has gone up, and I've gained more fans than what I started out with when Mello and June debuted.  I have over 1500 fans now, and I never thought that would be possible.  There isn't a social media network I'm not on, and through them all, as well as my own marketing devices, my books are getting more notice, as well as the featured authors I've collaborated with.  We are finally making a dent in the paperless world of eBooks. 

Are we wealthy, not hardly, but we're gaining exposure and that's half of the battle.  The more we network, the more successful we become.  This is why I created WRITE ON so that indie authors have a voice, and so readers can discover authors they didn't know existed. 

Whenever I start to doubt myself or get depressed because I want to be further ahead than I am, I stop and think about the fans I have, the books I've written, the difference my writing has made in the literary jungle, and the wonderful people I've met, I give myself a mental shake and have learned to live in the NOW moment!

I'm here, I'm doing what I set out to do and I'm happy!  Too often we get down on ourselves and criticize what we don't have, where we aren't in life, etc., but seldom do we sit back and review how we got to where we are at this very moment!  What I'm doing today is paving the way for what I will be blessed with tomorrow!  Instead of worrying about what you don't have, or where you aren't in your life, be thankful for your NOW moment.

There are people who have lost their homes, life, memories and possessions through these tornados sweeping across our midwest and southern regions of the country, and some of us are sitting here at our laptops, much like I'm doing, marketing and promoting ourselves, on Facebook or Twitter, and we're feeling sorry for ourselves!  When I think of it in those terms, what right do we have to be depressed about?  Live in the NOW moment and be forever grateful that you are still here enjoying what little pleasures we sometimes get in this life!

So, Indie Authors, if you've checked your royalty payments and the amount is less than what the check cost to print, SMILE!  You're doing better than most!  We have to stop worrying about what we don't have in terms of viewers, readers and fans.  In time, we'll get there.  Remember, when I started, I didn't have what I have now, and I feel a year from now, I'm going to be further ahead than I am right now. 

Continue to write great stories, stay focused and never GIVE UP!  We're writers, and writers never quit.  This is what sets us apart from those who say they are writers, but never stick with it.  As always, much Love, Peace and Write On, Writers!  Be Happy in the NOW Moment!  We Shine!

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet