Saturday, April 16, 2011



Do you remember when people possessed a little thing called talent?  You know, that thing or that gift that was given to each and every person by a higher power?  It was that very gift that makes some of us famous, and assists us in paying the bills and making a better way for ourselves and family.

Nowadays, talent is only half of the battle for most of us.  It's not how well you sing, or how well you can act, nor how well you may write, but rather, how much of an ass you can make of yourself.  That's right, you read my words correctly.  Talent today only counts for five percent of your special gift, and the other ninety-five, well, folks, let's just say it all depends on how much you're willing to sell of yourself.

Being a big ass today, (and I don't mean the Kim Kardashian or J-Lo types of asses), means how much you are willing to make a complete and utter fool of yourself to make a quick buck, or to sell what talent you started out with.

For example, have you ever noticed that a huge scandal breaks when one of your favorite recording artists' CD is about to drop or when a movie isn't likely to do well in the market, and all of a sudden, you start to hear rumors about the stars playing in the movie.  You can turn on any TV talk show, and up pops your singers or actors explaining that this was no publicity stunt to get the sales, or to boost their ratings, and yet and still, that's exactly what ends up happening.

Hmm, I don't know about you, but one has to wonder was this a well-thought out marketing strategy to get the public (us) to buy what bullshit our favorite entertainers are selling?  While you ponder on that, let me give you a few examples.

Remember the whole Rihanna and Chris Brown fiasco?  You couldn't turn on the TV or radio without someone and their son talking about that whole mess.  How Chris beat up Rihanna and the photoshop pics allegedly on TMZ, etc.  It was reported that Chris' career was ruined and what type of message were they sending to our youth?  Funny, Rihanna came out in Rolling Stones Magazine last month with a mind-blowing article about her most intimate sexual fantasies of how she likes to be tied up and down, and more importantly, to be beaten!  Chris Brown had a meltdown on Good Morning America, and interestingly enough, his latest album came out right around this same time.  Either you've got to be the dumbest person in the world, or the smartest marketer that ever graced the planet, and, to further prove my point, we the people bought into it, and most are loving them again.  And their record sales are soaring!

Lately, Kelly Rowland, who was one-part of the infamous trio Destiny's Child, has been rumored to be coming out with a sex tape.  I find that to be very interesting seeing as how she has a new album coming out.  And trust me, fans, the list goes on.  Rapper, Foxy Brown, was allegedly kicked off The Party With a Purpose (Tom Joyner Morning Show) Cruise, although Miss Brown disputes this happened or that it happened the way it was reported.  Nonetheless, whether you're selling a book, singing or acting, the bigger the ass you make of yourself, the bigger your bank roll!

And when all else fails, if you had talent and made mega millions off of it, and you've been out of the limelight for a while or possibly years~~don't sweat it, because Reality TV got you covered!

Are you experiencing bankruptcy, going through a divorce, had children out of wedlock, married to a famous athlete, have been the mistress of a famous athlete, or moving in with your famous mother, or kicking your famous parent out of the house, prostituting yourself out looking for love, want to marry someone you never met, or possibly be the apprentice of some rich typhoon?  No worries!  Because no matter what the poison is, getting your own reality show will put you back in the game, and more importantly, make that bank roll so fat, you'd never be able to get your hand around it.  This is what talent is today~~put forth all your personal business and let a camera crew follow you around, and the American public will tune in each and every week to see what drama you have going on, or how they may vote you off a particular show!

So Indie Authors I say to you, perhaps if you do one or more of the following above, you, too, can be the next best-selling author.  Why, you don't need much talent, but if you look pretty decent, and want to sell yourself, tell all your business and let a camera crew follow you around~~why golly gee you will be the next star.  It all depends on how much of an ass you're willing to be!  It's the new form of talent, or recycled talent, for those who were out of the spotlight, and now want to get back in.  The American public will rush out and buy those CDs and DVDs and biographies to see and read all the dirt because some choose to  make themselves bigger asses than the last.

In today's society, you don't have to possess any talent, just be the biggest ass you can be, and you're an overnight success!  I suppose for some, that is their talent?  Think about how much time and energy you put into marketing yourself to get the American public to notice you and your books!  How much are you willing to sell, to get yourself noticed?  I know what I choose to do, but the decision is totally and completely up to you!  Remember, what you put out on the Internet and in the public eye, will be there forever!  People may forget, but there is always the chance someone is able to dig up your past!  I strongly urge you to think before you do!

                                                       Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet

Tuesday, April 12, 2011



I'm Trying to Reach 50 Subscribers to my Blog, and please stay tuned for my new and improved website coming soon!


Open:  U.S.A. and Canada

Ends:  April 30, 2011

Rules:  You have to be the 50th subscriber and have purchased a copy of my latest novel, SILENT KNIGHT @ Silent Knight $19.99 soft cover or $29.99 hard cover (you choose).  Also, you must comment on the latest post at the time you become the 50th member.

Winner will receive a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Wal-Mart!  Good Luck and Thanks for Playing!

A Fan Writes. . .About SILENT KNIGHT. . .

"Silent Knight was nothing like Mello and June, but still carried the same excitement and addiction of "what's next?" Kimberly Ranee Hicks truly shows her talent as a writer and artist in Silent Knight~~kept me laughing and turning pages! You can't predict the ending!  This book is in a class all by itself. Keep them coming, Kim, you have converted me to a novel reader. Yours at least!"
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Sunday, April 10, 2011



Many of you probably read the title of this post and wondered, is Kim doing time?  And the answer is yes, as every other person gracing the planet.  There are many common grounds that we as humans share, but one of the main key elements is time.  Everyone is given time, but what is important to remember is how you spend your time!

For most indie authors, time is something we must spend to either pay our bills, or to get our points across, much like I'm doing right now.  Do you find yourself suffering from S.M.O. (better known as Social Media Overload)?  Does your heart feel like it's about to bust out of your chest because you have so much to do, and so little time doing it?  Does your brain feel like it's going to explode, if you read one more blog that is providing information, or join one more social media outlet to promote and market yourself?

Well, folks, if you're like me, you're experiencing all of the above, and today I want to focus on getting our time in order and figuring out what we need to do to stay the writing course, and still find time to do all the other things we enjoy in life. 

Most indie authors work a 9 to 5 job, and I'm no different.  You set your alarm clock, go to sleep, and it seems like as soon as your head hits the pillow, an annoying beep! beep! beep! or your favorite iTunes song is blasting throughout your bedroom, and you stretch your unwilling arm to stop the noise and you say to yourself, is it that time already?  Your feet hit the floor, and it's time for the daily grind.

Now you're fighting rush hour traffic, and stressing to get to the office, or wherever you're working, punch a clock or use some electronic device to show you made it to work on time, and go on about your day.  When you think about all the time you put in to your 9 to 5, which pays your bills, you, as an indie author, must put that same dedication into your side business, which is writing

Just as hard as you work at your occupation, career or job, you must put that same time into your writing.  Think of the time you waste a day.  And don't tell me you don't waste time, because that's another human element we all share.  Everyone has that space of time in which we are doing absolutely nothing, and when you start to add up how much of that time you waste, you could be using it to better serve your goals, which is completing that novel.

So your homework assignment is a simple and basic one.  I want each of you to think about the time you waste.  Once you figure that out, you need to put a plan into action.  Please read the article I attached in this post under time.  When I tell people I don't have time to waste, that's not a joke!  I truly don't have that kind of time.  When I start working seriously on my novels, this is how grueling my schedule works~~I go to work and put in 8 hours, I go home, I do my yoga to put me in a well-balanced mood and clears my mind of the day's events, so that I'm able to create.  I then spend about an hour on my social media sites, check e-mails, make phone calls, etc., and then I commit to four hours every evening to writing.  Yes, I don't go to bed until late, but this is my schedule which works for me. 

When the weekend rolls around, which is a godsend for any indie author, I write for 8 hours, much like I would work when I'm on the job.  My family knows I'm in writing mode, and do not interrupt me, and I write, write, and write some more.  After that, I watch a good movie, to ease my mind, and spend a few hours with my family.  And I work that schedule until my novel is finished.  There are no ands, ifs, or buts about it.  I don't watch television, not that there's much for me to see, and the programs I do like, I tape them and watch when I'm in relax mode.

But, you get my point.  Again, this is the schedule I set for myself, and this schedule may not work for you.  However, you must find a schedule and stick with it.  Like I told you before, giving up is never an option for any writer, for if you give up, you are not a writer!  I will repeat, if you give up and quit, you are not a writer.  Real writers use every single space and time they are granted, and that's exactly what you must do.

In closing, remember, if writing is a passion of yours and you are very serious about it, then you need to treat it as such, and respect the writing craft.  No one said it was going to be easy, but anything worth having never is.  And truth be told, I wouldn't want it to be that easy.  For every experience I go through in my writing career, makes me a stronger and better writer, and I am thankful for my gift, and more importantly, I respect the power of words!

So, how do you spend your time?  Good Luck, future and fellow authors!  I hope this helps!  I'll be talking with you next week.  Peace, love and write, write, write!

Author of Mello & June and Silent Knight
Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet