Saturday, April 30, 2011

LIVING IN THE "NOW" MOMENT!

HELLO FANS:

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
http://www.kimberlyraneehicks.biz/
http://www.mellojune.blogspot.com/
Email: mellojune@kimberlyraneehicks.com


Monday, April 25, 2011

WRITE ON. . .

HELLO FANS:

I am writing to you today to express my overwhelming excitement about my new website launch, WRITE ON!  This site was created to bring awareness to more independent (indie) minority authors, as well as all indie authors.  There are hundreds of thousands of sites that help promote indie authors, but not many for minorities, and, not many that don't charge a fee.  I decided to think outside the box a little and create a site that everyone can be featured on for FREE, and gain more exposure, which is a huge plus!

As I mentioned in the "Author Spotlight" tab attached to this blog, I don't want to appear offensive or that I will not feature other authors of various races, because that couldn't be further from the truth.  I plan to feature all indie authors that meet my guidelines to further gain exposure for our common goal~~to be read!

As I mentioned in past blogs, it's important to do your homework and find out how to navigate through the rat-race jungle of the literary world.  It is an extremely hard business to break into, and even more hard for those of us who enjoy the creative freedoms of promoting ourselves.  There are tons of websites and blogs that feature authors, and this is a wonderful networking tool.

I don't believe in hogging the spotlight all the time.  I don't have any problem sharing that spot with countless other indie authors who deserve their time to shine.  There are so many of us out here who are talented writers and it's extremely hard to gain readers and an audience.  I have been tremendously blessed that my fan base has been on the rise, and continues to grow each and every day, and I cannot thank my God more.  I thank God for where I've come from and where He plans to lead me, and by my Lord and Savior blessing me, I want to bless others.

WRITE ON is a forum designed with books and indie authors in mind, especially those authors that might not otherwise have been heard of or discovered.  Through all my networking tools and fast marketing skills, I have met an array of wonderful bloggers and authors alike, and this is a common subject we often embark upon.  So, why wait for someone to get things started for us?  Since we're doing it for ourselves, it is that spirit that we must continue to work toward.

I want to meet more and more people, and spread the word about minority authors, that you may not have heard of or knew where to find them.  Awareness is definitely the key to keeping fellow authors and future aspiring authors together through our special network.  This week, Write On featured my fellow sister author of Xlibris, STACEY DONALDSON, who is very talented and a beautiful uplifting spirit.  Please check out Stacey's work on Write On, and feel free to comment and contact Write On. 

As I stated earlier, WRITE ON's mission is simply this, "Changing the Literary World. . .ONE Word at a Time!"  I hope you join me and my future fellow authors and discover a world of indie authors YOU haven't been reading!  As always, Peace, Love and Write On Writers! 

P.S.  If you know of a minority indie author that would like to gain more exposure, please email me at mellojune@kimberlyraneehicks.com.  I'd love to learn more about them!