It’s my privilege to be a part of this amazing experience. Suzie Car has tagged me for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. The purpose of this promo is to be able to discover new books you may not have heard about or for works that are still in progress. This is week 20 and I am required to answer the following 10 questions then list 5 other authors will do as I’ve done—next Wednesday. Here goes nothing:

Q:   What is the working title of your book?
A:   You have what it takes.

Q:  Where did the idea come from for the book?
A:  When I launched http://nailahcarter.com I received so many accolades for my thoughts, words and voice. People thanked me just for being me. Something about helping others moved me and I found myself trying to find more ways to do so. I thought about all the advice I had given others over the years and the struggles I encountered which caused me to be who I am today. 
 
My readers look at me and see the results of an ongoing battle: seeing my worth, and, loving and cherishing myself. Though blinded to my strengths; I never gave up on finding my path. 

As I pondered on how I could help others, I realized my true passion. Through my words I show my readers my humility and honesty so candidly that is true to the real, me. I used my experiences to help them accept their weaknesses as they embrace their strengths. This book is my effort to not only help aspiring Writers like myself but to help women and/or young girls who may be seeking direction to becoming who the desire to be. 

I merely scratched the surface with the first draft of this book; however, by the final draft I knew that I hit home. Once my readers turn the pages of this book, they will learn more about themselves through my reflections. When you write from the heart, the purpose is transparent on the page. My goal was to uplift and empower but most importantly to show women/young girls that no matter what turmoil you face; you have what it takes to get where you’re trying to go.

 
Q:  What genre does your book fall under?
A:  This is a self-help/motivational book.

 Q:  Which actors would you choose to play  your characters in a movie rendition?
A:  Well, even though this book isn’t a novel; it tells a story…my story. If somehow a producer were to create this book in movie format and still leave viewers with thought provoking and reflecting questions, I’d have to say that I’d want Tracee Ellis Ross to be considered for the role. I think that she has the skill to portray me. I also think she’s gorgeous with that thick, curly, funky hair with big beautiful eyes.

Q:  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A:  This book will inspire women to set and achieve goals beyond expectations. 
 
Q:  Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A:   I self-published this book.

Q:  How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A:  Hmm…let me think. It took me about 2-3 months to write this book. When I worked on my drafts, I found myself rewriting and elaborating and digging deeper and deeper until about 4 months. 

Q:  What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A:   I’d compare this book’s purpose to “Emotional Intelligence” by Travis Bradberry.
 
Q:  Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A:   My life, my siblings, my children, my friends then my readers inspired me to venture in this project. It was therapeutic!

Q:  What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A:   I think it means everything to an individual to believe in him/herself. Hustlers have an interesting motto that I firmly believe in: “Go hard or go home!” If you aspire to be someone or aspire to achieve something, then follow my steps!
 
If you’re a Writer like me (for instance), you must understand that readers sense when you’re not being ‘real’. When I write, I’m honest and true to my voice, my stories and my characters but most importantly; I’m true to my readers. When you pick up something that I’ve written, whether it’s a novel, screenplay short story, poem; I can guarantee you that it will change your life. My goal is to help you and I do so by being …me by discussing things others fail to. 
  
Whatever you aspire to be…I pray that you stick it out and see it to the
end!

 
 
Wow, I enjoyed that! So for next week’s Blog Hop please check out what the following Writers have to offer:

Maria A. Karamitsos
Janet King
Shannon MacLeod
David Foyle
Amber Meadows
Handsome Hansel
 
 
Hey guys,

I'm super excited about my book and I hope you all are looking forward to reading it. I've placed a preview of my book online, be sure to check it out: HERE!

Be sure to leave a remark about your thoughts.

To purchase the book, visit here or get it on Amazon here. I've recently made it available on Kindle so enjoy here.

Thank you all for the support,
Nai'lah
 
 
As you all may already know I’m almost done with my book. It has been an interesting journey. During the process of writing the book, I found that I was also helping myself. Instead of waiting until I finished my book to start researching about self-publishing; I decided to start now.

The information presented to me was beyond overwhelming. It just seemed like so much to take in, consider and decide upon. A lot of people immediately look into publishing with Amazon but there are so many other publishers for independent authors.

Now, if you’ve published on your own; I’m sure you understand the ropes. However, if you’re like me and this is your first time, you’ll find yourself reading, trying to decipher what certain things mean the once you’ve got that figured out, you start comparing.

There were a lot of similarities and a few differences within the self-publishing industry. I’ve only looked into two companies so far: Amazon and Lulu. There are several packages to chose from or you can opt to merely upload and publish your book—provided that the book requirements are satisfied. Both companies offered different packages that addressed issues such as: editing, marketing, book design and many more. If you have some financial leverage, there are some great packages that you should really invest in.  Personally, I would prefer to work with a team that would assist me in publishing my book and get it ready for the public’s eyes.

The great thing about self-publishing is that there’s no production cost for—you—the publisher. These companies print on demand i.e. print books as they are ordered. The difference here is the royalties each company offers. There are so many things that come into play when it comes to royalties so take your time and chose the best option that works for you.

Of course, I’m not going to go over all of these minute details—it’s too much to cover. To the aspiring writers/authors that are working on their first book, I would tell you this, please give yourself enough time to consider all of your publishing alternatives prior to completing your book. You probably already have a release date schedule. If so you need to consider the duration for the publishing phase.

I know I know…it’s a lot to take in and some may become weary by everything presented. If it’s hard for you to decipher which is best and you only have a general idea of the way you want your book, you may want to look into one of the packages they offer. There’s a lot of flexibility within them and these are professionals who do this for a living. Don’t try to save money and think you can do it all when you really can’t. Trust your instinct! The worst thing you want to do is try to skim your funds and your book is unprofessional and poorly presented. That is not the image you want the public to see. Not after all of your hard work.

Well, this journey isn’t nearly over for me. I still have to work on my edits and I still have publishing questions so wish me luck!

Keep writing,
Nai’lah