The Next Big Thing Blog Hop – My Life Sentences

Welcome to the next big thing blog hop! Join the fun blog hopping our way through some new reads, including works in progress and new and upcoming releases. For those who have never been part of a blog hop before, when you are done reading my blog post, you can go on over to the next blog link for more information and fun. I picked them from a huge list of awesome bloggers.

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A huge thanks to K J Waters for tagging me in this awesome blog hop. Waters – a soon-to-be-published author of Stealing Time is a funny, and social media-loving individual. You will easily find her on the major social networking platforms and I have to warn you, you might laugh your pants off after getting to talk to her! You can always find her at: Blondie In The Water and her website: K J Waters Website

Most blog hops are intended for introduction of works in progress, upcoming releases or newly released books. This is achieved by answering ten interview questions. I hope you will take a moment (really, I hope you do) to visit my friends blogs or websites where you will be able to see some of their works either published or in progress. Thank you!

Ten Interview Questions For The Next Big Thing

What is the working title for your book?

Answer: My Life Sentences – A True Story

Thumbnail3761402Where did the idea come from?

Where do I start describing this? In brief, this not beinga work of fiction, you would imagine it being totally different as far as ideas are concerned. This is about everything I have been through, each step of the way. The lows and the highs. After struggling through certain things in life and being fortunate enough to have what I have at the same time, I decided to share my personal story by writing a book!

What genre does your book fall under?

Non-fiction (Autobiography as many would call it).

Which character would you choose to play your character in a movie rendition?:

I thought about this really carefully and I settled with Lance Gross!

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What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

That is a really tough question! Either way, I will give my best shot. I (author), had to make a decision as to whether I should continue my dreams or give up!

Was your book self-published or represented by an agency?

I decided to take the self-publishing route through both Amazon and Createspace (which is an affiliate of Amazon). There are several reasons but I will mention the obvious: It is totally free. Secondly, the royalties are 70% for ebooks and relatively higher for print! Self-publishing is the way to go if you don’t want to wait years for an agency that will pay you peanuts.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took a while to complete writing my first draft. That was because I kept debating whether I should actually publish my personal story for the world to see or keep it to myself. I had been dreaming of writing a book for years and when time was right, I bought some pens and a note book and started writing! Since I didn’t have to do a lot of research (everything was within my fingertips), it took me a relatively shorter time than other genres would take.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Good question. Let me see, well, I think after going through the challenges that I went through, and still being fortunate enough or as I would say, blessed, all I had to do was to look around me, see where I had been from, and picture the future. That inspired me more than anything else.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Do you love travelling the world? If you answered yes, then my book is based on two different continents! That is, part of it in Africa and the other part in the United States. Difference in cultures is made quite clear and all sorts of stereotypes are hands-on. Has someone ever asked you if you lived on a tree? I didn’t think so. Well, I have been asked that. Or whether I lived with wild animals like lions or cheetahs. Crazy world!

Next week, stay tuned for more posts in The Next Big Thing blog hop. :

Please check the listed sites out and take a look at their works in progress.

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That should be enough for now, right? Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me. See you soon!

Get Out And Vote – Voting Rights

Hi everyone,

Aren’t you glad that the election season is just 48 hours away from its end? Think of it this way: thousands of hateful commercials and attack ads. We are already watching too many fashion and car infomercials and now, every minute does not pass without hearing ‘I approve this message‘. It seems every side of the isle will say anything they can get away with and hope that the undecided Americans will buy that crap.

Now, the reason why am urging people to go vote on Tuesday or on any day before that as long as your state allows early voting is this: Not all people in this world have the freedom and right to vote. Heck, women are still, in other countries, fighting to overcome this obstacle. So, if you have that right to vote, exercise it. Most people ignore such events as taking part in elections and then later they complain after whoever is elected screws them up. The best to do is get up and cast that vote.

The most amazing part of freedom is the ability to vote for whoever you want without being forced. That sure smells good right? You see, one thing that breaks our hearts – and if you are not heart-broken at any time, good for you; when our votes seem to mean nothing, have no impact at all. What is the point of voting? Remember Al Gore and Bush? If you are a Kenyan, remember what happened in 2007 election? It gets messy when politicians refuse to concede defeat. (One west African leader once said – there are two options for us “We either win or we win“. That is not a typo. What he meant was that if he lost, he would not agree to any defeat. People died because of that evil-minded dictator.

Thank goodness, America is not that kind of nation. So, again, go vote and express yourself. This election is crucial as far as where the nation will be in 2013 and years to come.

I have tried to be neutral as far as who is better when it comes to leading this country forward. Good luck and I hope that we all have a fabulous week.

Thank you and please remember to vote or sorry, I meant subscribe to my blog and drop me some comments!

NB: All these are my personal opinions and the decision to vote and who to vote for are personal and important!

Free Smells Good – It Also Feels Great!

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Today, FRIDAY ONLY, am delighted to give my book away for free. So, if you like reading true stories, download a copy from Amazon Kindle Store. Remember that you do not need to own a kindle to read my book. All you need if you do not own a kindle is an app which is free to download from Amazon. You can also read it on your pc if you like!

Here is a link to my book which you can also find by clicking  on the image above.

My Life Sentences – A True Story

I normally suggest that people read reviews before downloading a copy. That helps to save a lot of people’s time. With that said, Good luck and I hope you have a great day and stay safe!

Operation USA, UK, AFRICA, AUSI, INDIA == GLOBAL

Hi everyone,

This post is multipurpose. I say that because I am writing to say thanks to the more than five thousand (5,000 +) readers who have found interest in my book and secondly, welcoming anyone who wants to read it for the first time. I have been amazed by how impressive the Kindle Store is. Amazon gives authors 5 days of free promotions and so I turn around and say, why not give my readers a free gift? It does not hurt!

So, how do you download the book? It is as simple as taking a fork and scooping a piece of cake or the easiest thing you have ever done in your life. I will outline the few ways I can remember below so you can choose whichever fits your needs.

The book will be available for FREE on THURSDAY & FRIDAY ONLY

  • If you have a Kindle, Good, because all you need to do is Search for the title [MY LIFE SENTENCES – A TRUE STORY] or use this like : My Life Sentences – A True Story to locate the book on Amazon.
  • If you do not own a Kindle Tablet, you can simply download a Kindle app for your respective smartphone or other tablet type (If you have one: could be iPhone or Android or any other smartphone that accepts apps). After downloading the app, the process is the same: Just search for the title, read the reviews and if you like it, download the book! Enjoy.
  • If you do not have any of the fancy tablets or smartphones and trust me, they are expensive sometimes, you are not left out. If you have a computer at home, you can download my book onto your computer and read it from there. When you click download on Amazon, you will be prompted to download the necessary reading app which is FREE after which you will be able to download the book and start enjoying it.
  • I can hear you saying “What about me? I do not have any of that stuff”. Well, that is why I had print copies made available on Amazon. My Life Sentences – A True Story [Paperback] I have to make you aware though, that this version is not FREE. I wish it was.

You can download the Kindle App for Android by using the link below:

FREE KINDLE APP FOR ANDROID OPERATING SYSTEMS

Download Kindle Cloud Reader for Desktop computers and start reading your books anywhere.

KINDLE CLOUD READER FOR PC

If you have any questions that need answers (hopefully), please do not hesitate to ask me through the comments section of this blog. Your questions could be about how to write your own book, or how to format, edit, publish and sell your own books on Amazon. It could be anything that is book related and I will be happy to respond.

If you are a blogger, I would love your support through re-blogging this promotion. It will be available for two days [THURSDAY & FRIDAY ONLY]. You can also leave a link to your blog so I can check you out!

Finally, I wanna leave you a link to my book one more time just in case the first ones didn’t work:

Download My Life Sentences – A True Story for FREE

Thank you and I hope you have a great day or night. Stay informed and keep reading!

How To Make Money From eBooks

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Today, am out to show you some of the tested and proven ways that will move you from your couch(no offense) to the mailbox and finally to the bank! Is it that easy? Not really. After all, if it was that simple, everyone would have done it right? The good news is that you can do it today or tomorrow or well, never! Let us get started. What if you made some money from books?

It is not surprising to know that many people would rather take the easy routes when it comes to making mmmm money! Ever heard of the saying ‘Too good to be true’? You probably have, but if not, then you now know it. There are thousands of ways you could use to make a living but tonight, I will spare myself some time by talking about what I have done and worked for me. So, let us see how you could write your first book, publish and cash some royalty checks in a few months.

  • First, if you believe that everybody has a story to tell, then you probably have one yourself. If you don’t belong to that community of story tellers, well, this might not be for you after all. No offense! Now, the biggest question is this: how do you start writing a book in the first place? The answer could be found in thousands of books on how to write or simply deciding to start working on your manuscript after you finish reading this post. Here is my advice: stop postponing things and start writing a rough draft of your future bestseller. If you need help on doing that, let me know through the comments.
  • At first I was a little surprised by the fact that some people do not have word processors in their home computers. I am not surprised anymore because I have come to know that not all people can afford the software or are tech savvy enough to learn of the vast number of free equally – capable tools online. Don’t sweat it further if you are that person because I got your back. If you do not have Microsoft Word, smile and when you are done reading this post, zoom back here and check these great links out:
  1. Free Google Docs – This is one of the many things Google provides users for Free(well, to an extent). Here, after you create a free account, you can create basically any type of document you want and save it to the cloud and later access it from virtually anywhere through an internet connection. You are assured of security here, so, go for it if you need it.
  2. Microsoft SkyDrive – This is another Free tool offered by Microsoft (this is so cool because if you cannot afford Microsoft Office programs, all you need is a free account here and you are good to go). Your documents will be available to you from anywhere. All you will need is an internet connection. You don’t even need a flash drive.
  3. OpenOffice Word Editor – This is the best rival to Microsoft Office. The good part is this: It is free of charge. There are really great guys out there working so hard to bring you the best tools for the price of zero dollars. That is one of the ways we could all make this world a better place, don’t you think? Anyway, those are the few I could think of. If you have more, why not share through the comments section? Thank you. Now, back to the tips.
  • Thirdly, let us assume you have written your draft and you want to know your next step. One thing that readers hate is unedited work. I mainly think of it this way: if you do not like poor grammar, then no one else does. So, edit your book as many times as possible. You are trying to convince a stranger to spend some money and if you understand marketing, you know what am talking about. This is not rocket science. You can choose to hire a professional editor or get some of your cool friends and relatives(Warning: you might be disappointed by their criticisms and you risk losing them). Do everything you need to make your work smooth and easily readable. How much should you spend preparing your book for publishing? That is a big question. My answer is simple: Do not borrow a thousand dollar loan for it. Find people who can edit your book for the least possible. Watch out for scam artists out there who might charge you thousands of dollars for what your sister or co-worker could do for a thank you!
  • Your book, hopefully is now near ready for publishing. Where do I go from here? Well, you can choose to go the traditional route (also known as sending your manuscript to sometimes mean agents) or self-publishing (otherwise known as do – it – yourself but so cheap and 75% royalties). At the moment, I am going to focus on self-publishing on Amazon Kindle Store. The good thing about it is this: millions of people own kindle tablets and publishing is FREE. You earn royalties at rates you will never believe and your books are accessible to ….well, everyone with a Kindle all over the world?? At least that is what I know from my experience.
  • Is your book ready for publishing? If you answered yes, then visit the Kindle Direct Publishing site and start making some serious money pal. You basically have everything you need at this point to turn your dream into a reality. I did it by getting off the couch and writing(pen and paper) a chapter each night, editing several times and finally publishing My Life Sentences – A True Story and Across The River both of which are available now on Amazon. Good luck.

My final word is this: Nothing is easy in this world. The only way to draw a thick line between you and someone who says nothing can be done or you cannot be an author is by actually writing. Start tonight or after you finish your dinner or even after shower. Talking about showers, ideas normally trickle down my brain when am in the shower. Crazy. Anyway, I want to read your book in the future. Share a link here and if you have questions, ask me. What and why are you waiting for? See you soon and good luck!

Have a beautiful day everyone!

NB: If you happen to be the 7,000th visitor, contact me for a gift! Look to your right for the numbers!