So You Want To Be A Writer

In 2006, when I stepped out on Faith from my job as a Miami-Dade Correctional Officer for about fifteen years, I knew that I enjoyed writing and sharing my life experiences and giving inspiration to others to achieve their life goals. I knew the time had come for my to pursue my passion for writing, so I decided to write a book--a book that others could read and find inspiration to motivate them to being and achieving their best.

Why did I think I could write a book in the first place? I had been writing for years on my job and submitting reports and replying to many grievances to obtain a solution. Also, I wrote for the publication on my job and my articles appeared in numerous local publications. That experience has helped me to pursue the one thing that I truly enjoyed doing and that was to write and write some more. Today, I have written and published eight inspirational books and a columnist/editor for Trendsetters 2 Trendsetters Magazine in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a writer, I touch on the human side due to writing about real-life issues that people encounter in life. It's subjects that most rather keep hidden but, seek answers without showing their face. My approach is fearless and due to many life experiences I rather share in hope of teaching and helping someone else through life trials and tribulations. I'm a woman, mother, sister and I'm a former Miami-Dade Correctional Officer and I'm married to a Miami-Dade Police Officer, so I have learned a lot of life lessons that I enjoy sharing with many others.

Before I wrote my first book titled,"Chipping Away At The Soul Of Me' I sought out other writers to get ideas and advise, but learned so tough lessons the hard way and being taken advantage of as well. To be perfectly honest, I lost a lot as far as financial but I gained so much more with those experiences and learning to trust and believe in myself that I can accomplish my goals through many trials and errors. I mapped out a detailed business plan for myself. I knew that writing a book was going to be an investment of money and plenty of my time if I truly wanted to be successful. Also, it required that I purchase a computer, printer,various software and writing supplies.

Actually, I had no clue who would want or care to read my book. All I know is that I wanted to write this book and share it with the world.I didn't have a clue about how I would market my book or when I should publish the book. I just wanted to write my book and that's all that mattered to me at that time. Because I was passionate about the things that I was writing about and I believed that others will be too.But, since I've written and publish eighth books now, I have learned that you should determine who would read the book, how you would market it, and when you should publish it. It's important that your book is well edited and designed. You don't want your book looking as if it is self-published, although it maybe self-published Looks are everything to a book's credibility--especially you first book and then every book that follows should be better than your first book.

Writing a book can be an expensive venture if you are seeking to have a professionally written book for others to read. It can range from a couple of hundred to thousands depending on the route that you decide to take. I would advise you to check their credentials and verify that they are reputable to help and direct you in publishing your books. For a contract read the fine and if needed hire an attorney to read it for you and explain it's entirety before ever signing anything. I can assure you that experiences makes it much easier to publish more books.

Although, some of my mistakes with my first book was costly in terms of money, I have to admit that I am truly grateful that I published that first book because it has helped me to reach out and help many others who are seeking to write their first book and avoid the costly mistakes that I have made in the past.

NOTE: Remember to do your research and seek someone out that has experience in writing and publishing a book and has work to show and not charge you up-front costs, without any proof.

Speaker/Author/Publisher Angela M. Thomas CPC

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