In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have authors Mike Fallat, Jennifer Senhaji, and Veronica McCall!
How long have you been published? Over a Year
What's the worst part about being published? Nothing. I loved it 🙂
What's the best part about being published? Being a bestselling author helped me build my brand!
Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? Self-Published
*What are the highs, if any? The ultimate high was when it hit bestseller on amazon. It felt like a new chapter in my life.. No pun intended. So, that was the ultimate high. It was a title I could hold forever.
What is the name of your book(s)? DreamStarter - The Startup Business Guide For The Die-Hard Entrepreneur
Was it/were they an easy write for you? Yes, I loved telling my story of my entrepreneurial journey.
What's the hardest part about writing a book? Keeping it all focused on a central theme.
What's the easiest part about writing a book? Reliving some of the dark days and expressing it to people (with a lesson attached).
Do you have any future projects in the works? Yes, It's Called Publish A Book & Grow Your Dream Business
*Is there a tentative release date? Not yet
Thank you for you time and I look forward to reading more from you in the future! Thanks again!
Name: Jennifer Senhaji
How long have you been published? I published my first book in 2014.
What’s the worst part about being published? The marketing and learning to sell yourself. Don’t take that the wrong way. Lol. I love interacting with readers, but getting your name out there is tough.
What’s the best part about being published? Knowing your words could make a total stranger laugh, smile, and/or cry. It’s an amazing feeling when you know someone has read and enjoyed your book, something that was created by you.
Are you self-published or did you go through a publishing company? I am self-published and I love it. As a new writer, the chances of getting a big-name publisher to notice you are next to nil. So, I took charge, hired an editor, and went to work, publishing my books on my own. I’m happy and love the control. Now, if a big-name publisher from NYC comes knocking, I won’t slam the door in their face. But I’m not actively searching for a publisher.
The best part of being self-published is the control. But as they say, with great power comes great responsibility, and those that self-publish are under the gun to publish books that are just as good if not better than traditionally published books. It’s a lot of work. But it’s a journey, not a race. I’m in this for the long haul.
What is the name of your book(s)? I have two full length novels published, part of my Sunset Dreams Series: Sweet Dreams and Choosing to Dream. Sea Breeze is a standalone novella and my fourth published book, Angels in Disguise, is a novella which is also an introduction to a new series I’m working on.
Was it/were they an easy write for you? That is a tricky question because with each book I wrote I adopted a different process. So yes and no. But I find, the more I write, and the more I learn about the writing craft, the more time and energy I spend on each new story.
What's the hardest part about writing a book? I don’t know if writing is hard… revising and editing is hard. Anyone can tell a story. But to take that story from draft to final is a lot of work. But that’s the best part too. Making your story shine, leveling up your use of language, theme, character development, plot… it’s a craft that is never mastered, in my opinion. But the process, the learning is so fascinating.
Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)?All my books are on Amazon, my series is also available on iBooks, Nook, and in print on Amazon and B&N online. My links, blurbs, and book teasers can be found on my website.
Do you have any future projects in the works? *Is there a tentative release date? I have two books I’m currently writing: the third book in my series and the first full length novel to follow up Angels in Disguise. At least one, if not both, should be available in 2017, but since they are not yet ready, I haven’t set a date.
Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Website, Signup to join My Dream Team, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads, Smashwords, and WordPress.
Thank you for you time and I look forward to reading more from you in the future! Thank you so much for having me. Good luck on your journey.
How long have you been published? I started writing in 2015. I finished around June 2016 and I launched my book in September 2016
What's the worst part about being published? Formatting. This was my first book so this process was all new to me. I spent so much time trying to correct and change my formatted document and book cover so that I could have it printed for paperback or uploaded to offer as an eBook. Formatting is the devil! Lol. It can be very time consuming and frustrating if you do not have proper knowledge and guidance from the beginning.
What's the best part about being published? Seeing my vision that God gave me become reality is the best feeling ever. I also like seeing my name on my book, on amazon, and all types of publications. It makes it so real because I thought it was so impossible to achieve.
Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? I am a self-published author and even though it is a lot of work, it was the best way to go for me. I learned a lot through this process, good and bad, and now it is easier for me to publish additional books and help others. I like that I am in control of my book and my sales. I can design my own cover, set my own deadlines, and use my creativity to publish my book the way I would like it to be. I had to do everything myself but now I own the rights to my book.
With Self-publishing, you also have to work harder to promote your book and advertise in order for people to know that it exists and to purchase it. There are many advantages to self-publishing and it is becoming more common practice.
What is the name of your book(s)? My first book-Against All Odds, Persevere! Stories of Our Sisters… Against All Odds, Persevere! 30 Days of Affirmations was released February 2017.
Was it/were they an easy write for you? In my first book, I interviewed several women and turned their interview into their story. This is an interactive book with questions and pearls of wisdom that will cause you to think and re-evaluate your own life. It includes difficult topics such as molestation, domestic violence, low self-esteem, divorce, depression, suicide, being a teenage mother, loss of a loved one, etc… It explains how it affected the women in the story, how challenging life was, and how they persevered. Many times in life, we all face challenges and we think we are all alone and we want to give up. This book will encourage you not to give up on yourself or life and how to persevere against all odds.
The 30 days of Affirmations book is a daily guide to encourage you to speak life over yourself with a positive mindset and outlook on how you view things. We have the power to speak those positive things into existence in our lives.
Was it/were they an easy write for you? No, it was not easy to write for me. Some days the writing would flow easier than other days. Some days I would have writers’ block. Some days I would write and realize that I already wrote something similar to that already. I prayed during the entire writing process and asked God to give me the words that HE wanted me to relate to others.
What's the hardest part about writing a book? The hardest part about writing my first book is that I am sharing my story as well as the story of other women. Some days writing was emotional for me and in some cases, the person that I interviewed to create their story. I had to relive some of those experiences in my story and feel the pain of the other women that I was writing about. There were days that I had to put the computer down for a while and then come back to it. Some days I just didn’t feel like writing but I had to persevere to get my book completed.
What's the easiest part about writing a book? The easiest part about writing to me is the introduction. I knew I wanted to capture the reader from the beginning and I knew what I wanted to write about in general. As I sat down to write the introduction, it came to me pretty easily and dovetailed nicely into the essence of the book.
Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? My books are available on Amazon and the bitlinks are (bit.ly/persevere1 and bit.ly/affirmations1), in paperback and eBook and on the Nook (Barnes and Noble). They will also be available for purchase on my website very soon.
Do you have any future projects in the works? Is there a tentative release date? I am currently working on an Against All Odds, Persevere! Journal that will be tentatively be released in March or April and another Against All Odds, Persevere! Book of Stories of people that I am interviewing which should be released by July.