How to create your own magazine

Dear Readers,

I decided to give you some insight on what I learned about creating a magazine. It is not impossible as people would lead you to believe. In fact the materials you is all available on the world wide web.

When creating a magazine, the first thing you will need is stock images. It is very important to invest in stock images. You will need them for your website, and magazine. You always have the option to be old fashion and take your own pictures. If you even feel the need to hire a photographer.

There are several places you can purchase stock images. These include

My personal favorite

http://depositphotos.com?ref=4769579

and

http://www.shutterstock.com/

https://stock.adobe.com/

Now, you have your stock images. Start working on the website for your magazine. It is important to start the website because you could get people who want to share their article with your magazine. Therefore you need a contribution page.

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This is the site I built and an example of a contribution page. The logo was made custom for me by a freelancer, I hired.

The most important asset you need is a mission statement. Why are you creating a magazine? Who is the magazine for? What is the purpose of your magazine?

My mission statement is highlight in the picture below.

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You do need the additional pages subscribe, advertise, staff, and contact us. I used godaddy’s website builder and customized it to my liking.

After you have built your website site start marketing on twitter, facebook, and etc. Drive traffic to your contribution page to help jumpstart your magazine’s content.

The next part is using a layout for your magazine. Large magazine companies have many talented graphic designers at their disposable. All you have is yourself. There is good news, I did my research and found thousands of magazine templates available on the cheap. Just because they are affordable, doesn’t mean they lack in quality.

Here is the link to Creative Market. Where you can find many creative items for sale. I also love the fact they give you free goods each week. Be sure to download each week. They put the free items up on Monday.

https://creativemarket.com/templates/magazines

Important note about the template. All of Creative Market’s magazine templates are used in Adobe Indesign.

Now you got your template, next work on the content. This is the hardest most frustrating part of creating a magazine. You have a few options.

Choose between syndication, freelancers, or a team you assemble yourself. If you choose syndication, it will cost you a pretty penny. I contacted the  Washington Post Syndicate. They charge $50 per week plus $12 delivery charge. This is the last time I checked. It is easy with syndicate because they provide you with quality articles, and content for your magazine. You don’t have to come up with the ideas for articles.

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https://syndication.washingtonpost.com/syndication

Another source is using freelancers. I love with freelancers you can check their qualifications, and references from various freelancing sites. You must first figure out ideas for the articles first. Than assign your freelancers various articles to write. They need a solid idea in order to right.

After you assemble everything, had it edited it, and so forth. Use the template you purchased from Creative Market to assemble your magazine.

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After the template is assembled to your liking. You must work on distribution.

Most magazine companies have gone digital as the times progressed. If you only want to distribute your magazine digitally.

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Use ISSUU to distribute your magazine. The largest problem with ISSUU, is the fact your magazine is free. Readers would be reading your magazine for free. If you want to make income. Its best to offer a sample of the magazine via ISSUU and then redirect it to your magazine site. Where readers can subscribe.

https://issuu.com/

In the digital age, it is easy to forget print magazines. If you would like to pursue printing a magazine.

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Upload your completed magazine template to http://www.blurb.com/magazine

They sell magazines at a reasonable price. I liked them best out of the companies, I searched through.

I hope this post was helpful to you! I will keep you updated on my magazine adventures.

 

Thanks for reading,

Mary Sage Nguyen

 

 

 

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Falling: Popstar Lovers Series

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Falling: Popstar Lover Series

Nicole Eglinger

Genre: Erotica, and Romance

Date of Publication: March, 2016

ASIN: B01CYM24R8

 Pages: 227

 Word Count: 40,461

 Price: $2.99

Book Blurb:

 Josephine Michelle Brewer was from a small town in Maine. Josie got tired of the small town life and the life she had been forced to live. Josie’s life had been full of heartache and baggage. Josie wanted out of the country life and craved an action pack life so she moved west to San Francisco. Where her cousin (Ian) lived and worked as a music producer. She wanted to start a new life. Hopefully her life would be easier and much more bearable. That was until she met Ian’s personal friend and famous Australian popstar. Can Josie & her popstar handle balancing love and careers? Or would their past baggage and secrets tear them apart before they get started.

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FALLING: POPSTAR LOVER SERIES BOOK 1

CHARACTER PROFILE:

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Colin O’ Connor

Relevance:

The Popstar & Love interest of Josie

Height:

5 foot, 12 inches

 Weight:

160 pounds, very muscular

 Race:

Australian & Irish

Eye Color:

Deep Blue

Hair Color:

Started with Black Hair, Blonde (natural)

Age:

35 years old

Goal:

To make Josie fall in love with him & take care of her

Likes:

Making music, coffee, vegetarian, art, movies, one women in particular

Dislikes:

Men who beat on women & uncaring people

Greatest Flaw:

Falls in love very hard and fast & Bit of a Diva

Best quality:

         He is very loving, caring and sincerely loyal

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MY REVIEW:

Falling: Popstar Lover Series is a unique, and emotionally absorbing romance book. Josie is an intriguing character being a child psychologist. She is very affectionate, and sweet. She portrays herself as a mama bear who protects children she works with. Eventually, she must leave her current town. The reason being is because threatening situation involving one of the children she works with. She meets an Australian popstar by the name of Colin. They date, and dine. Colin comes across as a stud. Who Josie falls fast for. He is romantic, handsome, sincere, and a caring figure. She loves him with all her heart. Josie thinks she is free from her past, and former lover. They come back to haunt her. The purpose of Falling: Popstar Lover Series is to learn to be loyal your partner and never keep secrets. They come back to ruin your happiness. I recommend this series to a mature audience with a fascination with common women who fall in love with celebrities.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

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First, I want to thank Nicole Eglinger for doing the interview with me. Read the interview below and found how intriguing she can be.

  1. What is your writing process? Sometimes when I write there is no process per say. I find sometimes the story takes on its own life. Or I will turn on some Native American flute /Zen types of music on and write.
  1. Who are your largest author influences? Diana Gabaldon, Danielle Steele, Ann Rice, Ernest Hemmingway, Richelle Mead
  1. What is your favorite book? Storm Born (Dark Swan Series)
  1. What is your latest news? Just released my newest series Changing Lives (Talent Agency Series), working on Book Three ( Popstar Lover Series)
  1. What are the five things people do not know about you?
  2. Been with my husband for 24 yrs,
  3. I support Mission 22
  4. Control Freak
  5. Going to be a grandma for the 1st time in September
  6. Been bit by a shark
  1. What genre do you write? Erotica Romance, Historical Romance
  1. What is your most recent book Falling about? A small town girl (Josie) who moves out to San Francisco, CA. Where Josie’s cousin Ian lives and works as a music producer. Josie’s life was filled with heartache and turmoil and secrets she’s afraid to share. Hoping for a change and adventure. That was until she meets her cousin’s best friend and famous Australian popstar. Both having their own set of secrets. But will their secrets end up tearing them apart.
  1. How do you come up with characters for Falling? Josie reminds me a little of myself (came from a small town in Ohio), Colin fashioned him after a friend.
  1. What are your favorite characters in Falling and Why? Colin love his kindness and his sincerity and dedicated to the ones he loves.
  1. Is there a message behind Falling? Being loyal to the ones we love is imperative, and to never keep secrets from your spouse or partner.
  1. What inspired you to write the popstar series and what makes it different from series in its genre? Actually it was just an idea that popped in my mind one day. How it differs is I believe this story has many complex layers than most.
  1. Why are you fascinated with celebrities courting career driven women? My fascination is I believe even a common woman can be just as powerful.
  1. Did you date any famous Australian actors, singers, etc.? No, but if I did could I really say!! Wink!! Got to love that accent!!
  1. How many books do you read a year? So far this year I’ve read 25 books so far. Really not a set number just whatever book grabs my attention
  1. What is the last book you read? Taken by The Huntsman (Mistral Dawn)
  1. What is the hardest part in writing Falling? Hardest part was the ending of Book One!! (Very draining)
  1. What did you enjoy about writing Falling? The banter between Josie & Colin! Love their chemistry.
  1. How long did it take for you to Falling? 5 months
  1. Do you have any children or pets? If so, do they distract you, or assist you with writing? I have 4 grown sons but they don’t live @ home anymore. My youngest left last August for the Military. I have 3 cats (Siren, Annabelle & Tiger) No, they don’t distract! My cats sleep through my writing process
  1. Have you travel for your book, if so where? No
  1. Do you have a day job; you would be comfortable sharing? Do you have any good stories about your day job, you would like to share? No day job. Just my writing job!! Sometime my writing keeps me up or wakes me up!!
  1. Do you have a muse? If you do, what do you love the most about him or her? My muse is my husband (Les) & our sons!! Their love and encouragement and are very supportive of my writing and I.
  1. What are your next writing projects? My next projects are Faded Memories & Storm Through the Highlands.
  1. What are your writing or publishing goals in the future? Hoping to be one day traditionally published again. Hoping to be a Best Selling Author one day
  1. How can fans reach you directly?
  2. @PoetGirl37
  3. nleglinger1972@gmail.com
  4. amazon.com/author/nleglinger
  5. https://www.facebook.com/PopstarLoverSeriesBooks/
  6. @BookLoverNikky
  7. https://www.facebook.com/Nikkybear40/
  8. G+ https://plus.google.com/+NicoleEglinger/posts

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Changing Lives by Nicole Eglinger

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Changing Lives: Talent Agency Series 1

Nicole Eglinger

 Genre: Erotica, and Romance

Date of Publication: July 7, 2016

ASIN: B01GSQLITQ

 Pages: 227

 Format: ebook

 Price: $2.99

 

Book Blurb:

Makayla Weiss owner of the most popular talent agency in LA & San Francisco California. Taking a personal interest in singer Damien Starr to launch his solo career, after the breakup of a successful group he was part of.

The closer Makayla works with Damien the more passions are awaken between the two. Until a tragedy within Makayla’s family throwing her single free spirited life into chaos. The only way to make it through is depending on her new lover. Still maintaining her company and private life and being a role model to her new family.

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MY REVIEW:

Changing Lives is an erotic fantasy about loving, caring, and living life to the fullest. Makayla is vulnerable but capable character. She falls in love with Damien Starr. Who is a intriguing, and mysterious character. He embodies women’s fantasy with the charm of a rockstar, a caring personality, and physique to die for. Makayla is strong willed, is the owner of her own company in the book. She is very mature, but at the same time susceptible to parts of her life. She is also aware of her emotions, and tries very hard. Damien is wild, and unique compared to the typical erotica male characters. The love scenes are intense, and the emotional scenes between the main characters oozes epic romanticism. The main purpose of this book is about living life to the fullest, and don’t be afraid to fall in love hard and fast. I recommend Changing Lives to a mature audience with an interest in the music industry, and romanticism that stands the test of time.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

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First, I want to thank Nicole Eglinger for doing the interview with me. Read the interview below and found how intriguing she can be.

  1. What is your writing process? My writing process is every day, I go to Starbuck’s and write there and have a Frappuccino. Or write @ home usually surrounded by my three cats (Siren, Annabelle and Tiger)
  1. Who are your largest author influences? My most favorite author is Diana Gabaldon
  1. What is your favorite book? Outlander (Book One)
  1. What is your latest news? Just released my third book (Changing Lives: Talent Agency Series Book One) Writing the third Book to Popstar Lover Series currently.
  1. What are the five things people do not know about you?
  2. Have 4 grown sons,
  3. Don’t like big crowds,
  4. Expecting my first grandbaby in Sept,
  5. My favorite vacation spot is Scotland,
  6. Control Freak
  1. What genre do you write? Erotica/Romance
  1. What is your most recent book Changing Lives about? About Makayla a free spirited woman who is an owner of the most popular Talent Management company in LA & San Francisco. Where she meets and takes special interest in Damien Starr a sexy Aussie singer launching his solo career after being in a famous band. Makayla being carefree single women life gets thrown into chaos after a personal family tragedy. Makayla quickly realizes for once in her life she just might need help and encouragement to get her through the darkness.
  1. How do you come up with characters for Changing Lives? Well I came up with Makayla (pretty much how I see a certain part of myself deep inside) Damien (fashioned him after a certain Aussie singer I like)
  1. What are your favorite characters in Changing Lives and Why? Makayla, is my favorite love her spunkiness, she isn’t afraid to hide her feelings. But she also is very vulnerable!!
  1. Is there a message behind Changing Lives? Don’t be afraid to live your life to the fullest, because we don’t know how long we have. Don’t be afraid to fall in love hard and fast.
  1. How did it feel when you won the Poems, & Poets 2012, and 2013? I was very flattered when my poems won, especially one was inspired by the disaster of 9-11-12
  1. How many books do you read a year? This year so far 20
  1. What is the last book you read? Currently reading -The Private Life of Estelle Knight (Keisha Ramdaine), Echo In The Bone (Diana Gabaldon)
  1. What is the hardest part in writing Changing Lives? The emotional parts were very hard to write.
  1. What did you enjoy about writing Changing Lives? Getting lost in a world of my own making!!
  1. How long did it take for you to Changing Lives? About 4 months!
  1. Do you have any children or pets? If so, do they distract you, or assist you with writing? I have 4 grown sons and three cats. My sons don’t live @ home anymore the last one left for the Air Force last august. My cats sleeps through my writing.
  1. Have you travel for your book, if so where? Yes, I have, Scotland
  1. Do you have a muse? If you do, what do you love the most about him or her? My Muse is my husband (Les). His undying support and encouragement.
  1. What are your next writing projects? My next projects Third Book (Popstar Lover Series), Faded Memories, Storm Through the Highlands
  1. What are your writing or publishing goals in the future? I hope one day to be a Best Selling Author!!
  1. How can fans reach you directly? @PoetGirl37 or nleglinger1972@gmail.com

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The Faith of Hannah

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The Faith of Hannah

Fatima Y. Alexander

Genre: Non-Fiction, Personal development, Religion and Spirituality

 Date of Publication: March, 12, 2016

Publisher: Createspace

 ISBN: 978-1530185450

 Pages: 108

Word Count: 29,342

 Book Blurb:

There are times in life when darkness and shame threaten to overcome us, and it seems impossible that a chain of negative situations could ever be broken.

Fatima Alexander journeys through the horror of an abusive relationship, twenty years of depression, and a seemingly endless downward spiral. When it appears she’s in the bottom of her own personal abyss, she finds purpose in the task of sharing her story, realizing she can help others understand that they are not alone in their pain and there is a way out of even the worst predicament.

The Faith of Hannah is the honest testimony of the author’s descent into despair, as well as the inspiring tale of how she finds freedom from her guilt and low sense of self-worth. Filled with relevant scripture and practical exercises, this book is an interactive guide, that will help readers discover who they really are and start believing in a life that has meaning and value. An intentional quick read, The Faith of Hannah was specifically developed for those who are up to the challenge.  This volume will be a life-changing tool that allows the reader to embrace both the transcendent and the devastating in the story.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

First, I want to thank Fatima Alexander for interviewing with me. Find out more about her below. She is a very strong willed, and capable women who survived a terrible ordeal

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  1. What is your writing process? I don’t just sit down and write. I actually wait until I have a feeling that moves me in either a good or bad way then write from that place.  I have always found that when you write in the moment of emotion you get the best result.
  1. Who are your largest author influences? I read a lot of non-fiction and instructional books. I wouldn’t necessarily say that a specific author influences my writing.  I believe that each person has a specific style that forms who they are, so I don’t necessarily get influenced from one particular author I would more so say maybe one particular style.
  1. What is your favorite book? I read an autobiography on Maya Angelou’s life.  I would say that was my favorite.  She was very honest with her story, and her experiences made me look at my life differently.  The icing on the cake was having the opportunity to hear her speak.  She brought tears to my eyes to see how incredible a woman she was.  There was so much strength in her story and her words.
  2. What is your latest news? I recently started a magazine called I Am Not Ashamed.  It is a spin-off from The Faith of Hannah.  It is full of empowering stories, health tips, and motivational information for women.  This initiative came to me after picking up a newspaper one day.  I saw that it included more about celebrities’ stories, and less about the lives of everyday people.  Not the ones looking for 15 minutes of fame, but the ones who really had incredible stories to tell.  It became my mission to start a magazine that will tell those stories, and leave the other stuff to everyone else.
  1. What genre do you write? My focus is Inspiration and women’s issues.
  1. What is your most recent book The Faith of Hannah about? The Faith of Hannah chronicles a very dark part of my life, and the steps I took to bring myself out.  It also helps women recognize some of the insecurities and unhealthy situations that we live in that bring us to that point.  It includes relevant scripture and interactive exercises, all geared toward helping women dig deeper into their psyche and take a realistic look at their lives. The goal of these exercises is to help readers develop a lasting relationship with God and find their individual purpose.  The book was written specifically for women, but in my test group I have found that many men learned from it too.  Additionally, I interviewed several women who were not avid readers about the length, and they felt anything too long would not be as effective for them.  So I made it a quick read, so that each woman who picks it up will actually read it and do the work to be made whole again.
  1. How did you survive domestic abuse? For me, I didn’t really realize that I was in a situation until we were months away from getting married.  We get into situations because we are struggling with unresolved internal issues.  That was the case with this relationship.  He wooed me in the beginning.  Was incredible, as well as incredible with my son.  But there were flags that I ignored while we were dating.  For one, he was incredibly jealous.  He felt threatened even by men on my job, and I had to constantly reassure him that he was the one I wanted to be with.  After time went by, I noticed a bit of bizarre behavior, and I attributed to stress, as he was going through something.  But in reality he had a drug problem that he was hiding that didn’t come out until we moved in together.  I would often come home to him high and drunk, with a house full of guys who I didn’t care to know.  He would be doing this around my child and me.  From there it escalated to grabbing, then trying to tear me down emotionally and mentally.  From there came the real abuse.  Choking me while I slept.  He never came at me while I was awake, because he knew I would fight back, so he would wait until I fell asleep and attack me then.  This went on for about a month, before I woke up.  The night when I finally had enough is when I saw him start saying negative things about my son and to my son.  He would give him dirty looks, and get mad whenever I would give him attention.  I started to feel uneasy about what he might do.  That very week I took my son to my mother and asked her to please keep him and don’t ask any questions.  She did, and I proceeded to get him out of our house.  I knew he liked to drink beer after work, so I locked all the bathrooms, and slid something against the doors in the house.  The bedroom and hall bathrooms were connected, so I was able to set it up and slip out the house.  Later when he wasn’t looking I slipped his key off his key ring in hopes that he would leave the house and use the bathroom someplace.  He did.  While he was physical with me, he wouldn’t destroy the house, as he was cheap and didn’t want to have to pay for it.  I left and stayed gone for a while, and then contacted the rental office and got out of my lease and moved.  Once I got out I never looked back.   I was a very dark moment, and it took his interactions with my son to open my eyes.  While I was too broken to see what he was doing to me, life woke me up quickly when I thought he would hurt my son.  Something I would never let happen, ever.
  1. What does self-worth mean to you? Self-worth is the most important thing in any of our lives.  If you don’t love yourself, or feel you are worthy of anything good, you will let anyone do anything to you.  It is important that everyone, especially women, look at themselves as valuable.  It doesn’t matter if no one else thinks so, you have to know it in your spirit that you are valuable, and deserve to be loved, and treated with respect by the world, and most importantly, yourself.
  1. What interactive exercises does your book offer to aid your readers? The interactive section starts out with a Q&A for the reader to be honest with themselves about their lives.  About their decisions and about who they really are.  This allows them to take an honest approach to healing themselves, and in turn be able to help others as well with their story.  Not the ones we tell ourselves to make life bearable, but our authentic testimony that must be addressed, and worked through to be well again.  The second part has scenarios.  I use seven different scenarios and the reader must answer honestly how they would handle that situation or how reading it affected them.  This will help them recognize some things in themselves that they may have missed in the previous section, and have an opportunity to work through that as well.
  1. What is your purpose in life, after surviving depression, and domestic abuse? Wow, that is an awesome question.  It took me many years to finally recognize what my life’s purpose is.  Life to me was predetermined before we ever took our first breath.  As we maneuver through the various roads, each road takes us one step closer to our purpose.  My purpose is to ensure that we as women understand that we are incredible beings and are worthy of a beautiful magnificent life.  Without the drama and without the self-hatred.  So many of us compare ourselves to every other woman we encounter.  But my goal with The Faith of Hannah and I Am Not Ashamed is to help women recognize that they are originals, and they were created that way for a reason.  I want them to understand that they are enough.  I want them to learn to embrace their beauty as well as their flaws, and most importantly I want to be able to help women learn to encourage each other in sisterhood and in truth.  Without sisterhood we will always tear each other down.
  1. When you were depressed, what was the darkest moment? My darkest moment was when I was lying in a bed after attempting my life.  My life was in chaos.  My oldest son who had leukemia was told he wouldn’t make it through the weekend, and my younger son was extremely depressed from watching his brother suffer.  I was all alone.  No family.  No support at all dealing with this.  I had a nervous breakdown and tried to end my life, as it became too much for me.  By the grace of God, I was saved, and my faith in God helped me accept my journey and accept my situation.  It was a long and hard process, and I documented it and from that situation came my book.  I had to move through life with the faith of Hannah.  Hannah was a woman in the bible who trusted God despite what was happening in her life.  She called out to God and he heard her prayers.  Not only did God answer her prayers, but He gave her peace and acceptance.  That is what I had to learn.  And that is what I felt other women needed to know in order to be able to not get to the point that I did.  Happily, my life is completely different now.  My son is in complete remission, and my other son is doing extremely well.  I would have never seen the promise of God if He allowed me to indeed lose my life that day.  I would have never seen that He had a bigger plan for me life, and all that I endured was part of the process.  I just needed to stop focusing on the problems, and start working toward a solution.
  1. What is the most important takeaway from The Faith of Hannah? You are enough and deserve to life a good and healthy life.  No the process of getting there may not always be easy, but it is indeed possible to achieve, and absolutely worth it.
  1. Is there a message behind The Faith of Hannah? The message is to never be ashamed of your journey.  It is what formed you.  And most importantly, don’t allow anyone to hold you hostage with your story.  Yes, sometimes it may be dark and seedy, but if you own it and release that person from having that power over you, life will start to shape up differently.  I was ashamed for so long of some of the things that I had been through, but once I released it and stopped making my past a non-issue in my life, I was finally able to heal, recognize my worth, and most importantly love who I was and what I had become.
  1. What is the hardest part in writing The Faith of Hannah? Telling my secrets.  I have many secrets in the book.  I had to get over it, and not allow the secrets to hold me.  So, that hardest part was not giving it power over my life anymore and letting it go by way of story.
  1. What did you enjoy about writing The Faith of Hannah? The cleansing that I felt after finishing each chapter.  Each one addressed a different pain, and after each one, I was cleansed. Free.  And it could never hurt me again.  That was the best part of this process.  Knowing that I was no longer a prisoner of my past.
  1. How long did it take for you The Faith of Hannah? It took me about a month to write.  It was quite long at first, and I axed about 100 pages, because I didn’t want the reader to get lost in words.  I wanted them to find their purpose and be made whole.  I felt giving them the meat was more important than all the flowery stuff that just takes up a lot of space, but isn’t effective.
  1. Do you have any children or pets? If so, do they distract you, or assist you with writing? I have two sons.  Actually, they inspired me to push forward.  The book covers many issues in my life that they are connected to, and it allowed me to really write from my experience after having conversations with them.
  1. What are your writing or publishing goals in the future? As of right now I don’t have any plans as far as writing another book, my goal is my magazine.  I publish it bi-monthly, and I feel it allows me to express myself in ways the book can’t.  I can change subjects with each issue, and in one month cover cancer awareness, and in the next the struggles of a single mother.  The options are endless, and exhilarating at the same time.
  1. How can fans reach you? I can be reached via my website at fatimaalexander.com

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How I created and published “The Reading Parrot Named Darwin”

Dear Readers,

After recently publishing my children’s picture book “The Reading Parrot Named Darwin” with my co pilot Marvin Alonso. I thought I would give you guys insight on the process.

The first step in my process is writing a detailed manuscript for my illustrator. I have attached my manuscript as a guide for yourself. I hope you save time by using my method of creation.

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The second step of the process, you must find yourself a superb illustrator. I will always use freelancers, since I find them easier to deal with.

I had the most difficult time finding my illustrator Marvin Alonso. I must say, he is one of the best I could have found. I could not be prouder to have an Filipino illustrator to bring my stories to life.

As long as I live, I will advocate for people hiring freelancers. I went on to query many artists, who rejected my manuscript. I even went as far as emailing a professional children’s book illustrator’s  agent. Which was a total waste of time. Agents are nothing but cock blockers. As I have learned the hard way.

The fact remains Marvin fell into my lap. I was freelancing myself, when I found this extraordinary artist. An author by the name of Lora Lye hired me to promote her children’s book. Here is my author interview with her, https://marysagenguyen.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/no-such-things-as-monsters/

Lora Lye’s children’s book “No Such Things As Monsters” was illustrated my Marvin. After going through many artist who kept rejecting my manuscript. I gave Marvin a shot. We chatted through the freelancing site, I frequent. He gave me a quote and my children’s picture book became a reality.

You can also hire a publishing company to illustrate your children’s book. I know www.lulu.com has children’s book illustrators. I still prefer freelancers.

Now if you want to create a children’s picture book. Be prepared to shell out some cash. For my children’s picture book, I paid Marv about $957.50 through a period of 4 months. That is how long it took for him to take my manuscript and create the illustrations for it. Do not expect your artist to be quick. Like everything else creating something from nothing takes time.

Make sure you do your research and check the illustrator’s background. You definitely don’t want a illustrator who is incapable of achieving results.Marvin was hired by a publishing company and started freelancing after. I loved that he worked in the publishing industry. He also frequently blogs paintings, and so forth that are  not freelance related. I knew that he loved his job and love drawing. He also stated in his bio, he wants to strengthen his craft. Which was also a giant plus.

If you are an expert publisher, you know you will need a mobi file for Kindle version of your book aka ebook. To save myself cash, I chose to create my own POD hardcopy, and paperback copy. Marvin later asked me for the POD files I created using Adobe Indesign. It is easy for me to use photoshop, and indesign. I trained myself watching youtube videos, and reading. If you do make your own files, send it to the artist so you can be on the same page. You don’t want inconsistencies in the ebook and POD book.

Now, Marvin created my mobi file for me for an extra fee of course. I definitely recommend authors familiarize yourself with adobe photoshop, and indesign. These two programs will become invaluable to you, with your future publishing endeavors.

Moving on, I can now cross publishing a children’s picture book off my bucket list. I also appreciate the review from Reader’s Favorite for “The Reading Parrot Named Darwin”

Here are some illustrations from “The Reading Parrot Named Darwin”

 

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Thank you for reading,

Mary Sage Nguyen

 

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Distinguished Men by Andreas A. Jones

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Distinguished Men
Andreas A. Jones

Genre: Non Fiction, Business, and Self Help

Date of Publication: November, 2015

ASIN: B01805YR0K

Pages: 102

Format: Ebook

Book Blurb:

The foundation to long-lasting success in business and in life narrows down to one thing…character. It’s no coincidence the greatest leaders, the “Distinguished Men”, are men of impeccable character…and they rule the world! Throughout this book are powerful animal archetypes, which describe different personalities in terms of animal traits, and may show you a side of yourself that you didn’t know.

‘DISTINGUISHED MEN’ is packed full of information which cover everything from trust and unconditional love to reconnecting with those you care about, and healing yourself and moving forward. Animals are truly inspirational role models who, when given a chance, can enrich our own appreciation of life and provide us with a thought provoking promise of what is possible.

In this step-by-step book that describes how you can grow in influence, success and significance you will learn how animals have a lot of valuable lessons to teach us. By reading and implementing the information in this book you will begin your amazing journey in growing in influence, significance and success.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

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First I want to thank Andreas A. Jones for doing the interview with me. Read the interview below and found how intriguing he can be.

1. What is your writing process?
I commit to writing at least 500 words per day (Monday-Frday) for 6 weeks and I have an accountability partner to keep me on track.

2. Who are your largest author influences?
John Maxwell, Robert Greene, Abraham Maslow and Napoleon Hill.

3. What is your favorite book?
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

4. What is your latest news?
My book Distinguished Men debut #1 on the Best Sellers List in USA, Canada an UK.

5. What are the five things people do not know about you?

I am shy, the 3rd of 7 brothers no sister, I served in Afghanistan, I love 70’s and 80’s music, favorite color is blue.

6. What genre do you write?
Non-Fiction – Self Help.

7. What is your most recent book Distinguished Men about?
Helping help men all over world become aware and intentional about living a life of significance. By reading and implementing the information in this book you they begin an amazing journey growing in influence, significance and success.
8. What is the most important lesson you would want the reader to know in Distinguished Men?
Perseverance is the secret sauce of success!!!

9. What is a distinguished men?
Distinguished men are credible. They influence people by the way the talk, dress, and how they respond to issues. They demonstrate a strong knowledge base, respond to questions, and challenges in a timely and complete and accurate manner, and they use their teams to build performance, and outcomes. Employers, vendors, customers, easily learn to trust credible leaders and want to work with and buy from them because their reliability.

10. Which animal from Distinguished Men, do you admire the most, and why?
I am admire lion because it is associated with courage and is capable of surviving competitive environments. In life, courage is regarded as the life blood that fuel us. The lion personality has a unmistakable presence of courage. Moving with an unruffled calm of a cat and the dignified gait of someone in command.

11. What compelled you to write Distinguished Men?
Many men today feel adrift and have lost the confidence, focus, skills, and virtues that men of the past embodied. In a society with information overload and 24 hour news cycles, modern men are confused about their role and what it means to be an honorable, well-rounded man- a Distinguished Man. The causes of this male malaise are many — from the cultural to the technological. One factor is simply the lack of direction offered men in the popular culture. Men’s magazines today are largely about sex, sports cars, and getting six-pack abs.

12. What is greatest adversity you faced when you served in United States Army?
The greatest adversity faced while in Army was going to Afghanistan and constantly being in a space of uncertainty.

13. Is there a message behind Distinguished Men?
The end goal is to create a synergy of tradition and modernity that offers men a way forward and signposts on how to live a life that makes an impact on the world and leave a legacy your family can be proud of. Ultimately, Distinguished Men aims to inspire men to be better husbands, fathers, brothers, citizens — a new generation of great men.

14. What is the last book you read?
Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill

15. What did you enjoy about writing Distinguished Men?
I enjoyed the journey it took me on. During the process I have grown and increased my awareness and consciousness.

16. How long did it take for you to Distinguished Men?
It took me 3 months.

17. Have you travel for your book, if so where?
No. I hoping to deliver the message of this book to men around the world.

18. Do you have a day job, you would be comfortable sharing?
I am an assistant Vice President at Suntrust Bank.

19. Do you have a muse? If you do, what do you love the most about him or her?
Yes my wife. She challenges my self limiting beliefs and continually push me out of my comfort zone.

20. What are your next writing projects?
My next book is called The Pain of Regret and it is about helping people to get back on the game of life.

21. How can fans reach you directly?
Fans can reach me directly at andreas@distinfuishedmen.org or by phone at 404-376-6452.

 

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Why you should enter The Pulitzer Prize.

Dear Readers,

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If you are an author, and have published a physical copy of your book. You should consider entering “The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction”. There is a catch, they do not accept e books, or unpublished manuscripts. Your novel must be published as a physical book. The reason I bring this up, is because the success I have had. First and foremost, the prodigious competition only cost $50 per category to enter.  Also you can use the subtitle “Pulitzer Entrant for Fiction 2015” on your book’s distributor pages. Most of the public know what the “Pulitzer Prize” is.

It is very simple to enter. First, you go on the website register for an account, and fill out your book information afterward.

The Pulitzer Prize official website:

http://www.pulitzer.org/page/14014

Another catch includes sending four copies of your book. This means you buy books from your publisher, and you have to pay for shipping. For me the cost of entering the competition was about $86 dollars.

Once, you finish filling out your online application for The Pulitzer Prize. Send them the copies of your book. You should receive an email from them after they receive your materials.

To me, it is still worth it. You are entering into the realm of the best authors. Also you can use the subtitle “Pulitzer Entrant for Fiction 2015” on your book’s distributor pages. This subtitle is an important marketing tool for me. With it, I associate myself with a renowned organization.

I would never say, I am a Pulitzer Finalist, or nominated. I know some authors, journalist, and so forth have tried doing this. They have been caught in their lie.

I don’t care about winning. It will not happen. Since my book contains violent imagery. It is all about the experience to me.

Good luck to all the authors, musicians, photographers, journalist, and so forth who have enter The Pulitzer Prize this year.

 

Thank you for reading,

Mary Sage Nguyen

“Entertaining readers, one book at a time!”

http://www.marysagenguyen.com

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