Self Publishing – An Author, G. D. Grace Perspective (2012)

You know, I self-published my first book, “Knights of Deception” in 2009, knowing very little about publishing or marketing. Four books later I find myself still learning and perfecting the craft of writing and marketing. LULU, the hub where I self-published, made my dream possible with the “pay-for-print” option that is included in the price you set. I’m not even sure the young lady who hipped me to LULU even realized the gift she gave me, or how far I would go with it.

If you are a writer, then be a writer. Let the allure of the flashy book cover and the equally flash of the audio “book commercial” on You tube be something you reach for on your literary journey, but never let not having them stop you from releasing your work. The perfect polish of your work will come in time. You may not have the glossy cover with the dazzling graphics, but the content of your words is what counts in the end. I have read some of the “glossy” book covered literary offerings and, let me tell you, with all that gloss, the storyline is the only thing I was interested in. Be incredible, fearless, and never let not having a polished look prevent you from sharing your gift with your readers. Trust me. You readers will love your words and not the gift wrap.

And these are the…

(reflections of a writer) GD

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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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8 Responses to Self Publishing – An Author, G. D. Grace Perspective (2012)

  1. Congratulations on getting it published! And on finishing it. A lot of authors are self-publishing these days, and a lot are becoming very successful because of it. I’m glad to see it worked out for you! Every step in the journey is an accomplishment, and they all add up. Thanks for sharing, I’m sure I’ll be there soon too, and it’s good to know that I’m not doing it alone.

  2. Congratulations, and thank-you for encouraging others to write!

  3. Sharifah says:

    I’m on the road to self-publishing right now; and your post gives encouragement and helps remind me to put things in perspective, Thank you.

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