Welcome back to another blog at Exposed Books Publishing. Here at Exposed Books, our goal is to help put other authors on by offering them another platform to shine.
Meet Author Raven Terry.
Tell us about Raven.
Raven: My name is Raven Terry. I am 25 years old, and I have a 4-year-old daughter. I enjoy walks in the park, sitting by any body of water, and spending time with my family. I am a very quiet person until I get to know you. My favorite color is yellow, and my favorite food is spaghetti. I love writing, of course, and drawing as well.
Leslie: Raven, it sounds like we have something in common. I am also a very quiet person, and I will not talk to you until I get to know you. I am the biggest introvert until I feel comfortable with you.
You knew you wanted to be a writer, when?
Raven: I first knew I wanted to write a book at the age of 12. I wrote my first book and drew the illustrations. The book was only shared with close friends and family. They saw I had a wonderful gift and pushed me to become an author.
Leslie: I love it when a dream comes to light at a young age.
Tell us about your books.
Raven: I have written five self-help and poetry books for myself, and I’ve written around six for other clients. It’s called The Five Pillars of Self-Love. In this book, I explain the importance of loving yourself. I believe without that, any relationship around you will fail. I share five of my deepest poems on self-love, the emotions behind not feeling love, and some ways that I practice it. Being a life coach who specializes in law of attraction and cognitive-behavioral techniques, I tried to incorporate as much information as I could within my book.
Tell us about your publishing process.
Raven: I self-published using my own website and author platform. Self-publishing was very easy for me. I did a lot of research on marketing and promotion because I knew I had to do it all myself. I started by looking for what platforms I wanted to use and then came up with a marketing plan. The hardest part about self-publishing, I would say, would be getting in front of the right people. But with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.
Leslie: I can’t stress it enough; how important it is to have a marketing plan. When you don’t have a plan/strategy in place, it will be harder to reach those that need your book.
What were your struggles?
Raven: My biggest struggle with writing is writing too much. It can cause a major headache when it’s time to edit. Once I start writing, I can’t stop lol.
Leslie: I think that’s a major struggle for many authors. I often tell my clients more words, will not make a better story.
What will readers gain from reading your book?
Raven: Readers will be able to gain knowledge of self-love. They will realize that mental health is just as important as physical health. Readers will feel empowered and joyous when reading as well
Can we expect another book from you?
Raven: Yes, I am currently working on another poetry book, as well as a novel.
What advice would you offer a new author?
Raven: I would advise authors to do their research. Know your target audience, come up with a marketing plan, and stick to it. There may be days when you don’t feel like doing anything, and that’s when you should.
Leslie: Research is critical. Many authors jump out there, and no research was done or there was no plan created. Don’t rush the process.
What’s next for Raven?
Raven: I plan on sending some of my work to traditional publishing companies to see how the process works. I am also setting up an online book club and membership program. We will discuss different topics and have unlimited Q&A.
Leslie: This sounds great. I wish you the best of luck with everything.
How can readers reach you?
Raven: You can email me at email@example.com or visit www.expressedwriting.com
Leslie: Thank you, Raven!
That wraps up another blog interview with a fantastic author. Please be sure to support Raven. Stay tuned for our next blog, where I’ll be talking about writer's block. Is Writer’s Block a Real Thing?
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