Should you self-publish your book

Self-publishing gives you the opportunity to channel your creativity into a finished product and the freedom to be your own boss.

Many authors never see the day when their work is actually published into book form.  For many, it’s an endless collection of torn pieces inside of a notebook or crumbled pages that once have served as a place holder for their coffee.  The desire to publish traditionally is losing its appeal every day because great writers are tired of sitting on the back burner waiting for a publisher to believe in them.  Well guess what?  We need to start believing in ourselves!

Self-publishing is becoming more attractive every day because it evens the playing field, giving everyone a chance to become a successful author.  So why should you self-publish? For creative control, flexibility, and longevity…and so much more!

My advice, don’t let your talent dwindle or vanish into thin air just because of someone’s rigid expectations or submission guidelines.  Take charge, be bold, and put one foot in front of the other…and walk!!

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Is self-publishing right for you?

Is self-publishing right for you? This question might help you determine whether or not to self-publish your book.

ASK YOURSELF THIS!

2. Do you want to become an expert in your field, grow your company, and/or build your author platform?

There are so many people who believe that a book will automatically sell and speak for itself.  Well, that’s not true because books can’t speak.  They are unable to tap customers on the shoulder to say, “Please purchase me!”  Therefore, it is our responsibility to showcase our finished product to the world.

First, start off by becoming an expert in your field. Check out books in the library and read several articles that provide an in depth insight about that genre or subject area. Post frequent articles on your blog showcasing your knowledge base and find opportunities to guest post. Make sure that you have published at least two to three books in that particular genre in order to show your credibility.

Second, try to make pertinent decisions that grow and not hinder your company.  Seek partnerships that add value and validity to your business.  Don’t overspend, but set aside a lump sum of money for marketing and advertising.

Last, make sure that you develop a fan base and build your platform as an author.  Stay consistent, confident, and creative.  Make sure that you connect with readers through book signings, book fairs, and book readings.  Also, reach out to people through social media such as: Twitter, GooglePlus, Facebook, Goodreads, and more. 


If you are interested in taking your book to the next level then you must push yourself and believe in your work. “When passion meets excellence then the limits are removed.” – Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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Independent publisher releases a school planner for kids

Los Angeles, CA: Today, Building Voices, an independent publishing company that specializes in children’s fiction, released their first planner, Little Kids, Big Voices School Planner. This planner is a fun and unique way for kids to keep track of all of their tests, activities, and duties as a kid. It contains weekly checklists reminding them to eat healthy, turn in their homework, and complete their chores. There’s also space to help them keep track of important information. Priced at $9.99, it is a must-have item to keep kids organized.

Building Voices’ mission is to build soft voices into outspoken leaders. The Little Kids, Big Voices book series is made up of chapter books, journals, coloring books, and more. This series is designed to entertain, inspire, and remind children that they have a voice in this world.

Building Voices’ CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva said, “I’m excited to finally introduce our new product to the world.  This kid-friendly planner will keep any kid organized throughout the year.”

About Building Voices: Building Voices is a children’s publishing company based in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 2011, Building Voices is steadily gaining interest from parents, teachers, and school officials through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and other social media avenues. In addition to books and publishing, Building Voices offers critiquing services and writing mentorships for aspiring writers. Building Voices is scheduled to publish their second chapter book in December 2015. For more information, visit www.buildingvoices.com.

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


The copyright page is essential to the formatting of your book and should include the following items:

1. Publisher’s logo

2. Publisher’s contact information

3. Copyright date and notice

4. Publication date

5. Cataloging information

6. The author, editor, graphic designer, and illustrator credits

7. ISBN number

8. Library of congress number

9. Where the book was printed

10. Copyright infringement statements

What’s the big deal?

The copyright page also known as the edition notice contains the most valuable information about your book so plan on bookstores, librarians, and retailers locating it.  It helps bookstores determine how to shelf your book so either hire an excellent PCIP Cataloger or obtain your CIP from the Library of Congress. It also provides customers with infringement statements which prevent others from copying your work without your permission.

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Where does the copyright page go?

The copyright page is normally on the left hand side and goes directly behind the main title page.  Some books have mini-title pages that include only the title, but the main title page usually includes the authors name, the publisher, and where the book was published.

Take a look at the copyright page for Broccoli Chronicles.

Notice that the copyright page is thorough. It contains the items mentioned above in addition to a few others – trademark information and where to find educational resources. It is clean, crisp, and easy to read. Make sure that your copyright page is professional and appealing to customers.


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Is self-publishing right for you?

Is self-publishing right for you? Here is one reason for why you should or shouldn’t self-publish your book.

1. Are you only interested in the milestone of publishing your book or do you plan to sell millions of copies?

Some people are only interested in publishing their book.  Their goal is neither to sell tons of copies nor to become rich.  Believe it or not, but some people are only interested in achieving milestones for the sake of self-gratification.  Well, what does that mean? 

Think of having a bucket list where the first item on your list is to become a published author.  Even more so, think about dedicating the next two to three years of your life simply to see your title in print or better yet, to see your book on Amazon.

There are many authors that rarely sell any books.  It’s not because the book is poorly written or that the main character is unforgettable.  It’s likely due to the lack of advertisement which as a result can hinder sales.

You’re probably wondering why would someone write a book and not advertise it?  Well, the answer is simple.  The creative side and the marketing side are two different things.  Some people are only wired to be creative and inventive, and are unable to tap into their left brain thinking in order to manage their book events, attend book fairs, or organize book signings.  The marketing aspect is a different animal to tame and therefore some people don’t have the desire to do it.  Some are pleased with just scratching that item off of their bucket list.  Is that you?

Check out Ways to Promote Your Book for tips on advertising and promoting your novel!

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


5 reasons why self-publishing is right for you

Self-publishing is not for everyone, but it offers another route for those that want to carry out their own vision.  There are many reasons to self-publish, but below are the top five.

1. CREATIVE CONTROL
As a self-publisher, you have the ability to be your own boss and manage the whole operation. You are able to set your own goals and deadlines.  Traditional publishers rarely solicit your input in the creative or marketing side.  Normally, they determine the release date for your book in addition to the book’s cover. With self-publishing, you are able to design your own cover, determine the book format and size, and much more!

2. COMPENSATION
You are able to potentially make more money as a self-publisher because you cut out the middle man and the unwanted costs that traditional publishers pay.

3. THE LONG HAUL
Traditional publishers stop promoting your book once the new best thing hits the market or once your sales drop.  As a self-publisher, you can promote your book for as long as you like.

4. PRICING
Self-publishers can adjust the price of their book whenever they decide to.  As a marketing tool, you can lower the price during the holiday season or offer an ebook version for a fraction of the cost.

5. FLEXIBILITY
There is minimal flexibility with traditional publishers.  As a self-publisher, you can change the release date of your book in order to buy you more time.  You are able to periodically adjust your wholesale discount.  You are even able to offer freebies and giveaways in order to expand your customer base.

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


As a left brain thinker who focuses primarily on deadlines, organization, and planning, I had to tap into my creative side when designing both Building Voices, my indie publishing company, and Little Kids, Big Voices, my children’s book series. Building Voices and Little Kids, Big Voices are more than just a name. There is a meaning behind both. Many people are simply creating titles just for the sake of starting a business, but I’m more interested in creating a movement.

How have we distinguished ourselves from the competition?

First, it’s the message that we are sending to parents, teachers, librarians, and educational officials that the voice of children matter. Second, it’s the multi-skill set of products and materials that we produce. Our first coloring book is not only intended as a fun and stimulating activity for children, it can possibly improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Third, the Little Kids, Big Voices website has tons of resources and teaching tools for educators and librarians. There are printable worksheets, articles about the common core standards, and activities for students.

Being a teacher for over ten years’ has shown me how important educational resources are for parents and teachers.

Broccoli Chronicles, my first chapter book, has a really inspiring main character, a highly desirable front and back cover, and tons of fun and catchy illustrations. Many self-publishers aren’t able to get editorial reviews because the reviewers are inundated with books from the top publishers, but I have found a solution to this problem. I was able to get book reviews from colleagues, people who devote their time to molding, shaping, and educating children. The reviews are showcased inside of the book and one review, written by a current Assistant Principal, is displayed on the back cover. These reviews show that the educational community believe in my work.

In addition to the creative side, I spend a lot of time with marketing as well as giving back to the community.  Several weeks ago, my non-profit organization, TCD Kids Foundation, donated about 20+ books to kids of military families in Torrance, CA.  In February, I’m scheduled to attend a book signing event at an Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA.  Also, I constantly pass out bookmarks to teachers, local libraries, and churches.

Some say that the sky is the limit.  Well, for me, there is no limit.  We should push to reach even higher; higher beyond what our eyes can see and our mind can comprehend.  I plan to challenge myself.


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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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Independent publisher releases an interactive journal that promotes strategic writing for kids

Los Angeles, CA: Today, Building Voices, an independent publishing company that specializes in children’s fiction, released their first journal, Little Kids, Big Voices Interactive Journal. It features the first chapter from Broccoli Chronicles, as well as sentence starters, writing prompts, and lots of blank pages intended to inspire kids to find their inner voice. Priced at $10.99, it is a great addition to the Little Kids, Big Voices series.

Building Voices’ mission is to build soft voices into outspoken leaders. The Little Kids, Big Voices book series is made up of chapter books, coloring books, activity books, and more. This series is designed to entertain, inspire, and remind children that they have a voice in this world.

Building Voices’ CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva said, “Kids will love the opportunity to jot down their sketches, thoughts, plans, and ideas for their future. This journal is a must-have.”

About Building Voices: Building Voices is a children’s publishing company based in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 2011, Building Voices is steadily gaining interest from parents, teachers, and school officials through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and other social media avenues. In addition to books and publishing, Building Voices offers critiquing services and writing mentorships for aspiring writers. Building Voices is scheduled to publish their second chapter book in December 2015. For more information, visit www.buildingvoices.com.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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