• by Ann Deprés

When I wrote my last blog post and gave a shout-out to for the awesome services they provide, and then went on to discuss the avenues I’m using to garner the attention of my target audience, I purposely excluded Authors Database, because I feel like they deserve a separate post with accolades reserved exclusively for them.

In my last post, I alluded to the fact that I am the entire team from concept-to-virtual bookshelf. I then went on to say that there are no teams of editors, publishers and marketers waiting in the wings for me to hand over my manuscript when it’s done, but I want to expound on that statement a little.

It’s true that I do it all myself in the days leading up to the moment I publish my content – whether it’s a blog post, an animated video, or a manuscript in paperback and eBook formats – for the world to see; additionally, it’s also true that I have no contracts with any major publishing houses at this time.

However, happening across Authors Database was one of the best things that could have ever happened to me! They offer a variety of services for the up-and-coming author to have at their disposal, with minimal requirements in return.

To say that they help authors is an understatement, because they do so much more than that. Authors get free exposure on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

They also get showcased on the Authors dB homepage, and have an opportunity to get their work in front of millions of people via promotions, reviews, their own syndicated blog and the Authors dB community.

I mean, I’ve been listed with Authors dB for almost two years now, and showcased in their ‘This Week’s Top Authors’ spot consistently. So I just wanted to take a moment, at the onslaught of this new and exciting year, to personally say a huge “Thank You!” to Authors Database for all of the wonderful things they do for writers the world over.

Take a moment to show some love by leaving a comment below telling the world what Authors dB means to you… Cheers guys!

See you out there,

Ann Deprés

There’s always that pivotal moment in each of our lives, when we make the decision to take hold of the reins, and break away from the norm. I have spent years in the corporate world striving to get ahead, only to have someone else decide how far I could go, which would have been fine were it a fair and balanced process.

Unfortunately, for me, the process never balanced out. It became abundantly clear that it didn’t matter how hard I worked, it didn’t matter that I showed up early and often stayed late, it didn’t matter that I was professional, dependable and courteous at all times.

The harsh reality is, I was never going to be promoted while working alongside some of the unethical bosses that I’ve had, because I refused to be a part of the clique. So I got to watch people who should be fired get promoted, while the rest of us endured harassment, and suffered a whole host of other injustices, in the interim.

One day, exhausted and frustrated, I came to the conclusion that something had to change. I decided that if I was going to pour all of my time and energy into something, it may as well be for myself.

That’s when I began envisioning what I would like my life to be…

~ The ability to work from home

~ Set my own hours and pay

~ Be the one to decide how successful I would be

All of which appealed to me on every level, so I set out to find a way to make that happen. I had written my first novel, “Faceless,” which I believe to this day is a bestseller, but I wasn’t quite sure how to market it. I needed to set up a website, and drive traffic to it so that people would purchase my book, which I had no idea how to do at the time. The challenges were mounting quicker than I could come up with solutions, but I remained determined to see this thing through to the end.

Further investigation led me to the webhosting service… a Godsend! I was able to build my own website exactly the way I wanted it at a reasonably low price compared to other webhosting sites. Once the site was up and running, I was faced with the dilemma of driving traffic to my website, and having them return regularly once they’d found me.

Marketing was key… my ability to effectively market my product would determine my success. By now, all I had was this YouTube channel that had been sitting idle since 2009, and my new website:

I spent months researching how to make money on YouTube, and drive traffic to my website, which presented yet another problem. Once people started visiting my website, because all I sell is books, there would be no incentive for them to return once they’d purchased one of my books; additionally, I had no idea which direction I wanted to go with my YouTube channel.

One night I finally just broke down, lay back on my bed, and cried myself to sleep. I was soo close to realizing my dreams, yet still so far away. It seemed that every time I resolved one problem, another would be there staring me in the face, because I’m the entire team from concept-to-virtual bookshelf. There are no teams of editors and publishers and marketers waiting in the wings for me to hand over my manuscripts once I’ve finished them.

What happened next was nothing short of amazing. I’m not sure whether I was fully asleep, or daydreaming, but all these ideas just began pouring into my head. I got up and wrote everything down to clarify what I was seeing, and when I was done, it had unfolded into the perfect resolution for me and I was thrilled.

If I added a blog to my website, built a fan base on my youtube channel, and posted the weekly youtube videos to my website, that would create a consistent flow of traffic to my website so that when I completed a new novel, novella or children’s book it would practically market itself.

Of course, that means a lot more work for me making animated videos in addition to writing, formatting and editing my own manuscripts, but the dividends that work will pay in the coming days will be well worth it in the end…, and whether I stand or fall will be on me. No one else can hinder my progress!

Hence my blog and animated series were born:

~ My weekly blog ‘Motown Musings’

~ Every Friday @ 8 pm “Cyber Dating”

~ Every Wednesday @ 8 pm “Story Time with Ava”

~ Every Monday @ 8 pm “Gavin Percival Mysteries”

~ Regularly @ 8 pm “Creepy Rhymes to Pass the Time”

On this 14th day of January 2018, the rest is history. All that’s left to do now is write, create weekly videos, and post.

Let’s see where I end up at the close of “2018” now that all of the obstacles have been removed... Cheers guys!

See you out there,

~ Ann Deprés

While I was scouring the internet for something interesting to blog about in the Motor City, I happened across the website of a global organization called WeWork that buys buildings and rents out work space on a month-to-month basis. Their moto is, “Make a Life, Not Just a Living.”

So you’re probably wondering what’s so revolutionary about that. I mean, people have always rented work space. Well, the thing that I found intriguing about WeWork, is the fact that they rent individual work spaces month-to-month.

You have the option to choose a seat in a:

  • Private Office for $500 per person a month

  • Designated Work space for $350 per person a month

  • Hot Desk in the Communal Area for $250 per person a month.

Some of the amenities include; parking and bike storage, onsite staff, cleaning services, phone booths if you need privacy while on the phone, fruit water to keep you hydrated throughout the day, printing services, high-speed internet, conference rooms and professional and social events for networking.

If the perks aren’t enough to wow, you have this opportunity to work amongst a community of people with the same mindset, each one goal-oriented, and focused. There’s nothing like being in a room full of positive people who have that same drive to succeed as you have. It’s inspiring, to say the least.

Writing is a pretty isolated profession, especially for those of us who work from home. Sometimes I crave that human contact, without the distraction and aggravation that comes with letting someone into my space who doesn’t understand that I want company while I work, but I don’t want to be bothered.

“They probably don’t have any offices in Detroit” was my first thought when I happened across this hidden jewel, but I was wrong. They actually have two locations in the downtown area, “Campus Martius” and “Merchants Row” both on Woodward Avenue.

I have gone ahead and set up a tour of the Campus Martius Office for the 22nd of January, at which time I will most likely rent a space for a month, and blog about the experience afterwards… Cheers!

See you out there…

~Ann Deprés

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