"If you want something done right, do it yourself."
Recently, I have had a couple of friends compliment me on self-publishing my book. They said they were quite impressed I've been making things happen, all by myself. (Namely, Carly & Jennie; thank you loves.💕)
Well. . . I am. And I'm very appreciative of them noticing. But let me tell you why I've been doing things solo.
In highschool, many of my teachers praised my poetry & creativity. I entered into several contests & won a few, but was rejected from a majority of scholarships/grant opportunities I applied to.
While I studied at UCLA, I started off as an English Major. My aim was to enter into the Creative Writing program. I applied for the Poetry class, a very competitive slot, only 15 spots available each semester. I submitted 5 of my poems, the pieces I was most proud of, each time. I was rejected all 5 times.
After being treated poorly by the faculty & staff, I left the English Department and declared my major with the Gender Studies Department. There, I felt welcomed, supported, respected, & valued. I studied Feminist theory, Sociology, Psychology, Ethnic Studies, and Sexuality Studies, all social justice oriented subjects that now informed my writing & gave me the terms necessary to articulate my lived experiences as well as the struggles I observed, in myself, others, & society as a whole.
This influenced my decision to go onto graduate school & pursue therapy. Though writing was still & always will be a passion for me. I continued to write & finished my poetry collection. I decided to submit it to various publishers. Button Poetry & Andrew McMeel both rejected my work. Several other publishers wanted to charge me exorbitant rates of $1,500-$4,000 to publish, print, & market my manuscript. I turned down all of their ridiculous offers as I am still a starving student saving for rent each month.
But then I was connected to resources in my community that made me aware I could self-publish, by myself, for free.
This is why I do all of the work myself. I have visions in my mind & I know exactly how I want them to be executed. I trust myself & I trust the process. But that's not my main point.
The message here that I'm trying to pass on: Never give up on your Dreams or Visions. Several doors will get slammed in your face. You will be rejected several times. But if you're patient & dedicated, eventually, the right doors will open for you, or you will make your own damn doors! 🚪
And go with your gut feeling. I knew that my poetry was well received by my teachers, friends, family, colleagues, & broader community. So I didn't let it get me down when departments, professors, & publishers didn't see my potential. I saw it for myself.
For those of you who have purchased my book already, I want to thank you for your undying support, & kindly ask that you leave a review. Reviews help independent authors flourish. 🌱⚘
And for those of you who would like to grab a copy, follow this link: A Root that Sews
Thanks for reading. ❤
Sky Ross poem book is wonderful and inspired me to do more for the community i work with. As a result, her collection of poems impacted a lot of friends who dedicate their time reading her wonderful poems. Poem that takes stand and has meaning to me and stimulates me about life experiences and motivation of pursuing my dream. Ms. Ross is an amazing woman who works on her graduate psychology degree and i found her very talented and devoted her time creating new ways to help others, which i really admire about her, especially the LGBT community she tends to offer her support and accurate services.ReplyDelete
Congratulation my lady !