Book Festival Books

Here are a few of the books that will be in attendance on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival. Books will consist of the following genres: Suspense, Thriller, Romantic-Thriller, Children’s, Self-Help, Poetry, Non-fiction, and more. Check out my home page here to get details about the attending authors, their books, and sponsors.

We hope to see you there.

Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Literacy and giving goes hand-in-hand, especially if you are giving the gift of literacy. There are so many ways that you can give the gift of literacy, such as: giving books or a kindle as gifts, having book readings, teaching others how to read, and developing a book festival with the goal of increasing individuals daily reading activities. Ways in which a book festival can do this is by spotlighting new and upcoming authors, supporting literary programs, and giving away books and other items for the encouragement of reading and writing.

The Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival does just that. The festival was developed with the intention of connecting readers and potential readers with authors and the books they write. The festival is also intended to connect writers/bloggers with the literary community to encourage them to continue to write and possibly become an author in the future.

If this sounds like a festival just for you, feel free to message me or contact me with the information listed on the flyer. We only have two more spots available.

22 Books and Counting

This year I released book number 22. My first book was published in 2010. You could say I published about 2 books a year. Of course there was a year or two that I went without publishing a book; however, I made up for it.

I am grateful that I have been able to continue to write and publish these literary works. Reading and writing has been a part of my life as far as I can remember. When I was around 8 years old, my aunt kept my sister and her children involved in reading and writing programs. We participated in Columbus Metropolitan Library’s reading program each year. We also often participated in another program, which we could read off our fines. Let me tell you, that’s one of the most powerful tools ever when it comes to literacy and helping kids to love reading. I absolutely love reading and writing.

Feel free to check out my 22 titles below:

  1. Dead Wrong- Romance/Thriller
  2. Poetic Outlets- Poetry
  3. All in Together Girl- Children’s
  4. My Poetic Soul Unleashed- Poetry
  5. Jacob: In the Mind of a Mad Man- Thriller
  6. The New Face of Disabilities- Self-help
  7. Journey to the Truth- Poetry
  8. The Book of Quotes- Quotes
  9. Sisters of the Shield- Fiction
  10. Mount Vernon Avenue- Creative Nonfiction
  11. PJ’s World- Children’s
  12. Naturals: The Paper People- Children’s
  13. Diversify Is Us- Young Adult
  14. Intimate Lies- Creative Non-fiction
  15. The Alphabet Monster- Children’s
  16. Renaissance of the Psyche- Poetry
  17. From 500 to Well Over 700: How to Save Big and Increase Your- Self-Help
  18. The Wanderlusts- Children’s
  19. Good Morning Amira- Children’s
  20. Tested- Dystopian
  21. Football Fumblina- Children’s
  22. Event Planning and Task Management Journal – Journal

Visit my shop to identify where to grab a copy.

How to Turn Passion into Profit Part 2

Transitioning or setting yourself on a pathway to success can be very challenging. You have to give endless time and money into making your dream come true. Once that dream comes true, many people never see all the sacrifices you have made, the rejections you have heard, or the feeling of maxing out your credit cards to the point of no return. Well, there’s always a point of return and that’s called success or return on investment.

If you treated your life and your business like an investment, how much would you be willing to invest in yourself? I have been in the publishing industry for about 12 years now and you wouldn’t believe the amount of people who expect free things. From attending book festivals for free, wanting free publicity, to wanting free books. Now don’t get me wrong, free things are nice, but you often get what you pay for. It often makes me wonder how much are these individuals willing to invest in themselves. How much are these individuals willing to help build a community in which we reinvest in each other.

Years ago around 1920, during the times of Black Wall Street, it was said that the black dollar circulated within the community at least 36 times. Do you know how much we could build as a community if we reinvested in our own neighborhoods just by turning our passions into profit?

Well, I’m here to tell you investing and re-investing in yourself and your community can help you turn your passion into profit. Turning your passion into profit is about doing what you love and getting paid to do it. This could be in terms of public speaking, investing, writing books, or other ways in which people will pay you for your expertise.

What I want you to do is assess what you love to do and ask the following questions: Is this something I love? Can I make money from doing this? Have I been making money from this passion? What is holding me back from doing this full-time or part-time? Am I being realistic with myself?

Now I would never tell you to quit your job to pursue your passion. How else would you help fund your passion? I will say where there’s a will, there’s a way. You have to evaluate your goals, objectives, and determine what’s best for you.

Check out my latest book release coming soon. This book can assist you with organizing your passion and working toward bringing it to fruition.

The Re-Release of Naturals: The Paper People

Naturals the Paper People was re-released today. This is a Children’s Book about paper people who live inside books, called “Naturals.” They come alive every so often to interact with people in the world and help them make decisions or learn new things. Their goal is to make the world a better place through love, education, helpful gestures, and unity.

The first book in a series of five is called: Our Hair and Shapes. This book is about taking pride in one’s hair by exploring different types of natural hair styles. The book also focuses on shapes that we come into contact on a regular basis.

Meet some of the characters below

African American Read-In Event at Otterbein University

African American Read In

On Tuesday, February 8th at 6 pm, I will participate in the African American Read In event at Otterbein University alongside Rayshawn Wilson. I am truly grateful for opportunities like this. If you would have asked me in undergraduate school if I saw myself public speaking in the future, the answer would have been to no. I was extremely afraid to talk around others and I often forgot my lines. I sometimes stuttered as well.

As time progressed, so did my presentation skills. I have presented to college students, attended numerous authors events, and have been given a great amount of time to increase my confidence in presenting.

Hoping you all with join me in this Zoom conversation about publishing, writing, authorship, and upcoming events.

Information below found on https://otterbein.libguides.com/events/upcoming?fbclid=IwAR1PAH6I7o9DbB5vJY8UoTjREC9L9Cs1D2Ro18QXU2tK0qriqONm-Nn5dGU

Black History Month Alumni Author Panel

February 8th, 6pm-7pm

Virtual

A virtual conversation with two Otterbein alumni authors, Rayshawn Wilson (’02) and Melica Niccole (’04) as part of the African-American Read In. They’ll be discussing their path to publishing, their inspiration, and more. #FYS #INST and #cardsSTANDtogether approved.

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Recent Podcast Interview

This past Thursday, I participated in a Podcast Interview with Sharnel Williams. This interview was great. It had been over 5 years since I had completed an author interview.

Sharnel asked great questions, she had a wealth of knowledge about being an author, and she was easy to talk to during the interview.

One questioned I was asked that I had never been asked was which book of mine did I enjoy writing the most.

Check out my interview here:

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsharnel/2022/01/20/lets-talk-too-author-melica-niccole

Registration Open

Hello my good people,

The registration for the Read to Lead/ Write to Enlight Book Festival has opened up. We are truly excited for this event to take place, as well as other future events.

Read to Lead, Write to Enlight is a call to action. We dare you to Read to Lead, Write to Enlight and buy books locally. The event is geared toward spotlighting 7-10 local authors with the potential to also include 1-3 authors from other states. Authors will have the ability to sell their work, talk with attendees, and get the community engaged in reading, writing, and literacy activities.

There are different ways to support the event, which are:

Author Table

Includes author table, two chairs, a boxed lunch, and a page feature in event booklet.

Author Table/Sponsorship

Includes author table, two chairs, a boxed lunch, a page feature in event booklet, and benefits of a gold sponsor.

Spotlight Author

This allows you to support the event without attending the event. There’s nothing like wanting to attend an event, but being unable to do so because of your location or activities. Well with this option, you name and a link to your website will be added to this page.

Sponsorship/Advertise

There are three different levels of sponsorship, which are Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The very basic level allows you to be featured in the event booklet. The next level not only allows you to be featured in the event booklet, but also allows your name or organization to be listed on all the promotional materials. The last level allows you to have all the features of the Silver sponsorship with a shoutout on various social media accounts as a sponsor.

Interested in being an author, listed on the website, or sponsoring this event? You have two options to participate, you can go to my Envite page and select a sponsorship level or go to the registration page to select any and all options.

PJ’s World

It’s the re-release of PJ’s World. PJ’s World is a children’s book about family, adventure, and fun. Interesting as his activities are, he also talks Hip-Hop with his cousin, drives a train as a conductor, and becomes a dancer at the dance studio of a world renowned choreographer. Come and explore with him and be a part of all the fun.