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.
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.
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:
Dead Wrong- Romance/Thriller
Poetic Outlets- Poetry
All in Together Girl- Children’s
My Poetic Soul Unleashed- Poetry
Jacob: In the Mind of a Mad Man- Thriller
The New Face of Disabilities- Self-help
Journey to the Truth- Poetry
The Book of Quotes- Quotes
Sisters of the Shield- Fiction
Mount Vernon Avenue- Creative Nonfiction
PJ’s World- Children’s
Naturals: The Paper People- Children’s
Diversify Is Us- Young Adult
Intimate Lies- Creative Non-fiction
The Alphabet Monster- Children’s
Renaissance of the Psyche- Poetry
From 500 to Well Over 700: How to Save Big and Increase Your- Self-Help
The Wanderlusts- Children’s
Good Morning Amira- Children’s
Football Fumblina- Children’s
Event Planning and Task Management Journal – Journal
I hope you are doing well and living your best lives, as Lil Duval and Snoop sings/rap in Smile. We all deserve to smile and live our best lives.
Speaking of smiling and living my best life, I have to give a shout out to anyone who has read and reviewed my books. You are appreciated. Reviews to authors is like a rapper finding a great beat to spit 16 bars on. We all know that a good beat only embellishes that, which is already outstanding.
The same can be said about a good review. A good review only embellishes that, which is already outstanding. The thing about a book is that there are a lot of amazing books not getting the reviews they deserve. This just means that people are reading these exceptional works, but not writing reviews or giving the book a global rating.
In supporting authors and their drive to create additional works or sign with a traditional publisher, I ask you to consider writing a review about a book you have read. Reviews give authors the support they need to gain support, funding, and resources they need to continue building their brand.
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.
As I prepare to present to a group of 1st year students, at Otterbein next week, I always ask myself, who am I? For a while I was stuck on this statement. Only thinking about who I actually am and not what I represent. The truth of the matter is what I represent is also a part of who I am. So when I think about this statement now…Who am I? Well, I’m a mother, author, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Artist, Event Planner, and Owner. And I love 💕 it! I am something and at the same time I am nothing. I am wise and at the same time I am foolish. I am certain and at the same time I am ambivalent. I am curious and at the same time I am uninterested. I am who I am, where I am, and when I need it most.
So next week, I have the pleasure of presenting career and #writing information to a group of collegiate students who are first year students at Otterbein. I love things like this because I am able to provide guidance to these individuals with the hope of helping them pursue their dreams and go after what they really want in life. No one said it would be easy; however, with hard work and determination, anything can happen. You just have to be willing to make it happen.
Sarah Johnson is a new author from Indianapolis who has written a multi-genre book about finding strength in difficult times. She is a Christian author with a passion for sharing the Word of Christ. In her memoir “The Devil Inside Me: Finding Jesus in a Life of Struggle” she describes in detail her grueling 24-year battle with a medical condition called Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (SMAS), which she believes could’ve claimed her life had it not been for her relationship with God.
Sarah, who oversees accounts payable at an engineering firm, has a master’s degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and received her undergraduate degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University. She and her husband Jeff reside in the Indianapolis area with their three sons, Nathan, Charlie, and Will, and beloved dog Lucy. In addition to writing, Sarah volunteers as a seamstress for a local nonprofit and she enjoys gardening, hiking, baking and raising butterflies. Her interest in weather has led to becoming a professional storm chaser and photographer for Extreme Weather Videos (EWV) and SVL Media, LLC. Her video footage has earned recognition from the ABC television show Good Morning America (2017).
Read to Lead/Write to Enlight is a concept. It’s a motto. It’s about making reading and writing a part of your daily activities.
Recently, I ordered my daughter a few books. These are books I’ve wanted to get her for quite some time now. Three of the books were illustrated by Vashti Harrison and one by Keturah A Bobo. These books were written by Grace Byers, Matthew A. Cherry, and Vashti.
Best decision I ever made. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Hair Love and I Am Enough. I have yet to read herb Little Leaders: Bold Women and Exceptional Men. These books provide such in-depth information about so many great writers and innovators such as: Dr. Mae Jemison, Maya Angelou, John Lewis, and Paul Robeson.
Read to Lead/Write to Enlight can be a concept that you choose to implement with yourself or with others. I choose to implement it with my daughter and myself.
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.
Black History not only extends past February, but it incorporates our successes, failures, traditions, and things that breeds passion in what we do. Writing is my passion. It makes me who I am. It helps me cope and let’s me be quiet, loud, outspoken, reserved, funny, and serious.
What’s your passion? How does it correlate with #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365
This past Tuesday, I had the pleasure of participating in Otterbein University’s first Black Alumni Panel as a participant in the National African American Read-In Event.
“National African American Read-In (AARI) is a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.” People all over the country hold similar events to pay homage to black authors and literature.
The event was well developed and I was asked a lot of thought provoking questions. The Moderator of the event was Margaret Koehler, Professor & Department Chair of English at Otterbein. One question asked was “What has been the role of writing for you both in healing?” This question allowed me to think about my past trauma and how writing played a role in the process of healing. Believe it or not, writing changed my life from being scared of public speaking to thrusting myself into the writing environment, which often consisted of performances, poetry readings, book festivals, and more. Writing gave me the ability to express myself with no restrictions. It gave me the ability to use free verse to navigate words, expressions, life, feelings, and all that good stuff. It also gave me the strength to speak up for myself and what I wanted.
Until my mid twenties, I had been a victim of a past traumatic experience that occurred when I was 13. This “Thing” was ruling my life and making decisions for me. It was making me doubt myself and my abilities. I made a conscious decision to take control of my life and what I wanted. I decided to write about this experience in my second book of poetry. This allowed me to free my mind, worries, and leave the incident right there in my book.
Poetry and writing has healing power. Just think about Maya Angelou writing about her experiences in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Zora Neale Hurston in Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Lauryn Hill in the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Writing about painful experiences does not always make it better. It just provides clarity, understanding, and helps the individual cope with unfortunate circumstances a little better.
Ways in which I started the process of healing was through my four books of poetry. Below, I list each of my poetry books the order in which they were released. Poetic Outlets shows my Transition as a writer from very simple to playful and thought provoking. My Poetic Soul Unleashed is a continuation of my transition as a writer, word play, inspiration, and love for my craft. Journey to The Truth is about tackling those hard to discuss conversations such as When God Is To Blame, love, and being a dark skin woman. Renaissance of the Psyche is about getting back to what I love and showing the world the new me. It’s about giving respect to the past in Respect and a Tribute to Nina Simone and bringing to light wrongs made right in The Omen.
Here’s my 2022 news! I’m hosting my 3rd book Festival and first one in Ohio at my alma mater. I am looking for 10 #authors and #sponsors to participate in a book festival in September of 2022. Spaces will fill fast, so make sure you register. Registration will be released on my website MelicaNiccole.com by 1/31/2022.
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.
Today I released my first episode on Kindle Vella for Tested. Tested is about the game of life. Many people play the game of life with only one thing in mind; raising themselves above all others. They use their cunning abilities to outsmart others by deception, betrayal, and candid lies. Now, there’s some truth between the layers of deception; however finding it is like looking for Tiger Woods at a basketball game. It could happen and actually has happened, but the chances of catching him there at every game, like Spike Lee, is highly unlikely. #fiction #creativefiction
I was quite excited because writing an episode, allows me to make a more personal and intimate connection with my readers. I adore my readers.
Today is the day many of us in Ohio, as well as other states, have been waiting for. It’s the Mid Ohio Indie Author Book Expo.
It’s the day where authors come together, fellowship, sell come books, interact with the community, and have fun.
This time last year, restrictions were in place and a lot of things had to be cancelled or rescheduled. Also during last year, I was not focused on attending events and selling my books. My focus was on my 1 year old daughter who I needed to make my main focus.
This year, I came to the realization that writing is a part of who I am. It has been my focus for over 10 years now. I could not give up writing, as I could not give up on my daughter. So I decided to incorporate both into my world.
This past Mother’s Day, my daughter and I released a book called Good Morning Amira. The book is about Amira’s daily routine to get ready each morning.
Check out the book below. Book can be found on Amazon.com.
Honored to be featured in the summer edition of RGP Muse Magazine (@rahwaygirlz). This edition was focused on black female authors, who are juggling other titles as well such as publishing, entrepreneurship, motherhood, and more.
The picture above is one of the pages about being a writer/entrepreneur, upcoming projects.