My name is Latonya Thompson, born and raised in Florida. I am a fashionista girly, girl who likes to help embrace other women; whether it’s by providing good advice, give a listening ear, up lift someone’s spirit (being motivational). I started writing as a hobby but never looked into publishing or becoming an author. I would always keep a journal and write down thoughts and short stories/poems. I enjoyed writing letters which turned into a mini quick read (2 full pages easy). One day I got this haunch to write and produce books for the public, along the side of my 14 year career and mother of four. I decided I want to do something for me and reach out to the public. My books are dedicated to women and are based on inspiring and helping to motivate others. I have also created my own website (4evertruebooks.vpweb.com) that also speaks to the selling of my books, advertising, inspirational quotes and information about giving back to the community. My books are also featured and sold on amazon.com. Thus far I have created my own Journal for women titled Beautiful Me, autobiography which includes the topics of relationships, forgiveness, faith etc. This next book is titled “All about Me”. I am currently working on my third book and it is titled “Converting to the other Side.”
Real Answer Real Authors: Why did you decide to publish?
Latonya: I decided to publish to be of an inspiration and to help motivate other readers through my books.
RARA: What titles have you published to date?
Latonya: I have published my own inspirational journal titled “Beautiful Me” and I am currently working on releasing my next book, which is an autobiography titled “All About Me” (You can find peace in starting over) published by Mirabooksmart.
RARA: How are you currently marketing your book and what has given you the best results?
Latonya: I am currently marketing my book/s through my website 4evertruebooks.vpweb.com and amazon. I had a book release party to also help market my first book. I have written a Play to my second book to be released in December 2013. The Play will have excerpts from my book “All About Me”. I will be having a launch party with select vendors on site that will help me promote my book. I am teaming up with a local boutique that will sell a couple of my books in their store with a special promotion. (First 10 customers to purchase my book will also receive a free gift card valued at $10 to use at the boutique)
RARA: Are there any books or websites that you have found the most useful?
Latonya: Jill I have been on your website and I do find it to be very useful. I like the information you have given on how to get a press release on new and upcoming book releases.
RARA: What has been your greatest challenge in self publishing?
Latonya: My greatest challenge with self publishing has been publicizing/exposure.
RARA: What is the best advice or tip you can give a new and aspiring author?
Latonya: The best advise that I can give to an aspiring author… Writing and publishing your book is a great accomplishment. You see all of your hard work flourish right before your eyes and others can appreciate your talent as well. Even if you do not receive much exposure or have high sales; Author will still be your title. Take pleasure in your works!
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