You may or may not know this, but at the end of May, I published my very first book. This post is composed of seven reasons why you should buy it.
1) It's self published.
I published Perfume on the Radio (my first book), all by myself. I wrote it, did the cover design, etc.. I'm listed as the publisher, and had complete creative control over everything.
2) It has pictures.
My first book is filled with illustrations that I drew myself with a pencil, sketch pens, and a sketch pad. The drawings are so crucial as art is apart of everything I do, and the drawings help tell my story. The drawings almost didn't happen as I thought I'd have to cut them out to proceed with production which is why they are extra special.
3) It almost didn't happen.
Because Perfume on the Radio was my first book, I learned everything to do with production, publishing, etc., along the way. Throughout my writing, things progressed smoothly, but right when I was about to publish, I hit a series of roadblocks. Every time I conquered one, another one arose. It got so intense that I considered giving up as I couldn't see how my book would come true. I kept going anyway, and I can honestly say that my book is a million times better than it would've been because of the barriers.
4) It's great for various ages.
My book is not a children's book in any way, but it's been read by readers in their teens to individuals all the way up to 60+, so it's great for (almost) everyone.
5) It's small.
My first book is 5x8 inches, and it's a quick read under 200 pages. Most of my drawings take up a full page, so there really isn't a lot of text. There's enough text, but not too much, so you can get through it pretty quickly. I've talked to quite a few readers who have finished it in under a day. I have as well. It's also paperback and lightweight, so it's easy to carry with you.
6) It's inspiring.
Part of me feels weird saying that my own book is inspiring, but the other part of me doesn't. If anything, it's inspired me. It's shown me that anything is possible, and that dreams do come true. I'd need a specific post to really go into this point, but I'm not sure if I'll do that for various reasons. Nonetheless, there's (most likely) a piece in my book that will resonate with you.
7) I wrote it for you.
I wrote this book for me, but I wrote it for you too. I wanted to reflect on things in my life, and I wanted to share my reflections and experiences with those who were interested. I wanted to share these things to share:
happiness I'd experienced (to show that there's plenty for everyone)
sadness I'd experienced (to show that we all go through it and to help others see that it isn't forever)
my wisdoms (to share knowledge)
my hopes and beliefs and inspirations (to make room for positivity and dreams and to provide
resources to help you believe in what you want for your life.)
It's for me, but it's for you too.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. If you've already purchased Perfume on the Radio, thank you so much. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you. If you haven't but want to, you can get it here. Thank you too. Also, if you ever have any blog requests, don't hesitate to reach out.
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins