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What Does Success Mean To You?

Success is defined in simple terms as accomplishing a desired outcome or the attainment of a certain thing.

Society likes to paint a picture of what success is or what it’s supposed to be or look like. We are told from a young age that we have to go to college, get a good job, have a family and nice home. But, what if that’s not what everyone wants? There are multiple definitions to success and it’s ones personal decision to decide what that is.

For some, success might be being a CEO at a company or becoming a fashion designer. Some dream of owning a brand new home built from ground up. Many are okay with renting. For some people, renting a small apartment in NYC right in the middle of the city while working at a coffee shop can be considered success. Having a certain amount of money is also what some define as success.

I remember I used to work at a popular pizza restaurant and myself and my coworkers were discussing our dreams cars. Most of them named fancy expensive cars average people don’t see on a daily basis like Ferrari’s. I spoke up and said my dream car was a Lexus. I’ve loved Lexus’ for years but have since moved on from them. Anyways, my coworkers immediately ridiculed me for naming a Lexus against the expensive cars costing 100k or more that they had mentioned. I kept saying that I didn’t like Ferrari’s or Lamborghini. Honestly, I am positive if I was extremely wealthy and could afford any car I wanted, I still wouldn’t want one. They’re great cars, just not my taste. Anyways, my coworkers kept saying, “that’s not a dream car, a dream car is something that you can’t really have, you can easily have a Lexus.” Basically, my dream car was too cheap to be considered a dream car. Okay.

I still think about that moment, and I promise I didn’t change my dream car because of that. My current dream car cost around the same as a Lexus. But, I always think back to that moment because they truly believed it didn’t qualify.

I believe this is the case for most things in life. We want to have our dream careers, cars, homes and lives. That is what we would consider success in our eyes. However, it’s important to realize that it doesn’t have to be the same for everyone. It most likely won’t be the same for most of us. And that’s okay. I’ve also met a few people who didn’t look at success in terms of things. They simply say, happiness. Happiness is success. It didn’t matter what they were doing, as long as they were happy, they would consider themselves successful. I absolutely love that point because it pushes one to truly find happiness and with that you’ll find success.

Never look at anyone and compare their success to yours. You might be a doctor and they might be a florist but that’s what they wanted. You might be working a regular 9 to 5 that makes you happy and allows you to do all that you desire and someone might be a millionaire. If you believe you have reached success, then you have.

What is success for me? I believe I will consider myself successful when I am a full time writer. I don’t need to be a rich writer or a famous one. If writing is paying my bills and I no longer have to go clock in to work for someone else. I will have reached success in my own terms. If I am able to take a vacation here and there and not worry about it breaking my bank, I will have reached success in my own terms. If I am able to buy a home, it doesn’t have to be a mansion, just a beautiful home that I love. I will have reached success in my terms.

Like I mentioned, my dream car has changed. It’s okay to change your dreams, plans, or goals. It’s okay for your definition of success to change, as long as, it’s still your own definition. Never let anyone, and I do mean ANYONE, tell you what is or isn’t success. That is up to you to decide.

So, what does success look like for you?

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How I Self Published My Book From My Iphone

Would you believe me if I told you my first self published book, Pink Soul was written and published from my iPhone? Well it was!

I used to have a broken toshiba laptop that my little sister had stepped on multiple times, causing the screen to have black spots! So there was no way I could see the screen to type out anything.

During this time, I had a IPhone 7+ that saved my life while publishing my book! Phones have truly come a long way.

Here is exactly how I published my book on Amazon KDP and how you can too! You absolutely NO NOT need a computer to do this. However, towards the end of my publishing journey my boyfriend gave me his old MacBook, but 90% of the work was done from my iPhone.

Note: this is strictly on how to publish on AMAZON KDP, I am not too familiar with other self publishing sites.

How to publish a book from your iphone! (On KDP!)

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Iphone (I’m sure any smartphone would work but I’m team Iphone!)

– Some sort of writing app (Microsoft word, google docs, Pages)

– AMAZON KPD Self Publishing account

– Notebook for notes / writing

STEP ONE:

Create an Amazon KDP account.

First things first, you will need to make an account. Very simple and straightforward! When you sign up for your account you will need to choose basic settings for your new book!

Such as:

What size do you want your book to be?

Do you already have your own isbn number or will you keep the one Amazon will assign to you for free?

What’s your book title?

Contributors?

Do you want a matte or glossy finish?

What genre is your book?

Ect. Ect. Ect.

Once you’ve gotten through these basic settings, now it’s time for the fun part!

STEP TWO:

WRITE YOUR BOOK!

My book is a poetry book, so I collected poems I’ve written over time as well as wrote a few new ones. Once I had enough to compose a book, I started forming my book through the iPhone app PAGES. What I like about this app is, you can change the sizing settings, so I researched what size I wanted my book to be and set it at that. (My books dimensions are 5.1 x 7.8). I made sure to carefully study how books are as in title page, copyright page, table of contents and made those pages myself. This is easy to do or you can google templates. Open a book and see how everything is laid out, copy it!

You will want to make sure the font and spacing is to your liking.

Here are screenshots of my book within the app, PAGES for iPhone:

As you can see, I formatted my book as it would look as an actual book!

You can write your book within a app to save time, or if you prefer to hand write, you can do that to.

STEP THREE: Upload your book to KPD.

Once you feel your book is ready, upload it to Amazon KDP, I had no issues with it and if I self publish my second book, I’d choose this service again.

If there are any issues with your spacing, sizing, you will be notified and cannot move forward with publishing until you fix it. (This can be annoying but I promise you will get through it).

STEP FOUR: BOOK COVER!

Every book has a cover, if you’re using KDP, they give you an option to create one. If you’re like me aka not an artist at all. You can have someone else create a book cover for you. I used the site/app FIVVER to find my artist, SHOUT OUT TO MILANDRA!

On fivver, you can find many different freelancers who offer different services like creating a book cover or formatting your book for you.

Once you have a cover, upload it to KDP!

STEP FIVE: Review your book!

When you’ve finished uploading your manuscript and cover, amazon will approve all your settings. This is where Amazon makes sure your book is error free and ready for publication. If there’s things you need to fix, you will not be able to move forward. If your book is ready, it go time baby!

When your book is cleared, check your book again just to make sure you are satisfied with it.

You can request A PROOF! I 100% recommend doing this!

Proofs are mock ups of your book and you can request them to see what your book would look like once it’s live and people are ordering it. You’ll get a copy or copies and it’ll have PROOF written on it. This is annoying but whatever.

STEP SIX: PUBLICATION

Once you receive your sample copy and you like it, go back to your amazon account and click PUBLISH!!!! Your book should arrive on Amazon with in a few days!

YAY

THATS IT. YOU DID IT!

Okay, if you receive your book and you DONT like how it turns out, go back and fix whatever it is that you don’t like, request another sample copy, check it again, then publish.

I received about 3 different versions of my book before I finally loved it and published.

If you have any further questions on how to publish or need a little help or guidance, PLEASE reach out to me! I am more than happy to help you publish your book! I pretty much did this all on my own so I know what it’s like, and if I can make it easier for the next author, I want to!

Leave a comment with questions or email me! Or message me on social media! Whatever is easier for you!

– Erika Jefferson

erikajeffrsn@gmail.com

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