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Recapture Your Dreams of Becoming a Published Author – You Can Do It!

August 11, 2011 By: Yvonne A Jones Category: Writing and Publishing

Did you ever dream of being a well-recognized writer?  How about becoming a published author?  Have you realized your dream, or is it still on hold?

From as early as nine years old I discovered my love of writing and my parents encouraged this by giving me lots of books to read that I could learn from.  My professor also encouraged me many years ago to start writing on a regular basis, and start with short stories.  Life happens and I did nothing with it.

Has that happened to you?  You’ve put your dreams you had as a boy or girl on hold and focus on daily living instead?

Then we got to the Internet, started our business online .  One of the first things we were told to do to give us greater credibility and to let people get to know like and trust us is to start a blog.  As we write our own blog posts and become part of the blogosphere, we get to read other people’s blogs and learn from their style as well.  We also started writing articles and submitting these to article directories.

Now it’s easier that ever to go back and recapture your dream of becoming a published author.  There is a lot of information available on self-publishing, and Amazon has made it very easy to do so.  First there is Create Space where you can publish hard copies of your book.  Then there is Kindle where you can publish eBooks or digital books.  You can do it!

My great novel is yet to come, but I recently had my first book published on Kindle.  It’s on a topic I’m very passionate about – Customer Service/Customer Care.  The title is “Superior Customer Service for Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs: Satisfy the Needs of Customers to Earn their Loyalty.”

If customer service is important to you, I encourage you to get your own copy, which is available at  If you don’t own a Kindle, you can download the free application from Amazon for your desktop or laptop, or even your smart phone.  I welcome feedback as that’s an effective  way for me to make improvements.

What topic would you personally like to write about, and how can I help you?  You’re invited to send me any questions about writing and submitting to Kindle to yjones at

10 Comments to “Recapture Your Dreams of Becoming a Published Author – You Can Do It!”

  1. Ah, Yvonne. It’s the engineer in me…
    I have wanted to be a published author (ok, I’ve done that, too), but I want to be a published author with many books sold. Not necessarily a best seller (how many folks do you think bought my texts on Water Reuse and Recycle, OnSite Water Treatment, or Applied Biology Experiments), but one that sells more than 2000 copies…
    Perhaps, this next book will make my dream come true (it’s a lot more “mainstream”; Small Business Needs Leaders- not managers)

  2. Congratulations, Yvonne! Your new book sounds like a winner! I look forward to reading it.
    Yes, I have dreams of publishing a book for the Kindle. I am making plans and hope to make that dream a reality.

  3. Congratulations, Roy. I never knew before that you had authored books! Those are really industry specific books and can see where you could have a challenge getting large numbers of readers. But what about companies that could benefit from that information? And, I’m thinking, colleges as well?

    Your next book is definitely more mainstream and covers a very important topic. Now, that I can see going places! Do you plan to do a physical book first and perhaps a book on Kindle six months later? Please keep me informed. I’d love to support you any way I can.

  4. Thank you, Janette, and I do hope it will be a ‘winner’ because I truly believe this is information we as entrepreneurs and small business owners need to be reminded of.

    You are so creative, Janette, that the only thing that will hold you back may be time, or deciding on a topic. I know you can do it!

    You may have attended webinars or trainings on publishing on Kindle. If not, and I can share any tips with you on things I learned while putting together my book, please do not hesitate to send me an email. I’ll be happy to share.

  5. Roberta Budvietas, says:

    Unfortunately Kindle and Amazon used to make it difficult for international authors to publish on Kindle. Smashwords allowed me to publish to Kindle as well as other formats.
    Yvonne well done on publishing.
    The world is definitely changing and Kindle helps make a difference

  6. Maureen Hunter says:

    Congratulations Yvonne, it is such an accomplishment to get something published. Ive just been featured in a published anthology which is a huge buzz in itself, but I would like to start writing a book of my onw. I think kindle is becoming more and more popular and for many its an easier and less expensive option than hard copy publishing.
    Thanks for sharing the info, its definitely something I want to consider for next year.

  7. Lynn Brown says:

    Congrats Yvonne! It seems we have many TLCer’s that are accomplished writers. I hope to be on that list as well. It is on my to do list. I appreciate you sharing your very inspiring story.

  8. Thank you, Roberta. Yes, Kindle and the Nook and Create Space have opened us to many more possibilities. I’m glad Smashwords worked for you, and I’d love to hear more on how that allowed you to publish to Kindle.

  9. Thank you, Maureen. Where can I learn More about the anthology you were published in? Yes, a colleague just published his book on Create Space, and it was a very smooth process. I still dream of writing a great work of fiction, but I remind myself that time spent on one thing is time away from another. It’s not the right time 🙂

  10. Thank you, Lynn. I know you will be joining that list soon. You currently write such great content already. By putting several of your articles and post together I can see you easily having a nice size book.


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