Author Interview| By Ruth Anne Garcia

Exciting News!!

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the one and only Ruth Anne Garcia !

She’s a wonderful book reviewer, beta reader, interviewer, mother, student, wife and best of all friend.

Please feel free to click HERE to be linked to the interview on her website

Here’s a snippet of the interview:

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Trust

Trust is key

How to Self Publish, Easy Steps with Images|Part 1

HELLO!

My name is RJ Zarkani, I recently self published my book on Amazon with zero money down!

Stranger Paths, The Magic in The Madness

Poetry Collection

Hope this post helps you bring your book to life!

If you are wondering “Can I do this?”

Yes you can!

Here’s a list of what you need to get started

  • Book Title, and subtitle (if you wish)
  • Compelling content (longest part!)
  • Book cover design (Get creative)
  • Advertising ideas (can use social media, google, Amazon, Kindle…)
  • Decide on book size and dimensions
  • Get started on publishing !

You can always hire someone on Fiver or other websites like Fiver to help with editing & book cover design

What I did:

  • I compiled my poems and divided them to different chapters using Microsoft Word
  • I edited my own content and got my boyfriend to double check it
  • I used one of my own photographs as a book cover
  • I used Photoshop to edit the cover, using KDP’s book cover template

Now you are ready to PUBLISH!

  • Go to www.kdp.com and set up an account
    • (This is not an ad for KDP, not getting paid for this)

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  • Watch the video, it’s so helpful!
  • Sign in
    • You will see this
      • (without my info, hopefully)

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You can choose to create a Kindle eBook, Paperback, or BOTH! I did both as you can see above

Clicking on on the “+” to the eBook or Paperback you will see a form that you need to fill out

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Description is so important! Having a great book with no or little description is tragic. Readers will never know why they should invest in your book, out of the million books on Amazon. Give them a taste of what they’ll be buying, entice without giving it all away! I suggest looking up other books on Amazon and seeing their description. Mine is seen below:

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Keywords!

When choosing keywords, make sure to be specific and to not reuse words that are already in your book title, description, or category (these are already used by Amazon to direct readers to your book). Keywords will help readers find you when they search Amazon. The category selection will help readers find you as well!

Keywords tips: go on Amazon and write what you would lookup to find your book, let’s type “books” and see what pops up, you can get an idea of what is frequently searched on Amazon

Example:

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My book is a poetry collection so I also searched “poetry”

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You can also search the category of your book and see what pops up

Use this tip as a general starting point. You can edit your keywords later!

Click save as draft if you need to come back to finish it later!

That’s all for today’s post, stay tuned for the next post!

Best of luck on your new adventure!

Time to make your dreams a reality 🙂

 

 

Poetry Reading, Part 2

Stranger Paths, The Magic in The Madness

Part II

Of Positively & Philosophy

Awakening

Book info here

Poetry Reading

Part I

of Childhood and War

Memory of The War

For book information click Here

Who Are You?

-What are you?

I am a human

-But where were you born?

Here on Earth

As if it was OK to question my humanity

Just because

My color is not dark enough nor light

My color is a puzzling one

Golden like the sun

Mined from a womb of the first civilization on Earth

Sumerian

Between Tigris and the Euphrates

I thirst

I gather myself to reply

To the question of why

I am here

As if they had a better reason to be on this Earth

I am here to survive

To touch more than one life

To tell a story of those before

Of how life continues through the war

I am here because I refused not be

I decided it was my right to be free

I am here because I chose to stay alive

And to show

Those like you

Who never knew

A human with a different color

Or accent

That it is OK to be different

The Spell

I used to trust the shield

I’d create around me

As she told me

سلام و قول من رب رحيم

I told myself those words

Over and over

As I passed a terrorist stop

As I passed the bombed car

As I closed my eyes to sleep

But now I’m safe

Away from it all

And I say those words again

Salamun wa qaulun min rabin raheem

“Peace from a merciful God”

And I hope to rest

Forgetting what I can not forget

YOU

Can you truly be you

Unafraid

No make up

No filter

To alter your face

Can you find it

In your heart

To let them see

Who you truly are

For no other has been made

In exactly the same way

Self Publishing

Today marks the first day of my book being LIVE!

 

Stranger Paths, The Magic in The Madness Poetry Collection Paper back can now be ordered on Amazon ! I am beyond excited!!!

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Click Here for to be linked to Amazon

I designed the cover using Photoshop and a photograph I had taken on a beautiful foggy winter day. Used KDP to self publish and here we are!

If you have any questions about self publishing, do not hesitate to ask!

This book is 10 years in the making, maybe longer.

Starting from the Iraq war and my childhood, to moving to America and living the best life I could.

It is a spiritual journey about war, hope, and inspiration.

Reviews so far describe it as:

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To list a few

I am overwhelmed with community support and so grateful to be a part of this world.

A world where an Iraqi woman can have a voice. This is so much bigger than a book being published!