Thursday, May 26, 2016

Doing It For The Gram

Well actually, it was more like doing it for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

It all started after I had binge-watched a whole bunch of running man challenge videos. Initially it seemed as though I would have to conquer the dance, but not all the videos online consist of that exact dance. There are people doing the running man, people twerking, and people grooving do different songs. It was only right for me to groove to the song of my choice. Below you'll see two different videos that I made.

Before you watch the videos, there's more. I also recorded myself on my new guitar. No, I don't actually know how to play yet but I'm enjoying it.
A video posted by Lashuntrice (@mrsstarstatus) on

A video posted by Lashuntrice (@mrsstarstatus) on

A video posted by Lashuntrice (@mrsstarstatus) on

BTW: This is part of my before 30 goals. My initial goal was to be in a music video as a vixen, but vixens can't do certain jobs such as teaching. However, dancing in a video for Instagram doesn't harm anyone. In fact it's fun and I look forward to making more videos in the future. They'll consist of songs, my own poems, and much more.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Writer's Thoughts On Paying People to Review Books

Book reviews are important. 

Back in my younger days I didn't realize how important they were. I really didn't care what others thought of a book. My opinion only mattered. I cared if I liked the back description of the book enough to purchase it and I cared about my own thoughts on the book after reading it. Unless I was reading the book for a class assignment, I usually just moved on to the next book. I didn't have a blog to discuss the book on. I didn't even have my own email address until I went off the college, but that's another story. My parents gave me money to purchase books, I read them, formed my own opinion, and then moved on. Fast forward to 2016.

One lesson I didn't realize in my youth was how important it was for people to pay for the books. It is very important to invest your money in buying a book. Purchasing the book is a part of an author's survival. I've also realized that there is no way possible most authors are surviving on book sales. The market isn't like it used to be. $9.99 books from long ago are now $3.00 on kindle. If a paperback book is $9.99 on Amazon, that author is essentially making $3.00 for every book sale. 

Just think about how much money that is for a self published author. On top of it, the author has to pay someone to edit their book. Well, that is unless they think they can come out as successful as E. L. James. Depending on how that author wants to promote, they are always looking at paying someone in the business to promote for them. Promoting in this post means putting the work in front of the faces of people who will buy the book.

Wait, maybe 10 or 15 years ago authors were supposed to use promoters to help them reach the correct audiences. Now people reach out to The Shade Room ( it's really not a good spot to get your book noticed) or other blogs they notice have high numbers of followers. There is nothing wrong with that. However, in order to get these blogs to read the books, you have to pay them. 

Wait.... don't pay them to read your book. I'm a blogger who expects people to buy my book, so I'm not charging the next person to read their book and talk about it. When we become authors, we become entrepreneurs. Just like the people taking the time out to read our books, we are taking out the time to write good stories for others to read. So they need to respect the game and buy the damn book. If you google my book Woman Manifested: A Poetic Tale,  you will also notice there are no blog reviews. I reached out to some in the beginning, but I've learned my lesson.

Now there are book blogs designed for the purpose of helping you sell your book. They are run by PR agencies and you should pay them at your own risk. Just read this article.  The author talked about a man who worked for a PR agency. His job was to encourage bloggers to write about the books that went through his company, but he decided to get rid of the third party by writing reviews himself. He eventually had his own successful company and some of the books getting reviewed weren't actually getting read. I used to want the job of reviewing books before they were exposed to the general audiences, so it's sad to know people have those jobs and don't actually read the books. See you just have to know who you can trust. 

Or you can just wait for someone to mention your book in a book club where others might like it and actually purchase it and spread the word that way. It's wishful thinking, but a possible way of getting sales. 

Side Note: Did you see where Zane tried to shade Target for not carrying her books? She claimed she was boycotting Target because she's an author with 30 + books and they carry authors with only one or two books out. She forgot the fact that she's a successful author that is also a publisher with authors under her. She doesn't need her books on Target shelves to sell like those authors with one or two books need. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

At Some Point We All Join Snapchat

Before the year is out I'll be 30, so before then I have to keep up my youth.

All young people or at least bloggers passionate about writing are writing and publishing books these days, so I couldn't be the exception. You can find my book Woman Manifested on Amazon. Soon you'll also see videos of me sharing some personal information as I promote the book more. 

To help with book promotion I've decided to spice it up with more than just videos. I'll also be learning how to play the guitar and somehow using it to promote my poetry and storytelling. All young people keep up their youth by learning near tasks, so mines will be the guitar. Thanks to Guitar Center, I was able to get one on sale for a good price. 

Okay, I'm not just some poet or some writer sitting behind a computer screen. Like everyone else I have these dreams to branch out and be all over the place. According to a lot of companies that are teaming with bloggers, they expect us to be social media friendly since social media is how to market ourselves. I'm guessing this is because it gives us more outlets to market their products, events, or jus name in general while marketing ourselves. That means being on every social media site and that is also why I've finally joined snapchat. 

I don't quite know how to work it yet. Because of lack of space of the iPhone 6s I'm currently utilizing it via my LG4 and I'm not sure how to take a screen shot on that phone. However, before is a video of my first snapchat. I downloaded it and added it to Instagram.

P.S. If you want to follow me, my name on snapchat is lashuntrice.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Reflections~ Goals To Accomplish Before Turning 30

The more I log onto social media lately, the more I feel as if life is passing me by. It seems as if everyone else is living out their goals and doing the normal tasks that comes with adulthood. The normal tasks are falling in love, getting married, having babies, and getting paid enough money to handle the lifestyle. I, on the other hand, feel stuck in this work and go home alone cycle. 

It would be okay if I was 20, 22, or even 24. However, before this year ends I'll be 30 years old. My 20's will be over. At 29 I have this baby fever, this yearning for the man of my dreams, and of course a desire to have way more funds in my bank account. Wait, I'm not just wanting to have more money. I want enough money to where I can actually go to some of the interesting events I want to be at. I want to have enough money to where if I wanted to move to another apartment complex tomorrow I could without any worries. I want enough money to where I don't have to worry about over spending. Since I want to be a parent, that'll be whole lot more than I'm currently getting paid. Wait, I'm going off topic. 

Anyway, I've been seeing all these great accomplishments others are making and it's absolutely time for me to make some. But I'm not thinking of the normal goals people do to push themselves further. I'm tired of having this goal of moving to California or some other state only to realize there's a brand new bill I'm taking on and have to figure out how to manage. That's stressful, so I'm thinking of some goals that aren't as stressful to accomplish before turning 30. 

Buy A Guitar And Become A Little More Creative:
Earlier this year I published a book via CreateSpace. For years people had been asking me when I was going to come out with a book. Because poetry is what I'm best at writing, it was a poetry book. However, the part of getting people to actually buy the book has been tough. A lot of folks congratulated me, but they didn't realize the way to stroke a writer's ego is to purchase the writer's new book. So I've needed to burn off some steam and find a new creative outlet. The guitar is the answer. 

I purchased the guitar this weekend from Guitar Center. It's a rogue starter acoustic guitar in the color blue. It's very pretty, but they didn't have it in the store. So I will officially have a new guitar next weekend. The plan is to combine my playing of the guitar (I have to learn) with poetry and record it for youtube. Learning how to play the guitar and putting it up on youtube for the world to see will distract me for a minute from the stressful business of book selling and trying to add extra money to my bank account. 

Write More Recklessly On The Blog: 
One of the reasons why I was able to create so many blog posts in the past is because I wrote without caring about the structure. I wrote to get interesting words out. Lately I've struggled to write because I want to be noticed by the masses. I want to be taken seriously as a writer. However, in order to keep writing I have to just do it without thinking about how it looks to others. 

With hat being said, I'm be back with more before 30 goals later. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Tough Journey of Getting A Coffee Table To The Dumpster

If you're looking for celebrity news, I don't have any this time. I'm currently trying to align my energy with the time so my thoughts on rich people's lives can flow easily, make more sense, and be interesting. Oh, and I'll post those at Urban Mag. There are also other great writers on that site who post a whole lot more often than me. Stay updated there. However, if you clicked on the link to be nosy about my personal life struggles, wait no more.
It looked similar to the one in the picture. 

For a minute now I've been wanting to get rid of my nice faux leather coffee table. I purchased it years ago from Rooms To Go. It was nice and could hold everything I needed it to. However, it was goo big. In recent times I needed the space that it was taking up in my living room. I wanted to be able to comfortably do yoga, stretch, and do flips. I also preferred a coffee table that could be easily moved out of the way and it wasn't that. So it had to go. 

On Sunday March 8th I was finally able to get rid of the coffee table, but it wasn't easy. I had to drag it out of the house because it was too heavy for me to pick up. Upon dragging it out, I made it to the front porch, but realized the stairs were getting in the way of my already hard work. I couldn't drag it down some stairs, so someone needed to help me. 

You know how we tell children not to talk to strangers? Well, that also applies to cute women like me. I shouldn't walk up to strangers. I know it. It's dangerous in these apartment streets. However, a girl gots to do what a girl gots to do. I had to find someone. 

Usually there are men outside working on their cars all the time. While working, they blast music to keep themselves entertained. Yeah, none of them were out. I had to a little walking in order to find a man, but I found one and asked. He immediately said yes. He followed me and grabbed up the coffee table. It wasn't too heavy for him. 

Now it is gone. There was no changing my mind. Really there wasn't. People in these streets don't like furniture get taken by trash people. They grab the stuff up and refurnish if they need to. For real, I walked out a little later that day and it wasn't at the dumpster. Someone had taken it. 

Oh yeah, someone once asked me if I had ever had sex on that table. I hadn't, but a new one can always be purchased for that activity. Maybe; if another guy lets me get comfortable enough to invite him over. But that's a post for another time.