Deatri King-Bey is originally from Decatur, a small town in central Illinois. When she was a child, Decatur was behind the times in just about every way. So behind, they had no idea how to deal with a dyslexic child. Her parents were told she’d never learn how to read, let alone write. Obviously, they were told wrong.
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Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
I started in the publishing industry a decade ago as an editor for Third World Press, and then moved to freelance editing for various publishing companies and being published myself. All along I’ve taught workshops on the writing craft and publishing business. A year ago I decided to give self publishing a try and my email blew up! I’d always answered questions from aspiring and published authors about various topics, but all of a sudden the questions increased tenfold with the self-publishing questions added in the mix. I found myself repeating information and realized I have a nonfiction background and am an author. I should write a book that answers the questions I’d been receiving and also answers the questions people didn’t know to ask. Next thing you know, I was 60,000 words into Become a Successful Author. This book covers everything from branding to learning the craft to editing to submissions to self publishing to marketing and a whole lot more.
Since most of the questions I received were via email, I decided to write the book in a conversational tone so even if you don’t know anything about the craft or industry, you feel like you are reading an email from a friend who happens to be in the industry and is explaining things to you. At least that was my intent.
After I completed the book, I knew that there would be more questions, so I contacted several of my friends who have been in the industry for a bit and asked them to help me educate authors on becoming more than published authors. I want to help authors become successful authors. Each month at http://www.BecomeASuccessfulAuthor.com we post articles to help authors along their journey.
The main take away from the book and website is: Branding is the key. In order to become a successful author, you must build a high quality brand that readers can’t get enough of. Become A Successful Author gives authors the base they need to succeed.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Villains by Necessity by Eve Forward. It’s the best fantasy ever! In it the good has taken over the world and thus become corrupt, so the villains have to save the day.
Book you’re currently reading?
The historical romance Indigoby Beverly Jenkins. This is one of my all time favorite books. I read it at least once a year and was just released in eBook format, so I had to purchase that version also.
Where can we learn more about you?