Cheapest way of marketing your book: Fiverr

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Hello! I’m back with another blog post. I am pretty sure you probably have missed my posts since I haven’t posted anything in a little while. It’s not like I am ignoring all of my readers who are out there reading my blog. I just been going through a lot lately and I am trying my best to maintain a good balance between the multiple projects I have on deck right now…including signing up for my insurance license.

Yes you read that right.

I have decided that since I am no longer going the traditional publishing route when it comes to being a hybrid author that I needed to explore other avenues of making money besides working full time as an infant toddler teacher. Although I am grateful to have a full-time job where I can pay the bills and have a roof over my head, the fact still remains that I am going to need a second source of income if I really want to invest money into my self-publishing business.

So, after some digging and applying for a few jobs, I have found one that could potentially make a second source of income that I can put right back into my self-publishing business with the Truson S.E.T. Series and my other work as well. My hope is that by doing this method, I won’t have to worry about finding the money to pay for editing and marketing my work in the near future. My plan is to become an insurance agent or even an SMD (Senior Marketing Director) in the near future.

In the meantime, I have found some marketing services that are cheap and affordable through one website that I am sure most people should know by now: Fiverr.

Today, I recently searched for book promotion services on Fiverr just to see if there are some book promotion services I could afford on a low budget. I had found some interesting ones but then I came across one website where he had a list of book marketing services he used for his own books: Self-Publishing with Dale. I have become somewhat familiar with him on YouTube so I decided to check out some of the services he used on Fiverr, something in which I am thinking about trying sometime this week.

If you are interested, I have included the link down below on his recommendations of the people he hired on Fiverr to promote his books. You can click on the link here for more information.

See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Why I am saying no to traditional publishing video series Part One

Hello! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. I know it has been a while since I last posted but I was in some really serious pain within the last couple of days or so but I really wanted to move forward when it came to my video series on Youtube titled “Why I am saying no to traditional publishing.” I just released part one of the video explaining my reasons for why I am officially walking away from traditional publishing based on a recent video I watched a few weeks ago by a woman name Alyssa Matesic who talks about the current state of the traditional publishing as it stands now and what the future might possibly look like for both new and published authors in the traditional publishing industry.

After I watched the video, I was more convinced than ever that traditional publishing or even going the hybrid author route is not for me anymore. Curious? You can check out her video in the link down below:

And if you want to see my video on why I decided NOT to go the traditional publishing route anymore, You can check out the link below for more details. If you happen to click on it before it’s scheduled time, please be sure to sign up so you won’t miss it when it airs on Monday, April 25th, 2022, 9AM central time. Thank you!

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down at her plastic table and wrote her first book out of sheer boredom at eight years old. Years later, she decided to go get her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is obtaining her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When not writing, she is busy teaching infant and toddlers at a daycare center in Chicago, IL. For more information, check out her website at https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/ for more information.

Helpful Tips for Authors: Ethicool (For picture book authors)

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another Helpful Tips for Authors post. I recently stumbled upon this the other day on Facebook and decided that I needed to share it for the authors who are still considering traditional publishing as a viable option when it comes to publishing their work. There seems to be a new book publisher for children’s picture books on the market and it seems like they are doing things the old fashioned way when it comes to looking for authors who still want to go through the traditional publishing market with picture books.

The publisher is called Ethicool and their website seems pretty legit from my perspective. Apparently, they have a few books on the market right now on their website that seems awesome to read for the little ones to read. On their website when it comes to authors wanting to submit their manuscript, they have stated that if your book is commissioned, they will cover the cost from illustrations, design, and even marketing your books to a worldwide audience. Although they have a few rules when it comes to publishing with them, these rules are not too rigid to a point where the author doesn’t have any wiggle room with their book (So far).

If you would like more information about Ethicool, check out their website here for more information.

That’s all for now. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

My Introduction to AuthorTube (Revised)

Hello! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. I have decided to do a revised video for the #authortube on Youtube. I reviewed the last one I did and I decided that it needed a do over because it was too long and I made some errors along the way. It came out last week and I wanted to share it to give you a glimpse of my writing journey and to give you an opportunity to let you guys know what you think about it. Please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions on what you think down below!

That’s it for now. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down at her plastic table and wrote her first book out of sheer boredom at eight years old. Years later, she decided to go get her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is obtaining her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When not writing, she is busy teaching infant and toddlers at a daycare center in Chicago, IL. For more information, check out her website at https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/ for more information.

Reanalyzing my current situation: The One source of income bracket

Broke on one source of income

So, this topic is coming at the heels of what I am currently going through at the moment as of this post. I haven’t been using too much paid marketing in a while due to my financial situation at the moment. After all, the job I have is not a job where you can automatically make six-figures a year. As of right now, I had to reevaluate my future plans and goals when it comes to writing, editing, and marketing my books.

The problem? The one source of income bracket.

This is something that weighed heavily on my mind for the last few years. It really came into my brain in 2019 and 2020 during the pandemic. At this time, I was still living on one source of income and supporting other people who decided that they didn’t want to work in order to make a decent living for themselves (Don’t really want to talk about it so I am just going to move on from that conversation). I had went from feeling on top of the world when it came to paying money to edit and publish my books to not being able to produce anything because of the horrible feeling of losing my job any given day due to the pandemic. Thankfully, things settled down to a point where they hired me back after three months of them closing down.

It was that experience alone that made me want to explore other avenues to make money. One of those resources being being a book coach through Author Accelerator. Even though I have given my services away for free when it comes to this program, I do love helping people when it comes to their manuscripts and will continue to do so, just not for free. I have to have some sort of compensation in order to make a living at it.

But for right now, I am still in that one source of income bracket that I am desperately trying to get out of. My week consisted of me coming home, doing lesson plans, and applying for a second source of income in order to keep my head above water when it comes to paying my bills. Considering I am in one of the lowest paying professions not only in the U.S. but in the entire world (If you are interested in learning more about this, I will share the link below on this information after this post), I am struggling when it comes to paying for my much needed necessities, I am also struggling when it comes to promoting my novels as well.

My hope is that I will be able to find something that will help pick up the weight of having just one source of income. I think that a second source of income could be really beneficial for me even though that would cut into a lot of my writing and book coaching time. One thing I know I really need to work on is finding balance between my projects in both writing and book coaching on top of balancing two jobs at once.

Sounds crazy huh?

It might sound crazy but I know that I have to do it because I want to move forward when it comes to my business. I want to be able to write freely without having to worry about paying my bills or not. Sure, I would love nothing more than to get paid ten-thousand, a hundred thousand, or even a million dollars for the Truson S.E.T. Series or even for the new series I am writing right now but I know that I will have a long way to go before that happens. I also don’t want to be in a position where I would have to write these books just to make money.

Just in case anyone was wondering where I have been within the last couple of months, this is one of the things I was doing to support my writing. I have also been relaxing because of my recent celebration of my last class (I will talk more about that on my Youtube channel) and doing the second rewrite to Courtney’s Redemption which will come out this year. I will be sure to keep you updated on my progress via my website, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

That’s all for this post. If you are curious about what Infant/toddler teachers do and the wage gap that’s happening when it comes to this career, click on the link here for more information.

See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down at her plastic table and wrote her first book out of sheer boredom at eight years old. Years later, she decided to go get her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is obtaining her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When not writing, she is busy teaching two year olds at a daycare center in Skokie, IL. For more information, check out her website at https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/ for more information.

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