Learn more about the Journey Saga and Self-Publishing

Archive for September, 2009

The Journey is Long II

It worked for Vickie Stringer, but it didn’t work for me. 

For those of you that don’t know who Vickie Stringer is, she is considered the queen of Urban-Lit. Her book, “How to Succeed in the Publishing Game,” explains how she got started as a self-published author. She eventually built her empire, Triple Crown Productions from a single donation letter. She sent out the donation request to her friends and family and because they believed in what she was trying to do, they sent her what she asked for and more. She now has several novels and a publishing company under her belt.

I was not as fortunate because what initially began as a good idea ended in heartbreak.

There was no sudden rush of phone calls, emails, or letters after I sent out my donation request letter. In fact, most of the people I sent the letter to either ignored it or claimed never to have received it in the first place.  Ouch!

I had to regroup with a new strategy very quickly and I learned a very painful but valuable lesson.

Rejection is a necessary and inevitable step towards success.


How to Succeed in the Publishing Game (Triple Crown Publications Presents) by Vickie M. Stringer

The Best in Urban Fiction  www.urbanromancebooks.com





The Journey is Long

The Journey is Long is my weekly editorial on the self-publishing process from start to finish for Journey through Darkness. So if you’re looking for a good laugh,  a good cry, or maybe some useful information to help you along your own writing journey, check it out and let me know what you think.


I started this process back in December 2008 when I first started shopping around for a self-publisher. There were quite a few to choose from, all offering different features, but most were expensive and I had a limited income to work with. I settled on Xlibris because at the time I didn’t know how many other companies were available offering the same services.

Why did I choose to self-publish rather than attempt traditional publishing you may ask?

I wrote Journey through Darkness in 1999 when I was 23 years old, so fast forward to today and I am faced with the issue of time constraints. I can wait to get a master’s degree in English (my original plan), submit query letters to all the publishing houses I can think of, or take my chances marketing and selling my own book.

But isn’t self-publishing sort of taboo in the literary world?

Some articles and books I’ve read completely bash the idea of self-publishing because it is not the “preferred” method. According to these critics, a self-published writer is not a real writer. I completely disagree. I’ve been writing consistently since I was a child. I didn’t wake up one morning and say, “You know what? Today I’ll wash the dishes, take out the trash, and oh yeah…I’ll become a novelist.”

I struggled with the decision to publish for many years. I wrote this book for myself and was completely fine with keeping it within the safety of my closet until I realized that if I didn’t tell this story, eventually someone else would. Maybe my discarded drafts would make it into someone’s else’s ambitious hands or by fate another writer would come along with the same vision.

Now all of a sudden it is a race against time.

I can’t really afford to wait for agents and publishers to love my book. I have the option to go for it and take a chance, so that is what I’m doing.

Doesn’t self-publishing encourage sloppy, inexperienced writing?

Sure, almost anybody with enough money can see their book in print these days but if no one buys it then you have your answer. There is an audience for just about everything. Somewhere in the world people are going to love your book. Write for those people.

Journey through Darkness by Kandake E. Brockington

This is the Blog for Journey through Darkness, the first novel of my dark fantasy saga. Here you can get the latest updates on the novel and follow my progress through publication and beyond.

Right now I am in the process of editing and revising this novel that was originally written in 1999. It is set to go into publication by mid-December and will be available online through Barnes and Nobles, Amazon.com, Borders Books, and my publishing company Xlibris Publishing around April 2010.

It will be my first officially published novel. So far there are 9 books total in the works.

I am also composing instrumental tracks for, Darkness Before the Light, the Journey through Darkness Soundtrack.

You can find additional information on my website www.amarnawest.com

Or contact me via email: kandake@live.com


Cover art courtesy of Lisa Iris