Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I provide publishing & marketing consultation.
I design mind-blowing book covers.
I design one of kind 3D eBook covers.
I format and create custom layouts for books.
I offer ISBN assignment.
I provide digital formatting and distribution.
I design business & postcards.
I provide photo shoots for my clients.
I supply authors with an electronic proof.
I provide complete media kits, and press materials.
I offer numerous marketing options and solutions.
I provide a smile and exceptional customer service.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. 1. JAMES BALDWIN A SOUL ON FIRE a short play by HOWARD B. SIMON Edited by Charles Reese. I created the book cover image from 2000 black and white images from 1963!
2. KESHA STRAIGHT no-chasers by Lakesha M. Townsend. The book is a passionate memoir about the friendship Kesha shared with the late Whitney Houston. Whitney tragically passed away 3 days prior to receiving the finished & publishing book!
3. Gettin' Honey From A Rose by Nicki J! This amazing book is about a passionate romance and spiritual connect that developed when Senator Barack Obama announced his bid to enter the 2008 election to become AmericaÃÂÃÂs 44th President!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. It's imperative for a customer to know exactly what type of publishing they want...eBook publishing, journal, hardcover or paperback. It's important to know ahead of time, so that I can customize the service and give the customer/ author the best experience possible.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The insider Secrets....
1. Start a Blog ÃÂÃÂ Do not wait until the book is in print to start building your audience. Write about topics of interest to your target audience and update your blog at least twice each week.
2. Write a Marketing Plan ÃÂÃÂ If you want to sell books, you need a plan that includes ongoing marketing efforts. There should be many tasks from the plan that you can also begin tackling before the book is in print. Jenny Blake developed a fabulous spreadsheet with book marketing tactics that you can use as a reference for getting started.
3. Build a Social Media Platform ÃÂÃÂ Sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are ideal for authors because they allow you to share content and interact with potential readers. Start by sharing your blog posts. Also ask questions, share other peopleÃÂÃÂs content, and engage your audience. Engage daily and develop your social media ÃÂÃÂvoice.ÃÂÃÂ
4. Develop a Launch Plan ÃÂÃÂ Know how youÃÂÃÂre going to introduce your book to the world. Strategies might include email marketing to your lists, social media promotion, PR campaign, a contest, partnering with other writers, etc.
5. Invest in High Quality Publishing Services such as Glover Lane Press ÃÂÃÂ If youÃÂÃÂre self-publishing, donÃÂÃÂt make the mistake of skimping on services. The two most important elements of book production are editing and cover design. A homemade cover will tell everyone that your book is self-published, and sub-standard editing will leave readers disappointed (which can lead to poor book reviews). Allow Glover Lane Press to design your book cover, logos, and any other company branding.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Do I own my copyright and all of my reproduction rights?
Do I have a say in the creative process?
Does Glover Lane Press provide a FREE consultation?
How long does the publishing process work?
What is the difference between editing and proofreading?
If I am previously published, how can Glover Lane Press help?
Which file formats dose Glover Lane Press accept for printing?
Can I use my own book cover artwork?
Why is distribution important?
What is cover stock?
What is trim size?
Can I sell my book in Canada?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Buyers should have thought through if they want an eBook, a full color coffee table book, or a mass market paperback. They should have also thought through their book title, and have a general idea how many pages their manuscript is.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I am passionate about all of my projects from the beginning to end! It doesn't matter if I'm designing a book cover, a business cards or publishing a year book for an elementary school...I love my work!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I LOVE publishing. I love designing book covers, and all types of promotional media. I love taking jaw-dropping photos, but I absolutely love connecting with different types of people, organizations, beliefs and backgrounds.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I absolutely love my job!
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. My Name is Azaan Kamau. I am an independent book publisher and an expert book designer! I have been writing for about 20 years, and publishing for a little over 12 years. I taught myself the publishing industry and craft after publication rejection letters began to pile up! I was told there was no market for my writing, it was too raw, too revolutionary, too taboo, too too much! Thus, I had to teach myself how to publish my own work! It was hard in the beginning as I tried a few publishers that wanted a ton of money to publish my work. That was a hassle! As I got the hang of it and began to publish my work, I realized there were thousands of writers, poets, journalist exacly like me. I realized there were countless individuals whose manuscripts had been rejected, or they always wanted to publish, but just didn't know where to begin. I made it my duty to provide affordable publishing options for all budgets!
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I am soooooo proud of all of the authors, their perseverance, and their zeal to right! I am proud of all of them!
I am extremely proud of Lakesha M. Townsend author of KESHA STRAIGHT no-chasers...a memoir dedicated to the late Whitney Houston!
I am also beaming with pride because of Ifalade Ta'Shia Asanti, author of The Seer and the Bones Do Talk! You make us proud Ta'Shia...You make us proud!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes! I am always in a seminar, a class, a webinar, a work shop, or reading relevant material and tutorials to hone my skills.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. My most recent project is our newest imprint; Organic Matters Publications!
We Provide High Quality & Affordable Publishing for your Hemp, Medical Cannabis or Marijuana Books!
If you are a doctor, scientist, patient, a grower, homemaker, a blogger, a chief, a supporter, or a farmer this is the publishing company that will turn your idea into a published work of art! No matter your passion; medical cannabis, how to books, politics, clones, cultivation, bubble bags, hemp, cannabutter, the war on drugs, hydroponics, and aeroponics, itÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs all up to you! Visit Us! http://azaankamau.wix.com/organicmatters
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. My pricing system is very basic and fits every budget!
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Learn the copyright laws!
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. I love people. I am a people person who is passionate about going the extra mile. I believe in going beyond my customer's expectations and providing them with a superior product.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. Currently I am working on improving eBook production, product branding, 3 dimensional media, basic website design and over all book/ author promotion.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Are proceeds of your book sales donated to charity?
Out Of the Closet Thrift Store at www.outofthecloset.org is an amazing organization! Owned and Operated by The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the store generates money that helps fund the many services the Foundation provides which include HIV/AIDS testing and counseling.
I have been sponsoring a little girl through World Vision named Asa since June of 2001. Watching her grow, learn and evolve has truly been rewarding! You purchase can make a huge difference for a child in need. Please Visit www.worldvision.org
I spent many of my good childhood years on our ranch in Texas. There I learned the importance of animals; we could end poverty by teaching others about agriculture. Several years ago I discovered Heifer International and IÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂve been donating ever since. Heifer InternationalÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs goal is to end poverty, help struggling families & communities worldwide. Millions of people globally are overlooked by their governments, denied education, and other basic necessities. Heifer InternationalÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs has projects in over 50 countries. Visit them at www.heifer.org
The absolute need for Habitat For Humanity became quite prevalent during and after The Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. I wanted to do so much to help our people, but I did what I could. Habitat For Humanity has partnered with numerous people and organizations to end homelessness on many levels. Please visit www.Habitat.org to see how you can get involved.
RED was created to eradicate HIV/AIDS in Africa. So far everything RED and the Global Fund have set forth has made enormous changes for the continent. The Pandemic must end. Be a part of global change. Be insp(RED) to purchase a RED item through one of the many outlets such as the Gap, or donate directly to the Global Fund at www.globalfund.org or visit www.joinred.com
I have participated in The AIDS Walk for many years. Through those years, IÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂve seen APLA provide many valuable services. They are committed to HIV/AIDS prevention.
I love Direct Relief. They are focused on disaster emergency response and medical disaster response. For example the Tsunami in The Indian Ocean, Hurricane Katrina, and the recent Wildfire in California, Direct ReliefÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs response was paramount! Some of their aftermath programs include health care and operating HIV/AIDS clinics and hospitals which include outreach programs. Visit Them at www.directrelief.org
Donating and getting involved in The SPCA at www.spca.org and The Humane Society at www.hsus.org are great ways to help animals like providing homes, preventing cruelty, and over population. You can adopt a friend who will love you for an eternity. We adopted Adonis are little Shih Tzu puppy who is an absolutely joy, then we adopted Spooney, a Black & white Havanese who is quite a character, but full of love & loyalty.
I have been donating on many levels to The American Red Cross at www.redcross.org for many years. There are numerous ways to get involved. You can donate your time, money, and even give blood!
I said all of that to say, I live to dedicate myself and my work to help others. Proceeds of In The Midst of My Blackness will be donated to organizations that are dedicated to feeding the hungry, healing the sick, saving our environment, housing the homeless, educating the ignorant, and empowering the weak. Buy the book, and change someoneÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs life! OrÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ¦.please visit the links provided, and make the step towards being a part of positive change. If you want to start your journey from scratch donate directly to your spiritual Organization, of visit Network For Good at www.networkforgood.org
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Are you an author?
Yes, I am an author of several non-fiction books. Please visit my personal author website! http://azaankamau.webs.com/