Everyone has a story.... While many of us may not be famous or even wealthy, all of us are important. I've had several conversations with clients and friends about writing their story and I tell you, I hear more objections than reasons why they should - "I'm not a writer," is a common sentiment. "How do I start?", is another. Many entertainers pay big bucks to professional writers to help birth their autobiographies. Did you know that many of the books on the New York Time's best seller's list may not be authored by the person on the cover - they had help, and it's okay. So can you. A. Howard Press is a boutique publishing company founded by a writer with a passion to help other people birth their stories. I like to think of myself a doula or midwife. This can be an intimate process, heart wrenching for some. But trust me, the feeling of having your book in your hand, is a gift to you first, and a well deserved gift as the protagonist of your life. Here's food for thought - You own a restaurant - share some of your recipes or the story of how your restaurant became one of the most sought after locations in your city. Aspiring restaurateurs would love to read how you turned a Saturday afternoon plate-selling business into a 3- location chain. Who gives you permission to write, as if you were an expert? No one.
Passionate about mentorship? Write a quick manual, a survivor's guide for those who've been abused, or children of incarcerated parents, like yourself. Passionate about ministry? There are billions of people, millions of people who scrub Amazon.com for the latest dollar devotional. I'd love to read yours and help you write it.
Oxford Dictionary suggests that there are nearly a quarter of a million words in the English language - that's words in current use, derivative words, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, exclamations, prepositions, conjunctions, technical words, slang and sensory words and the list goes on. People just like you and me, are taking these words and combining these thoughts to weave something so unique, or even something with a similar blueprint but with your flavor, take and style. Your words matter. Your story matters.
Are you fortunate to have a sage loved one in the family, alert and sharp and always ready to deposit gems of wisdom at each family gathering. She is the key to your future, as she has the keys to your past. I often hear in the African American community that our identity, individual and as it relates to the family, is all but too vague. Names, stories of love and adversity, vital keys to our lineage have dissipated with every death of our elders. I'd love to help you record and preserve your family's history. You grandchildren should be able to read about your grandmother. I get chills just thinking about the phenomenon and what impact this could have on our youth on so many different levels.
Do you, like me, have a child with a limitless imagination? We spend lots of money on our kids, but when is the last time you spent time in a creative endeavor with your junior author? They have the content; so do you! A great summer project could be to write and illustrate your first Mommy/Daughter book about positive thinking. Don't miss out on the opportunity to strengthen bonds, tell your truth and leave a legacy to your family and the world. Fill out the form below and let us know how we can bring your vision to life!