IndieView with Kezia Arterberry, author of Empower You

Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? How long did it take you to write it? It helps me to be more creative and enjoy the “process.”
Do you outline? I do not outline. You know, I decided to really embrace the experience of self-publishing and decided to create my book cover myself. It’s one of those things where I’m spontaneous and go with the flow. So, Empower You, encompasses both ideas but with a twist; a 70 day devotional for mindset transformation. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? The only catch is that you have to be willing to commit and to do the work! I don’t have a specific writing process. I made a mistake with both. We all know how important it is for writers to read. Because, once I began writing again, that’s when the ideas would flow with ease. But then again, that is how I go about doing a lot of things in my life. Empower You is geared towards readers who struggle with negative thinking, setting goals and sticking to them. Kezia Arterberry – 27 April 2018
The Back Flap
Empower You is all about empowering you to find the courage and motivation to pursue your goals, live your dreams and to ultimately live your life operating in your God given purpose. Where did you get the idea from? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? End of Interview:
For more from Kezia, visit her website. Where do you live now? What came easily? I definitely plan on hiring a professional editor to edit my future books. The editing process took a few months. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? My goal for the book cover was to create something that would convey the overall concept of my book and standout in the company of other self-help and personal development books. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Or, if you just feel stuck in life and feel like there’s something more you should be doing with your life, then Empower You is the book for you. In Empower You, you will learn various tips and techniques that will help you develop the kind of mindset that will allow you to empower yourself in those moments when you need it most. I got excited and went with the most convenient options made available to me at the time. And, I think that largely was due to my tendency to over-think and wanting to say the right thing, in the right way. I love to laugh, I am a proud cheesehead (go Packers!) and really, I just love to see people win in life! I did not do my research. It took me about 1 year and 6 months to write Empower You, not including editing and designing the book cover.  
Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I did not submit my work to an agent. What would you like readers to know about you? To make a long story short, in both instances, I ended up with a box of books and no idea how to promote/market my book. Do you have a target reader? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Get your copy of   Empower You from Amazon US or Amazon UK. And lastly, make sure that you have a marketing plan in place for your book. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? When I was in that head-space, I would stop writing for a short period of time until I let go of the over-thinking, allowing myself to write freely. The writing process began in December of 2015. That way, you’ll avoid the biggest mistakes I made with my previous books. It’s funny, but I listen to music while I’m going to sleep, drive, cook, clean, etc. Empower You, is also a great read for the seasoned entrepreneur, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs in need of motivation and strategies to take their life to the next level! Did you hire a professional editor? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? The idea was to take the entries from an inspirational blog that I had written and to turn that into a book. There are so many individuals who inspire me, from family and friends, to well-known influencers. However, I did have someone else edit my writing only after I’d edited my book many, many times beforehand. One of the biggest mistakes I made in the past, with my 2 previous books, was not having a marketing plan. This 70 day devotional focuses on the topics of self-confidence, goal-setting and developing a positive, success mindset. Also, do your research and do it well, when choosing a company to publish with. If so can you please describe it? My biggest struggle while writing Empower You was writers block. When did you start writing the book? I was born and raised in the sunny and hot valley of the sun! I had the idea to turn that blog into a book for a while, but I never acted on it. There are 70 days, each with a new topic that will challenge your current way of thinking and help you to develop a more positive and optimistic perspective in life. I have had previous experience with self-publishing and traditional publishing. About You
Where did you grow up? I share tips and techniques that will help you improve in multiple areas in your life. Do you listen to music while you write? But, the one author I’d like to highlight is Brian Tracy! The information I learned went beyond learning how to write and publish a book and make money from it. Simply starting to write the book was the easy part for me, because I was feeling inspired and was full of ideas that I couldn’t wait to get down on paper. Empower You is a motivational – devotional designed to escort you through 70 days of mindset transformation. Publish with a company that will support you during the publishing process and after. I really enjoy writing in silence, because it feels like I can hear my thoughts more clearly, if that makes sense. I live in my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. I absolutely love reading his books, because I have learned so much on topics that I have become very passionate about. You can avoid that if you research well and plan, plan, plan in advance! No, I did not hire a professional editor this time. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Ever since, I’ve been on a mission to share the knowledge I learned from it, because I’ve seen results in my life after applying the information I learned. Or, if you just feel stuck in life and feel like there’s something more you should be doing with your life, then Empower You is the book for you. It’s about shifting your focus (mindset), therefore enabling you to overcome setbacks and break past limiting beliefs so that you can be your best self and live your best life! I had all this momentum that made it feel like I could write the entire book in a day. Hiring a professional editor definitely would have saved time and energy. So, I did edit as I went along, as well as after the book was completed. That workshop inspired me in ways I cannot explain. However, for Empower You, I did write in the format of outlining, simply because I had the 70 quotes as headlines/titles in place prior to writing what is really just an extension or elaboration of the quote itself. Brian Tracy is a very well-known author, motivational speaker, self-development and success expert. As I mentioned, I’d flirted with the idea of writing this book long before I actually began writing it. I didn’t want it to look like a typical self-help book. It wasn’t until I attended a workshop called Publish a Book and Grow Rich, which lit a fire beneath me, inspiring me to write the book. About the book
What is the book about? Even after what I considered the “final edit” of the book being completed, there were sections that were added after the initial year and 6 months. I am working on putting together my upcoming book tour which will officially kick-off in May, lasting all throughout 2018 and well into 2019! Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? This time around, I’ve really dedicated my time and effort to researching and figuring out how to successfully self-publish my book on my own. As passionate as I am about the topic of mindset transformation, and as much inspiration as I had, I still had moments where I just felt stuck and didn’t know what to write. By not doing my research and not having a marketing plan in place, I ended up with a box of books and no idea what to do with them, beyond selling to close family and friends. What are you working on now? I tend to just write when I’m feeling inspired and having an idea in mind. I did not hire a professional editor to edit my book. Starting. I am a Phoenix native. I flirted with the idea of writing Empower You long before I actually began writing it. Empower You is geared towards readers who struggle with negative thinking, setting goals and sticking to them. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? But, I must say, I do not listen to music while I write. And, in order to get support from the publisher, I would have pay up more money than I had available. So, this time around, I definitely have a marketing plan in place. Unfortunately, at the time, I wasn’t aware of the necessity of having a marketing plan for my book. Yes, I encourage new authors to take their time (writing the book) and don’t rush the process. That is, until I attended a workshop called Publish a Book and Grow Rich. Perfectionism, you can call it. The blogs I wrote were based on my personal life experiences and making the best of negative situations. It’s a great place to start and offers stepping stones to success. I learned things about mindset and success that changed my entire perspective on life and how we live it.