It was 2020, the Pandemic year. I was extremely broke, stuck in the house. With two children and no income, I decided to make something to sell. The only valuable thing I had was my poetry. So. I decided to take out my books and compile all my poems into one. Most of the poems I had were the love poetry type and hence the major theme of Sibuor; my African love story.
Sibuor is my first book, it was going to be my only one but I got an idea of another one a few months after publishing it.
- I compiled all my poems, the 50 chosen ones into a Word document then proofread and edited them.
- Draft2digital was my choice among the self-publishing sites I search for. It has no upfront charges. However they do take a percentage of approximately 10% of your book sales.
- Using Draft2digital, you will be able to format, convert your manuscript into an e-book , enjoy distribution networks and track sales.
- I used Canva to design my book cover (see image above). It is easy to use and has numerous templates to select from. It is free too and they also offer a 30-day free pro trial.
With that I had my complete e-book which I sold to friends, families, acquaintances and basically everyone I had a chance to sell to. The hard copy of it was published in November 2020 by Dayanka Publishers. It was not as life-changing as I thought it would be but it is one of the things monumental for me.
It was different things to different people but to me it was a confirmation of a dream fulfilled. I do hope it will touch you in your won kind of way.