N’Zuri Za Austin, Author
I decided, like so many others before me, to write a book. I didn’t know the first thing about writing in that capacity, but what I did know is that I wanted to create something unique, something full of truth, something full of life, something that allowed me to speak freely.
So I sat down with my pen and pad and over the next few months I started writing. I wrote poetry. I wrote scripts. I wrote short stories. I wrote any and every thought that lived within me until there was nothing left of me to put on the page. With a smile on my face, I put my pen down and said to myself, “I am an author! I have written a book!”
Little did I know that there was so much more to being an author. I had to find an editor (in Arkansas? Really?). I had to find a publishing company (again, in Arkansas?). I had to find someone who believed in my words, and who was willing to take a chance on me and help me become a published author (deep sigh). Needless to say, I had a big task on my hand.
But as fate would have it, someone created this little thing called a hash tag! Now, most of you probably won’t know what that is, because at first I didn’t, but what you do is you write a word and just before the word you add the… you know what, another time.
Well anyway, I used that hash tag technique on Twitter and guess who responded? Yep you guessed it!Susan Hughes, my independent editor! And with Susan’s help, I became an author! I have written and published my first book!” Can you say excited!!
Thank you, Susan, for being a part of my vision. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with me. Thank you for helping me to remove my mask, and simply be. Thank you for sharing in one of my happiest moments of my life – my dream in motion. Thank you for reading my stories, and for believing in them. Thank you helping me to share my words with the world. And thanks in advance for doing what you do best and editing this long testimony that I know is full of errors before/if you decide to share it. LOL 🙂
Forever and Always Grateful,