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Staying Encouraged

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As of late, I have been experiencing the true meaning of challenge and the testing of ones Faith!

In spite of these struggles, I’ll admit, I’ve got to be one of the very blessed during this time of my life.

All in one day, I received phone calls from my uncle and mentor, my mother, my cousin whose like a little brother to me and one of m best friends and the message they offered was clear and concise: “be encouraged…keep going…don’t quit.”

Wow!

Some people don’t have close friends and family around them to pull them out of a funk! We need people around us to help snap us out of it! I am learning that in the most surreal and incredible way!

I’m grateful and thankful to be surrounded by people who love Jesus, love people and love others through their quirks and issues of life!

So my encouragement to you is this! Don’t give up! You’re not as bad as you think! You’re not a loser! Go forward even if it doesn’t seem to matter or make sense. When it’s all said and done it most certainly will come together!

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Writing And Finishing Your Book: 3 Steps To Start and Finish Strong

Quite a few individuals have been asking me, “Kendall, how did you get started writing your book!?”

Here, I give an overview of what to do in multiple-parts videos.

You can start with Part One in the video:

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Book Launch Party A Success

The book launch party was incredible! Just the right number of peeps showed up and the entire party was supported quite nicely! I had the great opportunity to share from the book and read excerpts from it, AND, had two of the contributors of my book present at the party.

I look forward to writing many more books and doing more of these kind of parties. It was worth every second of preparation and promotion.

This party was also an opportunity for me to learn the do’s and do not’s of promotion and marketing, all of which served as a pretty hefty but healthy learning curve for me. No need to worry, however, as I intend to make a note of all the success that came out of this party.

Self-Publishing in of itself has it’s challenges, but to be completely honest, I’m enjoying the ride for now. I would LOVE to be picked up by a large publisher, but there’s something about the adventure and freedom of being self-published that just makes the entire journey exciting! Granted, you have twice the work with twice the responsibility from promotion to finance to actual completion of the project itself, but I honestly believe that this is good for me. It keeps me on my toes and it keeps me focused!

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Inspiration for “22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth”

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One year before I wrote “22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth,” I did a LOT of drawing.

Anytime I found a lonesome sticky note, I would start sketching. Before I knew it, sketching on sticky notes became my thing. I became more and more inspired and I began to create this character with wavy hair and glasses.

It wouldn’t be until a few months within that same year that I would name him “Miles Cooper.”

Most of the stories I write, whether they are short stories are big book stories, I normally focus on a kind of coming-of-age tale. The story of a boy or girl who finds themselves in an adventure that unleashes their true identity is a kind of storyline that has always fascinated me. This is mostly the case with me because, for me, Elementary and Jr. High was one of many of the defining moments in my life.

22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth” made things even more interesting (and more a challenge) because I had to take Miles Cooper and put him in a setting I didn’t originally plan for him: a sharer of life and experiences. The more I got into writing, the more I realized it actually worked. Mainly because if you look at books like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” or Judy Blume books like “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” you find the main characters sort of telling their story, sharing their obstacles with the reader. Those are fun reads and fun to write.

The added bonus was the adding of the cartoons I drew into the book. I enjoyed that as much as I did writing more than 50,000 words.

“22 Life Lessons for Personal Growth” is available for purchase online right now.

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My latest book, "22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth."

My latest book, “22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth.”

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