Hello Sparkle Writers, its Thursday and time to meet another amazing writer. Today’s guest is a writer, marketing strategist and author. We can’t wait to reveal all we learnt from her interview.
Hello Osayi. Can you please describe yourself in a few words?
Hello. I am a passionate Marketing Strategist who is particularly excited about what we can accomplish with digital marketing. You can find out more about me and connect with me – OsayiLasisi.com or youngishpro.com
At what point did you decide you wanted to become an author and why?
Being a writer is about getting your message out, and sharing your passions with the world. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. As a matter of fact, even before I was writing I spent my free time amusing my family members with stories and tall tales. By the way, writing and publishing a book is an excellent marketing strategy for anyone who wants to be seen as an expert.
Your book ‘Your First Virtual Summit’ became an Amazon bestseller. How were you able to achieve this?
Well the first book I published on Amazon was “Impossible is Stupid.” I learned everything I needed to do with that process, and so every book I have written since then has been pretty simple. The main thing is coming up with the idea and then sharing your passion with others.
Let’s talk about getting published. What difficulties did you face and how were you able to overcome them?
Getting published is getting easier and easier now.
Whenever people ask me about how to get published I just ask them if they have anything that they are passionate about, and if they are willing to do the work to share that message with others.
If you’re willing to do the work – writing, editing, publicizing – then it won’t be as difficult as it seems.
The hardest part is coming up with the idea that you are willing to do all the work that you need to do to create a successful book.
There is a common belief that getting a book published is expensive because of the different elements it involves. Is this really the reality?
Publishing a book can be expensive.
It depends on who the audience (potential reader) is, and how you plan to get it to them.
If you will be going digital, then there are so many options that don’t need you to invest too much. But if you need hard copies of the book then you have the option of getting a publisher or self-publishing – and that’s where someone has to pay for printing the hardcopy of the book (you or your publisher).
What advice do you have for a writer who really wants to get published but is low on funds?
When there’s a will, there’s a way.
Write something compelling.
Write a story that resonates with people.
And you will find a way to get it published.
Can you tell us what you love most about being an author?
The main thing I love about being an author is the opportunity to share my ideas and the thoughts in my head with the world. My second favourite thing is having the opportunity to establish myself and my clients as experts.
What is the most important lesson writing has taught you?
I’ve learned to appreciate reading – because I know it was someone, just like me, who chose to sacrifice their time so that they can leave a little bit of themselves behind, by sharing their thoughts with the rest of the world.
Which author (dead or alive) would love to spend a day with if given a chance?
Hmmm that’s a great question. I would probably want to spend some time with Seth Godin because his books about marketing, and life are quite insightful. But I probably wouldn’t want to spend too much time with any of the authors I admire because sometimes it’s easy to build people up in your mind and then get disappointed when you find out that they are just normal human beings.
What advice do you have for people who know that they have a message to share but fear keeps holding them back?
Well first thing is that I believe everyone, every single person has a message to share. With that said I would recommend that you read the book the War of Art, because it will help you to realize that every single book you’ve read came from someone who was equally afraid. And my final recommendation would be that when you have a story that is so compelling that you can’t sleep without thinking about it, and you just keep thinking and thinking about it, then you owe it to the world to share with the world, because it means that we need it, we need you.