There’s Never Enough

An associate of mine recently shared a business idea with me. After he explained his idea he asked, “Is there too many people in the field? How can I succeed?” I would like to share with you all what I told him because many people struggle with the same question that he asked me.
Many people aren’t living out their goals and dreams because they feel there are too many people doing what they want to do. My answer to this type of thinking is, “There’s never enough”. It isn’t about how many people are doing the same thing you are doing; it’s about what you bring to the table.
Look and you will see thousands of motivational speakers and authors on social media. Should this stop someone from writing a book or posting motivational messages? No! The same goes for those wanting to become lawyers, doctors, athletes, artists, and pursuing any other endeavors. Don’t let numbers stop you from becoming who you want to be. Remember, we all have a story to share and we all inspire others differently. Your story, gifts, products, and services will touch others in ways that the next person isn’t about to do.
Just as there can never be enough love, wealth, success, and happiness; there can never be enough ideas, motivation, books, athletes, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and so on. It’s about putting your passion into whatever you decide to do and humbly realizing that no one else can do “it” like you do.

 

 

 

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving and Vid’s Viddles. Copyright© 2017 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2017 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

Mixing it Up and Getting Dirty with the Hottest DJ in the Game.

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Diana Hawkes is a beautiful ambitious go getter who is turning heads all around the country. Captivating ears with her musical blends is just one reason all eyes and ears are staying tuned to her every move.  Dirty Di isn’t your average DJ; the Hampton, VA native has a drive that is unmatched and is dead serious about building her empire.  Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. and 4-U-Nique Publishing goes one-on-on and gets dirty with this unique DJ to learn the keys to her success.

 

VLBJ:  What inspired you to become a DJ?

DJ Dirty Di: My dad and brother inspired me to be a DJ; they both used to DJ. I would attend the events with them and perform dance moves while they were on stage.

VLBJ:  You are in an industry that is male dominated. You being a lady DJ and a successful one at that is pretty unique; how did you overcome any obstacles you may have faced on your journey?

DJ Dirty Di: Well a lot of the males in the DJ industry have helped me become the DJ I am today.  The only obstacle I’ve faced so far is guys trying to mix business with pleasure, but that’s it.

VLBJ:  If someone wanted to become a DJ, what advice would you offer them?

DJ Dirty Di: I would say learn about the craft and all of the equipment you would need first.  Then watch DJ tutorials on YouTube, if you don’t know any DJ that can teach you some techniques.

VLBJ: I’m a huge Nas fan probably the biggest one you’ll ever meet. Who’s your favorite Hip Hop artist?

DJ Dirty Di: My favorite Hip Hop artist is Nas.  I’ve been a fan since 93′, so I don’t if you’re the biggest fan or not, lol.

VLBJ:  What other music genres are you interested in?

DJ Dirty DI: I love all music but my favs are R & B and Hip Hop. I also like Pop, Go-Go, Reggae and Country music.

VLBJ:  They call you DJ Dirty Di? How did you get the name Dirty?

DJ Dirty Di: I got the name Dirty from the Michael Jackson song “Dirty Diana“. My real name is Diana; I was named after Diana Ross, the same person MJ wrote the song about lol. Once that song came out it was a wrap because everyone called me Dirty after that. I’m nothing like the song though, lol.

VLBJ:  If you could be anything in the world what would you be?

DJ Dirty Di: I would be exactly what I am, A DJ!

VLBJ:  If you could work with or have a conversation with anybody past, present, or in the future, who would they be?

DJ Dirty Di: I would love to work with Nas, Angie Martinez, Taraji P. Henson, Big Tigger, Beyonce, Karen Civil, and Rihanna.

VLBJ:  What kind of books do you like to read?

DJ Dirty Di: I love to read anything about the Hip-Hop Culture, Urban Fiction, and Astrology.

VLBJ:  What’s the last book you read?

DJ Dirty Di: The last book I read was The 48 Laws of Power.

VLBJ:  I have a few of your mixtapes; have to tell you I love them. What is your method to putting together a successful mixtape?

DJ Dirty Di: Thank you so much for downloading my mixtape.  I really appreciate it.  My method to putting together a mixtape is coming up with a name for the mixtape and then finding songs that can relate to the title.

VLBJ:  Where can our followers find your mixtapes?

DJ Dirty Di: All of my mixtapes can be found on my website www.DJDIRTYDI.com.  They can also be found on Mixcloud, AudioMack, and a couple are on Datpiff; just search DJ DIRTY DI.

VLBJ:  Where can we hear you DJ?

DJ Dirty Di: You can hear me DJ on CheeseTownRadio.com every Sunday from 1pm-3pm by downloading the CheeseTown Radio app or listening on www.CheeseTownRadio.com.  I spin at various locations and they are all posted on my Instagram page @DJDIRTYDI

VLBJ:  Do you have any upcoming events or promotions?

DJ Dirty Di: The next upcoming event I have will be the 4th Annual Heartbeat Gala at Half Moone in Norfolk,VA, on Friday, February 3, 2017.  I’m dropping my calendar and my Love Below vol. 2 mixtape in February.  My new TV show “Dirty’s Den” comes out in March on VAMTV.com.

VLBJ:  What are goals do you have for the New Year?

DJ Dirty Di: My goals for the New Year are to drop a mixtape every month, launch my new TV show, and work on my brand.

VLBJ:  Where can your fans follow you? Do you have a website and any social media profiles?

DJ Dirty Di: Yes, fans can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat by following DJ Dirty Di. My Facebook name is Diana “DJ Dirty Di’ Nicole and can like my DJ Dirty Di page.  My website is www.DJDIRTYDI.com

VLBJ:  What message do you want to leave anyone reading this interview with?

DJ Dirty Di: You can do anything you set your mind to.  Don’t let anyone discourage you from your plan and NEVER give up.

 

Don’t Forget to Download the DJ Dirty Di App Now from Google Play or the App Store!!

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Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2017 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2017 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

Book Spotlight

Most of you all know that I am starting a Spotlight about unique people, products, and services. Being that I recently released my third book titled, Vid’s Viddles, I felt it was only right that this blog post spotlight my book. Hope you enjoy.

 

VID LAMONTE’ BUGGS JR. AND 4-U-NIQUE PUBLISHING RELEASE ‘VID’S VIDDLES’

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr., a modern Renaissance Man with a unique perspective and a broad range of interests and talents, from writing and editing, to philanthropy and artistic engagements, this week teamed up with 4-U-Nique Publishing to release his next prolific story: Vid’s Viddles: Daily Vitamins for the Soul. The book was officially released on January 17, 2017 for purchase at all major book retailers.

 

Vid’s Viddles, an eye-opening story of freedom, insight, and wholesome joy, provides the reader with a point of view containing no filters. It’s designed to be the most honest, profound, and clarifying piece of literature anyone picks up in 2017.

 

“This is a collection of short motivational pieces that offers words of wisdom about life, love, spirit, leadership, friendship, pain, fear, happiness, and so many more emotions,” said Buggs. “Vid’s Viddles is designed to serve as a source of support, inspiration, and motivational growth for anyone enduring hardship, doubt, or stunted self growth.”

 

Buggs is an athlete, scholar, entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, speaker, poet, consultant, volunteer, and everything in between on a daily basis. His passions rest with bringing people together, encouraging them to look past their differences to unite and make the world a better place. Vid’s lifestyle philosophy is that perseverance coupled with infallible positivity makes for a heart for a love that can never be thrown off course by doubt and negativity.

 

Author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving, Getting Out of the Dark: How to Have a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness, and now Vid’s Viddles, Buggs also manages and founded 4-U-Nique Publishing, a diverse literary publishing company created to provide an avenue to authorship for writers of every type and background.

 

“The secret to life is – there really is no secret,” said Buggs. “That’s what my stories seek to illustrate for everyone afraid they missed the mark or haven’t found their calling yet. Vid’s Viddles is here to inspire a deep-founded personal growth in people of all ages, and I’m asking everyone to spread the word about its official availability as of January 17, 2017.”

 

Vid’s Viddles serves to inspire growth through tough times, helping both adults and teens stay vital and in love with life, savoring the beauty that each unique day brings.

 

The new book is available both in Kindle and Paperback format now on Amazon.com.

 

To purchase Vid’s Viddles, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Vids-Viddles-Daily-Vitamins-Soul-ebook/dp/B01N31MT5A/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1484670988&sr=8-1.

 

For more information on Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr., visit: http://www.vidbuggs.com/.

 

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Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

How to Make the”New Year, New Me” Chant into a Reality?

It’s a New Year and we all hear the chants of “New Year, New Me”. Many of us have made New Year Resolutions. History tells us by the third week of the New Year, many of our resolutions will be broken and the chant of “New Year, New Me” becomes a chant of “I’ll become a New Me next year”.

What is the reason many of us fail to live up to our New Year resolutions and goals? Well for starters, many of us fail to realize that a New Year doesn’t bring change to a person’s life. Change happens in a person’s life when they focus on changing daily. How can one change daily? Simple, you have to make daily goals and plans.  We also have to remember old habits die hard. It takes 21 days to break a habit.

Many of us will abort our plans of change because we do not see immediate results. In order for growth to happen, one must be patient. Sow your seeds and remember seeds grow underneath the surface where it cannot be seen. Trees only begin to grow above the surface when the roots below the surface are strong enough to support the tree’s growth.

Plant your daily seeds and by year’s end your seeds and you will grow to become the person you envisioned you would become.

Here are a few things we must do to make 2017 great.

1). Live each day as if it’s your last.

2). Plan for the future, live for the present.

3). Learn from the past and don’t look back.

4). Let your passion guide you.

5). Remember there are lessons learned in our struggles.

6). Stay in your lane. (Mind and tend to your business).

7). Give more. This includes money, talents, time, advice, a helping hand or a listening ear.

8). Let all disputes (beefs) go. Especially if you are 30 plus. If you cannot get along with someone just distance yourself from them.

9). Don’t worry about who others are dating. You aren’t with these people, so why stress over someone who is dating outside of their race, dating someone of the same sex, or someone dating someone with or without money.

10). Cherish everyone who has walked into your life; even if it was for a moment. You may not realize it but these people have taught you valuable lessons in life.

11). Be happy and thankful.

Happy New Year.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

How a Broken Laptop Screen Became a Blessing           

It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day. I am working on ideas for my soon to be released book’s cover as I am stuffing my face. As I get up to place my plate into the kitchen I trip over a cord. I hear a soft “plattt”. I already knew what fell; I started praying before I could even turn and look at the object that fell.  I turned to pick up my fallen laptop and I saw that the LCD screen is crack. I became sad because I knew I would have to wait at least a day to get a new laptop or my laptop repaired. Thankfully my laptop had a “3-year extended warranty.”

If you know me you know I am goal driven and I love to stay productive. Not having a laptop meant I couldn’t do much work at home. The first day without a functioning laptop, I soon saw how much I took having a laptop for granted. You can do many things with a smartphone and tablet, but the most sophisticated tasks are needed to be performed by using a laptop. After this realization I started to become depressed, which has only happened a handful of times in my life. Feeling discouraged, plans broken, and a change in my routine led me to sleep most of my Sunday away.

After I woke up from sleeping most of the day away, I started to realize how much a blessing being without a laptop momentarily would be. For starters, I normally do not sleep much so I guess sleeping most of the day away was much needed. I now could spend some much needed valuable time with my family. Reading is one of my favorite things to do and I do read daily, but now I could read and not feel rushed because I had to do work on the laptop.

I soon realized I had time to go back to the essence and revise my business plans, business goals, and life goals. I also found that I had more time to reflect and meditate.  This things led me to remember why I do all that I do; where my passions lie, and how to better implement my strategies to accomplish all goals. I learned that these strategies can only be carried out if I am not spending majority of my time behind a laptop. Sad that it took a broken laptop screen for me to become aware of this fact. Everything happens for a reason; I guess the laptop had to break so I could remember my present blessings and become more aware of my future blessings.

 

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

 

Passion and Perfection: It’s What Keeps Me Up At Night

 

Why am I up at this hour?  Why can I never seem to get to bed at a decent time? Insomnia, I have battled insomnia since I was a youth. My insomnia isn’t caused by stress. My insomnia is a result of my passion and my steady journey to perfection.  Yes, I know perfection is something we cannot accomplish; however, my drive to become perfect is a goal of always improving.  I am in competition with myself and this competition doesn’t end until I leave this earth. My competition with myself only takes a pause when exhaustion takes over and I am able to fall asleep.

Why am I so competitive? Well I believe a person should only take part in something only when they are prepared to give their best. I also believe we can always learn and improve in all areas of our lives.  One can go to the best schools all over the world but life is and always will be the best teacher.  As long as I live my passion is to learn and figure out life.  I do not do anything half-heartedly; either I’m all in or I’m not in at all. This is why I stay woke most of the night after a game contemplating the areas of my game that I need to improve. Or strategizing a game plan, practice plans, business moves, or how I can change the world.

Is it my passion(s) which makes me so competitive or is me competitiveness which creates my passion(s)? Does my competitiveness drive me to being a perfectionist or does me being a perfectionist make me competitive? I’m not sure but I can tell you my passions are what drive me to train mind, body, and soul to be the best I can be. While others are sleeping or partying, I am doing what it takes to continue to get ahead. Anyone who says they aren’t in competition with anyone else isn’t being truthful to themselves. Life is one big competition. We want the best for our families and friends. We want to be the best prepared for any given situation. We compete for jobs, we compete in sports, we compete for views on social media and we compete for product sales (books, business, etc.). Most of all we compete with ourselves.

Fueled by people who told me I couldn’t achieve each one of my goals, I set out to crush all naysayers and even the doubts in my mind. I think everyone is fueled by people who doubted them. Yet, I don’t think others are honest about this fact. Being in denial makes one sleep easier at night, I suppose. However, while they are in denial and sleeping, its people like me who are up facing our fears and fighting the doubts in our minds. If we were to give in to our fears and doubts then we would lose our passion. We would lose our competitiveness; our will to learn and improve.

You ask me why I am so competitive. I’m competitive because if I don’t fight for perfection within myself, how can I fight to change the world, how can I inspire those who have no hope, how can I tell people that the doubters and the doubts in their minds are wrong? You ask me what my passions are. My passions are to be the best I can be in all areas of my life. My passions are to provide a better world for my family, friends, and all creation; whether it’s through writing, speaking, business, basketball, or being the best person I can be.   For every talent given there come responsibilities. I have many talents and my responsibility is to share them with the world the best I can, so I can inspire the next great mind.

Still don’t understand why I hardly sleep? Why I’m up while others are getting their rest? Passion and Perfection fuels me.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

The Agony of Defeat

Success and Winning, everyone wants them but why aren’t more people winning and succeeding?  Simple, the average person fear failure; they let their fear of failure stop them from attempting to accomplish their dreams and goals.  Most people don’t understand that the only way someone fails is by not trying.

I love by the motto, “You win some and you learn some”.  This motto helps me face my fears and understand that failure isn’t an option. If I come up short on achieving a goal (which doesn’t happen much), I know a lesson can be learned from my shortcoming. I also understand that my shortcoming is a starting point of another journey and more opportunities.

We all have shortcomings and times in our lives where we feel defeated.  It is important to understand a defeat isn’t failing, and a defeat is only a setup for something great.  If you follow my videos, blogs, and social media, you hear me talk about “Embracing the process” and “Adversity brings Prosperity” (trademark pending).  I am not afraid to share my life experiences as examples of how defeat can turn into something great if one doesn’t give up.

In my basketball career I was cut in high school and waived by teams in my semi-pro/pro career.  Each time instead of giving up, I worked harder to improve my skills and most my attitude/temper.  I wasn’t ever afraid to ask the coach or General Manager why I wasn’t on the team. I took their criticism and used it as fuel to improve.  Many times those teams always came back and wanted to sign me. This brought many other opportunities.  If I would have thought of these experiences as failures and gave up after having these experiences, where would I be now?  One thing I can say is, I most likely would be afraid to take risks. I wouldn’t have experienced many of the life, business, basketball, and writing experiences I’ve been blessed to have.

I have lost a lot of money in my short life due to helping others.  Instead of being bitter, hateful and blaming others, I looked at the lessons I needed to learn from my actions.  I learned I needed to be more careful who I “loaned” money to, I learned how to make smart investments, and I learned the value of saying “no” and how saying “no” doesn’t make you a bad person.

Sure taking losses hurts, however, it’s in those small defeats that sets a person up for success.  One just has to be willing to fly and not worrying about falling out of the sky (failing).  One must be willing to go through the agony of defeat, so they can enjoy the thrill of victory.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

Be Careful What You Wish For  

 

Success; Opportunities; Being a Leader; Making a Difference in the World is what we strive for in life, right? With each blessing and accomplishment come great responsibilities.  Lately, more and more opportunities have been coming my way. My businesses are growing; speaking and writing requests are coming daily; basketball season is in full swing, so everyday I’m either coaching or playing.  Seem like everything is coming at me fast. Time spent with family and friends is never long enough.  No complaints because this is what I asked for. With success comes sacrifice.

In according to be successful and to be a leader, you must do what others aren’t willing to do. Many want to be a boss, a world leader, a coach, but many do not know what goes on behind the scenes. People do not understand how a leader is really a servant to the people; to their employees; to their players.  Long hours goes into planning, organizing, research, answering emails, setting up meetings, networking, and going to events.  While others see the glamour in being successful, being a leader, and making a difference in the world; many do not understand the sacrifices one has to make to be a success or to have opportunities follow them.

There are people who want to live the life of success, opportunities, being a leader, a public figure, or wealthy; however, they aren’t willing to do what it takes to be successful.  Let’s look at coaching for example. Many people think all you have to do as a coach is to tell players what to do on the court/field. That is the easy part. There are people who think they should have my coaching position, yet they aren’t willing to do the things that it takes to run a basketball program. I am in charge of over 30 players (Middle, JV, Varsity), which means I have to answer and respond to emails from each of those 30 players parents. I have to oversee plans for player and level.  The same people who feel they would be a better coach are people who don’t want to answer emails, go to other school events to raise support for the program, and have regular meetings with the Athletic Director and Headmaster.

Starting and running a business, being an author, and a public figure is much like being a coach/head of a sports program. Research, planning, organization, marketing, networking, going to events, and doing what is best for others even when it means putting yourself last, isn’t high on a lot of people’s lists of priorities; however, these things are needed to be successful. If you want to have opportunities follow you and achieve goals, you must do what others aren’t willing to do.  If you aren’t willing to sacrifice, be careful for what you wish for, because your gift of opportunities and success can easily turn into a curse.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

 

What Kind of Publishing is the Right One for You?

You have just finished writing your book and you are now ready to publish. How do you go about finding the right publishing and the right publisher for you and your book?  Some of you are thinking, “Isn’t publishing and publisher the same?” No, they are different.

There are three different Publishing types:  Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing and Hybrid- Publishing.  Think of Publishers as companies. You will have publishers who traditional publish like Harper Books. You have publishers who hybrid-publish like 4-U-Nique Publishing.  You have publishers who only specialize in a specific category or genre, for example, Non-fiction or Poetry.

Which of the three publishing types are right for you? I will briefly go over each type of publishing and their pros and cons.  I always tell people to do their own research and don’t just take my or anyone else’s word.  Many authors dream of getting their book published by a traditional publisher. If you are fortunate enough to get signed to a traditional publisher, your book may benefit greatly.  You have a team of some of the best editors working on your book; your book have an easier time getting on shelves in major retailers, and you have a team promoting your book.  Most importantly, you have time to focus on your next book because the publishing stages of your book are handled by someone else.

Cons of publishing traditionally? Apparently, it is difficult to your work picked up by a traditional publisher. I for one cannot personally speak on the best way to get noticed by a traditional publisher.  I have heard hiring a literary agent is the best route; however, I’ve heard sending your manuscript to publishers work best.  While entering writing contest is the best way to go.  What I can tell you is I caught the interest of traditional publishers when one of my writings was entered in a contest.  Moving on, a traditional publisher is interested in you work.  Usually when you sign a contract with them, you give up control of your manuscript. Which means they can edit your book how they want; they can take out or put in things in your books.  They can promote your book however they want.  They also have control over when and if your book is actually released.  Also, your book royalties are normally low; many authors get less than 10% royalty off of each book sold.  You didn’t really think the publishers were paying for marketing, editing, distribution, and book setup out of their own pocket did you?

Over the years, the publishing industry has seen a boom in self-publishing.  When authors self-publish they are in control of the whole publishing process. They own their rights, they bring in higher royalties and they set the price of their books.  Not bad at all, however, you have to determine how much time and money you have to spend on self-publishing.  Publishing a book in general is very time consuming and very expensive. As a self-publishing author, you will have to either edit your book yourself and/or hire an editor. If you want your book to be the best it possibly can, I recommend hiring multiple editors and proofreaders.  Editing, Book Design and Book Setup are very expensive and time consuming. Yes, I am going to keep saying “expensive” and “time consuming”, so you will understand what you are getting into.  You have just finished bring your book to life, now you have to get your books out to the public. This stage is pretty easy if you are going with online retailers like Amazon, Ibooks, and Nook.  If you are trying to get into a Bookstore like Barnes and Nobles, you will have a challenge getting on their bookshelves.  Don’t give up hope, it is possible to get on their shelves, you just have to write a marketing proposal to them and have it accepted by them.

Recently, more and more Hybrid-Publishers have popped up. Hybrid- Publishing is exactly want it sounds like; they are a mixture of self-publishing and traditional-publishing.  Authors can hire a hybrid publisher for varies services like editing, book design, marketing, etc.  Authors can choose to self-publish their work themselves after using a hybrid publisher for, let’s say editing.  Or, authors can hire hybrid publishers to publish their book in entirety.  Each hybrid publisher is different, so I will only speak on how 4-U-Nique Publishing is set up.  If an author wants a service or package, that author pays up front (or payment plan) for the service/package.  We and most hybrid publishers have a team of editors, marketers, designers, etc. who are very good at what they do.  If an author chooses to use the hybrid (4-U-Nique Publishing), for their entire publishing, (getting the book out to the public and in retailers), they will usually pay the hybrid publisher a royalty.  In this case the author is still bringing in higher royalties than they would see from a traditional publisher but less than they would if the self-published. However, the author has more time to focus on their next book, work, family, and other endeavors.

You still have to look at a few more factors before making your decision on which publisher and publishing is right for you.  1) How much time do you want to spend on different stages of your book creation and publishing? If you don’t have much time to devote to your books creation, then traditional or hybrid publishing is for you. If you have tons of time then self-publishing may be your best fit.  2) How much control do you want over your book? If control doesn’t matter than traditional publishing may be for you. If you like to have control over what’s edited, release of book, etc. then self-publishing or hybrid publishing is for you. 3) Royalties? If you want the most royalties go with self-publishing; if you want high royalties but don’t want to do all the publishing work, go with hybrid publishing; if you don’t care about royalties, don’t want to be involved in the publishing process and don’t want to pay for services upfront go with traditional publishing.  4) What is my target audience and what genre/category does my book belong in? If you are a poetry writer, there is no need to contact a publisher who only deals with Mystery Novels.  Go to a publisher who specializes in your genre.

Finally advice, call these publishers, editors, book designers, etc. Ask them questions and analyze how they answer your questions. Do they rush you off the phone? Do take the time to thoroughly answer questions and explain their answers? Are they passionate? Are they knowledge? Remember your manuscript/masterpiece is like your child, you have to be careful with who is holding it, forming it, and who is going to be in control of it.  Also, remember no matter what anyone says, You Have to Market Your Own Book, Music, Art, Product.  Do not leave marketing solely on the publishing company; you will not get the results you expected. Remember, if you are publishing through a publishing company they have other authors who they have to divide their attention with also.

Best wishes on your journey.

 

 

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

 

My Most Embarrassing Moments: There’s a Silver Lining After All.

There aren’t many times in my life where I’ve been embarrassed about something. The few times I have usually came due to my dad yelling, “Boy you better get in this house”, in front of my friends.  I never got too embarrassed or angry with my dad, because deep down I knew he was only saving me from some kind of trouble.  Then there was the time when I was in the 11th grade and I was friends with a young lady who was in college.  One night we were talking on the phone and my calling card ran out. I figured she remembered the rule of, “don’t call me after 11 pm”.  I thought I was safe, so I went to shower and get ready for bed; lo and behold, the phone rings.  I picked up but something was odd, my mom didn’t yell, “Who is calling here at this time of night?”  I must’ve got cocky because I didn’t rush off the phone and it was now almost midnight.  All a sudden I hear someone pick up the phone and before I could say goodbye and save face, my mom is on the phone saying, “You know what time it is? Get off this phone.” Silence! I hear a click and I knew deep down I would never talk to Angelica ever again. I was slightly embarrassed but I was more relieved than anything.  Angelica was a freshman at East Carolina University, who I happened to meet while trying to get her number for my friend. She was more interested in me. She knew I was in high school still, she just thought I was a senior, haha.  I never bothered to correct her because 1) what teenage guy is going to pass up a chance to date a college woman. 2) She was going to school 2 1/2 hours away; which is a long distance when you are in HS. Anyway, my mom saved me the having to tell Angelica I didn’t graduate when June came around because I was only going to the 12th grade.

My most embarrassing moment happened when I was in the 7th grade.  My middle school building was two stories and the entire 7th grade was upstairs.  I hated this because the only time we went downstairs was for lunch, gym, our electives (maybe), and to go home.  Any chance I got to go downstairs I would savor it and take my time getting back to class. One of these days, I was asked to take our class attendance down to the main office. “Oh Joy! I am out this joint.”  As I head downstairs, I decide to channel my intra Tom Cruise from “Risky Business”. (Although, I never seen the movie at that point of my life, I did see ads with the clip of Tom Cruise sliding down the banister from the movie).  I jumped on the banister and slide down but there’s one issue, I’m going way too fast.  I try to land on my feet when I touch the ground but my momentum was too fast. I slid half-way the 8th grade hall. I get up everything is great, no one saw me. Then I hear laughing; I look back and see the whole 8th grade class looking and laughing at me. Even the 8th grade teachers were laughing at me.  I just turned and head to the main office.  Good thing was I didn’t have to face the 8th grade class as I went back to my class. Maybe they will forget what they saw. Nope!!

As I went to lunch that day many of the 8th graders got their laughs on at my expense.  When we came back from lunch, my friend has a note for me.  The note read, “Hi Vid, I saw you sliding down the hall this morning, I think you handled it well. I also think you are cute and I would like you to call me…..”  “Hotdog!  I just got a girlfriend off of the most embarrassing moment of my life”.

From that moment, I always looked for the silver-lining in every situation and I hardly get embarrassed because I always see the bigger picture.

 

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.