TAKE RISKS, GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Lately, I’ve been getting calls from people wanting to know how can they live a more successful life.  The truth is we can never live a successful life if we are afraid of failing. In life we must get out of our comfort zones and take risks in order to achieve happiness and success. Hopefully, the words in the next few paragraphs will help those seeking to achieve their goals to take the correct actions to do so.

 

  “Everyone wants security in life, but what constitutes security?  How long does it last?  Is there really even such a thing?

    Many people stay in jobs they dislike because it offers them financial security. They can’t wait for the weekend to come so they can get a break from their jobs – yet they will let thoughts of returning to their jobs ruin their weekend. The need for comfort and security, and the fear of not having it, causes people to settle – but placing yourself in a box is not really living at all. It places limits on what you can do. Being too comfortable stunts our growth – and can cause us to miss out on many of life’s greatest pleasures.  

    Living is much more enjoyable when you’re doing something that you love.  In fact, that is the difference between simply having a job and having a career. Getting out of one’s comfort zone and taking risks allows people to use their natural instincts, hone their survival skills and know their limits.  Being brave enough to face your fears will not only enable you to excel in life but also to discover who you truly are.

    Don’t be afraid to fly.  Many of us go along simply doing what society expects of us. Unfortunately this makes us just dreamers – not people who are following their dreams. If you want to become a singer, basketball player, doctor, lawyer, or entrepreneur – do it, don’t think about it.  Don’t worry about your money situation, or what people will think or say.  Just take the risk and you will find that your survival instincts will come alive to guide you.  At first, money may be tight – but you will get by fine and the money will come.  The main thing is to remember that money does not bring true happiness.  It helps us in many ways, but it means nothing if you’re not being true to yourself.

    Another reason people don’t take risks is because they care too much about what someone else may think.  This is just an excuse for not trying. News for you, the people that love you are going to love you regardless of what you do. The people who truly love you only want you to be happy.   The fact of the matter is that we let money, and what others think of us, control our lives to the point that our lives are not ours anymore.

“It’s a Bitter Sweet Symphony this life,

Trying to make ends meet,

You’re a Slave to MONEY then you die,”

(Lyrics from Bitter Sweet Symphony / The Verve)

    Stop complaining that you’re stuck in a dead-end job and do something about it.  Be about it, dream about it, do it and live it.  Stop saying, “I will try” – either do it or don’t.  Stop saying “if” and start saying “when.”  Realize that there are going to be many hard times and sacrifices, but that is what life is made of.  If you are going to have to go through hard times (and we all inevitably do) then you might as well do it for something you love.  

    We all have the choice to lead or follow, be the leader.  Remember that people in worse positions than you took the initiative to become who they wanted to be – and succeeded. The winners are those that desire to fly so badly that they don’t fear falling out of the sky. The only true failure is not giving it a shot.  No matter what comes your way, know that you are going to be okay – because you are giving your all – and life rewards that.”  – TAKE RISKS, GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

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The piece above is from my first book You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. 

 

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Inside of the Mind of a Saved Warrior Who’s Soul Bouncing His Way to the Top.

Vid Lamonte' Buggs Jr and 4-U-Nique Publishing, LLC

Walt-Leon is a multi-talented artist and community leader who hails from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Walt-Leon has a drive that isn’t matched by many. He uplifts his community through his music, spoken words, and dance performances. He is a man of God who relates to those who may not be the most religious. His new song Soul Bounce is an example of how he can explain “adult like situations and still hold the attention of the youth”. Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr and 4-U-Nique Publishing goes one-on-one with Walt-Leon to learn his keys to success.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr:  Let me first start off by saying how proud I am of you and your movement. It seems like yesterday you were coming to the basketball courts to see me play and now you are a grown man who is uplifting the community in many ways.

You are a multi-talented person who has several endeavors going on like myself. I know how challenging it can be. How do you stay motivated and overcome the challenges?

Walt-Leon:  I am able to stay motivated by putting God first. It’s not about me. He created me with a purpose and blessed me with gifts. Who am I to say, “I don’t feel like doing it”? The next thing that motivates me is my, “Why”. I have two children and I cannot tell them, “Daddy didn’t feel like getting it done today, so I can’t take you to Busch Gardens”. They are counting on me to provide for them. I also want to see a change in the community and my focus is on the youth.

VLBJ:  You are a musician, choreographer, athlete, poet, and an upcoming author. What inspired you want to become all of these things?

WL:  Honestly, all of these are passions of mine; they are therapeutic for me. They keep my mind clear and bring me peace. Any way I can use my gifts and help someone develop and better themselves, I will. You never know who is watching and by using my gifts that someone may be ashamed of having, helps them to feel more comfortable being themselves. If one life is touched and changed for the better, I am satisfied. That one life can grow to change many more.

VLBJ:  You have a movement called “S.W.A.G”. Can you expand more about your movement?

WL:  S.W.A.G stands for Saved Warrior Anointed Generation. It’s a reminder that we are not who the media makes us out to be, but we are great. We were born to be great. It started as a song which was the first single off of my upcoming album entitled, Music Take Me Away. Now it’s grown to a full blown movement with the slogan, “I Got SWAG”, which came from a moment when I performed the song at Hampton University. The entire crowd was saying, “I Got Swag” back to me and it stuck with me.

VLBJ:  How do you balance your time between all your endeavors and your home life?

WL:  That’s the tough part (Laughs). My four year old daughter demands so much attention. I make sure she gets her time first. When she goes to bed is when I start to handle business as WALT-LEON. I sacrifice sleep to make sure I can handle as much as possible. I often have my daughter and son with me while handling business when they ask to go. So they can understand how to get into business for themselves and also so they can see what I’m actually doing when I’m not home. So when it’s their turn to be in charge they can already know how to operate.

VLBJ:  Who and what inspired you to travel the path to becoming who you are?

WL:  Everything that I do has always been a passion of mine, but I haven’t always been confident doing them. My family inspires me to keep going no matter what. The kids in the community also inspire me. At first I didn’t know they were paying attention until they started speaking up and saying, I make them feel like they can do whatever they want to do in life.

I pull inspiration from any and every little thing from books, to videos, to a child’s imagination, movies and more.

VLBJ:  Who are your biggest influences as a musician, choreographer, author, community leader, and poet?

WL:  As a musician I have my favorites such as Jay-Z of course; but artist like Sean C. Johnson, Sean Slaughter, Reed Dollaz, Reignman, Fred the Godson, Timeless Treez, Philmysoul, Billy Mercury, and more. The reality and hunger in their music speaks to me.

Influences as a choreographer are Muata Langley, Shaun Evaristo, Vernita Williams, Brian Puspos.

Authors I’m influenced by are you (Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr.) of course, Erica Spradley, and one of my favorite books is by Paulo Coelho.

Since birth I’ve watched community leaders fight for rights and just help people in general.  Two of the strongest I’ve seen are Edna Davis and Andrew Shannon.

My favorite poets are Godchild, LEVI, and Michelle “TuTu” Vinnie.

VLBJ:  I’m honored that I’m in your list of authors who influence you. Thank you. Let’s talk about your video that is causing a lot of buzz, Soul Bounce.  I love the song and video. Tell us how you came up with the concept of the song, as well as the video.

WL:  What’s crazy about this song is I got the beat for it in 2011 but I couldn’t find the right voice for the song. In 2016, I linked up with a guy named Carlos Anthony that I played basketball with growing up. I haven’t seen him since 2003. His voice was perfect for the song and we were finally able to record it. The concept of the song was to remind people no matter what you go through in life don’t let it break your spirit and if you look at any situation again, you can find something positive worth rejoicing. The hook is actually the directions to the line dance. At the same time it is what we do in everyday life. We often fall off of our path and go left or right, but we always have a chance to straighten out. Then we get to celebrate once we make it through the obstacle and what was supposed to break us only made us stronger and we used it as motivation instead of as an excuse.

The song had a summer fun skating rink feel to it, so I really wanted people from the community to come have fun and enjoy themselves and be a part of something that they can look back on forever. Once releasing the video, it picked up 8,000 plus views on Facebook in the first week.

VLBJ:  You just signed on to publish your book through my company 4-U-Nique Publishing. Why did you decide to write a book and what is it about? 

WL:  I decided to write a book because I ran across a lot of people who will sit on Facebook and Instagram for 30 minutes at a time but say they don’t have time to read. I decided to write a book which would be 1-2 minute daily reads. Each insert is a daily motivation to get your day started. I was inspired by excuses of others to write something they don’t have an excuse to not read. Starting your day with positivity is critical with all the negative the media puts out.

VLBJ:  Out of all the other publishing companies, why did you decide to let 4-U-Nique Publishing work with you on your book?

WL:  4-U-Nique welcomed me and made me feel comfortable as a first time author. When explaining all of the details, you all was honest and broke everything down into terms that someone, who isn’t a publisher, would understand. Built a trusting relationship and the lines of communication have been open for me to ask any questions. I’ve seen the quality of what 4-U-Nique Publishing produces and I love it.

VLBJ:  What are your other goals and aspirations?

WL:  My main goal is to be the best father my children can ask for and to break generational curses that linger in the community. To help others remember, with God they can do anything. I was blessed with many different talents and I love using every one of them. I really want to get into real estate. Once I get the album out, the book out, and one or two more shirts out, I will expand into the real estate side of things. My company TouchLife is about changing lives and being a positive impact on a person’s life anyway you come in contact with them.

VLBJ:  What are your best tips for dealing with creator’s block and staying creative?

WL:  My best tip is to always be teachable. You can learn from a child, from nature, from animals, etc. Always be teachable. Don’t force it. The moment you feel like you’re forcing an idea, step away and you may be inspired be something completely different which will get your creative juices flowing again.

VLBJ:  Can you tell us about your creating process?

WL:  I’m an insomniac, so most of my creativity starts going around 2 am. I often turn on music and cartoons. Being that my focus is for the youth to have something positive and I’m artsy, I watch cartoons and sometimes get a metaphor that the children can relate to while explaining an adult like situation. This way I can reach adults while keeping the attention of the youth.

I love to drive. I will take an 8 hour road trip in a heartbeat. A lot of my creating is done in the car, so I put a lot in my voice memos. Once I come to a stop, I put a rough draft in one of my notebooks. When something is seriously bothering me, I will go sit out by the water and write down what’s bothering me. Then I find a positive way to flip it, so instead of being angry and making someone else relive their anger, I can now have a way to help someone get over what they are going through and not feel alone.

VLBJ:  Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in their community?

WL:  Don’t let anyone discourage you. People who laugh at your idea or talk down about it, is simply because they don’t understand. The same ones who laugh are the same ones who will thank you and congratulate you. The only way they will understand what you are saying is by seeing you in action doing it. Someone else is waiting for you to fulfill your purpose and execute the idea you have to make your community better. KEEP GOING!!!

VLBJ:  Where are people most likely to see your works? 

WL:  People are most likely to see my work on social media; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. I am in the process of discussing a website with a web designer and possibly an app as well.

VLBJ:  Do you have any funny or interesting stories to tell us about a project you’ve worked?

WL:  I play a lot, so every project I work, song, album, etc. has an interesting story. I’m going through a situation now honestly, which is why the album is entitled, Music Take Me Away.

I’m the goofy one, so I’m always falling and I can’t play anything off because as soon as it happens my daughter always screams, “Ahhh that’s what you get” (Laughs). I would be here for days discussing interesting stories.  

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

WL:  I would be an international artist. This way I can travel the world for a living and take my children to see the world. Give me more to talk about to inspire the children in my community and communities around the world that there is more to the world then the city you live in. I’ll be able to post pictures and show them what I mean instead of just speaking about it.

VLBJ:  Do you have any upcoming events or promotions?

WL:  Yes, I will be interviewing with DJ DirtyDi on August 6th. August 12th, I’ll teach a workshop where the headline artist will be stellar award winning artist, Bri Babineaux. On August 19th, 2017, the album will be released. I’m also booked to perform at a community day and I have an interview on the Leroy and Janice Butler morning show on 940am radio in Virginia on August 19th. I’ll perform at Andrew Shannon Gospel Music Celebration during the Southeast Day Parade and Festival in September. Just to name a few.

VLBJ:  Awesome. DJ DirtyDi did an interview with me at the beginning of the year. She is definitely doing big things. Where can people reach you at? What social media channels? Websites?

WL:  I can be reached on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/waltleonmusic. Instagram and Twitter as @walt_leon and on YouTube as WaltLeonMusicTV.

VLBJ:  Is there anything else you want people to know?

WL:  I want people to know, whatever they put their mind to they can do. Make sure your why is bigger than your excuse and you will accomplish just about every goal you set out to accomplish. My company slogan is what I tell people whenever I get a chance, “See A Life, Touch A Life, Change A Life.

 

Don’t forget to check out Walt-Leon’s new video Soul Bounce.

Follow Walt-Leon

FB: http://www.facebook.com/waltleonmusic

IG & Twitter: @walt_leon

YouTube: WaltLeonMusicTV.

 

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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.

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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.

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.

 

How the Underdog Became the Overachiever.

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Meticulous; Perfectionist; Multi-talented; Overachiever! There are the words many use to describe me. Many believe my work ethic and competitive nature come from being the middle child and the only male child in my family. People say being a middle child I had to fight for my parents’ attention which made me work harder and compete with my sisters. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Attention is something I never craved. This is over reason I’ve never been comfortable talking about my accomplishments, and why I shy away from the spotlight. Truth is I have always marched to my own beat. As a child and now, I enjoy spending most of my time alone.

My competitiveness is probably a balance of genetics and something I was taught. For many reasons I have always been counted out, doubted, or looked down upon. I was always the smallest kid when playing sports, so most of the time I was picked last and picked on.  Although, I was very smart in school and had a high IQ (gifted area), I struggled with reading and had speech issues.  I remember being pulled out of class to meet with my speech specialist. I dreaded reading out loud in class because I was sure to get laughed at.

Overcoming challenges is in my blood. I overcame my challenges by accepting that I was the underdog. When I was four or five years old, my dad told me I had to work 10 times as hard in order to be accepted in this world. I took what he told me and an attitude of being slighted with me in every situation I faced. Every slight, joke, or doubt anyone cast upon me fueled me. When people didn’t pick me for a sport, I worked hard for many hours; working on multiple skills in that sport. When I became one of the best, I worked even harder, telling myself that others still doubt me.  I read tirelessly and I practiced my speaking endlessly, in order to improve my reading and speech problems.

When I reached high school my guidance counselor told my mom that I wasn’t “smart enough” to participate in advanced academic classes (college prep and AP classes). My mom told me, “You have to prove her wrong”.  She didn’t have to tell me this; I was already dialed in from the moment I heard the phrase, “isn’t smart enough”.  Once again I was being slighted. What was my response? I took interest in any and everything, just to prove how smart I was.

I would finish my work so fast that I would get bored and disrupt the class by talking or walking the halls. I rarely took home homework. My parents, teachers, and friends wondered how I was able to get great grades, be involved in extracurricular activities, and still hang out with my friends; yet I hardly seemed to crack open a book.  I had a secret; my visualization and memorialization skills were above average. All I had to do was to look at something, focus on what I saw for a few moments, and I would remember the image. Due to this, I was able to solve problems and answer questions very quickly. Sometimes too quickly; which led me to miss a plus/minus sign in a math answer or a word when writing.

I applied this skill to everything I did. I basketball, all I had to do is see someone do a move once, visualized myself doing it in slow motion, and then I was able to do the same exact move. Sometimes even faster and better than the person who performed the move. While others slept or partied, I planned, researched, and visualized.  I outworked everyone. I am multi-talented and I accomplished all that I set out to do, because I am very meticulous in my learning process and practice. I am a perfectionist, so I stay up late thinking of ways to improve something or ways to accomplish something in the most efficient way possible. Often, simple blunders will cause me to stay up because I want to figure out why I messed up and how to fix it so it will not happen again.

I push myself to limits that few people dare to push themselves. I can do this because I am willing to work harder, smarter, and more efficient than most people. The words “you can’t” or “you will never”, sticks in my head. Those words ring in my head and because of this I push harder and harder. This is the reason I move in silence and hardly advertise my accomplishments.  Also, because of the doubt thrust upon me, I will never doubt or tell anyone what they can’t achieve.

I am a so called “mover and shaker” because I was blessed with so many God-given abilities; it is my due to use them to the best of my capability. I am an Overachiever because I am the underdog.

 

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.

Thank God for Music

Ahh, What a week?  Last week was definitely out of the norm for me. I spent most of the week inside due to working on publishing services. I edited a few writers’ work.  Editing is by far my favorite part of the whole book process. It’s amazing to see the process of how something goes from rough draft to being a finished project ready for readers to read. Don’t be fooled, editing is time consuming and has to be handled with precision.

Once I finished the editing assignments I ventured out to book formatting.  Holy smokes, I never thought that something that is so simple could be so complex. I know that’s an oxymoron but if you ever formatted a book to be ready for print, you definitely understand.  Yes I could have hired out to get the book formatted; however, I am a firm believer in if you are going to run a business you must know how to do everything in the business even if you decide to hire out in the future.  Anyway, I spent 15 hours one day formatting; the next day, five or six more hours.  Just when I was almost finished the program I used to format started to act up. (Insert angry face).  I had to start over but because I now had the hang of this formatting thing, it only took me a few hours to get the book finished.

The only thing that kept me sane in this whole process was music. I spent the week listening to music from the 90’s. Probably not the best idea, because I started to reminisce and became sad.  I am love where I am in life at the present, but that music took me back to simpler times.  It took me back to the songs I would listen to before school; took me back to hanging out with friends who have passed away or who for whatever reason do not speak to anymore. Took me back to the girls I dated or those who I had a crush on.  A time in our lives when we were innocent, naive, and not harden by the reality of the world. If I could go back I would just to enjoy those moments even more. I can say that I took those years for granted. I was so ready to leave high school that I never fully appreciated my time with my friends.  I think we all thought that we would always see each other and be around. I think everyone thinks this way when they are in high school.  Thank God for music because at least we can always go back to those times and feel the exact same feelings we had then, now through a song. Even songs that I disliked back then like, Britney Spears- Baby One More Time, brought back special memories. I don’t care how “tough” you claim to be, I guarantee everyone has music from an era that makes them get a little emotional.

My weekend started by holding open gym for my girls’ basketball team.  The parents, players, school community and the coaches are  excited about the upcoming season.  After which, I reached out to friends from high school and college just to catch up.  Sunday, I had a much needed disconnect from most of the world for most of the day. I spent the day meditating, reading, cleaning, listening to music, (of course) and I spent time outside enjoying nature.

Let’s see what this week has in store for me. I think I will put 80’s music on my play-list and actually make it to the gym this week.

 

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.