Book Launch Journey: Episode 2

Book Launch Journey: Episode 2

Hey everyone! If you haven’t heard by now, I am launching my 1st book! Scary and amazing all rolled into 1. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE BOOK MAILING LIST HERE

If you’re on the east coast, I hope you’re warm and safe! All we need now is a hot crackling fireplace. While the wind howled and the snow blew, I recorded Book Launch Journey: Episode 2! (Oop, did I make a rhyme?!)

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If you missed Book Launch Journey: Episode 1, you can watch it here!

Click on the image below to watch Book Launch Journey: Episode 2

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Watch the video to see if we accomplished some of our important tasks for the week!

Leave a Comment!
I can’t wait to hear from you! If you enjoyed the video or want me to answer your questions, please leave a comment. I’ll try to address as many as I can in the next episode!

Share your thoughts and feedback in our Secret Book Launch Community!

Take On Innovation and enjoy,

Toi

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Book Launch Journey: Episode 1

Book Launch Journey: Episode 1

Hey everyone! If you haven’t heard by now, I am launching my 1st book! Scary and amazing all rolled into 1. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE BOOK MAILING LIST HERE

Anyway, I have been working on my book launch since last summer– slowly but surely and now it’s time to kick things into high gear. We are on schedule for a June 2016 Book release and there is still so much to do!

The book has already been written…for 9 years to be exact but launching a book is a completely different monster in itself. I’ve researched the best ways to do this and I’m trying my hardest to accomplish these tasks as well as the unique tasks I’ve set up for myself.

Click on the image below to watch Book Launch Journey: Episode 1

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I figured, there have to be other self-publishers out there, just like myself who are just as lost or maybe they’ve been there– done that. So, I wanted to document my journey in episodes, telling you what I’ve done, which tasks I’ve yet to tackle and how close we are to our book launch.

Doing this with you is me forcing myself to be held accountable by you…the viewer… the reader. And in doing so, I am pushing ahead to complete all of my tasks (which I will share with you) because I don’t want to make myself into a liar. I said I’m launching book, dangit….I’M LAUNCHING A BOOK!

If you want to be a part of this Book Launch Journey and email campaign I mention in the video, see the links below. And make sure you follow me, subscribe and comment too! I want to hear from you!

Til next time. Take On Innovation,

Toi

Meet The Author: Part 4

Meet The Author: Part 4 – Sneak Peek

Watch the 1st2nd and 3rd Meet The Author videos.

Click to watch the Meet The Author: Part 4 Video below

 

Our book Blood of a Queen is now available on Amazon now! Get your ebook and printed copy today!

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Listen to the music for Blood of a Queen here! Available on iTunes, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon on 8/7/16

Meet The Author: Part 3

Meet The Author: Part 3 – Meet the Characters

Watch the 1st and 2nd Meet The Author videos.

Click to watch the Meet The Author: Part 3 Video below

Meet the Characters

Leading Female and Male Characters

  1. Who is this urban Romeo & Juliet?
  2. What deep personal issues do they have?
  3. How will these issues affect each other?

Remember these are 3 questions I had  when I developed my main characters? Meet our urban Romeo & Juliet and a couple of our supporting characters below.

Juliet
Our leading female character is a seemingly naive, and gullible young lady but smart, family oriented, head strong, adventurous and defiant. She is on a quest for answers too deep for her sheltered and limited understanding, but it doesn’t stop her from searching for the truth.

I gave her a very similar background to my own. Born in Queens, NY, raised in New Jersey, granddaughter of ministers, good education, sheltered from the streets yet yearning to break free to find a path of her own. She knows there is a dark family secret and she won’t stop, not even when her life is in danger.

Our leading female characters name is Ruby.

Romeo
Our leading male character experiences what many young men in poor urban communities experience; Limited working and education opportunities, low pay, a dream to leave their neighborhood, a struggle between living life on the straight and narrow or making unfortunate decisions to obtain freedom and happiness.

Romeo had a rough upbringing and has a very strained relationship with his family. He feel ostracized and outcast.  In his experiences of devastation and betrayal, it is easy to  relate to his pain. But, no matter how many times luck seems to evade him, Ruby, a single jewel glistening at the end of his tunnel, gives him hope that all is not lost. Love can certainly dwell in the dark.

Our leading male characters name is Sean.

Supporting Characters

Because I developed Ruby’s character to be naive and sheltered, I had to give her a counterpart who could lead, mentor and comfort her throughout her journey for the truth. I needed this character to be close to her, familiar, fun, yet protective. This was the best opportunity to portray the closeness between family.

I created my 1st supporting character, Ruby’s cousin– Sheila.

As I began to develop more of my supporting characters, I broke down their origins, their beginnings and ultimately their mini stories. While doing that I molded other smaller characters into their stories and embarked upon a domino effect of main and supporting character development.

 

Next: Meet The Author Part 4 – Sneak Peek

Meet The Author: Part 2

Meet The Author: Part 2 – Creating the Characters

Missed the 1st Meet The Author video? Watch it here.

Click to watch the Meet The Author: Part 2 Video below

Creating the Characters
  1. Who is this urban Romeo & Juliet?
  2. What deep personal issues do they have?
  3. How will these issues affect each other?

These are 3 questions I had immediately when developing my main characters. I needed to explore who these characters were individually before I explored how they would interact together.

It was important to me that my characters were relatable. If I couldn’t place myself in their shoes or have some sort of emotional attachment to them, how could I expect my readers to?

Leading female character
I knew that the easiest way for me to relate to my leading female character was to give her some elements of my own personality. I added in a few extra characteristics that I don’t believe I posses to show her level of maturity progress throughout the book. She is a seemingly naive, and gullible young lady but smart, family oriented, head strong, adventurous and defiant. She is on a quest for answers too deep for her sheltered and limited understanding, but it doesn’t stop her from searching for the truth.

Leading male character
My male was a bit of a task. I knew that I wanted my leading male character to have an insatiable attraction for Ruby– be her hero but, how could I make his character more interesting? What background could I give him to make him more believable? I decided to give him a story that many young men in our poorer urban communities can relate to. Limited working and education opportunities, low pay, a dream to leave their neighborhood, a struggle between living life on the straight and narrow or making unfortunate decisions to obtain freedom and happiness.

The development of his family’s history was something I focused on as well because I believe it’s in these early experiences where an individual is molded into who they become. When my male character experiences devastation and betrayal, I want the reader to be able to relate to his pain.

We know that in many relationships from the outside looking in, you see 2 people who seem to be in love. So they must be, right? Wrong. There are so many layers to a person, to love and to the constant threat of losing that love. It’s not as black and white as it seems.

Supporting Characters

My supporting characters, I decided, needed to have mini stories– a mini drama of their own so that the reader would either empathize with them or dislike them. I thought it would be very interesting to have these mini dramas interweave within the main story line so that there is constant suspense, mystery, twists, turns and unexpected revelations.

As I began to develop more of my supporting characters, I broke down their origins, their beginnings and ultimately their mini stories. While doing that I molded other smaller characters into their stories and embarked upon a domino effect of main and supporting character development.

Nothing was perfect and there was a ton of trial and error. My cast suffered from:

  1. Too much development.
  2. Not enough characters
  3. Too many characters
  4. Too gritty
  5. Too Naive
  6. Too cold
  7. Not cold enough
  8. Back stories needed more work

But once I worked it out, it really worked.

Next, it was time to develop my story and that took me a whole year…

Next: Meet The Author Part 3 – Meet the Characters

Preview the Music!

Preview the Music!

Surprise! We have music for Blood of a Queen! So freaking excited for this! I get to combine my love for music and writing into this very unique reading experience and I can’t wait to share it with you all! After spending hours of songwriting, recording, producing and mastering we finally have a finished product!

Why is it So Important to Have Music to Blood of a Queen ?
Music, the magical combination of sounds, harmonic voices, instruments and emotions– is the invisible force that connects the listener to a specific experience, usually one that the writer wants to induce.

We’ve cried, laughed, been afraid and even sat on the edge of our seats in suspense while watching a movie unaware that it is the music that is drawing us in even more. Sometimes the music alone can affect you in ways the dialogue and scenery can’t.

That’s the magic of music. Without it, our experience becomes 1 dimensional. But not anymore. Experience my novel Blood of a Queen like you’ve never experienced a book in your life.

Tweet: #ToiPowell #Author of #BloodofaQueen http://ctt.ec/TEUXR+ previewed her music 4 her #debut #novel and we LOVE it! http://bit.ly/2aHHjgb

How Will Music Work For Our Book?
Just like how a movie soundtrack supports scenes in a movie by describing a current mood or emotion, our music will do the same by enhancing the mood of the book. Placing you in a similar emotional experience as our protagonist, Ruby.

As our characters experience love, heartbreak, betrayal or courage we want the  music to add another layer to the readers experience. See the book like a movie, flow  with the story and be taken deeper.

For additional reading: Check out this article, written by Megan Leigh, on The Importance of a Good Soundtrack 

Launch Buddy, by clicking below, you will be among the 1st to experience the music behind the book!

Click the audio link below to preview our song, Blood of a Queen!

Written by LaToya (Toi) Powell, The TOI House
Co-written by James Aaron Foster.
Performed by LaToya (Toi) Powell
Produced and recorded by James “A-Natural” Foster for Natural City Music. Mixed and mastered by Stefon Moeselle for Secret Sounds Productions

Available at the following locations: on 8/7/16

iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play,
Amazon mp3, Tidal

Don’t forget to share the journey with your friends and family by clicking on the share buttons!

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Share your thoughts and feedback in our Secret Book Launch Community!

RSVP FOR OUR BOOK LAUNCH EVENT

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 5pm
VENUE: Katra Lounge, NYC

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Take On Innovation and enjoy!

~ Toi

Welcome Launch Buddy! Book Launch #BOAQ

Welcome Launch Buddy!

First and foremost, thank you for subscribing and joining me on our book launch journey! I am so excited to finally publish and launch this book that has taken me 9 years to release.The best part is that we get to do it together! I am sending you massive virtual hugs right now because we’re in for such an exciting journey! Just stick with me through it and you’ll be so glad you did!

If you did not sign up for our book launch yet, please sign up here so you can receive access to our launch content .

Ready to begin? Watch my welcome video below:

As Discussed in my Welcome Video

Prior to launching, you will receive a number of fun emails containing videos and hints about the book, character descriptions, and book cover voting. Your participation in our author to reader social media exchange will help to make Blood of A Queen’s book launch a huge success! Get your friends and family involved too! (Don’t worry, you won’t be bombarded with emails lol) 

Tweet: I am ready for our #BookLaunch w/ @TheToiHouse. #Bookcover voting & more! #amreading #amwriting - join us http://ctt.ec/hBe22+

How Does It Work:

  • Check your “Welcome Email” in your inbox for your exclusive Password giving you access to our launch content. If you don’t see it in your inbox, check your spam folder and unspam the emails. You’ll only need to enter your password once and you’ll see every post thereafter.
  • You will receive about 5 emails over a 30 day period with information about the book, book cover voting, free giveaways and live stream invites. It’s important to read these emails because they give you exclusive access to the content in real time. You don’t want to miss your live stream invites or your book cover voting period. So make sure you check your emails everyday.
  • You will get exclusive access to preview selected book chapters
  • Live video chats w/ me and my characters
  • In depth character background – not found in the book
  • Vote for your favorite book cover
  • Launch dates, events and free giveaways

Don’t forget to click on the share buttons  so your friends can become a Launch Buddy too!

Share your thoughts and feedback in our Secret Book Launch Community !

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Take On Innovation and enjoy,

~ Toi