Dr. Candice Smithyman: Transition from Crossbooks to WestBow

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press  publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Dr. Candice Smithyman; co-author of “Soul Transformation: Your Personal Journey.”  To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today! 

I had published books before with other companies, but the ease of publication with WestBow was beyond what I had imagined.  My second book was published by Crossbooks, a division of Lifeway. They did a great job in helping me with the process of publishing and this was a welcome change from my first published book with another publisher.

Dr. Smithyman stands near the WestBow Press signing table at Women of Faith Orlando.

Dr. Smithyman stands near the WestBow Press signing table at Women of Faith Orlando.

When Crossbooks informed me that they were going out of business and that I could transfer my files to Westbow Press for publishing, needless to say, I was a bit discouraged. I had been with Crossbooks for only a year and I had paid a considerable amount for my publishing package.

I had thought my relationship with them would be longterm and I would see the fruit of my labor with this company. My concern was mostly around the fact that I had worked so hard with Crossbooks and I had put a lot of time and resources into producing this book and now the relationship had ended. No matter what had happened, I knew my book had to continue, so I accepted the offer to go to WestBow Press.

The transition was very quick and without any hassles. It was a great experience and the transition team that worked with me were efficient and truly concerned about me and the new release of my book. It was very easy to transfer the files and sign off. In the same week I was transferring files, I got a call from a marketing representative from WestBow asking me if I wanted to participate in a book signing for the Women of Faith Conference in Orlando. I was so excited and yet my
book was not totally complete yet, I still had a few more documents to sign.SOulSmithyman

The marketing team and others at WestBow quickly pushed through my documents and I was able to attend the event. It was an amazing opportunity to give my book to 60 ladies who waited in line to have a signed copy. I had never experienced anything like this before and I was astounded at the experience. All the while I had been at Crossbooks I had never had an opportunity of this sort, and to think that was happening when my book was not even completely finished yet. It was amazing to see how they worked so hard to facilitate my book so that I could attend the event on time.

Dr. Smithyman before her book signing at Women of Faith Orlando.

Dr. Smithyman before her book signing at Women of Faith Orlando.

I cannot say enough good things about my transition from Crossbooks to WestBow, and the ease of the book publishing process, along with the joy of speaking and praying with the marketing team members about the opportunities for my book. If you are considering publishing with WestBow, I highly encourage you to do so. They really care about their authors and go the extra mile with them to make the experience the best they can. I look forward to more amazing marketing events in the future and the publication of more books as God allows me to do so.

Dr. Candice Smithyman, author of Soul Transformation: Your Personal Journey, 6 week bible study.
Websites: www.dreammentors.org www.freedomdestiny.org
Facebook page: Drs. Adam and Candice Smithyman
Twitter: @candicesmithy
Email: candice@cs-ministries.org

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Carolyn Villar: Reflections on Publishing My First Book

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press  publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Carolyn Villar; author of  “The 7 Steps of Inner Healing/Los 7 Peldaños de la Sanidad Interior” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

I did not want to publish a book on inner healing, or make myself vulnerable before the world or share my story. In obedience to God’s call, I published The 7 Steps to Inner Healing – Los 7 Peldaños de la Sanidad Interior in 2015. When I was laid-off in 2013, the first thing God asked me to do was to finish writing the book that He had asked me to write years ago.

Attendees listed to VIllar speak at her October 3 book launch at her alma mater, Gordon College.

Attendees listen to Villar speak at her October 3 book launch at her alma mater, Gordon College.

The 7 Steps to Inner Healing – Los 7 Peldaños de la Sanidad Interior is a bilingual, Christian and bible-based book on how to forgive, let go and move forward. The book is easy-to-read and personable. The purpose of this book is to educate and equip those going difficult trials and processes – all those who experience pain.

I had my first book launch on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Gordon College, my alma mater. I invited two non-profit organizations, Chica Project and Amirah Inc., to my book launch to host a table, and speak about the work they are doing in the community in an effort to inspire my audience to give back which is Step #7: Help Others Heal in my book.

VillarFor each book that was bought at the book launch, I donated a portion to Amirah, Inc., Amirah, Inc. is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides a safe home for women (ages 18 and older) who are survivors of sexual exploitation (sex trafficking). The event was well-attended and we made a donation to Amirah, Inc. to help end sex trafficking.

At the end of my remarks, I gave each attendee a postcard. I asked each person to write two things: 1) a goal or dream that God has placed on their heart, and 2) someone in their social circle who is going through a difficult trial that they can encourage. Many of my guests contacted me after the event, and were inspired.
Here is some of the feedback I received after the book launch:

  • “You really inspired me and can’t say enough how happy I am to see you radiate in your power and purpose. Your book is really mentoring my spirit to always provide for others in whatever capacity I can. Thank you for being who you are”
  • “I enjoyed the event so much. You are truly gifted; God has his hand on you for sure.

Villar’s parents, Luis and Adriana, and Villar and her husband Pablo, look on as her brother Luis reads a passage from her book.

For those considering self-publishing, here are a few helpful tips that you may want to consider:

  1. Start blogging to build your platform.
  2. Speak to published authors and find mentors in your social circle or network.
  3. Do your research.
  4. Do not include anyone in your book that can be easily recognized. Most likely, the publisher will ask you to remove or disguise their names if you include people that can be easily identified.
  5. Try to stay away from quoting others as you will need to get permission before your book is published, and this may delay your process. If you quote the bible, be sure to include the version used after each biblical reference.
  6. Know your target audience, and draft a marketing plan of how you are going to promote your book once it is published.
  7. Stay encouraged and positive – the process can seem daunting, long and frustrating, but it is worthwhile in the end.

Author Biography
Carolyn Villar is an international speaker, author of The 7 Steps to Inner Healing – Los 7 Peldaños de la Sanidad Interior and intercessor. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Gordon College and a Master of Science from Northeastern University. She and her husband, Pablo Pimentel-Villar, currently reside in Massachusetts. Carolyn can be reached via email (carolynvillar7@gmail.com), Twitter (@carolynvillar7) or Instagram (carolynvillar7).

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WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books, are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page, by tweeting us @WestBowPress, or by emailing kgray@ westbowpress.com.  We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.


Kent Gant Jr.: Beyond having a job and paying bills

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press  publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Kent Gant Jr.; author of  “How Do I Produce Prosperity?” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

Kent Gant Jr. at a recent book signing.

Kent Gant Jr. at a recent book signing.

Well it all started when I was about 15 years old. I knew from going to church all my life that there was more to life than going to school, getting good grades, then finding a good job that will allow you to pay for all the bills you will accumulate throughout life.

I always found the subject of finances to be interesting!! It was something we needed but no one ever taught on it. I would find and read all the finance scriptures that I could and keep rereading them until they were apart of my everyday language. By faith I believe I can have anything the Bible says I can have. So as time went on my faith continued building and my jobs continued to grow more stressful, but without more pay.

gant coverIt didn’t take long for me to realize that working a normal job was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  So I would seek God on what to do with what I got. He had my mom  speak to me about becoming an author and writing a book.

I thought it was a cool idea, but then reality set in and I realized writing a book was not going to be easy. I never knew anyone at that time who had written their own book anywhere in my surrounding counties. So I went for what I knew from school as far as researching a topic and coming up with plots and climax as it related to the book.

As I got older and finished getting my business degree I stepped into a position assistant manager at a grocery store. Honestly as much as I like the subject of money/finances the position did not meet the expectations I personally had. So I turned once again to God. He reminded me of my book!

Kent's friends and family hold their copies of his book.

Kent’s friends and family hold their copies of his book.

Instantly, I began writing and revamping my work. When I turned 25, I knew it was time. Working with WestBow was so easy, and they take out the fear of the unknown. I published in comfort. May 5, 2015 my book went live. I happened to Google my name one day and to my surprise I saw my work and book online for purchase. Praise God!!

Website:  www.kentgantjr.com,
Facebook: www.facebook/kent.gant
Twitter @kentgantjr
LinkedIn @kent gant jr
Instagram @kent gant jr

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WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books, are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page, by tweeting us @WestBowPress, or by emailing kgray@ westbowpress.com.  We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.


Margaret Smolik: Account of her family’s flight from WWII Europe inspires others

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press  publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Margaret Smolik; author of  “Like a Haystack: Life From My Perspective.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

smolik authorOne’s past, one’s life experiences from birth to the present, make us who we are. That is so important because it affects how we relate to each other and interact in all aspects of a relationships. It is probably the lack of that knowledge that causes much of the friction among people and wastes a lot of time and energy that could and should be used in more constructive ways.

Picture of Margaret, likely taken before her family fled Austria.

Picture of Margaret, likely taken before her family fled Austria.

The thoughts expressed above are from a long-time friend who did not know
until recently about my background as a WWII refugee and immigrant to the United States. Most of my friends did not know until I wrote Like A Haystack: Life From My Perspective, a memoir about my family’s roots in Croatia, the challenges we faced during the war, our years in Austria, and our coming to America.

Margaret (top left) and her family in Austria.

Margaret (top left) and her family in Austria.

The response has been heartwarming and sometimes overwhelming. Manyreaders comment that reading the book made them realize what wonderful lives we live in the United States. We have not had to leave everything behind and flee from our homes not knowing what the next day would bring much less see falling bombs and the destruction of warfare. Perhaps the readers who know me personally understand me better and have a deeper insight into my personality.

smolik coverAnother friend wrote the following: “What an inspiration you are to many. Having read your book, I am amazed by how you moved forward to make a positive mark on this world despite the harsh realities your family endured so many years ago. Our country is blessed to have you. Be proud of yourself.”

What a blessing comments like these have been to me. They have given me validation and courage to be more open and willing to share. I hope I continue to affect people in positive ways by increasing their understanding of refugees and immigrants and encouraging them to reach out with acceptance and peace.

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WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books, are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page, by tweeting us @WestBowPress, or by emailing kgray@ westbowpress.com.  We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.


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