The Journey

How did I become this person
That no longer craves other humans
For my own comfort?
Where did it all change?
Looking back
trying to put the pieces together
I can’t seem to figure
It all out
With each year that past.
One person was removed from me
They moved on
Or found other friends
It never bothered me.

Looking back
I depended on them like oxygen.
I relied on them to make me happy
Forgetting that they were also humans.
Not feeling affected by the things
That people say about me
Is that good or bad?
They insult me
I laugh
Don’t ask me why
I just do.
It doesn’t bother me
Nights are not so lonely
Too tired to listen to my mind
So tired but content

I don’t stress no more
If things don’t come to me
I don’t bother
All I do is pray
I know I’m not good at that
But I don’t mind
I speak to him
Knowing he listens
And has the solution to my small problems
I cry to him
When I’m lonely
When I need confort
I turn to him
I needed a hug
So badly.
I cried to him.
You know how I feel
Dreamt of someone hugging me
A brightlight
That hugged me
I never have forgotten that feeling.

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      1. Well you go to the search bar and your website should come up, hold it until it gives you options then click copy then paste it into comments.
        This is one of the methods to send us your poem but as you already did it, you don’t have to.

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      1. That’s cause I have been seeking for an inspiration to sgo back into writing fresh poems.. With 3rd of university almost coming to a close I’m focused on more academics than writing.. So when I’m sleeping and ideas comes.. I’m too tired to open my eyes to write.. So I guess this is a great kick in the butt

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      2. Yea in getting more recognition. I don’t know what do to. My socials well that’s a disaster in the making.. I’ve got followers but no engagement only when I put hash tags

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      3. Hey Victoria, I need to go now, sorry, I’ll catch up later, okay? I’ll explain wordpress.com to you! ❤️
        👋 Thanks for keeping me company, I had a lovely time typing back to you!
        Goodbye!

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      4. It’s a hobby it was a way of me putting my emotions into words. Transferring all the unseen into seen. And when I write I tend to zone out. I have never read back any of my opens I don’t know what they are about. It’s my soul speaking in a way. I would love to learn more about poems and how one publish and makes a career out of it.. But for now I guess I’m just putting them here cause its a safe place where people can see and feel me.. In my world that don’t happen

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      5. That is so… Meaningful, I have to write that down and stick it up! You have a way with words.. But anyway when you said, would love to learn more about poems and how one publish and makes a career out of it.. , it’s the same for me as well… I’ve been looking into publishing, I’m planning to do one on Amazon kindle.. If you really want to publish your poetry, it’s the best way to start.

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      6. Well, here is what I found out, its a long read,

        Kindle Direct Publishing. This service, known by the shorthand KDP, enables indie authors to sell the digital version of their books on Amazon.com (or other Amazon country websites). There’s no charge to upload the file. Authors get royalties of 35% to 70% of the sale price, depending on whether the book is sold on KDP or through another Amazon service called KDP Select (more about that below).

        Unlike most other digital retailers, KDP uses the format known as “mobi.” This is simply the file format for digital books that Amazon uses, and it works on all Kindle devices. You can upload your book on Amazon using other formats as explained on the Amazon site, including ePub, which is the most popular one (that’s what Apple uses), and others such as HTML, Doc, and RTF. However, in my experience it looks better if you start out with a mobi file because any formatting you create – for example for images, charts and tables – stays intact.

        Let’s say you have written your book in Word and want to convert it to mobi. You can do this using the free software Calibre (available for PC or Mac). I’ve used the Mac version and it works very well if your Word document has no page numbers. For best results it should include links to each chapter in a table of contents that’s formatted to meet Amazon’s specifications listed here.

        Another option is to pay one of the many digital publishing or formatting companies that offer the service of converting a Word file to the digital format of your choice. Pricing is either per book or based on the number of words. With a professional service you should expect to pay in the hundreds of dollars to have your book set up, formatted and converted from a Word DOC to a mobi or ePub file. You can locate less expensive services through fiverr.com. But as with so many other things, you typically get what you pay for, so look at the company’s portfolio and speak with some of their author clients before retaining the firm.

        You will also have the ability to preview your Kindle book before it’s published on Amazon.com, so if you catch any mistakes, you can make your changes and re-upload.

        One of the nice things about KDP is that Amazon does not require digital exclusivity. So authors can still sell the same digital book anywhere else on the Internet on through other stores like The Nook Book Store or iTunes.

        KDP Select. By using this service, rather than the plain-vanilla one, you tap into Amazon’s marketing muscle. To do that you must give them an exclusive on your digital book for 90 days. In return, KDP Select pays higher royalties (closer to the 70% mentioned earlier), and allows those books to be part of the lending library for their Prime Members. Authors get paid a percentage of the total amount Amazon Prime members pay for each book lent out.

        For example, if the total amount Prime members pay in April is $1 million and 300,000 titles are lent out, if your book is lent out 1,500 times you would make .5% or $5,000. Last month it worked out to $2.12 per book for me, which is average. This month alone 127 people have grabbed Everything I Know from the lending library, so it’s a decent chunck of “sales.”

        KDP Select also gives you the option to make your book free or discounted for up to five days, as part of your promotional campaign. During that time, it appears on sales pages on Amazon.com, which drives more people to it. Though you will obviously earn nothing from these sales, it can help build buzz for your book just as you are launching it.

        If you subscribe to the theory that offering a book for free – even briefly – can ultimately pay off, there are also lots of websites that promote free or discounted Kindle books to massive audiences. Bookbub is the largest, with over 2 million subscribers. Bookbub and other larger promotion websites will charge you a fee (from $40 in less popular categories to $400 to $1,500 in very popular categories) to advertise with them. I think it’s worth it (if you can afford it), to put your book in front of a much larger audience.

        Using Bookbub, Book Gorilla (the second largest Kindle promotion company) and my own marketing efforts, I drove 39,000 downloads to Everything I Know in just three days. Four weeks later, after the book went back to the normal price of $6.99, sales continued at a slightly higher volume than prior to the sale. I have now sold more than 4,000 copies.

        Based on my conversations with other indie authors and their posts on various message boards and blogs, other authors also see huge sales on days when their books are discounted, and even more massive downloads on days when those books are free. This, in turn, leads to higher than usual sales on the days right after promotions (when the book has gone back to its regular price), and generally helps to expand awareness of the book.

        CreateSpace. This is Amazon’s print-on-demand service for indie authors. It lets you sell a paperback copy of your book either on CreateSpace.com or directly from Amazon.com. All you have to do is upload a PDF based on their specifications and set how much you’d like to make. (They give you a base price; you make the public price something over that.)

        You don’t pay for book printing – you simply collect a commission whenever it sells. You’re in charge of the price and associated commission as well. When you upload your book, Amazon tells you what their costs are — $2.50 for example, for a 150-page book. From there you can price your book at anything higher, say $9. Under that scenario, for each paperback sale, Amazon keeps $2.50 and the shipping costs that it charges the buyer, and you keep $6.50.

        Authors design (or can have CreateSpace design for an extra fee) a cover and upload their content in PDF format. Once it’s uploaded you can download or physically order a “proof” copy or view it directly on their website. That way, if you need to make changes, you can do that before it’s made available for sale.

        CreateSpace also lets you link a Kindle version of your book to the paperback. This way, purchasers can pick their format on the same sales page, which is a helpful customer-oriented feature. All it requires is that you upload a properly formatted Kindle version as well. If you’re already added your Kindle version to KDP or KDP Select, Amazon will connect your paperback to the digital version on the same page on their website.

        Print on demand is perfect for most indie authors because it’s hard to judge how well your book will sell, and ordering copies before they’re sold can be a massive expense. With CreateSpace, those obstacles disappear. However the current limitations are that there’s no hardcover option and I’ve found the binding and spines of the books printed through them are weak. You also have to use one of only a few options for the size of the book.

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      7. But im I live in the uk.. How where should I even start from😵😵😵 I don’t know how to start formating all my opem do they write it per page? So many questions keep me updated on how you do yours

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      8. ATTENTION ALL PARTICIPANTS, the competition ends on Tuesday at 12a.m.
        Until then you may change your poem into a different one and I can delete the old submission if you are not satisfied.
        The winner and runner ups will be revealed on Wednesday.

        THANKS FOR ENTERING 😊

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