Guest Blog: To the Beat of my Book

Article by: Ashley Robinson

book-headphones“I met this girl when I was nine years old and what I love most she has so much soul. She was old school and I was just a shorty never knew that through my life she’d be there for me”. Lyrics from rapper/actor Common’s “I use to love her” paints a perfect picture of childhood love. The same way lyrics can tell a story, it can also inspire or provoke more depth to an author’s tale.

Both arts seem to always coincide. Songs and books create feelings, evoke thought as well as vivid imagery. It allows imagination that is from a consumer standpoint. What about a business standpoint? How do the two arts collide?

Simple, both artists and authors are faced with giving the fans what they want. This isn’t a easy task! Everyone has an opinion just like everyone has an asshole. Face it you’re not going to please everyone.

You’re music and book isn’t for everyone. You’ll have to zone in on your Target Audience. And even then you can’t please everyone. Also, artists and writers are faced with contracts that may or may not affect royalties (payouts). Also, protecting them from plagiarism of any kind.

Note: Authors using song lyrics in books shouldn’t use more than four bars.

What sets the bar any higher for music and books to coexist is the constant song titles or lyric quotes that become urban book titles such as “Love even when it hurts” the song by  Avant then turned into “Love even if it hurts” the book by Tamicka Higgins. You see it’s easy to intertwine the two.

Music can create books but books can create music as well. Song lyrics are made up of vast vocabulary that is either learned from the street and/or book i.e. Webster’s dictionary and/or published sonnets. Artists must have a decent love of words and wordplay to make words rhyme such as wine and time or to elevate complexity with a metaphor such as “You’re immature like roger so go home!” (lyrics from Wale’s Fuck you ). The double meanings in that metaphor is situational and educational via words. Let me explain! The character Roger from the hit 90’s television series Sister, Sister played by Marques Houston was in a singing group called Immature. The word immature in the context meaning child- like. The television show itself is reminiscent of childhood while the person wale is addressing in the song is a level of childish. Wordplay and meanings both affect music and books. But that’s more for another blog, another day.

About the Writer:

Ashley robinson, born at st. agnes hospital in west Baltimore in October 1990 to teen parents paulette and cedric had a stereotypical upbringing. Once her father was incarcerated ashley was raised by mother paulette whom had the support system of her parents elaine and joseph lyle. While mom was at school and/or work or church Ashley found her love of writing at home with her grandmother whom taught her to write and read cursive at the tender age of five so that she was quiet during the young and the restless. Ashleys love for writing grew and her curiousity peeked for words and story telling. At the age of seven she began crafting short stories and poetry that she often present at school for showing tell. Now as an adult and mother of one she wants nothing more then to have her work as a muse for those who want to follow their passion and needs life lessons learned through the pages. Ashley currently resides in maryland where she pre- school teaches, donates to charties, and working toward more entrepurneal affairs. Her debut novel released august 2016 entitled Imani. The series can be currently found on amazon.

Money Trees Publications

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Keep Good Business Relationships

Hello Readers!

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Business relationships are very important.  They are two sided just like any other relationship, require a bit of compromising and are sometimes bridges you don’t want to burn.

If you are in a business, any type of business, eventually you will build relationships. Some business associates you will speak with more, tend to help more, tend to partner with more. No matter what you do in the relationship, it’s business and in the end, you will need each other.

When running a business, it’s always good to have a good relationship with your business associates; keeping your word, being honest, showing integrity and drive, this will make people want to work with you more.

Do things so that your business associates can remember you, want to work with you and will praise you. When in need of a favor they come to you because of your work ethics and the things you’ve done for them. Don’t burn business relationships, especially with people who know a lot of other people. If you’ve done them wrong they will surely tell others to stay away from you and your business.  You would rather they spread your company’s name on positivity rather than negativity.

So keep the business relationships open. Help each other out, extend a hand and watch the foundation of your business relationship grow. You never know what people will do for you and your company when you have a good business relationship!

Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique 

Creating Schedules and List to Stay Organized

Hello Readers!

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Lately, I’ve heard a lot about not having the time to write or that our lives are to hectic to sit somewhere quiet and write. Having a schedule is one way to be able to conquer this task.

Creating a schedule is important to me because I am an organized person. I run my house in an organized way; I like schedules. As an author and business owner, they help me get through my busy days. By sticking to my schedule, I know that I am completing the work that needs to get done and on time.

Many people are not like me. Some people just don’t like schedules and have a hard time sticking to a schedule. Most of the time it is because their minds are constantly on the move and they get things done sporadically rather than in an order.

But if you are someone who needs help with sticking to schedule or getting things in order for your work or business, I have a few tips.

First, make a list. I love lists. Think about the things that need to get done. Write them down in order of importance.

Secondly, keep yourself from veering off of the task at hand. Stick to it! Keep distractions out of your reach. If there are things that tend to get in the way, keep them out of the room or from within your reach. This way you can stick to the job at hand and get things done. Social media alerts need to be put on silent. I have a habit of having Facebook up on my screen in the background while I write. Don’t do this. It’s an easy distraction.

Third, stick to one task at a time. Focus on that one thing. When you complete it, give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve done a good job.

Points to keep in mind:

  • Never give yourself too much work. Give yourself enough to complete those tasks for the day
  • Stay encouraged
  • Remember what’s most important on your schedule
  • When you have completed your list and everything is checked off, you will feel a sense of completion and satisfaction.

Another thing to keep in mind is that many professionals do not like to deal with people who are unorganized. I get tons of emails a day. Forgetting something, although it happens to the best of us, is really not allowed. We have tools around us to keep us informed with everything; smartphones, emails, calendars. There’s no way we should forget anything. Everything that I need to be reminded about is put into my iPhone and iPad schedule.

When you are dealing with others, keep in mind that they want prompt responses, someone whose mind is on the task at hand and not someone who is unorganized. If you don’t deal with things in an organized manor, do it for the professionals that you do business with. There’s nothing like losing a business contact because you weren’t organized enough.

To you it may seem small but to them it could be a deal breaker!

As you work on your next best seller, try to use the tips above to help you stay on track with your work. When you feel you’ve done enough, click save and walk away!

Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique

Authors! Add your Book to our Book List!

Hello Readers!

IMG_1907Authors!!!! Do you have a book on sale? For free? DMP is putting together a list of books that are listed at a discounted price or free. This is perfect for those who offer the first book in their series for free. Allow us to notify our readers about your discounted book(s). This newsletter will be going out sometime in August or September. Your book does not have to be on sale for the entire month of August or September. It just needs to be on sale or free during the promotion of the book list.

Email us at diamondmpresspublications@gmail.com for more information.

This list is limited. We are on a first come, first serve bases. Allow us to support you!

If you are a reader and want to know how to get this book list, please email us!

Great way to reinvest in yourself! Start today!

Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique