Where it All Began: My Journey Into Self-Publishing

Author: Kristin Frappier, Career Advice

There are a number of misconceptions out there surrounding self-publishing — some of the biggest being that “printing books is expensive” and self-publishing your book won’t “get the book to the masses” — therefore, not giving you any income as a result of self-publishing your book.

Here’s the story of how I got into self-publishing, and how I am making money at it, too.

About five years ago, I had just graduated from college. By November 2012, I was frustrated with the job market. This frustration led me to feeling discouraged. Not only was the economy not in the best place, but I already had difficulty and obstacles that I faced and continue to face personally in terms of employment and transportation. Naturally I was feeling down about the entirety of the situation.

As a way to reverse my own negative thinking, I started investigating different projects to stay busy. I had always used poetry as an outlet, so it seemed like the perfect “keep me happy hobby” to start up again. Just on a whim, I decided to Google “how to make money publishing poetry.” That’s how I got the idea to self-publish.

From that point, I Googled self-publishing platforms and one of the top searches was createspace.com, which is the platform I still use today. It provides a step-by-step self publishing process. I started with just a free account and now I have ten completed books, as well as one book in the process of publication. Additionally, I have worked to edit others’ works, and help others realize their dreams, all by using the same platform.

I feel so lucky because what started out as something just for me has not only created income, but also has made a difference to all my readers! When I go to write I do so with an idea, a theme and more often than not…country music blasting.

I hope other millennials looking for a place to publish their writing in print will take this story to heart, and learn that self-publishing is not only creative but can also bring income.

Want to know more? My books can be found right here at Amazon.

January 2017 Poetry Section

Author: Kristin Frappier, Literary Mag

Hope

Honest excitement for what’s next
Open eyes to new opportunities
Possibility of building a complete picture puzzle
Eager to embark on new road


Dream

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Determination to achieve
Respect for what is but always striving for what could be.
Endless evolving
Always there
Meaningless is no vision, hope or dream
Stainless is a dream even in times of defeat.

 

 


Trip Around the Sun

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One spin
One ride
One life
Through showers of sadness
Through clouds of confusion
Through bright day of bliss.
Along the way curveballs may be thrown
And strikes may replace home runs
But as long as travel continues
We can make our own wild ride .

Holiday Movies and Love

Author: Kristin Frappier, The Dating Game

As Christmas gets closer, all Christmas movies seem to be playing around the clock. It can be said that there are misconceptions about relationships found in Christmas movies.

Many holiday movies are sugary sweet and like fairy tales. In many romantic comedies with a Christmas theme, it is the man who saves the day, or purchases the perfect gift that will make everything alright. In some cases, Christmas movies paint the illusion that if you wish for something hard enough, it will turn out better than you ever thought possible.

Many Christmas-themed movies, including Love Actually, The Holiday and even Miracle on 34th Street, give the impression that the perfect holiday starts with the “love of your life” — though it’s presented differently in each of these cases. They also give the impression that everyone is most happy and at a pivotal point in the relationship right around Christmas. These are nice sentiments, but not always the most realistic representation of relationships. In fact, many times, these are not accurate representations of reality. Your love life doesn’t play out like these particular movies do, as much as we may want them to.

Relationships tend to be more like It’s A Wonderful Life, if anything, especially in the way that relationships have their ups and downs. There are fights from time to time, there are hardships from time to time and sometimes you have to be on the verge of losing everything to really see the value in even the smallest of things. Every relationship progresses at its own speed the “perfect” time. This time is not always at Christmas time, but, it can be said that each relationship has its own greatness at every stage.

Go ahead, enjoy these romantic holiday movies. But remember, your life doesn’t have to mimic it.

December 2016 Poetry Section

Author: Kristin Frappier, Literary Mag

Merry Christmas

Mistletoe
Evergreen trees
Ribbon
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Young and old waiting all year
Christmas cookies
Hot cocoa
Red Sacks
Ice skating
Stars are angels a top the train
Tinsel
Merry memories with family and friends
A search to find the perfect gift for the naughty and nice on your list
Silver bells ringing in the snow


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Silver Bells

Sounds of the season.
In the dark a sound of hope
Love to hear them ring
Vanished only when the ringing stops.
Everlasting symbols of the season!
Ring with cheer
Bell of beauty
Evening under the stars
Lovely
Lasting not loud
Serenity even in a snowstorm!


To My Love

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You give me hope that can float!
You make my heart happy.
You make me feel like a butterfly who is bright who soars above all clouds!
These are the gifts you give to me at the holidays and beyond!
These gifts have no price tag or dollar value!
These gifts cannot be bought, sold or exchanged!
These gifts will be treasured forever!
These gifts make me feel rich with only a penny in my pocket!
All I want is you!

Holiday Date Ideas

Author: Kristin Frappier, The Dating Game

Even though the holiday season is hectic with preparations and parties, it’s still important to have nights under the mistletoe with your significant other. There are so many holiday-themed dates you can experience with your special someone, and we’re here to help spark some ideas in you.

To name just a few initial ideas: Attend a tree lighting, go to a local light festival, make a date picking a Christmas tree, decorate a tree together, see a holiday play like a Christmas Carol or a ballet like the Nutcracker!

There are just so many possibilities during the season: have a day of watching Christmas themed movies and baking cookies! Make gingerbread houses. Go ice-skating!

Do something very meaningful. For instance, a cute little example is to pick an ornament out that represents something special about the two of you for that particular year. Go to the Hallmark store together and try to pick an ornament that embodies the two of you together — whether it be something serious, an inside joke you have, something the two of you enjoy, whatever you like.

For instance, if your significant other loves to camp and you two have gone camping together, find him an ornament that represents this, like with camping lantern or a tent or camping supply figurines inside. A cute one would even say something like “Happy Campers.”

It is important to mix up these dates and the holiday season with things that are still meaningful, but don’t cost a lot of money. The holiday season is not about how much money spend — it’s about showing the people that you love that you care. Remember to make time for your significant other. It doesn’t have to be some big date night. Instead, it can be something small, like the things mentioned above.