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Pursuing My Dream

The book has finally been released and the excitement of that aspect of the journey has passed. I enjoyed every bit of the experience and learnt so much about the process of publishing and myself also. It takes committed consistency to be successful at most things, and writing a book and publishing it is no different.  I am also really grateful for the team from Tamarind Hill Press; they have kept me informed and are working hard to ensure the optimal success.

I have been doing a lot of writing in between also, I am currently working on a second book of poems and I am almost done. There is another book that I have been writing, which is not poetry, but I’m really excited about that project also. The emotions I experienced from getting my first book published have driven me to pursue the dream of writing a bestseller, and so, I am here writing away. I have learnt that dreams do come through, and while for some of us it takes longer, we must never give up pursuit of the very things that drive us, the very things that pulls us towards becoming our best.

It is a strange perspective to have at times, but none the less true; the very thing that we pursue, the thing that we do not possess, is the reason behind our drive to succeed. I am grateful to all those who have joined my mailing list and have started following me @ajepoetry on Instagram.

If you have not yet gotten your copy of the book, please do so and encourage someone to get one also. If you have bought a copy, I would love to hear what you think, so let me know through anyone of my social media platforms.

We have all been given the world as a stage to perform, now, don’t be shy, go out there and give the best performance you can. Learn daily from your successes and your failures while pursuing, as I said earlier; the best version of yourself.

Excited!

The excitement is real, I can’t believe that it is really happening and I’m finally going to publish a book. It was early in the morning, a day in September 2018, while sitting at my desk, I took up Consciously 21; a book written by Saun-Jaye Brown and was reading one of her poems. I remembered when she came to my office about a year earlier and shared with me her journey to becoming a published author.

I have always thought about publishing my work, but never made the attempt in any serious way. I had previously looked at self-publishing but that did not work out.  So, on this particular morning when reading the poem, the thought came to me to search for Tamarind Hill Press – the publishers of Saun-Jaye’s book. I did an online search and found their website, submitted my manuscript and forgot about it.

On October 9, 2018, I received an email from Tamarind Hill Press saying that they are reviewing my work and the truth is I did a little dance in the office, this of course after locking the door. The rest is history they say. The Illusions of Life will be published on November 14, 2018.

What started out as a hobby and in many ways it still is, has given birth to the accomplishment of a small dream. I started writing this anthology of forty one poems in December 2017 and it culminates in this beautiful book. I love writing poems, it is not difficult for me and in many ways poetry saved me. These poems are an escape from realities and in some cases an expression of them. I have discovered that there is a priceless therapy in the writing and reading of poetry.

I hope that you will get the chance to read this book and that you will find some amount of entertainment, inspiration and motivation in the words. Go get your copy as soon as it becomes available.