Charmisse M. Owens is a first-generation college graduate and the self-published author of Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started College.
Ms. Owens got her idea to write her self-help book while completing her masters and teaching 6th grade. She started writing letters to her 6th grade students, and it eventually turned into a book. In promotion of the book’s release, Charmisse has been speaking at high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, and has traveled back to her home town of Los Angeles for a book tour – which included a book signing at a Barnes & Noble book store and an appearance on Fox 11 news.
“I would definitely consider that an accomplishment for an independent author,” says Charmisse. “Many times we don’t get the attention we want and we have a hard time. But I had a really great experience with BookBaby – they were very warm and very welcoming, and they played an integral role in my writing process.”
Because Charmisse knew she couldn’t afford to print hundreds (or thousands) of books in advance (who does?), she was thrilled to be able to take advantage of BookBaby’s Print On Demand service.
“The print-on-demand option was essential for me,” explains Charmisse, “and I also had my book cover designed by the BookBaby design team. It really was a fun and fast experience. All I had to do was answer a couple of questions and reply to emails and I got to see my vision come to fruition.”
And to complete the circle, Charmisse is taking advantage of her BookShop page to sell her title online.
“Having the option for my viewers to go directly to my BookShop page is awesome, and it shows that my book is available through multiple vendors, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.”
“I had a great experience and I look forward to working with BookBaby in the future!”
Learn more about Charmisse at her website.
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