Learn the Book Business & Entrepreneurship with Author and Entrepreneur Mirika Mayo Cornelius

Learn the book business and entrepreneurship with best selling author and BOSS Black Female Entrepreneur Mirika Mayo Cornelius

The Suffocation

September 29, 2016

  No matter how much I try to hold my head up high, I’m suffocating.  At first, it seemed tolerable.  If I could just make it to another breath, if my muscles would just stretch.  Contraction shouldn’t be this hard, and all this pain I shouldn’t have to disregard.  I just want to live.  Instead, […]

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ARTWORK ON THE WALL: Writing Poetry, To Me, Is Like…

September 28, 2016

  Have you ever been so caught up in a moment?  I have.  I’ve been caught up in moments throughout my whole entire life, the few bad to the many good, but they have all been moments in memory.  Whenever I write poetry, this is what I’m writing about. There is this emotion that became […]

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HOW I SET THE TABLE: Where I Get My Inspiration & How I Make It Manifest

September 28, 2016

  Here’s a question that I get asked often, but I rarely have the perfect answer when asked.  One would think that I know exactly or could pinpoint each and every moment in time that I feel inspired, but I honestly can’t.  I assume that I would know the exact time I am inspired, but […]

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Brand New AMAZON REVIEW Guidelines: The New COST to Leave a Review

September 26, 2016

I received a link from someone who wanted me to address what he stated were the brand new Amazon Review Guidelines.  To be quite honest, I don’t keep up with all the changes in the review policies all that much because I leave that up to the readers while I try and write the best […]

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Why Reading Should NEVER Be a Form of Punishment But Instead a Pathway to Passion!

August 29, 2016
Illustrations by Sandford Greene at Soda City Comic Con 2016

Have you ever heard it, or even said it yourself, the statement “Go to your room!”  I have both heard it and said it to my own child, however, there is one thing that I will absolutely try never to say, and it is something that I have heard stated to children in a harsh […]

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When Power Comes From BOOKS to MOVIES: SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, Starring Djimon Hounsou & Renee Zellweger

August 18, 2016

“We are all homeless.” Yes we are. Just watch the brand new trailer for the movie SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, and then say you really aren’t going to watch this movie. I call your bluff. Starring Renee Zellweger and Djimon Hounsou, this is going to end up being one of my favorite movies […]

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How Being a Self Satisfier & People Pleaser Creates a SUCCESSFUL WRITING CAREER

August 10, 2016

Roadmaps.  They can point in various directions, and to be quite honest, if they are drawn up correctly, will eventually lead you to the common and most wanted destination.  When it comes to writing or teaching the aspiring author the how, whats and whys on getting his or her written project done most efficiently, roadmaps […]

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Want to Become a Prolific Author? Treat WRITING Like a FULL-TIME JOB…Except FALL IN LOVE

August 3, 2016

I did it.  Within two years, released lots of books, and I’m still writing and releasing them as I write this blog.  I STAY writing.  If I’m not writing, I’m reading something, and if I’m not reading something, I’m thinking about what to write, outside of the great, wonderful time I spend with my family.  […]

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The ILLUSION of OVERNIGHT SUCCESS: Authors, It Really Is An ILLUSION, But A Good One

August 2, 2016

It never fails. People from everywhere around the globe wake up feeling that they are meant to achieve something great and of high importance. This belief or feeling is true. We are all born great beings under God. After all, we are made in His image, with the capacity to create. It’s no wonder why […]

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Raise Your Hand If You Want To Be An Author. Now Raise Both If You Want To Market.

August 1, 2016

It’s hardly ever that we see a budding author desire marketing just as much as he or she desires to put the pen to the pad or the fingers to the keyboard. No matter how obvious it is that marketing will play a huge role in the success of one’s book, many authors get stuck […]

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July 26, 2016

I’ve been writing professionally since 2002 as far as having a book published and it moving through the public market at a steady rate, sometimes up, and sometimes down, but there is movement. This is the reality of any self-published author. There are great months and then there are months that aren’t as great as […]

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IN CELEBRITY WORDS: New & Upcoming Books To DEFINITELY Give a READ For 2016!

July 25, 2016

I’ve finally had time to find out about some books that celebrities will be releasing really soon, and one of the first that I think has a nice bit of appeal to everyone is the book scheduled to drop by AMY SCHUMER titled The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. To release in August of […]

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VISUAL TIMES Call For VISUAL MEASURES – Why Book Covers Really Do Matter

July 25, 2016

We live in a visual age.  Now more than ever when it comes to the freedoms that e-books give for all authors, especially those who are self-published, what the reader visualizes on the cover of the book makes a huge impact on its success. Long gone are the days where there are huge promotions by […]

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Why Your BOOKS Should NEVER Stop Selling – No Matter How OLD or RECENT the Release

July 22, 2016

I’m going to list some books that you’ve probably heard before at some point. You may not know the authors of these books, however, they are all well known. The reason I chose these titles are because they are books that were written YEARS ago. The Color Purple Kaffir Boy Carrie Crime & Punishment The […]

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Why New Authors Should ALWAYS Consider BOOK FESTIVALS As An Avenue For Marketing (Video)

July 21, 2016

  Last week, I released a short video about new authors’ marketing when it comes to book signings. I ventured off into what I call SOLE BOOK SIGNINGS where an author goes to a book store and waits on potential readers to walk inside to engage, BOOK FESTIVALS where authors hold book signings with a […]

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IN CELEBRITY WORDS: New and Upcoming Books I’m Definitely Reading (And You Should Too!)

May 18, 2016

I already wrote about this some time ago (he changed the title of the book amongst other things), and I’m taking the time out to write about this book again with the official book cover. Here is a young Bobby Brown, singer and reality show star, who has not only lost an ex-wife we all […]

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April 5, 2016

Choices.  We all have them and can make them since the days of being able to tell the difference between two or more things.  Upon inspection and with a certain amount of awareness about the future, making the proper choices for our lives many times comes with a specific amount of ease after having weighed […]

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THICK SKIN. If You Don’t Have It, Get It…Especially If You’re an Author And Here’s Why

March 30, 2016

As I scrolled down my Facebook timeline, I ran into a piece from Business Insider that showcases many rejection letters that bestselling authors have received for their manuscripts over time.  Yes, they have received a LOAD of them, and as I read many of the letters, I smiled with joy at the author’s success after […]

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MAKE IT HAPPEN: Five Great Moments To Begin Writing Your First Book

March 28, 2016

I’ve been told by lots of people that they want to write a book, but they can’t find the time or the energy to do so.  After having heard many reasons for not being able to start and even finish a book, I want to encourage everyone who wants to write to do so because […]

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WRITING WITH GROWTH: Find Out Your Reason For Writing And Build On It

March 28, 2016

From the time you are in grade school, and with many children even before then, writing is one of the main objectives and foundations to everything you will conquer in life.  The written language has changed over centuries, and how we formulate ideas on paper has truly metamorphosed. Writing and how we speak to others […]

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Why You Need To Stop, Don’t Think About It, And Just Get Your Book Edited

March 22, 2016

There are some AMAZING stories out here, especially from self published authors. The books are so amazing in fact that many of them have been made into movies and television series that gain great reviews.  One of the more important features of all these written stories is the fact that each had a great edit, […]

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February 4, 2016

It’s finally here, especially packaged for all who love to one click and read full series in one book.  My I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE TRILOGY has officially been released, all 225 pages of epic thrill and suspense! I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE has taken readers by shock and surprise starting with the debut of […]

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: 5 Facts Successful Authors Understand And Live By

February 3, 2016

Where would we be without knowledge?  Powerless.  Therefore, here are five things that every author should know to continue to remain at the top of their game in literature and having a legit career as an author.   READING/LEARNING IS EVERYTHING Planning on maintaining a career as an author requires much reading about things you […]

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CHARACTER PROMOS: Why I Make Them And Love To Show Them Off!

January 29, 2016

Characters.  They are one of the foundations of any great book, and because of this, I absolutely adore them.  As an author of novels, novellas and short stories, when I sit to write any story, my characters crowd around.  Seriously, they do, and no, I’m not crazy by any means, but if my characters aren’t […]

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Ten Things NOT To Say To an African American Author at a Book Signing Or Book Festival

January 28, 2016

Book signings and festivals are absolutely fantastic, and for the most part, all readers come with super attitudes and ready to get a brand new book, meet the author, snap and chat and whatever else about books and reading that can be done in that moment.  It’s a wonderful affair to meet and greet 95% […]

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NEW TO LITERATURE: 3 Must Haves For the Rising Author

January 21, 2016

I can only tell you what I know and have encountered as an author, and of that, there are definitely some things that a rising, or new, author will need that will work in his/her favor over the course of his/her writing career.  Those items needed are a marketing plan, fighting spirit and writing options, […]

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HITTING A BRICK WALL: 6 Reasons Why You’re Failing At Finishing Your First Book

January 15, 2016
Urban Fiction by Mirika Mayo Cornelius

For many, finishing their first book can be challenging. Not only is it challenging, but most people who delve into it never consider that it is actually time consuming and takes a great deal of patience.  To some, it really does feel like very hard work. Maybe that’s because it is work, and ever since […]

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FIRST BOOK RELEASE? Find Out 3 Misconceptions About Releasing Your Debut Book!

January 14, 2016

Ready for your debut book launch?  Great!  You should be very excited, however, don’t allow your heightened happiness to diminish by sweating the small stuff.  I’ve heard many first time authors complain about the items I’ll discuss below – becoming frustrated when their books aren’t read and when people they “thought were good friends and […]

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LOOK WHAT I FOUND: Write On Paper & Sync To Your Smartphone: STYLOGRAPH by OREE

January 11, 2016

Of all the things a writer may strongly desire, this may be one of the top!  Made by Oree, this Stylograph they have created captures whatever, and I mean whatever, you write on paper, stores it, then syncs it to your smartphone.  Now, the paper being written on isn’t just any old paper, but after […]

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January 10, 2016

So here we are, living in 2016, while black/African American children are being gunned down by police officers who get off with murder, but did you know that there were laws to WALKING WHILE BLACK in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? Sure, we all know about slaves, segregation and the like, however, have you ever […]

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