Friday, May 28, 2010

One Year Anniversary of the Dream of Becoming An Author

Exactly a year ago, on memorial day weekend, I got inspired to write a book, The Only Way is Up. It is amazing taking stock and seeing how far I have come and how much I have been blessed to be a blessing.

He took me from being a mom, a wife and an MD to being all that and also an Author. For the first time in my life, I created something, a book. (I may be an MD but I didn't create that. I just studied it...)

He took me from having influence only in my immediate vicinity to being able to reach far and wide with the message in my book.

He took me from initially formatting my whole book in word and using a very basic Createspace tool for a book cover to using Book Cover Pro and Book Wizard for my second edition.

He took me from only having contact on facebook with people I know to being facebook friends with great authors, reviewers, promoters and marketers and a whole new world of great individuals as well as a facebook fan page with close to 500 fans that is still growing and getting close to 400 hits per week. I'm even getting the hang of twitter finally!!!

He took me from talking to patients one on one in exam rooms to radio interviews that reach far and wide.

He took me from dreaming of impacting the world to starting to impact the world.

He took me from not having an avenue to physically sell my books to starting to get into bookstores.

He took me from being afraid to sell and thinking I would literally suck at selling to having great sales numbers at Book Signings.

He took me from fear of public speaking to standing in front of a store at Book Signings and pitching my book effectively.

He took me from not knowing how my work would be received to getting good reviews from the Midwest Book Review, RAWSISTAZ, APEX Reviews to name a few.

Lord, I thank you for expanding my coast. Truly, The Only Way is Up. Book deal around the corner maybe? Yes, he who has done all these is able to take me from being self published to so much more. It is only a matter of time. I am not there yet but I sure am on my way.



  1. Folake, many years ago, I bet Oprah took similar incremental steps... I'll say to you what someone [Quincy Jones] once said to her: "Your future is so bright it burns my eyes." Congratulations on one year of living your dream! I wish you many more steps! Love, Voke.

  2. Thanks for such kind words Voke. I appreciate your continued support and encouragment. Love you too babe!

  3. Congrats on the one year anniversary. This is just the beginning, remain blessed.

  4. Thanks Myne. I appreciate that. Blessings!

  5. Fb comments:

    AML: Now that's what I'm talking about!!!

    TOK: Congrats!!!

    DO: Thank God it is not a dream anymore... it is reality now. You worked hard, put it together and God did his part and here you are - An Author of a remarkable book. When are you writing the next one?

    YA: Welldone

    Folake Taylor: Thanks guys. @ D, I am actually done with the first draft of my debut fiction work but I am taking it easy as I have put myself under a lot of pressure recently and I just need to slow down a little. I will keep you posted. @ Y, got the book and will get to it soon. Proud of you!

  6. Good for you, Folake!! Congratulations on all your success, and -- wow! You started writing it a year ago? That's inspirational! :-D

    - Corra

    The Victorian Heroine

  7. Not sure where I clicked online and why...but God ordered my steps to your page and to your book. I posted it on my wal FB wall last night and I am encouraged and will order your book...Amazon or your

    For some reason, I MUST read this. I too am an Immigrant from Jamaica and on a quest to help people with their health and their financies though I am not an MD...I partner with MDs. I am an advocate of sort for all things that heal people spiritual, physial and financial.

    I read thru and when I came to what appears to be both our mantra....I know that GOD would have me read this among all the books in the world....right now... of which I generally read personal development and coaching books....

    Hard work pays off,
    Consistency pays off,
    Believing in yourself definitely pays off!

    Is there any other way to live...?LOL

    Be well and thank you for your will surely bless US ALL...Woman and Mankind alike...

    Sandra A. Rose

  8. Thanks for visiting and for your positive comments Sandra. Please let me know what you think after you have read the book. I would appreciate an review if you have an account. My other blog "Empowering You" Actually has more inspirational material. I'll look for you on facebook. Be blessed.