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Episode 45- Crystal Swain-Bates on How To Write & Publish Your Next Book

Episode 45- Crystal Swain-Bates on How To Write & Publish Your Next Book 0

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to Episode 45 of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!

Crystal Swain-Bates is a Children's Book Author and Diversity Publishing Pro, the  Author of "Big Hair, Don't Care" & more. Her children’s books have been seen on platforms including CNN and Huffington Post and have been used as props on hit television shows such as BET’s “Being Mary Jane” and “The Game”. Named by the Huffington Post as one of "21 Children's Books Every Black Kid Should Read" and cited by numerous media outlets, including Essence magazine, as a top book emphasizing natural hair and brown girl beauty, my book "Big Hair, Don't Care” is one of Amazon’s most highly reviewed black children’s books on the market.

She created BrownGirlsClub.com, an online store featuring books, t-shirts, party supplies, wall art, and other children's gifts featuring black characters. In addition to writing, she provides book publishing services (Publish with Crystal) to other authors who would like to self-publish but have no idea how to proceed.

Crystal is not an overthinker. She always wanted her idea to be realized and not just a mere thought. She really wanted to be an author at an early age. Her passion for writing finds her time to pursue it along with her full time 9-5 job. She wanted to fill the gap in the market and start things that were not yet in the market. She writes books for black children and published 6 of them in one year. What was supposed to be a side hustle, in the beginning, lead her to various recognitions and opportunities that started to require a lot of her time. She then decided to quit her job as a Cyber Analyst last year to focus her writing career. Crystal worked hard and sacrificed a lot. Currently, she has over 100,000 books sold worldwide and that number is growing continuously.  

Crystal opens up about when & how it all started, what pushed her to publish the books she has written and how she positions herself and her books differently in the market. She speaks on the importance of knowing your unique selling proposition, how she wisely marketed her books, how things were for her as she started her writing career,  the point where she decided to quit her job and focus on her writing career and how she feels paving the way for other authors out there.

In addition, she will walk us through the process of writing and publishing a book, some of the things that most failing authors skip on and her advice for people who are always worrying about everything in the process of reaching their goals. Crystal also talks about the amazing recognition and things she received from Amazon that gives her incredible experience and opportunities, and how she helps people who didn’t know how to publish their books.

Crystal gives a lifetime impact to the children who she writes for while making a living for her own family from her books for a lifetime.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, you just have to start taking the first step.”

 

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Episode 42: Tara Darnley on the Pros and Cons of Selling On Amazon in 2019 (No Coins Left Behind)

Episode 42: Tara Darnley on the Pros and Cons of Selling On Amazon in 2019 (No Coins Left Behind) 0

 

 

 

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Welcome to Episode 42 of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast- Selling on Amazon Pros & Cons in 2019 (No Coins Left Behind)

Shopping online is a big trend to date. Amazon has dominated online. It is the fastest growing and biggest  E-commerce in the world. Statistically, Amazon has 100 million prime subscribers, has estimated 237 million customers worldwide, and has 5 million people selling their products on this platform. This online E-commerce platform is really at the peak of success. But how can small businesses benefit from Amazon? How does selling on Amazon work?

Sit back and relax, as I dive into this topic!

As an Amazon brand strategist, I helped my clients navigate the marketplace, by launching and scaling several brands on Amazon in our own strategic ways. With my own experiences of selling and growing my own 7 figure Brand on Amazon over the last 5 years, I’ve been able to replicate my success to my clients today.

In this episode, I will answer lots of questions related to selling and launching your brand successfully on Amazon. Plus discuss the many Pros and as well as the cons.

Here are a few things I shared:

  • What are the pros and cons of selling on Amazon
  • Is  free shipping really “Free Shipping"
  • Why selling Fba is your best option
  • What are the advantages of selling your products on Amazon
  • Advice for sellers who are shipping their products by themselves
  • Two different ways to sell on Amazon
  • How crucial account optimization is to the success of your channel
  • How to sell to other countries without additional cost to you!
  • What are the advantages of shopping on Amazon during the holiday seasons
  • When does Amazon pay the sellers
  • The pros of advertising your products on Amazon Today
  • Best-Sellers Categories
  • The difference between gated and ungated categories
  • What to do if your account has been suspended on Amazon
  • Why having a trademark is important to sell your products on Amazon

Find out what your long term goal on Amazon and stick to it!

 

Disclaimer: I don’t work for or am I affiliated with Amazon.

 

This Episode is Sponsored by Naturalicious          

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Episode 36: Dino & Heatheranne Cummings-On Building a Multi-Million Dollar Hair Subscription Box

Episode 36: Dino & Heatheranne Cummings-On Building a Multi-Million Dollar Hair Subscription Box 0

 

 

 

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Welcome to episode 36th of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!

Balancing your business career and your personal life is not easy. Both require much-needed attention and care. However, with our latest guests, they set the business apart from their personal life. They managed to run a successful entrepreneurial journey and a healthy husband and wife relationship.

On this episode of the Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast, we two remarkable guests, power couple Heather and Dino Cummings. Who are the Founders and Creator of Curlkit LLC. It is one of the largest Natural Hair Subscription Services for multi-cultural women with curly hair in America. Since in 2012, CurlKit has featured over 300 brands and has been instrumental in helping many small businesses get exposure to the natural hair community.

Heather and Dino share all the secrets and tips of being successful entrepreneurs. They discuss how they started their subscription-based company. Heather discovered there was a void in the marketplace as far as healthy natural hair products were concerned. Upon noticing this void, the couple decided to take a plunge and start their subscription service for curly hair types. Their aim was to provide products for women who were looking for healthier options to maintain their naturally curly hair texture. Along with hair products, they have provided maintenance and styling information to help their customers' transition and grow healthy hair.

Being a pioneer means investing a ton of effort to learning everything since there was very little information out there. They've encountered a lot of bumps and bruises along the way, but they're persistent. They found their market and the target audience. It took them about three to six months to really start to gain traction. They started from 75 boxes a month to doubling every month thereafter for the first year. Currently, they ship out 12,000 to 13,000 boxes per month.

The couple now lives the life they didn't expect

Thank you so much for listening.
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Episode 34: Aycee Brown-On Creating A Luxury Line That Promotes Self-Care

Episode 34: Aycee Brown-On Creating A Luxury Line That Promotes Self-Care 0

 

           

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Welcome to episode 34th of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!

This episode is very informative as our guest, Aycee Brown, shares her knowledge for self-care development. Aycee is an entrepreneur, a sleep evangelist, the Founder&Creator of Goodnight Darling Co., a luxury line designed that promotes healthy sleep habits that provide sleep-inducing merchandise.

Aycee has been an entrepreneur since a very young age. From making nail polish to making candies during her school days. Aycee worked in the corporate world, climbing to the top, but it didn't work. She ended up investing more on her entrepreneurial journey. Aycee knows the type of stores and the type of buyers she wanted to attract. Social media really helps her reached her prospective buyers and customers. To her, proper time management is necessary to be more productive on your job and your side hustles. If you can't have a big business, you can have a small business that still life-changing and will help you save money for your dream vacation to feel the freedom of your life.

Likewise, Aycee gives tips on how to start a small business without putting yourself in debt. Also, she shares some self-care tips for an entrepreneur that makes life easier.

Failure is inevitable at some point, but don't be afraid to start anything or something. Just do it. You're going to fail, but once you get over that, you will be fine!

 

Thank you so much for listening. 
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Episode 33:Pamela Booker-How To Successfully Get Your Brand Into Major Retail Stores

Episode 33:Pamela Booker-How To Successfully Get Your Brand Into Major Retail Stores 0

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to Episode 33 of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast!


A lot of people have dreams and those dreams remaining their thoughts, they don’t act to turn those ideas into fruition, they set a limitation for themselves because they see it as impossible. Therefore, they missed the chances to turn their Dreams into Reality.


Another exciting Episode is up! On this Episode, we’re going to talk about how Pamela Booker, built her dreams, executed her plans and build her own legacy brand. Pamela is the Founder and CEO of the Koils by Nature that makes affordable all-natural hair care products accessible to people and families of all hair types and textures.


Pam states that entrepreneurship is difficult. It requires a lot of patience and hard work but so worth it and rewarding. She always puts her heart to whatever she’s working on and wakes-up every day with gratitude in her heart.


At first, she was afraid of success because she didn’t want her family and friends to look at her differently. But, she realized she had to grow, by doing the things that would allow her to create generational wealth for her family. Pamela shares some tips on how she took her products from her kitchen to now selling in thousands of retailers across the Nation. She became the face of her brand and that really helped pivot her company as she gave consumers the “know, like, trust factor”.

Pamela’s vision for 2018 is to be in 2 million households and make her brand a household name. And she advises for our listeners is to not be afraid to take the first step to start and do the work!


Thank you so much for listening.
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Episode 31: Tara Darnley-The Ebb & Flow of Entrepreneurship & Building a Brand (Season 2 & Updates)

Episode 31: Tara Darnley-The Ebb & Flow of Entrepreneurship & Building a Brand (Season 2 & Updates) 0

 

 

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Welcome to Episode 31 of Dreams Inspire Reality Podcast! LIVE RECORDING

 

Hey guys. I’m so excited about today’s episode. This is my first solo episode and it’s going to be all solo episodes throughout the month. I wanted to get to know you guys and also for you guys to get to know me more.

I will be going to share the DIR long-term goals, which the main one being hubby and I’s desire to impact on a smaller scale to our tribe. We would like to help aspiring entrepreneurs to nurture their gifts and talents through online mentorship, workshops, one on one coaching sessions and much more.

There are so many things I need to update my DIR family about. I will be sharing updates on recent updates for me and what’s new with Dreams Inspire Reality. I will give a bit of insider on how DIR Podcast got started, in hopes of giving a bit of information to anyone who wants to start their own podcast. Will be talking about the feedback we got, how the name Dreams Inspire Reality came to be and what inspired the intro music.

Moreover, I’ll touch on my newly formed super engaging Facebook group.

This was my first solo episode and first LIVE recording in my Facebook group, it was a fun!

Stay tuned as next week will be talking about ‘Pitching’, how to find pitch competitions, pros and cons, and more. 

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