When I made the decision to self-publish in 2017, I had a million thoughts go through my head. How would I make a name for myself? How would I sell outside of friends and family? What format is dominant right now? All I knew was that I wanted to write, I wanted people to read it, and I wanted to make a difference in someone else’s life through my work.
In January of 2018, I heard about a non-profit feminist bookstore in Mississippi. I offered to donate copies of my books, and I was so impressed by what they were doing, I sent a monetary donation. I felt great afterwards and wanted to do more to help others. In March, I donated a portion of my book earnings to Grassroots, another non-profit that was running a campaign started by a teenage black girl. It felt good to invest in a good cause, and I felt like my hard work was really paying off. After that, I decided that I would use my platform for more than just blogging and publishing. I researched more about philanthropy and decided that I would use the benefits of my hard work to help others.
Every month, I will raise awareness for different non-profits and charities, and donate a percentage of my book royalties to support those organizations. I didn’t get into publishing with the intent on making millions, and let’s be honest, unless you’re landing movie deals you’re lucky to even scrape up 10,000 a year. Even less if you’re self-published. It’s not about the money and never will be. I want to be a part of something bigger than myself. I want my writing to have a purpose, and I think I’ve finally found it.