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Nonfiction author Pearl Nsiah-Kumi: using indie publishing companies to produce books

Nonfiction Christian author Pearl Nsiah-Kumi on using an indie publishing company.
Pearl Nsiah-Kumi

I love the variety I’ve had on “How I First Published.” Today’s guest, Pearl Nsiah-Kumi, is a Christian author of nonfiction works, and like me, she went through indie publishing companies to help her produce her first books. I’m delighted to have Pearl, who is also one of my lovely online prayer partners. And now, here’s my interview with Pearl.

What was your first published book?

Pearl Nsiah-Kumi's first published book, using publishing company Westbow to produce her indie book.

My first book was published in 2012, titled; GET ON BOARD AND STAY ON BOARD, published by WestBow Press.  It contains poems and short articles, and is in three sections.  The first section contains salvation messages, the second section has messages on the Christian walk, and the third section has articles on special days like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and the Christian’s responsibility towards government.  My target readers are mostly unbelievers, with the hope that they’ll come to know the Lord (get on board), and stay in the faith (stay on board).  For the believer it is useful as a devotional and a witnessing tool.

My goal is that Christians will purchase copies for family and friends they’ve been trying to witness to, because unbelievers might not consider it as something of value

How did this experience come about?

I didn’t know much about publishing, and still don’t, but I chose to go with a Christian publisher with the hope that they’ll understand the material.  Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as I had hoped; I was a little disappointed with the process, but life goes on, so I’ve moved on.

What’s happened with your writing since?

Pearl Nsiah-Kumi's book published by indie publishing company iUniverse.

My second book; THE LAST TRAIN AT SUNSET; was published in 2013, by IUniverse.  This one is in two sections, expressing the urgency of coming to faith in Jesus before it is too late, hence the name.  I hope to release a third book; TIME IS RUNNING OUT, before the end of the year, hopefully before Christmas.

The Lord keeps showing me different ways of explaining the gospel, and so I keep writing.  Until He stops showing me, I’ll keep writing with the hope of reaching souls for Christ.

About Pearl:

Pearl Nsiah-Kumi is a retired registered nurse, and a Christian author. She came to the United States from Ghana, West Africa. She has lived in Maryland for over forty years. Pearl has three children, a son in-law, and four grandchildren. She loves to write poetry and short articles based on Scripture. She has authored two books: Get On Board and Stay On Board and The Last Train at Sunset, and is working on a third one. These books contain salvation messages, and messages about the Christian walk. They are suitable for devotionals and also helpful in witnessing.

Both books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and also on her Website: pearlkumi.weebly.com

Pearl is also a Volunteer Counselor at a local Crisis Pregnancy Clinic.


“How I First Published”: Kimberley Payne Talks Self-Publishing

Self-publishing author Kimberley Payne
Kimberley Payne

Today’s guest on “How I First Published” is Kimberley Payne. If you’re curious about self-publishing, Kimberley’s story is a great example of how self-publishing can be used in powerful, flexible ways–if the author understands what she’s getting into. Kimberley writes fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children, always with a desire to motivate and inspire rather than to make large sums of money for herself. Here’s my interview with Kimberley:

What was your first published novel?

My first novel, Tooth for Tooth, was published years ago.

Tooth for Tooth, a novel by Kimberley Payne
Tooth for Tooth on e-reader

From the back cover: “Dumped into single parenthood, Heather Williams has found a part-time job as a dental receptionist and a cozy apartment with her four-year-old daughter. Life finally looks safe and secure until her daughter reveals a terrifying secret that she’s been molested by her own father. While struggling with her feelings towards her new boss, Heather tries to get the help her daughter needs, navigate the court system, and protect the child from further harm.”

Was it a traditional publishing contract or did you go indie?

I self-published this book. Originally I put it on a blog (chapter by chapter) http://www.toothfortoothnovel.blogspot.ca/and then made it available as an e-book.

How did that come about?

I wanted to share my story and writing it as a fiction piece felt like the best way to share it while protecting those involved. I went indie to keep full control of the whole process.

How did this make you feel? Has it been as good as you expected, or a letdown, or exhausting, for example?

I found the writing very therapeutic. I never intended to make it something that I would profit from financially, but rather I intended it to help others who faced with the same devastating circumstances.

Tell us what’s happened with your writing journey since.

I realized that although I like to read fiction, my true gifting and love is as a non-fiction writer.

I have a background in health and fitness and so wrote a book called Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health and a follow-up devotional called Women of Strength.

Author Kimberley Payne's self-published non-fiction book, Where Fitness Meets Faith
Where Fitness Meets Faith

I also like to share what I learn and so I naturally wrote devotionals. I’ve collected these into books and offer them as ebooks too: Where Life Meets Faith, Where Family Meets Faith and Where Fitness Meets Faith.

Lastly, I’ve started a new children’s series called Science & Faith Matters (www.scienceandfaithmatters.wordpress.com ) and have released two books so far: Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation and Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts about God’s Creation.

Non-fiction Christian children's book Adam's Animals
Adam’s Animals

Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and author who writes on  topics to encourage moms in fitness, family and faith. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire mothers to live healthier lives that glorify God. Visit her at www.kimberleypayne.com

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