My First Book Is Available On Amazon!

It’s finally arrived! This has been a personal passion project and a dream that I didn’t think I was capable of accomplishing. I went to one or two Christian publishing houses and asked if they publish poetry books, and their reply was that they did not. I had a feeling they wouldn’t because I’ve been to Christian bookstores and have never once seen a “Christian poetry” book. Even after searching on Amazon, I only found a handful to purchase.

Regardless, I still wanted to create this compilation of some old poems that I had written years ago. Basically, some years after giving my life to Christ I was substitute teaching at various schools in my area. Teachers have planning periods, which are blocks of time from 45 minutes to even an hour and a half, where they plan their lessons or grade papers. Since I did neither of those as a sub, I basically was sitting around in an empty class or outside while the students were in P.E. Having nothing to do, I began writing out my interpretations of certain bible verses and how I imagined them to apply to my present life. I ended up creating poetry that I never knew I could create. After putting them in a notebook I decided to type them up, just in case I would ever lose that notebook and wouldn’t remember what I wrote clearly.

For years they just sat in my Dropbox (cloud storage website) folder for safe keeping, and I went back and edited them some more and adding images to each one. I also wrote a few more, and did nothing else with them. I posted a few here on my blog and on a Christian poetry site and that’s it.

Another Christian geek like myself had been publishing on Amazon Kindle/Paperback for a few years and had at least 3 volumes of a devotional style book printed. I contacted him and he gave me some good tips on how to go about putting it all together for self-publishing. I got to work on creating my first draft, and little by little the book came together. I organized the poems, paid for a front/back cover, edited them again, made an introduction and after I felt it was ready I completed the process on Amazon.

The paperback involved more precise work, like editing my “about the author” on the back to fit the barcode or figuring out Create Space. I hired a virtual assistant to help me do that, as I felt if I didn’t I would never see it finished. Thankfully, the guy really knew what he was doing and it was done in a week or so. God has been faithful through this whole process. My pastor has also allowed me to put copies for sale on the church bookshelves, but I made a promise to God that any proceeds made from the book would go to ministry work. So, if this book blows up and I make millions, I won’t get a penny of it.

I hope you will purchase my book in either format you wish below. Let me know what you thought of it by leaving a review, that would mean a lot to me and help improve my rank on Amazon for the book. God bless!

Illuminations: 30 Poems From God’s Heart To Yours (Paperback)

Kindle Version

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Samuru is a Christian, husband, teacher, anime fan, and a life long gamer. He was born in NYC and lives in Miami, FL. He also speaks Spanish and is of Cuban descent. When not conquering distant worlds via console or PC, he can be found reading, watching anime or Netflix, writing, exercising, or just enjoying life as a geek in the city.

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