Jessica LeeAnn of Chocolate Readings
Jessica LeeAnn is making her mark by teaching aspiring black authors everything they need to know about writing, publishing, and selling their own books. She is now established as the go-to woman for growing black authors who need assistance developing strong brands.
“I’ve been writing poetry and song lyrics since I was 17. I fell in love with reading as a young girl,” she said. Interest in books and creative language seem to be a family affair as her grandmother was a librarian’s assistant for nearly 25 years.
In 2007 Jessica made her love for writing public by launching her first blog post on her Facebook page. Her writings were well-received, and readers encouraged her to publish her own book. “I did that in 2008 and have been writing and publishing my own books since then,” she explained.
Four years later, she began ghost writing and from there her business Chocolate Readings was born. Jessica’s background, strong mindset, and ability to “tell it like it is” allows her to get through to work closely with her clients and meet their unique goals especially as black authors.
“I was inspired to work so closely with our community because I saw the lack of skill set that a lot of first-time black authors have when it comes to writing a book. I feel that our people deserve quality literary services, too,” she said.
Typically, many writers have the skills necessary to create a novel without the strategy on how to make it happen. Jessica experienced the hardships of publishing her own book, which gives her more insight on how to avoid making mistakes early on. She explains, “I made a LOT of mistakes for the same reason, so my goal is to help them avoid the mistakes, which will save them lots of money and in turn reach their desired level of success a little more quickly.”
When I asked her what keeps her encouraged the first person she mentioned was her daughter. “She’s 16 and she’s so proud. She’s always telling her teachers and friends that her mom is an author and has a business and I just think that’s so dope.”
Her belief that this is her God-ordained assignment also continues to push her forward and working hard to help others while developing her business.
Ultimately, she wants Chocolate Readings to become the literary resource for black authors. Soon to come is an online bookstore, which tells me she is definitely on her way there.
If you are interested in becoming an author Jessica shares, “I would say do your research on the publishing options, join some writing groups, and have fun writing your book!”
Chocolate Readings will be launching 3 new course that teach authors how to write a book in 90 days, how to successfully launch their book, and how to build their brand as an author from scratch. She will also be hosting “Author’s Chat”, one of her signature events, for free in Dallas, Texas.
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