About Jimi Akanbi:
I am Jimi Akanbi. I am a Christian nonfiction author, who is sold out to God. I just do not write books as I feel; I write as I am inspired by God. I live in Atlanta, Georgia USA. I have an MBA in Finance from Mercer University, Atlanta Georgia. I am currently an active member of the prayer and intercessory team at my church. I have also served God as an usher and protocol officer at my previous church. I have undergone a formal ten week bible training course. My interests include writing, counseling, ministry, movies, sports, music and more. I was miraculously called by God to be in the writing ministry, and I am acting in obedience.
What inspires you to write?
Unlike many authors, I never knew I had the gift of writing in me. Although, what I do know was scoring “A” grades in writing research papers both in undergraduate and graduate school. I was a very good athlete growing up. I ran 100 meters, 200, meters, 4 by100 meters and participated in long and high jump in my elementary, middle and high school. That said, I strongly believed that I would grow up to be a professional sportsman. However, many years ago, God revealed to me that He had given me divine wisdom which I would use to counsel His people. Suddenly and miraculously, the inspiration to write actualized.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do not write as I desire, I write as I am led by God. He instructs me when it’s time to write. I pray and the words drop from Heaven. I do very little research when writing as I am led divinely and not naturally.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would advise other writers to focus on their dream. Do not let rejections by literary agents or publishing houses discourage you. The greatest books were first of all declined by agents and traditional publishers. Create a solid marketing plan and strategically execute it. Continue to build your platform.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my books because I would have total control of my work and earn much higher royalties. The only downside to this is that publishing houses can get my books distributed to the large bookstores and retailers. New authors may work in parallel by self-publishing and also pitching their manuscripts to literary agents and publishers. It does not hurt to try.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Print books are losing relevance while digital books are taking over the book publishing world. Self-publishers have a great opportunity to earn a living or a fortune of their books.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Christian nonfiction, Inspirational and Memoir
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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