About Sasha Laghonh:
Sasha is the founder of Sasha Talks, a global platform providing business & lifestyle management and strategy execution services. Carolyn Abrams has called her “a priceless pillar of strength for people,” and Dave Matthews as “a loving boss lady who takes no prisoners.” She has produced five shows for media outlets, and has written books on business, including self-development. Her latest is 'Departures: Smart Packing, of Life's Essentials, for On-Time Arrivals'. Sasha also travels and chronicles her life experiences. Her work has been presented on various worldwide media platforms including radio and print publications. To learn more, visit her at sashatalks.com.
What inspires you to write?
The ability to apply life experiences to educate and enlighten others about different realms of life. Life is too short to learn all the lessons alone, it's imperative that people share their unique perspectives about living.
Tell us about your writing process.
I love the conceptualization phase of writing because I draft at least two to three outlines by hand prior to finalizing an outline I can work with to get started. The outline evolves with time and reflection while the chapters are being written. My writing process remains fluid until the first draft is written before omissions and additions are taken into consideration. My outlines are drafted by hand, where as the drafts are typed on my netbooks.
What advice would you give other writers?
Stay true to your message. It's normal to receive all types of feedback from audiences, don't let others make you believe they know you better than yourself. Sometimes artists, including writers, get overwhelmed by feedback that they start losing focus and start deviating from their truth, including creative autonomy.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Due to the nature of my work, I cross paths with many accomplished authors and professionals in my field. Some started off as indie authors while having the choice of partnering with publishers, while a few remained true to their craft by waiting for the best opportunity. I've had opportunities to entertain deals with third party publishers, I decided (back then) to listen to the inner voice for the right opportunity. I recommend new authors to engage in some introspection by asking themselves if they're running a sprint or a marathon to the finish line. Apply good judgement for recognizing the right opportunities. Solicit ideas but ultimately listen to your inner voice. Stay true to yourself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don't believe we'll ever run into a shortage of authors! Due to this reality, publishing will continue evolving in regards to access to books but libraries & book shops are still here to stay (at least for now).
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Non-Fiction, Spirituality, Business, Inspiration, Self-Development
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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