2019 Radio Campaign Under Way

Can Immigrants Earn the American Dream?

What a great year! The year has just begun, and our 2019 Radio Campaign is on its way! The topic of discuss is: Can Immigrants Earn the American Dream? And the question to you is, can they? Our publishing partners have eloquently highlighted On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America with this very relevant question. Thus far we have been able to secure radio interviews for each month starting with host Frankie Boyer of The Frankie Boyer Show on Biz Talk Radio in January. The interview was exciting, and the host was also of immigrant descent, which made the topics relatable and allowed us to quickly connect.

Mike Siegel, of The Mike Siegel Show, which is aired on Genesis Communications Radio a nationally syndicated show, hosted us as guests in January as well. As a born American, I felt his questions were a bit more sensitive in nature but necessary. We discussed the border wall and my feelings towards it. His view was quite difference from mine but by the end of the interview I felt the dialogue was very powerful.

Mark Bishop of The Morning Affair was just delightful. We immediately connected, as an Australian married to a Native American he understood the struggles of immigration. I enjoyed this interview because it really felt like I was catching up with an old friend. Mark was positive and understood that “only in America” could you fulfill your dreams with hard work and perseverance.

The Forum with Mansfield Frazier, with host Mansfield Frazier airs in Cleveland, Ohio. This interview was also great, but it had a different approach from the others. He was interested in the history of Costa Rica, the population, how Costa Rica handled conflicts with no army, and information regarding the book and future projects. It was a great opportunity to share what a great country Costa Rica truly is and focus on its positive attributes.

Robin Macblane and Larry Whitler were great hosts on WOCA a radio station located in Ocala, Florida. Robin enjoyed the Lessons Learned portion in the book and my parenting approach to the military. The hosts raffled the book to the first caller as a prize. I look forward to the opportunity, if possible, to returning to any if not all the radio stations with updates and future book engagement.

Check out our upcoming radio interview scheduled for March 19, 2019 on USA Radio Network a Nationally Syndicated with Rod and Rae on Daybreak USA. All events will be located on the events page of our website http://www.ontheroadtovictory.org/event-page-book-tour.html

To learn more about On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America or the release of Camino a la Victoria, please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit coauthor Dr. Tasha Thomas’ website at www.tashathomas.org and follow her on Instagram at @dr.tasha.thomas. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit author Dulcelina Moore’s website at www.dulcelinas.com and follow her on twitter at @dulcelinamoore and follow her on Instagram at @dulcelina.moore.

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American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach, Florida

On June 14th my daughter, Tasha and I arrived to the Loews Miami Beach Hotel to register for the 22nd annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Given the recent travel for our book tour, we were grateful that the meeting was local, less than 10 minutes from my home. After registering, we immediately began to network. One of the first people we were introduced to was Tony Brooks, Founder of the South Florida Film Festival. Like many that day, we exchanged information and business cards and ways in which we could work together in the near future. Networking was invigorating as we were very proud to share our newly published book On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America and the Spanish version Camino a la Victoria: Nuestra Lucha como Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos. ABFF had an array of sponsors that included interactive booths that kept everyone entertained.

Day one ABFF: On June 15th we were excited to start the morning at the Betsy Hotel in South Beach. We were excited to attend the Master Class Series taught by Award Winning Actress, Director, and Producer Tasha Smith. Almost 10 years ago my daughter met Tasha Smith and attended the TSAW workshop in New York City. The Master Class was high energy, educational, inspiring, and as motivational as my daughter remembered. In addition to a lecture and didactic portion, there was an interactive portion of the session. It was an opportunity to learn about the film industry and specifically the artistry of acting. The ability to bring a character alive and recognize talent was one of many takeaways.

That same evening we attended The Business of Entertainment with Mona Scott Young at the New World Center located adjacent to the Lincoln Road mall in South Beach. Mona was amazing! She was open and honest about her journey to the top and was so willing to share her recipe for success with the audience. We were even more excited at the opportunity to meet her afterwards.

Day two ABFF: On my daughter’s birthday, June 16th, we attended the Master Class entitled, Packing your idea for TV by Karen Horne and Misha Greene. Karen Horne is the Senior Vice President for Talent Development & Inclusion at NBC Entertainment &Universal Studios. Misha Green is a Writer, Producer, & Show Runner for WGN’s Underground and HBO’s recently announced Love Craft Country. Both instructors were dynamic and engaging. We learned so much about what it takes to create a great pitch and launch a project with a major network film. We also learned about what makes a great script and tips and resources for creating a great script.

That evening we attended another Business of Entertainment with Award Winning Actor Terrence Howard. It was 100% entertaining! To say Terrence has star power and that it factor is an understatement. He captivated the entire auditorium with him charm, humor, and personal life lessons. The 2018 annual meeting cannot come soon enough.

To learn more about On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America or the newly released Camino a la Victoria: Nuestra Lucha como Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos, please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit coauthor Dr. Tasha Thomas’ website at www.tashathomas.org and follow her on Instagram at @dr.tasha.thomas. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit author Dulcelina Moore’s website at www.dulcelinas.com and follow her on twitter at @dulcelinamoore and follow her on Instagram at @dulcelina.moore. If you are interested in publishing and/or editorial services visit www.foureyespublsihing.com. Also please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org

 

 

Book Expo/Book Con in New York City

On May 31st my daughter, Tasha and I arrived to the John F. Kennedy Airport and headed straight to our hotel near Madison Square Garden in New York. It was located in walking distance to the Javis Convention Center where the venue was located. After settling into our hotel, we freshened up and headed to a short  ten minute walk to Broadway. We were both excited to see the musical, The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan On Your Feet! As  Floridian, we were able to identify with so many familiar sights and sounds of the show.  I have always loved Gloria and her music but the musical gives you a new found respect for her after learning of her journey as well as her husband’s as an entrepreneur. The story of this remarkable couple definitely left a lasting impression in my heart. The show met our high expectations. I would recommend this musical to anyone in the New York area.

Day one Book Expo: The Book Expo was June 1st and June 2nd. A huge shuttle picked us up in the morning and dropped us off at the entrance of the convention center. Although we were in walking distance, it was helpful for us to transport our books, signage, and marketing materials for our booth where we would be stationed the next few days. As a marketing tool for our publishing company, Tasha and I wore our Brooks Brothers blue long sleeve button down shirts with our Four Eyes Publishing logo on them. Our first day was mainly setting up, networking, and touring the exhibit hall. As a Board member for the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) I was happy to interact with my fellow board members and learn more about what to expect for the upcoming week from the veterans. It was also great to support the other authors and publishers as they networked and marketed their books. FAPA represented so many authors and publishers at the event and prided itself on promoting award winning books from almost every genre.

Camino a la Victoria: Nuestra Lucha como Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos, officially debuted at the Book Expo. Our printing company hand delivered our books to the booth just in time for the big event. It was great knowing that we had both the English and Spanish versions of our book to promote at such a critically proclaimed event with such a strong line up of authors and publishers. Day One included, networking on the exhibition floor and representing and supporting FAPA.

Day two, of the Book Expo: We knew what to expect and had a game plan of who to see and meet and where to go. We met with subscription book boxes, authors during their book signings, publishers, publicists, printing companies, and other industry professionals.

In addition, on day two of the Book Expo we had an amazing book signing event where we had an opportunity to  greet and meet an array of heavy duty readers. It was very gratifying to receive so much positive feedback from individuals  who were  interested in our book. They loved the title, cover design, and our overall display. I also was in the presence of one of my favorite authors John Grisham during the signing of his new book, which is coincidently entitled Camino Island. To be displaying my work alongside my favorite author was rewarding to say the least. After a great day, we ended it with a dinner at Trattoria Trecolori Italian restaurant in Time Square with a few FAPA board members.  It was great food and company.

Day one of the Book Con: The Book Con was June 3rd and June 4th. Once we entered the exhibit hall for the Book Con we were in for a surprise, the entire floor exhibit had changed and the attendees were mainly children and young adults escorted by their parents. The energy shifted but not in a negative way. There were swarms of teenagers running from booth to booth to meet their favorite authors or snag a copy of a new release. As we continued to walk the halls, we noticed a big commotion taking place at one of the booth signing. We were pleasantly surprised when we realized it was the booth of Chelsea Clinton. She had a book signing for her newly release children book. The area was covered by several officers who tried desperately to control the crowd.  She seemed calm as she greeted her fans. As it  turn out, we had an amazing sales of On the Road to Victory-Our Struggle as Immigrants in America. We continued our book signing, networking, and interactions with the participants (which was the best part).

Day two of the Book Con: Day  two of the Book Con was actually day four of the event and our final day in New York. We had an afternoon flight and had time to have an awesome meet and greet with actor/comedian Kevin Hart, whose book is amazing. We then packed up our belongings  to head back home.

To learn more about On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America or the newly released Camino a la Victoria: Nuestra Lucha como Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos, please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit coauthor Dr. Tasha Thomas’ website at www.tashathomas.org and follow her on Instagram at @dr.tasha.thomas. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit author Dulcelina Moore’s website at www.dulcelinas.com and follow her on twitter at @dulcelinamoore and follow her on Instagram at @dulcelina.moore. If you are interested in publishing and/or editorial services visit www.foureyespublsihing.com. Also please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org

 

2017 Summer Book Signing Tour starts in Atlanta, Georgia!

My daughter, Tasha and I arrived in Atlanta, Georgia to attend our first book signing event for the summer. We were thrilled! It had kept us very busy. At the time, we were working on the Spanish version of our book On the Road to Victory-Our Struggle as Immigrants in America, which we were able to complete with just enough time to order copies for the event. We are happy to announce that Camino a la Victoria- Nuestra Lucha como Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos is now available to all! It was close, for the books arrived a day before the trip. In our excitement, Tasha and I anxiously ripped opened the boxes to examine the material. We pulled out a copy of the book and were in awe. The books were beautiful. We were so proud of our accomplishments. Having the two versions of our book would afford us the opportunity of exploring two different target audiences. We packed several copies of them, some bookmarks, business cards, the sign “we accept all major credit cards” and our square device to process the payments. We also packed a receipt book for the cash purchases. My graphic designer created an ad, which included both versions of the book. We had them printed into oversized postcards for the event. We also brought a huge banner for our display, and some small frames where we listed the prices of the books and displayed the two book covers. We packed gift bags and two different types of stickers to affix to the gift bags as a form of advertising. It was a lot to remember. As a marketing tool for our publishing company, Tasha and I purchased Brooks Brothers white long sleeve button down shirts and added our Four Eyes Publishing logo to them. That evening we attend an informal gathering at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum, where we were invited to a small reception. While there, we received more detailed information regarding the book signing event scheduled for the following morning.  The best part of the event was the people we were able to meet. Among them were artist Rodney Scott McDowell.

On Friday, Tasha and I were the first to arrive at the Convention Center. I stayed in the car while she went inside to inquire about the vendor area. She was directed to the author’s section where she selected our table. The venue included a draped and skirted 6’ x 30’ table and two chairs.  She quickly secured it by leaving behind a few of our items. She made sure only to leave behind items that would be no value to others, such as our display banner and desktop signs. We would not recommend leaving any merchandise or books unattended at any venue you participate in. She rushed back to the car signaling me to hurry. She wanted to show me the perfect spot she had chosen for us. It was great that we had each other to help transport the items from the car to the Convention Center. We quickly pulled out our belonging and began to set up our display. We adorned it with our books and giveaways. Once completed it looked phenomenal! It was professional, warm and inviting. Our hotel was located in walking distance from the location, which was a plus. We left the sight and went to get ourselves dolled up for the event. We returned to our station and were ready for the day we had ahead of us.  Soon we were engaging in conversations regarding our publishing company, about our book and selling and signing copies. It was such a gratifying filling. There were close to 500 people in attendance. We were doing it all. From marketing our book, our company and networking with some very impressive individuals.  We were able to travel to a beautiful city, network and meet great people, sell books, and we were also offered an upcoming speaking engagement with a book purchase commitment from one of the attendees.  It was an extraordinary event and we were glad to be part of it.

We were so enthusiastic about our books that it was contagious. We could not contain ourselves and it was obvious. Everyone around us wanted to hear about our story. We shared it with as many people who would listen, including the airlines attendance. Before leaving Miami International Airport (MIA) we were already in business. The first Spanish copy was acquired by the Delta front desk attendance in Miami. Upon our return from Atlanta, I was sitting outside the airport waiting for Tasha to return the rental car when I engaged in a conversation with another Delta employee. He was so intrigued by the story of the book that he ended up buying a copy of the English version. Both attendances in MIA and Atlanta airport, proudly allowed us to photograph them with the book in their hands.

To learn more about On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America or the newly released Camino a la Victoria: Nuestra Lucha como Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos, please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit coauthor Dr. Tasha Thomas’ website at www.tashathomas.org and follow her on Instagram at @dr.tasha.thomas. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit author Dulcelina Moore’s website at www.dulcelinas.com and follow her on twitter at @dulcelinamoore and follow her on Instagram at @dulcelina.moore. If you are interested in publishing and/or editorial services visit www.foureyespublsihing.com.

Reaching a Broader Audience

According to American Community Service (ACS) data, in 2014 the United States (US) immigrant populations was over 42.2 million (or 13.3%) of the total U.S. population of 318.9 million people. The population increased by 1 million (2.5%) between 2013 and 2014. There are now approximately 81 million people (26%) in the U.S. when you include immigrants and their U.S. born children. In 2014, over 50% of immigrants were female. In 2014, 47% were naturalized and the remaining were permanent residents, legal residents on temporary visas, and unauthorized immigrants. In 2014, 46% of immigrants (19.4 million people) reported being Hispanic or Latino. According to the United States Census, in 2015 the Hispanic population was reported as the largest ethnic or racial minority in the United States constituting for 17.6% of the nation’s population.

As a born U.S. citizen I was raised fully immersed in the Hispanic culture by my parents who were both born in Central America. On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America, is a story that needs to be told to the world. It was always our intension to publish both an English and Spanish version of our book. This past week we made great progress while in my family’s hometown of Costa Rica.

First, let me share how critical it is to surround yourself with professionals and experts in the field. My mother, author Dulcelina Moore, is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association and I have been an active member since 2012. We have made so many great contacts through networking and organizational membership. It was at an annual meeting where we received a recommendation on our current Spanish translator Mae, who is originally from Spain. In three short months, Mae was able to translate our entire book from English to Spanish. My mother is a perfectionist, and after all Spanish is her first language, so it was no surprise that she read each chapter one by one to ensure the appropriate terms were used to capture the essence of the story.

My mother has been immersed in the American culture for over 35 years. Although her Spanish, is perfect to me, a born American, she knew she also needed a Spanish editor after the book was translated. My cousin recently graduated with a major in journalism and works as a Communications Manager and moonlights at the local radio station in Costa Rica. We knew she would be the perfect person to find us a professional editor. Prior to our trip, we had the bios of three professional editors who lived and worked in Costa Rica. Spanish is different based on the country that you are in. Some variance are big and others are minor. It was important to my mother that the Spanish be from her hometown of Costa Rica, which is considered a rich Spanish. Of the three professional editors, Jorge was our guy. He has an impressive resume and a great spirit. He has decades of experience editing and working as a journalist and Costa Rica’s largest newspaper, La Nacion. Within 24 hours of receiving the electronic version of the book, he edited the chapter 1. We his speed and professionalism we expect a release date of March 2017. Pre-orders will be available soon!

To learn more about On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit coauthor Dr. Tasha Thomas’ website at www.tashathomas.org and follow her on Instagram at @dr.tasha.thomas. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit author Dulcelina Moore’s website at www.dulcelinas.com and follow her on twitter at @dulcelinamoore and follow her on Instagram at @dulcelina.moore.

Official Book Launch!

I said it once and I will say it again, writing a book is the easy part. My mother, author Dulcelina Moore hosted Thanksgiving as she usually does at her home in Spring Gardens, Florida. Living in Miami, you never really know what the weather will be, so we really lucked out on Thanksgiving Day with clear skies and a nice cool breeze in the evening. We had a bistro themed Thanksgiving, equipped with outdoor lanterns, fall themed decorations, and a hand written menu for guests to anticipate the upcoming meal. Since the entire event was outdoors, we were all grateful for the great weather.

The night before the event, the rental company delivered the tables, chairs, flatware, goblets, and wineglasses as we continued to clean and straightened up the house for guests. My mother continued with all the cooking and prepping while my brother and I decorated the Florida room, back patio, and spruced up the garden. The Christmas tree, wreaths, and holiday decorations prepared us all for the holiday season. Before we knew it, the day arrived, and it was time to get dressed and entertain our neighbors, family, and friends.

On November 24th Thanksgiving Day, we shared with neighbors, family, and friends the paperback, hard cover, and Amazon Kindle version of our book, On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America. It was an exciting time of fellowship, thanks giving, and sharing. Once we brought out the books and the Kindle with our eBook on it, there were so many questions; immediately everyone gravitated to the family album photo pages located in the back of the book. Everyone was interested in knowing if their photo made it in the book. A few family members, shuffled off and began reading the books we had circulating within the group. It was an exciting time but it proved that there was still work to do. Not anticipating their immediate interest, many wanted to purchase their copies immediately, right then and there. The official launch was slated for Cyber Monday, which was that Monday November 28th. This allowed for final details to be added to the website (www.ontheroadtovictory.org) including payment options (credit cards, invoice notifications, and Pay Pal). Finally, our final shipment of the hard cover books was delayed. As my mother and I frequently say…on the road to victory. Meaning every time you are working on something great, there will be a hurdle or obstacle in your way, it is inevitable. You must overcome it and carry on. The entire basis of the book.

As we worked with our book distributors, it was such an overwhelming and rewarding feeling to log into our computers and slowly see our book added to multiple book outlets. The eBook has been launched with Apple ibooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Lybrary, Barnes & Noble Nook, and over 70 online eBook retailers worldwide.  We worked with a great team of professional editors, designers, and industry professionals to create a perfect product for our readers. To prepare for book sales for our physical books, we visited the post office to ensure the proper pricing and best packaging was considered for shipments. Our friendly neighborhood Postal Officer informed us Media Mail. According to the United States Postal Service (USPS), media mail is a cost-effective way to send media materials through the USPS. You can send books, videotapes, DVDs, CDs, printed music and other sound recordings through Media Mail as long as they weigh less than 70 pounds.

Once the website was up to date and ready to process payments and the shipping rates and packing options finalized, the marketing of the book began. This is an ongoing process but quite rewarding. We are in week 2 of the official book launch and the feedback has been exceptional! The trick will be coming up with a long-term strategic marketing plan beyond family and friends. Our next step will be to go to our target audience…. to go to the people which is exactly what we plan to do. This story must be told and shared!

To learn more about On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit coauthor Dr. Tasha Thomas’ website at www.tashathomas.org and follow her on Instagram at @dr.tashita_tica. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit author Dulcelina Moore’s website at www.dulcelinas.com and follow her on twitter at @dulcelinamoore and follow her on Instagram at @dulcelinamoore.

Book Publishing Countdown

updated-web-version-coverIn a matter of days my mother will be publishing her very first book entitled On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America. I am proud to have partnered with her as the coauthor and I am proud to have been able to watch while her dreams come true. I have heard time and time again by many established authors that writing a book is the easiest part. I found that comment absurd and quite laughable thinking of all the long nights my mother has spent working on this book. The book is unique in that it incorporates multiple stories and contributions from my mother, the author, my grandmother the contributing author, and myself as the coauthor. Having to blend our writing styles into a seamless document was quite challenging and required some creativity but it was well worth the additional effort. My mom called on my brother and several family members to recall events and timelines for the book and we tediously researched historical events and places referenced throughout the book. For this to be considered the easy part was beyond questionable, at first I wouldn’t hear of it. How could the writing of a book be considered easy? What part of the process would be more daunting then creating the content? Well, I was about to find out. We all were about to find out.

The actual writing of the book started in 2012 and it was completed in 2013. Yes, in 2013! We completed the writing of my book from start to finish in one full year, amazing right? The collaboration, research, interviewing, writing, and our portion of the editing took one full year to complete. Well to my surprise the naysayers were right, it WAS the easiest part. My mother is a perfectionist and to release a book to the standards in which we all felt was acceptable, the amount of work required was astronomical. Like all things, the first time around is always the most difficult as we anticipate our second book, which I plan to release in 2018, to be less painful but I expect the writing and publishing portion to be just as daunting.

I would say that the most time consuming portion was the copyediting and grammatical editing. That was another beast in itself. I will share in another blog post the importance of the editing process as it deserves its own spotlight. Keep in mind I had an amazing editor and still it was a lengthy process. While pursuing my doctorate (I know crazy right?), one of my classmates was an established author with several contacts in the publishing industry. She recommended her editor Laura to us and we were in heaven! She is amazing to work with, fast, and is up on all the latest and greatest when it comes to editing.  We worked for 18 months with Laura, who brutally tore up our work piece by piece and we love her for it. Things that were common knowledge to us she highlighted for clarification and things that were too descriptive she made us simplify. It was much more than a comma here or colon there. The content was meticulously edited to perfection and still we were not done. After what felt like dozens of rounds of revisions and edits it was finally over. It was time for the fun part, or so we thought.

A great cover design and layout was necessary for the book. After narrowing down and choosing a title the cover design needed to capture the story of the book in an eye-catching professional manner. Every detail and decision of the book needed to be thoroughly scrutinized from the font style, page number locations, copyright page layout, and so much more.  The book needed an international standard book number (ISBN) number, to be registered with the library of congress, and the appropriate genre and audience identified.

Once all of those decisions were finalized a cold read was necessary for content flow and readability. Based on feedback from your reader(s) corrections should be made to the final content prior to publishing. Once the writing, editing, design, and cold read are complete then the focus switches to marketing and distribution. We had to decide on the dimensions of the book, the color of the pages (white, off white, cream), the type of paper, and so many other decisions that we never even considered. You also need to decide how your book will be released. Are you only interested in an eBook? If so, what platform are you interested? There are platforms such as Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, iBooks through Apple’s online bookstore, Nook Press through Barnes and Nobles, and so many others! If you are interested in printing then there are several other options to consider besides paperback and hardback. We decided to release an eBook, paperback, hardback, and translate the book in my family’s native language of Spanish. This decision required a translator and Spanish edition to ensure proper translation and editing. The point is that there are so many decisions and things to consider. Don’t be discouraged just be prepared. Patience is the best advice I can give you as you embark on this journey of sharing your story.

Finally, I would say that a social media presence is necessary when becoming an author. You will need to be up to date on your social media site, websites, and contact information for readers who want to learn more about the book, the authors, and the story. It is a great way to connect to your readers and broaden your audience when the time comes. To learn more about On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America please visit www.ontheroadtovictory.org.

To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit coauthor Dr. Tasha Thomas’ website at www.tashathomas.org and follow her on Instagram at @dr.tashita_tica. To stay current with projects, upcoming book tours, and special events please visit author Dulcelina Moore’s website at www.dulcelinas.com and follow her on twitter at @dulcelinamoore and follow her on Instagram at @dulcelinamoore.

I am excited about the next phase of our journey which includes the feedback from the readers on our final product. I am excited to share my family’s story with the world and will use the energy of the upcoming book to help collaborate on the release of our 2nd book.

First blog post

In a matter of days my mother will be publishing her very first book entitled On the Road to Victory: Our Struggle as Immigrants in America. I am proud to have partnered with her as the coauthor and I am proud to have been able to watch while her dreams come true. I have heard time and time again by many established authors that writing a book is the easiest part. I found that comment absurd and quite laughable thinking of all the long nights my mother has spent working on this book. The book is unique in that it incorporates multiple stories and contributions from my mother, the author, my grandmother the contributing author, and myself as the coauthor. Having to blend our writing styles into a seamless document was quite challenging and required some creativity but it was well worth the additional effort. My mom called on my brother and several family members to recall events and timelines for the book and we tediously researched historical events and places referenced throughout the book. For this to be considered the easy part was beyond questionable, at first I wouldn’t hear of it. How could the writing of a book be considered easy? What part of the process would be more daunting then creating the content? Well, I was about to find out. We all were about to find o