About

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Hello, my name is Brista Drake, aka WritingMime on YouTube, and this is my blog!
We review a lot about books here, as well as discuss changes happening in the self-publishing industry. We might talk about book covers, illustrations, marketing, writing, and all sorts of things in the posts.

Designing and editing are my passions and I’ve worked hard to make them into a profession. I graduated from Bluffton University in 2019 with a Bachelors Degree in Art and Writing and minors in graphic design and theatre. There, I found my true calling as an editor and illustrator! You can check out my service page if you’re interested in hiring me, or go check out my art website and author’s page on Amazon where you can check out my latest books!

Well, let’s get going. Those words don’t write themselves, ya’ know! Click on the “Writing & Publishing” link above to get started.

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9 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi I’m a student in Grade 10 and am currently working on my Personal Project, where I am designing a children’s book (both writing and drawing the illustrations on my computer).

    I saw one of your videos on YouTube and I was wondering if you could personally answer a few questions about your experience as a writer.

    1. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
    2. Where do you get your ideas for your books?
    3. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
    4. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
    5. Is there any additional advice/tips you could provide?

    • Hello!
      1. I actually do research throughout writing my book. I do quite a lot of it beforehand, mainly on the background things if I’m basing my book off a time period. I’d say about 24 hours total.

      2. My ideas come from dreams, or late night thoughts, which I jot down in my notes on my phone.

      3. After publishing my first book, I realized how much easier it would be to right all he books that followed. The first one I think it the hardest because no one has seen your work. I learned that the more you share your first draft, the more excited and invested you are to work on it, no matter how many books you’ve previously written.

      4. I like to deliver what the readers want, and to me, that is being original. I experiment with the different perspectives and plots. If it’s not fantasy or sci-fi, this can be hard, but I tell myself that no one can write the same story as me, even if we had the same plot line.

      5. If I had to give you advice, I’d say follow every good omen you see. “Beginners luck” is how the universe reward those who are trying something for the first time and have so much passion, which drives them to their goal. You can’t acheice something unless you try, and the universe will work with you. There is always a way.

  2. Your video is awesome. Thanks for sharing. Quick Question: I have a 24-page book that I’d like to get on Amazon via KDP….in 8 1/2 x 8 1/2. Your book looks similar in size and format. . I asked you this question on the YouTube sight, but I’m still a bit confused. Your book looks like it is heavier weight than usual. It looks like a paperback and it also looks glossy. Wondering if it is square and glossy or kind of glossy? Any info you can give me would be appreciated. I generally have my books traditionally published but am trying self-pubbing with this particular one. Thanks again.

    • Hey Allia,
      My book is 8.5 by 8.5! It’s paperback with a glossy cover and the pictures inside are matte, but they do look a little glossy. Good luck with all your endeavors! I am also a professional formatter and editor if you want to check out my services page for more information.
      Thanks,
      Brista

  3. Hello! I want to ask you, how can i make my cover book for my book to publish on Amazon? I find it hard and i really need your help and your guide. And do you know the best size for E-book to publish on Amazon? Because I’m so confused my book on Preview Book was cut because of the size. Thank you!

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