Today we’d like to introduce you to Lonzell Cross.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a proud father concerned about the education or my children, the disproportionate amount of minority children in crowded schools that read below grade level and the dropout rate of our children at underfunded schools in Chicago, Illinois as well as across our nation. When my daughter was old enough to pay attention to story time I began to read bedtime stories to her. This nightly ritual continues and she is 10 years old now, but these days we read together. However, I noticed during our one on one time that she regularly stopped me to ask questions and share her insight. One day I decided that I could write a better book. I wrote an alphabet book with the help of my friend and illustrator LaMar Greer Jr. who is also a proud and active father. “Another Alphabet Book Daddy?” was created out of the desire to unselfishly share and give of ourselves.
We both had a longing to leave a legacy of helping others and become better men. Our book is full of delightful animal characters, colorful illustrations, easy to read rhyme patterns, tongue-twisting alliteration and most importantly it allows the reader to engage the audience. Since I made the decision to independently publish and not compromise the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, not at all. Many times, others are not able to see our vision or understand the hard work and effort required to dare to be different. Every day I have to sell myself and the book. I am met with the word no many times, but when I am able to win over a school director, school principal or a daycare owner it’s amazing. Teachers are our biggest advocates because they understand exactly what we’re doing. Bringing phonics back to schools that have abandoned the process is fun, challenging, thrilling and rewarding.
We are able to win schools over one at a time, but the process is slow.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Another Book Collection – what should we know?
Another Book Collection is the vehicle that will deliver our books, stories and characters to the world. We sell, publish and distribute books to teachers, schools, parents, children and the young at heart. “Another Alphabet Book Daddy?” is the first of many.
The second title will be released within the next several months. It will be a numbers book to compliment the alphabet book. Using the same characters and the same universe our books and stories will grow with our audience and readers. We will continue to create more exciting multi-cultural stories and characters. I am also proud that our high-quality books are made right here in the United State of America. The easiest was to get copies is on Amazon.com or links from our website www.anotherbookcollection.com.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Perseverance is the key to my success. Whenever I am told, “no” that means a “yes” is coming soon. “No” really means not now or I haven’t convinced them of my product or service. I dare to dream every day of my life.
Disney, DC Comics, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Starbucks were not created and successful overnight.
Another Book Collection is going to take more hard work, meetings, and calls and knocking on doors to prove its worth to the general public as well.
- Another Alphabet Book Daddy? (Paperback) $10.99
- Another Alphabet Book Daddy? (Kindle Edition) $6.99
- Website: www.anotherbookcollection.com
- Phone: 708-808-7323
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/lonzellc/?ref=bookmarks
Illustration provided by LaMar Greer Jr. for Another Book Collection