My thoughts on being a successful self-published author, entrepreneur and human being. Did I forget to say millennial too?
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About me

My vision is to TouchMove and Inspire 1million readers - through my novel - with the courage to reached for their dreams.

My name is Yahaya Baruwa, I am an author and entrepreneur. I live and work in a super-awesome-big-little city called Toronto. I wrote the bestselling inspirational novel titled Struggles of a Dreamer: The Battle between a Dream and Tradition. It is a motivational novel about having the courage to reach for one’s dream(s). 

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My Inspiration

In 2009 - as part of my new year’s resolution, I challenged myself to write an inspiring novel with the goal to inspire one readers with the courage to go after their most desired dream in life. My inspiration came from a misunderstanding that I had with my father. When I was still in second year at York University, I decided that I wanted to write a novel as a challenge for myself; however, my father thought that I was going to abandon school to do so. He said, “Focus on school and do not be distracted.” 

I misunderstood his point of view and thought he meant, “Don’t do anything but go to school.” I was upset and decided to write the book anyway, but in secret. About two years later, after the publication of the novel, I realized that my father, like all fathers, had only been trying to ensure that I got school out of the way before committing to something else. Fortunately, my father loves the fact that I have completed my undergraduate degree as well as become a young published author. It is safe to say that he is happy and proud of his son.

The Road to "Published Author":

The road to publication was not an easy one. Choosing to be unconventional, I did not attempt to publish my novel with a “traditional publishers” i.e. Penguin, Random house, Simon & Schuster’s or the like. On the contrary, being an entrepreneur, I decided to establish my own publishing house, Tapestry House Publishing with over $8,500 in savings and crowdfunded funds. 

Today I am proud to state that I have written, produced and sold (and continue to sell) my first and second novels in a trilogy, Struggles of a Dreamer and Tunde: A Man of Lost Ambition. I have sold more than 17,918 copies of my novels with 32,918 copies in-print and have generated more than a quarter of a million dollars in revenue!

I have been featured/talked about in a variety of media outlets including: CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Canada’s Smartest Person, and Our Toronto; Anancy Magazine, Elonn Magazine, CHRY Radio, Canadian Immigrant Magazine, Pride News Magazine, Paste Magazine, Bella Naija, Snap’d News, Excalibur Newspaper, Freshpreneur.com, Huff Pos, InspireMeToday, Share Newspaper and more. See Media.

Side-note: I am now convinced that an author's book does not have to have the backing of a traditional publisher to be a financial success. He or she can self-publish their own book with the same level of quality or better and succeed financially. This is because a large portion of the book's revenue is kept by the author, not the publisher. However there is a catch - the level of success enjoyed by the author depends largely on the sweat equity he or she is willing to bring forth.

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 Career Highlights:

  • On October 2010, I established my publishing house - Tapestry House Publishing - to produce and market my novels
  •  I have been featured/talked about in a variety of media outlets including: CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Canada’s Smartest Person, and Our Toronto and more. See Media
  • I became a bestselling author 2014
  • I am the recipient of the 2014 African Canadian Achievement Award of Excellence - Youth Achievement
  •  I was unsuccessful in printing the World's Largest Published Novel after multiple failed Kickstarter Crowdfunding campaigns in 2015. I will succeed in due time. 
  • I have sold more than 17,918 copies of my novels with 32,918 copies in-print and much more!

Click here to buy a copy of Struggles of a Dreamer 

Thank you for reading about me!

Sincerely,

Yahaya Baruwa

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