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Episode Info: For this episode of “Roots & Culture: The Natural Hair Podcast”, I continue my conversation with Crystal Swain-Bates. (You can listen to part one of our interview with Crystal here.) Crystal is a native of Atlanta, GA, and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University. She is an avid world traveler, author, and the owner of Goldest Karat Publishing. In this segment, Crystal gives us an inside view at what it takes to successfully self-publish a book. She talks about the challenges and rewards of self-publishing. And she gives us some valuable tips on how to approach the process of self-publishing a book. This show is going to be especially valuable for anyone who has ever thought about writing or publishing their own book. Listen and enjoy. In part two of this three part show, Crystal shares with us: * What was it like to write and publish her first book * Why she chose to self-publish her books * What are the benefits of self-publishing your own book * What are some tasks that go into self-publishing a book * What are the challenges of self-publishing a book  * What does it take to successfully self-publish your first book * And a whole lot more! Crystal’s Goldest Karat Publishing is a boutique publisher of educational non-fiction titles and entertaining children’s books aimed at African-American audiences. Goldest Karat’s goal is to fill the diversity gap in traditional publishing by providing readers with high quality books featuring characters of African descent. Crystal’s children’s books include Big Hair, Don’t Care, I’m a Pretty Princess, Naturally Me!, Supermommy, The Colorful Adventures of Zoe & Star, The Colorful Adventures of Cody & Jay, Black Fairy Tales, and the natural hair inspired coloring book Color My Fro. You can find Crystal online on: * Twitter *Read more »

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