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Congratulations to SelfPublishMe author, Alan Washington

Congratulations to SelfPublishMe author, Alan Washington for his new book titled, “Just Keep Living, Child: Things Change—Things Get Better,” now available on Amazon.

Just Keep Living, Child: Things Change—Things Get Better offers a reflective look at the challenges we all deal with, whether they are self-imposed or inflicted upon us by others. Alan reminds readers that overcoming dark places is not impossible and to experience the miracle for yourself, as the title implies, “Just Keep Living, Child!”


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Here’s why I wrote “THE POWER OF TRYING”

Just like most other books I’ve written, I wrote THE POWER OF TRYING because I live some aspect of it every single day. True, the title pretty well defines me, and as you read it, you’ll get a better glimpse of who I am and what drives me. That being said, I’m often in the company of someone struggling with a goal, aspiration or idea that’s been deterred by fear, a lack of knowledge, resources, confidence, sheer motivation or a host of other things. THE POWER OF TRYING, Finding Your Success encompasses all of these. In the midst of adversity and self-doubt, the fire that burns within you is sometimes the only thing that will carry you through.

Although the bulk of my previous books center around aspects of music and performance as a business, at their core the message is firmly steeped in motivation, encouragement and advocacy. This book, devoid of music and related business connotations was inspired by the very same core principles and concepts surrounding motivation, encouragement and advocacy. Needless to say, the target audience is vastly general and quite broad, yet it was specifically written to speak directly to you. Year after year the idea has been persistently compelling and further validated as friends and acquaintances routinely offered up the suggestion, so here it is. I’ve done many things over the years and from the standpoint of motivation, I knew it was time to share my insights and experiences. So many times someone would say, “Maurice, you ought to be a motivational speaker, marketing consultant or teach a course.” It’s always flattering and encouraging to hear, but I guess in a way, I’ve been and done them all. Unofficially perhaps, but to those who needed it at the time, I played the role.

Conviction, passion and exuberance was the typical tone of my dialogue during each of these one-on-one mentoring moments. It was the accumulation of ambitious endeavors, past achievements and a stream of isolated impromptu sessions I’ve conducted over the years that convinced me to write this book. In the back of my mind I keep telling myself, there has to be something to this, a connection. Not only do mentoring experiences occur over and over again, but I enjoy them just as much as playing guitar, art or any other avid interest that grabs my attention. 

As an artist, musician, dreamer and chronic multitasker at heart, every step of the way, ambition has driven me to try many new things, even small roles in film and television commercials. Can you imagine that? I would never be complacent with a status quo, mediocre lifestyle. Although my ambitions can outpace me at times, no sooner completing one project before moving to the next, on my list of unexplored challenges. It took me a while to get here—to where I am now. I view it as a clean slate of sorts. One that has nothing to do with Maurice Johnson the jazz guitarist, the artist, the writer or entrepreneur, and yet it has everything to do with all of them and more. This is for the everyday person, entrepreneur, artist, writer, musician, business minded, life-living and self-discovering dreamer in you.

THE POWER OF TRYING is my response to close friends and associates who eagerly asked me questions, listened and kept on asking over the years. THE POWER OF TRYING is for those whose reawakened zeal, new-found courage and brilliant ideas whispered to you in your dreams and screamed to you out loud in your waking hours.

What’s it all about?

THE POWER OF TRYING is about energizing your efforts and becoming empowered through self-belief and motivation. It’s about moving forward, staving off fear, self-doubt, procrastination, uncertainty and confusion. 

It’s about how to find inspiration, motivation and self-worth and applying it to your day to day thinking, including personal or business endeavors, whatever they may be. THE POWER OF TRYING is about moving the ball in your court and placing the world in your favor.

For a slightly different take on this concept, you could also view it as a motivational piece that focuses on breaking through the fear of success and failure while pursuing life goals, no matter what they are. I can certainly tell you this isn’t a book about starting a business or how to bring a product to market. It’s about moving you into action and placing yourself in the pathway of opportunity, creating your own opportunities, gaining your inner strength and confidence as you build a unique timeline of new experiences and personal success milestones.

Maurice Johnson shares insight on transforming one’s self from a dreamer to a doer, and the correlation between success and motivation throughout the process.  THE POWER OF TRYING speaks to those who desire a greater sense of self-actualization, inspiration and personal achievement.

Click here to buy “THE POWER OF TRYING” on Amazon


A word to the young mother 
who says, “You can’t be anything 
when you’re a single parent.”

I didn’t dream up this topic. It was actually spoken to me by a young mother. It was such a profound sentiment, I had to include it while writing THE POWER OF TRYING. 
True, motherhood comes before anything else, but it’s not all that you are. You are a woman of great substance, filled with amazing potential, who just happens to be a mother as well. Repeat that back to yourself if you need to, and let it sink in for a while. That’s what you must ALWAYS remember! Don’t let motherhood become an excuse to throw your dreams in the closet, never to be seen again. 
I really understand the scope and responsibilities of parenthood. Things may not move as fast as we want them to with a family in tow. Hold on to your ambitions. Pace yourself, and NEVER stop dreaming. The same goes for working fathers, young and old, or anyone barely making ends meet.

Maurice Johnson shares insight on making the transformation from a dreamer to a doer, and the correlation between success and motivation throughout the process.  THE POWER OF TRYING speaks to those who desire a greater sense of self-actualization, inspiration and personal achievement.

Click here to buy “THE POWER OF TRYING” on Amazon



Getting the word out about SelfPublishMe

Hello everybody, and welcome to 2020. We hope the new year finds you well and with renewed ambition and drive to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Maybe that means buying a new car, or doing some home renovation, or maybe even taking that long awaited cruise. Whatever it is for you, go for it! For us, our goal for 2020 is to help many of you realize your dream of becoming a self-published author. When you become a self-published author, you become self-empowered. That’s what we’re really in the business of. We’re here to empower YOU to master your own destiny as a self-published author. What you once may have thought was an impossible task is indeed possible. We’re here to walk you step-by-step through the self-publishing process, until your book in in your hands. So, be sure to contact us. We’ll create a custom package specifically for your self-publishing needs, and take you through the entire process from start to print. Over the next few months we’ll be publishing a series of ads. Please help us out and tell which ads you like best. Better yet, tell us what you would like to see in one of our upcoming SelfPublishMe ads. —MAURICE JOHNSON | SelfPublishMe **Click on the image above to watch the video.**


New Book Release from Author, Maurice Johnson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OKC musician/author pens new book, “THE POWER OF TRYING, Finding Your Success”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – April. 2019 – SelfPublishMe.com

“The power of trying is yours to command, so why not let it work in your favor?”, asks guitarist/author Maurice Johnson in his new book, THE POWER OF TRYING, Finding Your Success.

Johnson shares insight on transforming one’s self from a dreamer to a doer, and the correlation between success and motivation throughout the process. 

The Power of Trying speaks to those who desire a greater sense of self-actualization, inspiration and personal achievement.

With an impressive resume that spans well beyond his music career, Johnson’s achievements are diverse and far-reaching. He once co-founded a guitar company, working deals with major foreign and domestic musical instrument manufactures. After developing popular business software for musicians, he negotiated a book and licensing deal with one of his publishers. To date, he’s had featured articles in major industry magazines, with nearly twenty published book titles to his credit.

Also in this book, Johnson shares a rare behind the scenes look at how each of these endeavors became reality as a direct result of the power of trying.

Available on Amazon


Maurice Johnson is known to many as a world-class guitarist, indie jazz artist, musician’s advocate, and respected author of twenty self-published books, including three previous titles for the developing musician with publishers Mel Bay, Mix Books, Artist Pro Press, and Thomson Course Technology.

Early music-related works include The New Working Musician’s One Year Organizer, Build and Manage Your Music Career, and Gigorama. Maurice also developed Gigorama business management software for musicians.

He has been published in Realtor Magazine with an article titled, “Let the Music Play,” highlighting the use of live music in luxury home open-house markets. 


Maurice Johnson

Or mauricejohnson8@icloud.com