About the author

You have value, there is hope

 There is hope. You have value. You are enough!

Rolland Sarver is listed as an Illinois Author. Click Here To view the link.

I am passionate about helping people see their real value. Letting people know we appreciate them for who they are is so important for general well being and mental health. I'm passionate about being "Trauma Informed". Learn to sit with people in their hurt and pain. We all need to heal, we can do this together.

One day I woke up and felt motivated to publish a message about your value and self-worth. I'm not your typical writer but my mother in-law is a grammar fanatic and I did't want her skills to go to waste! I've been a fan of personal development and motivational content for many years now. Podcasts, TED talks, Goal Casts and inspiration. Our collective "life journey" has been the catalyst for inspiring me to create such a book project. 

I help people see their own value. Different from me telling you about your value! Whoever you are, whatever you've been or done can be different! You are a gift, you have potential. There is hope!


Technical Details

I'm going to post some of the "nerdy" details of how this book project is being built. Like software, some options for publishing, my website and more.

Google Docs- Say what you want about Google, but I've utilized the power of their platform in every way I can. Starting with Google Docs. My book started out with stories and random thoughts. Over time I just built on this. Google Docs enabled me to do this anywhere. On my phone, Chrome book when at home or on the computer at mom's when I visited her if I want to add something. Thoughts don't stay in my head very long so I need to write them down asap!

Kindle Direct Publishing- I created an account with KDP even though my book is still in the "creation" stage. When everything is in place and my book is finished it will be uploaded to the Kindle site where it will be available as a paper back and electronic form on demand. The book will need to be formatted and a cover created. The cover can be created with KDP software or you can provide your own imagery. If you sell exclusively with KDP you keep more profits, around 70%.

Website- I learned to create websites about 13 years ago when there was a lot of manual work involved. This is a cinch these days. I used Google sites to start with and eventually got my own domain through them. The site is basic and a good fit for Google Sites. Otherwise I recommend WordPress, Square Space or Wix.

Audio book- My favorite project. I'm not sure how my voice will sound but I feel like it's important to create an audio book. I purchased a mic, interface and some really cool software from Presonas. It's the bomb. I will be using Audacity software and not the Studio One 5 that came with the mic. Audacity is super simple. However I will do something with Studio one 5 because it totally rocks, It's just complex.

Tim Grahl- How to write a book. Lot's of great ideas here about how to structure a book. Layout, story line ideas. Tim's book: Your first 1000 copies is indispensable if you need some structured ideas.

ConvertKit- This tool is for creating a mailing list, for marketing your book. Check this out if you need a platform to connect to your audience.

Below is a downloadable PDF worksheet for self-publishing your book.

Self Publishing Presentation 01.pdf