Today we’d like to introduce you to Dominique Turner.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’ve been writing since I was in middle school, and I’ve worked as a youth development professional for about 10 years before I had my daughter. During the pandemic, I was asked by a few of my friends to tutor their sons and help them learn to read. Along with resources, I found online from other educators, I had a lot of fun creating stories and activities to help them strengthen their reading skills. I wanted to create more stories with diverse characters and provide a platform for other writers of color to do the same.
That’s when the spark to combine my passion for kids and writing started and I created Cocoa Books.
Alright, 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?
Starting a new business is tough. In my case, I was learning how to start a business on top of everything I needed to know about having a publishing company. There were times where I was overwhelmed and wanted to give up. I was self-published prior to Cocoa Books, so there was a lot to learn about traditional and hybrid publishing. Luckily, I have met so many amazing children’s book authors and publishers who were willing to share their knowledge and show me the ropes.
A huge struggle has also been learning to market and promote the business. When it comes to creating, I’m a natural. I’m still learning about marketing and it’s probably the most intimidating part for me.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Cocoa Books is passionate about creating quality books and stationery that encourages reading, represents people of color, and inspires other creatives to do the same.
We are fairly new, so it’s hard to say what we are known for. Right now, we have one children’s book (Awaiting Baby) and one that will be released at the beginning of next year called “Cookies Are Not for Breakfast”. Along with our children’s books, we have a variety of greeting cards.
I’m really proud to be contributing to the thousands of children’s books with diverse characters and opening a door for more authors of color to do the same.
We are family-owned, so naturally, we have a huge family theme within our stories and stationery. “Awaiting Baby” was written when I was pregnant with my daughter. I wrote it for my husband to read to her as we awaited her arrival. Our next title–“Cookies Are Not for Breakfast”–is about a little boy who loves his Nana’s cookies and will do anything to have them with breakfast. It was inspired by my relationship and the memories created with my Nana.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
If you have any questions or want to collaborate, please feel free to send me an email: email@example.com
We are also on social media:
IG: @turnersathome_ (our family account)
TikTok: @turnersathome (family account)