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The First Two Things To Do Before Advertising Your Self-published Book by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:39 pm On Dec 06, 2018

So, last week, I wrote a post about the thing to do after you have published your book. If you've not read it, head there now. There are some information you will not naturally see on any foreign blogs in that post. The most exciting part of the post was that a writer told me how she was about to give up after getting 2500 views and only one sale on her book. I mean that's ludicrous and can cause depression. The only thing that made her bounce back was the 22 things to do when you have self-published in Nigeria and I recommend you see the mind-blowing work she published herself on Okadabooks.
As I said before, even if you're J.K Rowling or Chimamanda Adichie, you will soon start going into oblivion if you have not done the essential parts needed to make things happen. And that brings us to the core of today's discussion. What are the first things to do after publishing your book? You must have read how to write a good review and the great teasers but are still not getting enough sales. Do you need suya and drinks as you stretch your leg in front of your favourite TVShows



A lot of people rush off to continue with social media adverts or even general adverts but are yet to make any sale. So, that brings us to the question of who do you think you are? This is not to motivate you but to ask you, why will anyone read your book when it could be another book out there? You're posting it on their walls and making them see it but they don't have any knowledge of who you're? Why will someone have the desire to buy your book? Like my friend Karo Oforofuo of Pelleura.top, would say, it's not a function of how well you have gone, it's a function of how much (time and money) you're ready to spend to present yourself to the world.
Many of us have failed at this and it took us a long time to realise our mistakes but there is hope. Today, we will deal with the first two things to do when you just published your book even before embarking on any solid adverts.
1. Get A Landing Page: This is the place you find the information about your book. Despite having the money for great sales and getting various reviews on their books, most of the Nigerian Popular publishing houses still have a landing page for their authors. Some of them have two pages - the about me and that of the book. Some of them will still have my books in the store (pastor has started 72 days fasting and prayer for my sake. Join us).
With your landing page, you can easily direct your buyers to the place(s) they can get your books as well as the reviews you get. Now, I would have advised that you use Facebook pages but it can limit you. The two major landing pages are
A. Personal Website: This pays more if you create it with the knowledge that your book is forever and that you will publish more books. It will even give you the chance to do more than just hold your book information. It will even give you a chance to post thoughts as time goes on. If you're a traditionally published author, you're lucky. Your publishing house has done the job for you but if you're a self-published author, whether digital or not, whether with a company or personally, you need to work o, my sister. Work o my brother.
Well, I can create a website for you with shikili money. Let's talk about that. Send a message to me at Writertain@gmail.com (if you need a contact number, tell me in the email).



B. A Page on A Third Party's Website: This is a place you can post information about your book and use it to the best of your advantage. One big problem is that you're restricted to the things the website wants. Moreover, you will not be able to make room for email subscribers. Don't you worry. With it, you will be able to make modifications. Don't worry, because I'm also in charge, I will update it to fit the new discoveries we make as we go on and you can get your email subscription page on it.
2. Email Subscriptions: Your followers and fans on Facebooks, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are not yours. They are just there as followers. You can't send them bulk message. However, when you have an email subscribers list, you own them. Like, own them. You can easily send information to them and expect responses and even monitor the number of people that opened the message because they deliberately subscribe to your post. All you need to do is to keep screaming about your book. No wonder Okadabooks and the others can quickly disturb us. By the way, Creativewritersnews and Okadabooks, if any of your people are reading this, I am immune to your email this week. No matter how enticing they are, I'm not opening them.
Back to us. You need to have a list. I can't emphasize that. But most people do not know how to set it up on their websites and most pages will not allow you to that on their page.
To that end, Writertain is offering you this and it's for the first 20 people. I want to help more people and we need money to help these guys. I am a moderator on Nairaland Literature Board and I am faced with writers dying to be heard. So, we have a lot of things to put together to encourage these guys before they stop writing totally too. So, the price will increase soon.
Writertain's Offer
1. You need a website and its customization, check out Menvocate.com. I own it and designed it. We're still working on it. But what can you see because I can see something better for your website? Let's talk.
2. A page without me customizing your email is #2000. This means you have to go through the rigour of designing it and creating a list yourself. All I'll do is to help you put the opt-in page on my website.
3. A page with me customizing your email and doing the blablabla. I will even help you send, but not write, your first two newsletters for just #3000
4. To help customize your website to look better and help you with the email subscription- #7000
Don't waste time, let's talk.
Check out the consultancy page for more information.

22 Things To Do After You Self-Publish in Nigeria and Anywhere else by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:41 pm On Dec 06, 2018

22 Things To Do After You Self-Publish in Nigeria and Anywhere else.

So, you have self-published your books. Congratulations!!! You have just made a feat that a few people find the chance and time to do. The question is: What next? Should you start dancing like Tomi Adeyemi… Yes? You should but only for thirty minutes and probably for the Internet. Yes, you need to be excited for the Gram or else they will soon see the fear in your heart about what next? The fear of how to market your book after self-publishing

This is the next book after Harry Potter, we know. Even Oliver Twist or Fifty Shade of Greys are babies behind the concept you're bringing to the world. We agree… If you fail to do the following, you will soon start

- Giving out your books

- Using your books as Grammar check or to prove you were a writer...



So, what's next? What do you think should happen? Where should you go? Should you give marketers?

Writertain has got you covered as regards the next things after self-publishing especially in Nigeria.

To start with, you need

Author's Branding

It is good to have all of these but in case, you can't, you're at liberty to pick some of them. A good landing page will help you get your book out.
Book Website (.com or NG) and customisation: You need a place to use as your landing page when people search for you online.
Registration at Mailchimp or any other email website and setting-up
Have A Page on Writertain: We are all about information and would be so delighted to drop information about you and your book here.
Have a social media presence: Have a page on the three most popular social media ( Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Then, pick the one you feel you would love to be active on. Most people choose Instagram because it allows them to post immediately on the other platforms. However, a research done last year shows a lot of writers favour Twitter to all other websites.
Have A Cause You are fighting For: Your book… What's it all about? Use it as a cause and keep talking about it.
Get Followers and Fans: Your book is eternal and if it is truly for the world, people will keep reprinting even after you're gone ask Charles Babbage ( Sorry, Charles Dickens). So, create email opt-ins that will blow their minds away.
If you have published in the hardcover, try publishing online
Advertisement

The next thing you should consider is the way you want to advertise.
Create posters and banner: Preferably use the softcopy and post it on social media regularly.
Use paid adverts on social media
Advertise it on popular websites e.g Nairaland, Reddit
Book Events
Book Launch: ( I saw 'Book Lunch' somewhere! Well, you can do that too if you're up for it) If you've not done that and feel you're capable of doing it, then by all means do that. Make it interesting. Spice it with games relating to the book.
Book Reading: You can also organize a book reading event. Just ensure you bring chinchin, milkose (do they still sell those?), minimie, and for those of us that love going traditional- bring Garri, cold water, and fried fish. In essence, bring something to munch while reading book. Any type of music can accompany it.
Competition: Organize competitions but be ready to part with your money.
Book Reviews

The next thing you need is to write a good review for your book, try it out yourself
Writer a teaser.. This might look like something you have done before but if you need to write different versions, start now. Check out our discussion about teasers here
You can also use various book reviews sites. We have a top list for you to check from.
Use book clubs also. Nigeria has a lot of top book clubs that have promoted books beyond descriptions.
Interviews
You need interviews also
Get interviewed on Writertain (Claps! Luckily, we are not conventional and will make you teach instead of the regular discussions)
Talk to radio and TV stations or podcasts that allow book interviews
Get interviewed on Blogs like Pellura.top and so many others.
When you are creating these awareness ensure, you
Plan for a long time
Ensure they all go simultaneously. The boost makes people curious.
If you need any of these services, we provide them. All you need to do is to send a message asking for the price of the ones you want. Chikena!

This post is dedicated to Isabella Okeke, who wanted to know the next step after self-publishing her book. Congratulations to her.

Do you have anything you can add to this list? Drop your comment below…

Do you have any request you want us to discuss, drop it below or send it to our email writertain@gmail.com

How to Obtain ISBN in Nigeria by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:43 pm On Dec 06, 2018

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a 13-digit number used to identify your book for commercial and industrial purpose. You will need different types for different formats for your book. If you are reading this that means you're about to self-publish your book. That's a good idea.
To get ISBN simply present:
1. An ISBN application. This letter will be directed to the Director of the National Library on your company's letter headed paper.
N. Be The national library is located at University of Ibadan, Oyo.
2. ISBN application form
3. A photocopy of certification of incorporation of your company (as registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria -CAC).
N.B. This is only important for publishers
4. A copy of the book you wish to publish.
5. Registration fee, which is 2500 at the University of Ibadan.

My Secrets to Writing Bestselling Books- Sally Dadzie by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:45 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Many people have written books but few people have been able to make to a bestselling list. Today, we want to look at read from a writer who made over a million in a few months through self-publishing.
Sally Dadzie is a bestselling Author, who writes regularly at Moskeda Pages. Sally Kenneth Dadzie is an author, who uses her blog, Moskeda Pages, to help upcoming writers as well as showcase her work. She had been named Okadabooks bestseller especially with her book, The Fourth Finger, with which she was able to make more than half a million naira in a month. She won the best Fiction Writer in the Nigerian Writers Awards 2017.

Below are some of her secrets to writing a book that sells.



1. Find The Right Inspiration: Life. Nothing is as inspiring as life. Humans have uncountable untold stories and we've not scratched the surface yet. I love to go out and meet new people to get inspired. Also, hunger drives my creativity too. Somebody has to put food on the table
Reading, writing, watching movies, listening to music, absorbing a lot of articles and essays, following inspiring people online and then writing a lot. I don't stop writing. I absorb as much as I can and always look for new ways to tell my stories.
2. Know Your Writing Process: When asked What is your writing process like?
I don't have a straight answer for this one. Every book or story comes with its juice and I flow with it. But importantly, I don't play with rewrites. I always revisit the work to make it better. I also work a lot with my husband on the premise and characters.

3. Learn How to Fight: Writers must have a cause or something they believe in, which would eventually be seen in whatever you write. When talking about detaching her own history in her story, she has this to say.
It took me years to write a bit of myself. However, I write about people around me and things I see. But in writing, you can't help but put in some part of yourself (either beliefs or opinions). It's mostly a subconscious thing. A good balance is when you don't allow what you believe stand out as law in your works, unless it's an opinion piece. You should always balance it out or attack it critically.
Yes, stand out for good causes. You'll be forgiven if you do.
I don't have a big idea or message most times, and if I do, it gets lost in the story. I concentrate on the characters and plot. If the story is good, people pick many life's lessons from it. I want every story I write to be like the elephant which ten blind men described after feeling for the first time. Everyone gets to see something different
Theme is not really a word in my dictionary when writing a story. Plot is. You can't write a story without a plot. If theme is what Idris described as a message, no, I don't have a message. I have a story to tell. And every story unfolds with its message(s).

4. Relax Before You Crash: Another problem most writer face is their inability to rest for a bit. Sally Dadzie, talks about getting tired said,
'Sure. It happens. Sometimes you feel drained. Best is to just relax and do other stuff.
Unless you're not a writer. Yes, you can get discouraged, but no, never give up, please. The entire writing and marketing process. It's all a challenge

5. Stay Focused Even When Ideas Keep Flying: People have a lot idea all at once and feel like writing everything at the same time. Sally Dadzie has some to say about this.
First of all, pen them down. However, only one is meant to be at that moment. So work with that which speaks strongly to you constantly. Or weirdly you may find that you can actually connect all three.

6. Use an Editor That Knows You: Your voice is important and editing can remove it from story when you start but Sally has an opinion about that.
As a writer, you have to do both. Never neglect your own voice in the editing process. Then, give it to someone capable, who wouldn't drown out your voice. There are proofreaders and there are editors, and there are also different types of editing.

7. Be Different in Choosing Your Title:
Sell-ability. Uniqueness. Mystery.

You don't want your book title to be the same with someone else's or not pack a punch. It has to stand out. And then think of Google. If you type it in Google, are you the only one who owns that title?

Do you want to hear more from this great Author? Check out her books here.
You can also find her on:
Social media: @moskedapages
Website: www.moskedapages.com

by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:45 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Many people have written books but few people have been able to make to a bestselling list. Today, we want to look at read from a writer who made over a million in a few months through self-publishing.
Sally Dadzie is a bestselling Author, who writes regularly at Moskeda Pages. Sally Kenneth Dadzie is an author, who uses her blog, Moskeda Pages, to help upcoming writers as well as showcase her work. She had been named Okadabooks bestseller especially with her book, The Fourth Finger, with which she was able to make more than half a million naira in a month. She won the best Fiction Writer in the Nigerian Writers Awards 2017.

Below are some of her secrets to writing a book that sells.



1. Find The Right Inspiration: Life. Nothing is as inspiring as life. Humans have uncountable untold stories and we've not scratched the surface yet. I love to go out and meet new people to get inspired. Also, hunger drives my creativity too. Somebody has to put food on the table
Reading, writing, watching movies, listening to music, absorbing a lot of articles and essays, following inspiring people online and then writing a lot. I don't stop writing. I absorb as much as I can and always look for new ways to tell my stories.
2. Know Your Writing Process: When asked What is your writing process like?
I don't have a straight answer for this one. Every book or story comes with its juice and I flow with it. But importantly, I don't play with rewrites. I always revisit the work to make it better. I also work a lot with my husband on the premise and characters.

3. Learn How to Fight: Writers must have a cause or something they believe in, which would eventually be seen in whatever you write. When talking about detaching her own history in her story, she has this to say.
It took me years to write a bit of myself. However, I write about people around me and things I see. But in writing, you can't help but put in some part of yourself (either beliefs or opinions). It's mostly a subconscious thing. A good balance is when you don't allow what you believe stand out as law in your works, unless it's an opinion piece. You should always balance it out or attack it critically.
Yes, stand out for good causes. You'll be forgiven if you do.
I don't have a big idea or message most times, and if I do, it gets lost in the story. I concentrate on the characters and plot. If the story is good, people pick many life's lessons from it. I want every story I write to be like the elephant which ten blind men described after feeling for the first time. Everyone gets to see something different
Theme is not really a word in my dictionary when writing a story. Plot is. You can't write a story without a plot. If theme is what Idris described as a message, no, I don't have a message. I have a story to tell. And every story unfolds with its message(s).

4. Relax Before You Crash: Another problem most writer face is their inability to rest for a bit. Sally Dadzie, talks about getting tired said,
'Sure. It happens. Sometimes you feel drained. Best is to just relax and do other stuff.
Unless you're not a writer. Yes, you can get discouraged, but no, never give up, please. The entire writing and marketing process. It's all a challenge

5. Stay Focused Even When Ideas Keep Flying: People have a lot idea all at once and feel like writing everything at the same time. Sally Dadzie has some to say about this.
First of all, pen them down. However, only one is meant to be at that moment. So work with that which speaks strongly to you constantly. Or weirdly you may find that you can actually connect all three.

6. Use an Editor That Knows You: Your voice is important and editing can remove it from story when you start but Sally has an opinion about that.
As a writer, you have to do both. Never neglect your own voice in the editing process. Then, give it to someone capable, who wouldn't drown out your voice. There are proofreaders and there are editors, and there are also different types of editing.

7. Be Different in Choosing Your Title:
Sell-ability. Uniqueness. Mystery.

You don't want your book title to be the same with someone else's or not pack a punch. It has to stand out. And then think of Google. If you type it in Google, are you the only one who owns that title?

Do you want to hear more from this great Author? Check out her books here.
You can also find her on:
Social media: @moskedapages
Website: www.moskedapages.com

My Secrets to Writing Bestselling Books- Sally Dadzie by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:47 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Many people have written books but few people have been able to make to a bestselling list. Today, we want to look at read from a writer who made over a million in a few months through self-publishing.
Sally Dadzie is a bestselling Author, who writes regularly at Moskeda Pages. Sally Kenneth Dadzie is an author, who uses her blog, Moskeda Pages, to help upcoming writers as well as showcase her work. She had been named Okadabooks bestseller especially with her book, The Fourth Finger, with which she was able to make more than half a million naira in a month. She won the best Fiction Writer in the Nigerian Writers Awards 2017.

Below are some of her secrets to writing a book that sells.



1. Find The Right Inspiration: Life. Nothing is as inspiring as life. Humans have uncountable untold stories and we've not scratched the surface yet. I love to go out and meet new people to get inspired. Also, hunger drives my creativity too. Somebody has to put food on the table
Reading, writing, watching movies, listening to music, absorbing a lot of articles and essays, following inspiring people online and then writing a lot. I don't stop writing. I absorb as much as I can and always look for new ways to tell my stories.
2. Know Your Writing Process: When asked What is your writing process like?
I don't have a straight answer for this one. Every book or story comes with its juice and I flow with it. But importantly, I don't play with rewrites. I always revisit the work to make it better. I also work a lot with my husband on the premise and characters.

3. Learn How to Fight: Writers must have a cause or something they believe in, which would eventually be seen in whatever you write. When talking about detaching her own history in her story, she has this to say.
It took me years to write a bit of myself. However, I write about people around me and things I see. But in writing, you can't help but put in some part of yourself (either beliefs or opinions). It's mostly a subconscious thing. A good balance is when you don't allow what you believe stand out as law in your works, unless it's an opinion piece. You should always balance it out or attack it critically.
Yes, stand out for good causes. You'll be forgiven if you do.
I don't have a big idea or message most times, and if I do, it gets lost in the story. I concentrate on the characters and plot. If the story is good, people pick many life's lessons from it. I want every story I write to be like the elephant which ten blind men described after feeling for the first time. Everyone gets to see something different
Theme is not really a word in my dictionary when writing a story. Plot is. You can't write a story without a plot. If theme is what Idris described as a message, no, I don't have a message. I have a story to tell. And every story unfolds with its message(s).

4. Relax Before You Crash: Another problem most writer face is their inability to rest for a bit. Sally Dadzie, talks about getting tired said,
'Sure. It happens. Sometimes you feel drained. Best is to just relax and do other stuff.
Unless you're not a writer. Yes, you can get discouraged, but no, never give up, please. The entire writing and marketing process. It's all a challenge

5. Stay Focused Even When Ideas Keep Flying: People have a lot idea all at once and feel like writing everything at the same time. Sally Dadzie has some to say about this.
First of all, pen them down. However, only one is meant to be at that moment. So work with that which speaks strongly to you constantly. Or weirdly you may find that you can actually connect all three.

6. Use an Editor That Knows You: Your voice is important and editing can remove it from story when you start but Sally has an opinion about that.
As a writer, you have to do both. Never neglect your own voice in the editing process. Then, give it to someone capable, who wouldn't drown out your voice. There are proofreaders and there are editors, and there are also different types of editing.

7. Be Different in Choosing Your Title:
Sell-ability. Uniqueness. Mystery.

You don't want your book title to be the same with someone else's or not pack a punch. It has to stand out. And then think of Google. If you type it in Google, are you the only one who owns that title?

Do you want to hear more from this great Author? Check out her books here.
You can also find her on:
Social media: @moskedapages
Website: www.moskedapages.com

Characters Dressing style And Fictional Usage by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:49 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Dressing style
Your character's dressing is one other thing you must consider when dealing with your characters. This is a list that will soon turn to a page for you to learn how to use each of them.
Haute Couture
Conservative
Traditional
Old-fashioned
Old school
Conformist
Innovative
Conventional
Advanced
Avant-grant
Fashionable
Antediluvian
Trendy
Eclectic (diverse)
Business-like
Sexy
Gaudy
Casual
Sloppy
Untidy

Re: by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:49 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Dressing style
Your character's dressing is one other thing you must consider when dealing with your characters. This is a list that will soon turn to a page for you to learn how to use each of them.
Haute Couture
Conservative
Traditional
Old-fashioned
Old school
Conformist
Innovative
Conventional
Advanced
Avant-grant
Fashionable
Antediluvian
Trendy
Eclectic (diverse)
Business-like
Sexy
Gaudy
Casual
Sloppy
Untidy

Characters Dressing style And Fictional Usage by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:49 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Dressing style
Your character's dressing is one other thing you must consider when dealing with your characters. This is a list that will soon turn to a page for you to learn how to use each of them.
Haute Couture
Conservative
Traditional
Old-fashioned
Old school
Conformist
Innovative
Conventional
Advanced
Avant-grant
Fashionable
Antediluvian
Trendy
Eclectic (diverse)
Business-like
Sexy
Gaudy
Casual
Sloppy
Untidy

How to Publish with Black Tower Publishers by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:51 pm On Dec 06, 2018

This is a publishing house that was started to help self-publishers. It is a Christian-based organization and it operates mainly on self-publishing. The name of its book imprinting house is Jifar Global Concept. They have taken it upon themselves to give your work a professional look regardless of your budget.
Its operation is like Lulu.com or createspace.com, they create your books in a print-on-demand format.
To Get your book published through them, these are the steps to follow:
1. Professionally edit your manuscript and send : in other words, they allow you the writer to do that to your taste. Nevertheless, they have their own proofreaders that would make sure it gets to their standard of production and send it to them.
2. They would give you a quote: this means that you need money. Once their editors approve your manuscript, you will get the amount needed for the production.
3. Appointment: Once you approve their quote, they will give you an appointment as regarding the day you can visit their office. You should note that their appointment might be over a month because they have a lot of people they work with per time.
4. An Agent Will Be Assigned To You: this is the person you will work with during the production of your book.

To learn more visit https://www.blacktowerpublishers.com.ng/contactus.html

My Top Five Tools- Ibitola Ojoye-Adebayo by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:54 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Authors have different tools for ensuring they process their thoughts, gather ideas and spread their information to the world. These are the top five tools used by Ibitola Ojoye- Adebayo.
She is a multi-award winning author of the bestselling 'Acceptance series and Lizzy Adams, which she had been used to strongly advocate for the girl child. She hosts an online show 'Insight of an Author', which now has its office in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a presenter and a motivational speaker, who has won the Nigerian Women Achiever's Award 2018, Diaspora Writer at the Nigerian Writers Award 2016, Best Author at BEFTA Awards UK among others. She also has her own writing workshop, which is set to hold place soon. Read More About Her Here

She was a guest speaker in one of Writertain classes. Here are her top five tools


Google Docs: this is a word doc. by Google. It allows you to automatically save your work in the clouds and can open documents created by any other software for writing. It also became popular because of the way it allows a particular document accessible to those given the permission to so. In other words, it is made available worldwide. Google Doc allows people working in a remote place, work together on the same document at the same time. The feedbacks and changes are automatically saved. According to Ibitola, it has become my go-to word processor when I’m not typing in Microsoft Word. I highly recommend it if you’re collaborating with another person on a writing project
Grammarly is a proofreading tool that helps you spot grammatical errors, typos, and awkward sentences.
Trello is a fantastic web application for organizing and planning writing projects and working collaboratively.
Canva is a user-friendly graphic design software with a wide range of drag and drop templates. You can use Canva to create stunning graphics for Facebook and Pinterest or design a beautiful eBook and book covers.
Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator helps you come up with a week’s worth of relevant blog post titles in a matter of seconds. It’s perfect when you’re facing writer’s block.
Read Writertain's Wiki About Ibitola

Follow her at:
Facebook : ibitola Ojoye-Adebayo
Instagram: @ibioadebayoofficial
Twitter: @ibi_o_adebayo
Website: www.ioadebayo.co.uk

5 Pitfalls For New Writers- Mixsiefunbooks by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:55 pm On Dec 06, 2018

In one of our classes, we had a representative of Mixsiefunbooks- Mary Onyekwelu, creative manager at Mixsie Audiobook Ltd -talk to Writers about Mistakes new writers make. This is a website that has made a name for itself by being one of Africa's best audiobook platforms.
Despite having a generic theme, Mixsiefun shares a different perspective on the pitfalls new writers will likely encounter.
1) Nothing New: Feeling that there's no point in writing your story because it has been said before. Kindly delete this mindset. Yes, it has been said before, but not by you. You have your own unique style of writing and expression. Therefore, you'll definitely have your own unique audience
2) Low income: Well, writing pays if you continue in it. Build a name for yourself and very soon, you'll become the next *Chimamanda*, and people would fall over themselves to pay for your work.



3) Waiting for inspiration: This has killed so many stories. Most times, inspiration comes while you are writing. Just pick up your writing materials and be determined to put something down daily. Then, your creative juices would begin to flow.
4) Feeling that you're not good enough: Everyone started from somewhere. Even the best today was once a novice. You need to trust your growth process.
5)Expecting your first draft to be a bestseller: Your first draft is exactly what it is: a 'first draft'. Don't expect it to be perfect. Give it your best and give it to experts to edit.



Follow them at:
Website: www.mixsie.site
Social media: @mixsiefunbooks

Check out our Wiki Entry on Mixfunbooks



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Describing Children Day in Nigeria by Akinjidetayo(m) : 6:56 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Describing Children Day in Nigeria
When writing stories, there are some little things that will spice a story and a lack of them might give your story a little hiccup.
Having this thesaurus at hand can make it easy for you to describing without building a big hole in the plot of your story.
Sight: excitement in children, most children will be at home, some children rushing to school, the students going to school will be on white socks, children going to a stadium or a place to have fun children helping mothers that are traders, children watching television programmes
Hearing: noise of excitement in children, disturbance, squeaking and giggling from the little ones, cry from the ones that have being injure or beaten or bullied, mothers or Guidant yelling at the children/wards,
Feeling: Happiness for the children, a desire for silence by the adults, a desire to make the children enjoy their day, some parents will want to see their children read their books, a

Stereotypical genres this description can be used
It is believed that using children day will be restricted to romance, children story or a bit of young adults However, you can change it and can add it your Thrillers or Actions or Even Wild Fantasy.

How To Publish With Boldscholar by Akinjidetayo(m) : 7:00 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Boldscholar is an education-based e-commerce platform, which aims at creating visibility for academic contents, such as books, journals and articles written by authors, researchers and academic institutions.

It is another self-publishing website that operates like Okadabooks

On the website, you're allowed to publish
Books (softcopies and printed copies)
Journals
Audio Books/Messages
Research Papers
Lifestyle Articles
Magazines
Projects/Theses
However, Journal publishing is restricted to institutional bodies and lecturers.





In that vein, Boldscholar takes care of the marketing while the author simply makes money.
It is tailored to serve academic institutions, where mostly youths, who have the hunger for books, are found. Beyond merely reading your work for entertainment, on Boldscholar, author’s work can become an object of academic research.
Boldscholar is registered with the Cooperate Affairs Commission(CAC) and an official partner of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).


To Sell Your Book
Visit Boldscholar
Click on Publish, Register, Log in and Publish your work. Remember to confirm your email.
What Do You Stand To Gain?
To publish and sell works on Boldscholar is FREE. However, for every sale the author makes:

Boldscholar;
takes 28% for softcopies
15% for printed copies.
They pays every month, no matter how small or huge a sum author’s work generates.
More so, you can monitor sales through automated email notification of sales, through author’s account dashboard and through download counts on your work..

For more Information:

Email info@boldscholar.com,
phone 08131007386
Facebook @boldscholar
Twitter @boldscholar
Instagram @boldscholar



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Replacement For Those Generic Body Types In Your Story by Akinjidetayo(m) : 7:05 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Most cases, some writers are good with using the conventional ways of writing about the body types that the readers just find keep reading, using a character from movie they have read. However, if you are tired of writing 'plump', 'fat', 'thin', slim', 'slender', you can use any of the following. They are words that will help your readers easily identify with your characters. It's high time you stopped using the generic words and focus on the ones that can be used instead.

Thin
Slender
Trim
Athletic
Curvy
Overweight
Muscular
Skinny
Well-built
Well-developed
Burly
puny
Undernourished
Diamond
Frail
Scrawny
Robust
Stout
Inverted Triangle
Hourglasses
Triangle
Rectangle
Apple
Oval
Straight body or rectangle
Pear body
Apple body structure
Triangle
Top hourglass
Lollipop
Cornet

Types of Flashbacks in A Story by Akinjidetayo(m) : 7:07 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Flashback is trying to show the readers things that have happened in the past. Many writers are fond of using it because it is one of the most effective ways of telling a backstory. It is like telling the reader to stop because you want to redirect their focus to a past in the story.
Now, as you develop your writing skills, you can try it out and utilize it in various ways that will surprise you yourself.

There two major types:
1. Internal Flashback: this is the type of flashback that points to something that happened after the story had begun. This implies that the time of flashback will be between the time the narrative starts and the period the flashback happens.
In most Sherlock Holmes story, Dr Watson always has a flashback to the time they saw a little action that would have made them know someone was the criminal but they overlooked.
2. External Flashback: this type of flashback is such that happens before the narrative begins. A good example of this can be found in the book, Joy of Motherhood, after the first chapters, Buchi Emecheta took the readers back to the time before Nnu Ego came to Lagos. This event happened before the narrative started.
In recent times, a great number of books and actors indicate the time stamp to help people have a knowledge of when the event occurs. In most movies, they might blur the scene etc. But how can one use Flashback in stories? Next Wednesday, we will study it.

Publishing With Love Africa Press by Akinjidetayo(m) : 7:09 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Love Africa Press is a publisher that celebrates all things African in romantic fiction.
We are a digital-first publisher utilising ground-breaking technology platforms like Okadabooks to bring love stories written by Africans to African readers. Our books are also widely available on other online platforms for readers in the rest of the world.

From the Îles des Chiens in Tunisia to Cape Agulhas in South Africa, Santo Antao in Cape Verde to Rodrigues in the Mauritian Islands, our stories take the readers on adventures across the African landscape, whether it is in cities or villages, deserts or jungles, mountains or beaches.
No African location or experience is off limits.

Visit our website for more: https://www.loveafricapress.com/

15 Popular Nigerian Websites To Post Their Stories For Free by Akinjidetayo(m) : 7:13 pm On Dec 06, 2018

The present dispensation demands that writers make themselves a great number of followers even before they publish. There is an upsurge in the number of Nigeria story website and forums available at the moment and it will be great to know the websites you can gather as much popularity that you want.
The following Nigerian websites should be a good help for you:



1. Nairaland: Nairaland Forum (Literature Section)
This is a forum own by Seun Osewa. Although the section does not support writers monetarily, it has helped many upcoming writers find their feet. Many writers have been birth out of this great forum. The readers of this forum are enough to spur you to keep writing. Many upcoming writers have been able to finish their books because they constantly write on this forum. Also, Literature Section’s Moderators, Obinnau and Divepen, are really trying a lot as they work hand in hand with the top admins, Lalasticlala and Mynd44, take stories to the front page and that helps upcoming writers get popularity. Of recent Writertain, Kinwanye and Wonderlustafrik concluded various competitions on the board which makes it a place to be for writers.
And the website has a regular N5000 monthly award for the writers.
Visit: Nairaland

2, Naijastories
This is a site own by Mine Whyteman. At the inception of the site, people got money from posting and commenting on the site but for numerous reasons, the money is not being paid any longer. Yet, the site functions to make upcoming writers have their stories on its front page. Naijastories has supported a lot of writers and would keep doing so.

Visit: Naijastories

3. Coolval22
With its consistency, this website has finally become a popular place to post interesting stories. The members can register and post their stories themselves. Although they favour other topics, they give a higher priority to fictions. You can check it out.
Visit: Coolval

4. Storried: Storried supports monetarily and popularity wise. This site was founded by a nairalander, Maclatunji (Abdulkabir Olatunji) and two of his friend Andy Akhigbe and Muyiwa gam-Ikon. The site was made to support writers and they have making Impact by giving out 20000 naira every month to a writer with the best short story. Also, they support a lot of upcoming writers by posting their stories on their blog.
Visit: Storried

5. Moskeda Pages: Own by Sally Kenneth Dadzie. With the website, a lot of writers have been featured on the website including her own stories.
Visit: Moskeda Pages

6. Ozilatales: Another interesting fiction blog that accommodates stories from different authors. Although the website contains stories from different authors, it is easy to conclude that the admin does most of the posting of the stories, which implies that you have to send your submissions to the admin.
Visit: Ozilatales

7. Ebonystory: This is one website that makes it very easy to post your story without being a member. All you need to do is to click on post a story and you a posting pane will open for you. Afterwards, the admin will scrutinize the story to see if meets their standard.
Visit: Ebony Stories

8. Ukwumango: a website that is as fresh as mango itself. This website has multiple writers but from the look of things, you will need to be a member of the group before you can get the opportunity to post stories.
Visit: Ukwumango

9. Penastory: This is another great story blog that has come into the limelight with their stories. You get the chance to be featured on their website if you can follow some of their rules.
- They love Erotic stories
- You can send flash fiction, short stories and series.
- Your series should be up to seven episodes
- You are ready to accept any editing done on your work.
-Their editor is the only one allowed to post on their website.
Visit: Penastory

Read scintillating Romance Stories
10. Stories.Ng: This is another beautiful website that accepts stories from different authors. All you need to do is to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on tell your stories. The process is simple hence.
Visit:Stories.ng

11. Omenana: This website is all about fantasy, mysticism, paranormal. More so, they don't post your stories on their website. It goes into their magazine and you will receive a laudable pay for your fiction.
Visit. Omenana.com



12. Madivas Story: this is an online magazine for women. So, if you're a male and want to post your story on their website, you will need to make sure your protagonist is a Diva.
Visit: Madivastories

13. Tushstories: here is another website that provides the platform for creativity. They make it their mission to encourage the process of posting your creative works. To submit on their website, all you need to do is to click on the 'submit' link. Then, you will upload your work in the doc format.
Visit: Tush Stories

14. CFwriters: here is another beautiful website for writers. The submission process is also easy to use.
Visit: Cfwriterz

15. DNBstories: This is a site own by Daniel Ndako is one that allows upcoming writers to send stories to their site. It has helped upcoming writers to become better by popularizing their work on its site. Since not every writer can just post on the site and this makes upcoming writers do a thorough editing of their work before sending it for publication.
Do you know any website that has been helping writers? Hit us in the comment box.
Have you enjoyed any of them? Let others know how you felt about them.

15 Popular Nigerian Websites To Post Their Stories For Free by Akinjidetayo(m) : 7:13 pm On Dec 06, 2018

The present dispensation demands that writers make themselves a great number of followers even before they publish. There is an upsurge in the number of Nigeria story website and forums available at the moment and it will be great to know the websites you can gather as much popularity that you want.
The following Nigerian websites should be a good help for you:



1. Nairaland: Nairaland Forum (Literature Section)
This is a forum own by Seun Osewa. Although the section does not support writers monetarily, it has helped many upcoming writers find their feet. Many writers have been birth out of this great forum. The readers of this forum are enough to spur you to keep writing. Many upcoming writers have been able to finish their books because they constantly write on this forum. Also, Literature Section’s Moderators, Obinnau and Divepen, are really trying a lot as they work hand in hand with the top admins, Lalasticlala and Mynd44, take stories to the front page and that helps upcoming writers get popularity. Of recent Writertain, Kinwanye and Wonderlustafrik concluded various competitions on the board which makes it a place to be for writers.
And the website has a regular N5000 monthly award for the writers.
Visit: Nairaland

2, Naijastories
This is a site own by Mine Whyteman. At the inception of the site, people got money from posting and commenting on the site but for numerous reasons, the money is not being paid any longer. Yet, the site functions to make upcoming writers have their stories on its front page. Naijastories has supported a lot of writers and would keep doing so.

Visit: Naijastories

3. Coolval22
With its consistency, this website has finally become a popular place to post interesting stories. The members can register and post their stories themselves. Although they favour other topics, they give a higher priority to fictions. You can check it out.
Visit: Coolval

4. Storried: Storried supports monetarily and popularity wise. This site was founded by a nairalander, Maclatunji (Abdulkabir Olatunji) and two of his friend Andy Akhigbe and Muyiwa gam-Ikon. The site was made to support writers and they have making Impact by giving out 20000 naira every month to a writer with the best short story. Also, they support a lot of upcoming writers by posting their stories on their blog.
Visit: Storried

5. Moskeda Pages: Own by Sally Kenneth Dadzie. With the website, a lot of writers have been featured on the website including her own stories.
Visit: Moskeda Pages

6. Ozilatales: Another interesting fiction blog that accommodates stories from different authors. Although the website contains stories from different authors, it is easy to conclude that the admin does most of the posting of the stories, which implies that you have to send your submissions to the admin.
Visit: Ozilatales

7. Ebonystory: This is one website that makes it very easy to post your story without being a member. All you need to do is to click on post a story and you a posting pane will open for you. Afterwards, the admin will scrutinize the story to see if meets their standard.
Visit: Ebony Stories

8. Ukwumango: a website that is as fresh as mango itself. This website has multiple writers but from the look of things, you will need to be a member of the group before you can get the opportunity to post stories.
Visit: Ukwumango

9. Penastory: This is another great story blog that has come into the limelight with their stories. You get the chance to be featured on their website if you can follow some of their rules.
- They love Erotic stories
- You can send flash fiction, short stories and series.
- Your series should be up to seven episodes
- You are ready to accept any editing done on your work.
-Their editor is the only one allowed to post on their website.
Visit: Penastory

Read scintillating Romance Stories
10. Stories.Ng: This is another beautiful website that accepts stories from different authors. All you need to do is to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on tell your stories. The process is simple hence.
Visit:Stories.ng

11. Omenana: This website is all about fantasy, mysticism, paranormal. More so, they don't post your stories on their website. It goes into their magazine and you will receive a laudable pay for your fiction.
Visit. Omenana.com



12. Madivas Story: this is an online magazine for women. So, if you're a male and want to post your story on their website, you will need to make sure your protagonist is a Diva.
Visit: Madivastories

13. Tushstories: here is another website that provides the platform for creativity. They make it their mission to encourage the process of posting your creative works. To submit on their website, all you need to do is to click on the 'submit' link. Then, you will upload your work in the doc format.
Visit: Tush Stories

14. CFwriters: here is another beautiful website for writers. The submission process is also easy to use.
Visit: Cfwriterz

15. DNBstories: This is a site own by Daniel Ndako is one that allows upcoming writers to send stories to their site. It has helped upcoming writers to become better by popularizing their work on its site. Since not every writer can just post on the site and this makes upcoming writers do a thorough editing of their work before sending it for publication.
Do you know any website that has been helping writers? Hit us in the comment box.
Have you enjoyed any of them? Let others know how you felt about them.

Kukogho Iruesiri Samson by Akinjidetayo(m) : 7:21 pm On Dec 06, 2018

Kukogho Iruesiri Samson (born on 27th December, 1984 [1]) is a Nigerian Writer, Poet and the CEO of a publishing house. He is the Author of 'What Can Words Do (Poetry; 2013) by ORIGAMI (PARRESIA Publishers); 'I Said These Words' (Poetry Collection;2015); 'we who sowed HURT and beaded PAIN' (Poetry Collection,2017); 'Words of Eros' (Poetry Collection, 2017); and the novel, Devil's Pawn(2018).[2]


Kukogho Iruesiri Samson



KUKOGHO IN 2018


Born 27 December 1984 Delta, Delta Nigeria


Occupation Poet, Novelist, CEO ( Word, Rhymes & Rhythm Publisher) and Photographer


Nationality Nigerian


Period 2013- Present


Notable Awards Dusty Manuscript Writers Award


Personal Life

Kukogho, was born in Ile Ife, hails from Delta, Delta State Nigeria.[3]. He is the third child in a family of four. At a tender age, he fell in love with poetry when he was first introduced to the book of poetry 'West African Verse'. His parents move from place to place, making him fluent in about twelve languages in Nigeria. Even at that, he didn't start writing poetry until 10 years after his primary school.[4] This constant movement impacted his view about life. He currently lives in Abuja and works as an assistant online editor at Pulse(?). He studied at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria [5].
Writing Life

He wrote his collection of poetry in 2013.
Awards

Dusty Manuscript, 2018

References

https://www.amazon.com/What-Can-Words-Do-Collection/dp/1508514798.
https://www.wrr.ng/authorpedia/kukogho-iruesiri-samson/. Words, Rhymes& Rhythm.
^^ 1
https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/art-ideas/in-my-troubled-years-poetry-gave-me-solace/155632.html.Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Daily Trust Nigeria. Publish Date: Jul 17 2016 5:00AM. Extracted on June 24, 2018
http://parresia.com.ng/blog/2013/08/05/origami-releases-what-words-can-do-poetry-cover/ . Parressia Blog

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