Happy 9 Year Blogging Anniversary To Quirky Books And Published Author Sandra Bellamy At Quirky Books!


9 Year Blogging anniversary

Sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader in life and say congratulations to yourself. Because if you don’t recognise your own achievements and think they are amazing, why should anyone else? Yes, I have been blogging for over 9 years on this Quirky Books blog and in 2017 I finally registered Quirky Books as my own publishing imprint. It was a very proud moment! To have my own publishing company is a dream come true. I used to always want to be traditionally published, but once I realised I can make more money and have more flexibility over the content of my books, as a self-published Author, and that my books truly change peoples’ lives and stop some people from killing themselves, I realised my life purpose is being fulfilled and I am leaving a true lasting legacy for generations to come!

Recently I had a respiratory infection and lost voice (I could only whisper), and could not do any live streaming on either of my www.youtube.com/quirkybooksTV or my www.youtube.com/asexualisemyasexuallife channel. The doctor told me I must rest to get well, she was concerned that my heartbeat was faster than normal and my temperature was higher than normal. So I rested for 7 days straight. I did try to do a bit of writing on day 4 of my 7 days of antibiotics, but started to feel dizzy again, so had to stop it. My first stream was only a few hours ago on my www.youtube.com/asexualisemyasexuallife channel, since getting my voice back. The one thing I am very grateful and thankful for, if I ever lost my voice completely for good, which I would never wish to ever do, as I love talking, educating others, and have a gift for YouTube live streaming, then at least I would still be able to do my main passion and life purpose of writing, which is a huge relief!

So yeah, always live with passion and purpose in your heart and write what you want, like and love, and just be quirky you, as no one does you better xx

Until next time, stay quirky and write soon

Sandra xx

A Day In The Life Of An Asexual Author! What Does An Author Do With Their Day? #amwriting


Have you ever wondered what a published Author does with their day? What a day in the life of an Author looks like? What it entails? If so, then this video is for you! I specialise in non-fiction books for quirky niches, and have my own publishing imprint called Quirky Books! My speciality is writing books about Asexuality and being Asexual. I am asexual myself and a hugely romantic one at that. Asexuality is a sexual orientation that is the lack of sexual attraction. It’s barely unheard of and deeply misunderstood. I am romantically attracted to guys only, but not sexually.

I am currently working on my second book for asexuals (Asexual Guide To Sex – for those asexuals who are considering trying sex for the first time, and considering all the options as to whether it’s right for them or not), and I did this live stream on my Asexual channel www.youtube.com/asexualisemyasexuallife to explain what I do with my day. I am also currently in the middle of getting my Fibromyalgia Self-help Handbook ready for print – It’s out in Kindle already and I have interest already in my third book for asexuals, which I haven’t yet started. I have a fourth book for asexuals planned too, with more to come.

As if that wasn’t enough, I also have other exciting projects I am working on. I am letting go of some of my domains and websites that I have had for some time, to make way for new and exciting business opportunities which you won’t want to miss!

If you have got any comments or questions about being an Author, let me know in the comments below and I will do my best to help you.

As always, stay quirky and write soon!

Sandra xx

An Empty Room Is A Story Waiting To Happen – What Will You Write? #writingprompts


Empty room story quote

An empty room is a story waiting to happen and you ARE the Author of that story!

If you were to walk into that empty room right now, how would your story begin?

Write in the comments below and let’s get those creatives juices flowing and those writing prompts aplenty!

As always, stay quirky and write soon

Sandra xx

What Are The 2 Most Important Things To Do If You Want To Be A Writer?


Quote for writers abut 2 important things

So to quote Stephen King, he said that if you want to be a writer you must do these 2 things above all others:

  1. Read a lot!
  2. Write a lot!

Do you agree?

I have to say that as a reader who still reads slow in comparison to many – I cannot say I love the process of reading that much. In fact I didn’t even used to like reading for quite a long time. I am a writer, who doesn’t, or didn’t, like to read! The concept of reading a book to me is hard, but this is truer more of fiction than non-fiction, which is one of the reasons why I don’t as a general rule, read fiction. Unless it is a Children’s picture book! (I like writing those too but not had one published yet.) So I only tend to read what I like to write, which is predominantly non-fiction, and then the process of reading is not so hard for me and it is great if I am learning something!

THE most important thing for a writer to do is to practise their craft and write, and this should always be your number 1, not your number 2 priority as a writer! Your creative imagination does not need to read hundreds or thousands of other creative works, to be a writer, but it can help to improve your writing if you read and also it can help you with that all important research you may need to do, to help you with your own written piece.

Do you prefer to read or to write? Comment below because I love to read what you think!

As always, stay quirky and write soon

Sandra xx

How to Build Credibility As a Non-Fiction Author and Become An Expert!


How to become an author authority

How to Build Non-Fiction Author Credibility and Become An Expert!

So many people can call themselves a writer and there is nothing wrong with that if they are writing – You become a professional writer when you have something published and get paid for your work.

So to be able to write good books is one thing, but to be able to build credibility as a non-fiction author and expert in your subject matter is another. Sometimes they go hand-in-hand and other times they don’t.

As a writer of a good book that people want to read, you have to:

  1. Know your subject matter and/or have researched your subject matter, or pay someone to do that research on your behalf!
  2. Be good at English language and Literature – or have a fabulous editor who will mop up your mistakes and put them right.
  3. Or interview people who have knowledge, insight, and experience, of your subject matter.
  4. Good book formatting.

To build credibility as an Author and Expert in your subject matter, you have to:

  1. Have personal experience of your subject matter.
  2. Know your subject matter with research being an optional extra, not an (or) instead of!
  3. Be good at English language and Literature – or have a fabulous editor who will mop up your mistakes and put them right.
  4. If interviewing people for your book, you must interview people who have knowledge, insight, and experience of your subject matter, in comparison/contrast to your own.
  5. Good book formatting.
  6. Be interviewed on your subject matter for other publications, these can be both online or offline, such as magazine articles.
  7. Do other work in your subject matter.
  8. Have a blog or vlog about your subject matter.
  9. Been seen across a wide range of social media with your blog posts, vlogs, articles, that show off your expertise and knowledge in your subject matter.
  10. Have social media profiles related to your subject matter.
  11. Have a Facebook business page in your subject matter.
  12. Run a Facebook group around your subject matter.
  13. Write and publish more books in your subject matter.

I hope you can now see the difference.

As a writer of good book that people want to read without the personal expertise, you can still flourish as a writer and Author if your marketing is good. I know of people who make a good living from paying others to ghost write or do research for them – so far I have not tried this! I like writing from personal experience. But this is one method of earning a living from books that some people choose to do – pay someone to write it for them! And they do it with hot niche topics.

Have you ever paid someone to write a book for you, or portions of your book? And if so, did it do better than your own books of which the subject matter you are an expert? Or did it not sell nearly as much? Please post your answers in the comments below so we can all learn from each other.

As always, stay quirky and write soon

Sandra xx

 

 

Free Your Books!


Free your books

I love this quote so much. Have you considered that your books may be imprisoned by you if you haven’t opened them for such a long time? Do you feel like your books are real, with a secret life of their own? And just like the film Toy Story, in which the toys come to life, your books come to life! If your books could talk to you, what do you think they would be saying to you right now? Please comment below!

Until next time, write soon and stay quirky

Sandra xx

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