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

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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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Famous At Last! – Well Sort Of! Why? Good Question!!!!


So why am I famous at last?? Good question!! Because I am in Corey Poirier’s new book – The Book of Why and How! – Secrets to Success and Abundance! If you haven’t got yourself a copy yet, and I strongly urge you to do so, you can visit www.thebookofwhy.com Corey is a multiple-time TEDX Speaker, Award Winning Speaker, Thought-Leader and Best-Selling Author, and all round good guy!! A book changed his life, and he has interviewed tons of thought-leaders and experts for this book, to help you to change your own life!! He just loves to give back. What are you waiting for, go grab yourself a copy of The Book Of Why, and change life for the better, forever!! Remember, it only takes one new piece of information, to lead to a new way of thinking, and a new way of life!!

Book of why

As always, stay quirky! Oh and www.sandrabellamy.com got a complete redesign – check it out if you dare!!!! And let me know what you think?

Lots of love and hugs

Sandra xxxx

 

Asexual Author: Asexuality And My Personal Asexual Story On Straight Up Gay Podcast!


Listen to my interview about Asexuality and my personal Asexual story on the Straight Up Gay Podcast – and no, I am not gay, I am a heteroromatic asexual – attracted to guys (hetero), I don’t want sex, love kissing and romance, but asexuality is tagged onto the LGBT+ QIA Acronym. Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual. Although Asexuality is about who you are not sexually attracted to – no one, whereas the other identities are based on who they are sexually attracted to.

https://pinecast.com/player/0b589f01-df23-4648-99b0-bfc899dc7bf8?theme=minimal

Here is the link to iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-straight-up-gay-podcast/id1191090742?mt=2&i=1000391267315

If you haven’t yet checked out my Asexual Perspectives 47 Asexual Stories book on Amazon, it is an insightful read, even if you are not asexual, so be sure to check it out now!! http://amzn.to/2gKnsDs

In broad terms Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction, but what does this actually mean for those who identify with this sexual orientation? And what do asexuals really think of love, life and sex?

Whilst all asexuals have one thing in common – the lack of sexual attraction towards a specific person, we are all different in our likes, needs, wants and dislikes. This can make fitting into the asexual spectrum and finding a suitable relationship difficult.

Right now, there are a number of myths about asexuality and stereotypes – even within the asexual community, about what asexuals do and do not like, should and should not do, and these need to be addressed and broken through!

If you identify as asexual do you –

Struggle to have a voice in this sexualized world?
Feel alone?
Misunderstood?
Misplaced?
Broken?
Left out?
Not recognised?
Have no one to relate to?
Find it difficult to find others like you?
Feel like everyone is speaking a foreign language where sex is concerned?

Or are you unsure of your identity and sometimes get confused and you want to know what asexuals really think of Love, Life and Sex, and what experiences they have had or are having; and how they manage their relationships? If so, then look no further than this book. In this book you will discover asexuals who feel just like you.

In this book I will reveal my own asexual perspective and personal story as well as perspectives from 46 asexuals around the globe; dispelling myths and breaking stereotypes; sharing their own personal journey to help you in yours and with a surprising over-riding message!

In this book you will:

•Learn the asexual perspectives of Aromantics; Heteroromantics; Homoromantics; Panromantics; Grey Aces; Demi-sexual; Biromantic; Agender; Transgender; Polyamorous and many more.

•Uncover Asexuals’ deepest fears, concerns and worries about being asexual.

•Find out possible reasons why, in general, society does not accept asexuality as a sexual orientation in its own right and what we can do about this to change the world!

•Discover what asexuals really believe are the differences between sexual attraction, sexual desire and arousal.

•Find out what asexuals really think of nudity; porn; masturbation; BDSM and kinks.

•Discover what it feels like to have sex as an asexual and how to cope with the sexualized world that we live in.

•Find out what asexuals think about living together, about marriage and about having kids.

•Discover what an ideal asexual relationship would look like and whether asexuals believe a relationship with a sexual would be fair or not.

•Uncover the positives about being asexual.

•Find out what advice asexuals would give to a younger version of themselves regarding asexuality and what advice they would give to others who are just discovering they may be asexual.

I feel truly blessed that all interviewees have been willing to open up and share their most intimate moments, thoughts, feelings and emotions with you. What you are about to read is unique, amazing, interesting, sometimes candidly humorous, fascinating and insightful. This is their story, now it’s their time to tell it.

Heteroromantic, Author Sandra Bellamy is the founder of www.asexualise.com, with products, resources and services for asexuals. She sees herself as an ambassador for asexuality and is on a mission to get asexuality recognised as a sexual orientation in its own right throughout the globe so that no asexual has to live in fear of ridicule ever again. By purchasing this book you will gain a deeper understanding of this often misunderstood sexual orientation and help to spread awareness of asexuality at the same time. We may be small in numbers, but we can still make a huge difference to the world at large and celebrate our diversity.

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Asexual Perspectives 47 Asexual Stories Book Goes Into Online Bookstores!


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It feels so fabulous to finally have Quirky Books as my own publishing company (after over 6 years of working towards it), and have my first paperback print book out!! And it feels incredibly out of this world to see 5 other online retailers selling my book!! I cannot tell you how it feels like I am floating on air right now!!

So no matter where you are in your life, your can achieve your dreams and never, ever give up, fight for it, to the death if you have to!!

Stay quirky, write soon, Sandra xxxx