CategoryA Day in the Life of a Freelance Writer

The Ghost in GhostWriter

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If you are a writer and you want to make money, (whilst you wait for your own work to do its thing) I think ghostwriting is one of those roles you naturally fall into. A ghostwriter, according to wiki, is a writer hired to author literary or journalistic works, speeches or other texts that are officially credited to another person. In other words, you do all the work and someone else’s name is on...

How to Market Your Ebook Part 1 (AKA The Woes of Marketing)

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Marketing is hard. I knew that. I knew it was hard, which is why I wanted some genie agent to magic away my struggles. The only problem is, I haven’t sent my work to any agent. And yet I wasn’t planning on marketing this book. How can I explain this? I created this novella, more for myself than anything else. I put a price tag on it and decided it would harness some side change that I could use...

Acquiring an ISBN Number in Nigeria

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If you want to experience the challenges that we as Nigerians face in a nutshell, all you need to do is spend an hour in a government facility. This post is for those of you who are wondering how to go about getting an ISBN number in Nigeria – hopefully, this entry will adequately prepare you. An ISBN is a thirteen digit number that allows your book to be identified. It usually sits just above...

Thicker than Water is Now Available on Okadabooks

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I have finally gotten round to dropping another novel on Okadabooks. It’s really quite shameful. The Men She Loved was published in 2014 and it was put on the platform for free. I remember telling myself that, since it was my first completed novel, I would use it as a test to see if people liked my work and to grow a fan base. If it was successful, I would then work on writing another book for...

Beep Beep…

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I haven’t written anything on this blog this year; it was easy to do because, as far as I know, no one reads this blog except for me. I didn’t even realize when the host removed my website and packed up my Cpanel. I hadn’t backed up the site in ages, so I am missing lots of posts, more than I probably even realize. Some I have on my laptop, but most of them are gone from the internet and my mind;...

The Face of Art

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So, I received a call from a friend inviting me to take part in an art film project as a poet. I haven’t been performing poetry of late but it sounded interesting, though it was very short notice, I agreed. I turned up at the studio/house and met Nadine Ibrahim – the producer of the art piece. She was warm and very easy to work with. I also met Omasan who was directing it with her. He...

Time and the Commonwealth

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Time fades all things and all memories, whether they are good or bad. So, I write to remember. I document my writing journey because I know that one day, the struggle will seem less like a long and winding river and more like the smooth and steady course (Pocahontas, anybody?). One day, someone will tell me that I was lucky and I want to be able to provide evidence when I tell them that luck had...

My Entry in the 2015 Etisalat Flash Fiction Competition

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Hi!!! So I entered the 2015 Etisalat flash fiction competition with a story that was born here. I will need as many votes as possible to enter the shortlist, so please vote. The story and link are below: She is angry with me. I can tell, because her lips are trembling, her eyes are dilated, and her chest is rising and falling really fast. Both our eyes dart to the knife on the table, the light...

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