#GirlLikeYou book shows how to format your script, play, musical, novel or poetry and self-publish to ebook and paperback

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Here is the HOW-TO summer book release, #GirlLikeYou, whereby you too can format your book and self-publish to ebook and paperback within one week. It includes 300 plus colour pictures

Poster for 2018 published book: #GirlLikeYou How to format your script, play, musical, novel or poetry and self-publish to ebook and paperback by Ida Barker

At the beginning of each formatting chapter is a quote of encouragement, and at the end is a blog of interest from zizziology.com, followed by 1 of the 12 commandments of an authorpreneur

Amazon screenshot of book: #GirlLikeYou How to format your script, play, musical, novel or poetry and self-publish to ebook and paperback by Ida Barker

Written by Ida Barker and edited by Gwen Hullah, it is published by She And The Cat’s Mother. View via this amazon link

Video extract from novel: Alice Returns Through The Looking-Glass

“For children of all ages”


A story where every goodbye isn’t gone and every eye closed isn’t sleep, Alice falls into her own story, at the cost of seeking the answer to Looking-glass question; much to the rage of infamous book reviewer, Paige Turner who threatens to jeopardise Alice’s writing career in Authorland.

Hoodlemania descends, and together Alice and her predatory blonde alter-ego, Miss Penopause walk the Critical Path to set forerunning hazards and high-jinks in motion in a bid to make Paige Turner eat her words and silence the damning book review before publication – but at what cost? For as Alice learns; it is far easier to get forgiveness than it is permission to get Paige Turner!

> Novel: 23 March 2017 (ebook and paperback)

> Audio book: released autumn 2017

> Screenplay: 23 March 2017 (ebook and paperback)

> Stageplay: 20 April 2017 (ebook and paperback)

Available from Zizzi’s amazon shop …

New Girl on the Writers’ Block – fantasy fiction book title generator – #Communicardo7

It’s all in a name…

I don’t know about you, but I won’t press pen to paper or fingers to keyboard unless I have a working title in place. And when ideas are running clear cold sometimes we all need a kick start from an alternative voice outside ourselves.

Well, look no further…

Whether you’ve finished re-writing your manuscript or merely interested to know what your family and friends book titles could be within the Fantasy Fiction genre – below is a book title generator I’ve designed after discovering a fabulous blog site by Tara Sparling – (www.tarasparlingwrites.com). Tara‘s book title generators include Chick-Lit, Literary, Crime, and Autobiography – (but not fantasy).

fantasy fiction book title generator

Using the Fantasy Fiction book title generator above – here are a few of my family and friends would-be titles:

Rightful Storm of the Wild.

Forgotten Creatures of the Stars.

Uneasy Gift of the Moon.

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So, what would your book title be?

10 commandments of an authorpreneur by Zizzi Bonah

10 commandments of an authorpreneur by Zizzi Bonah

1. Thou shalt NOT wear one’s own merchandise in a bid to encourage others to buy

T-shirt merchandise by Zizzi Bonah from book #GirlRogues

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2 – Thou shalt NOT produce the “SAME” story as everyone else

Quote by George Burns - The Cinderella story

Why break a winning formula?


3. Thou shalt NOT use photoshoped banners of celebrities to rise one’s profile

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I don’t know what you mean?!


4. Thou shalt NOT use un-authoritative quotes to promote the quality of your published book

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What’s the saying? – “Mum knows best”


5. Thou shalt NOT show one’s own teeth when another author takes a bigger bite out of your popularity

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Oh dear – tendencies as dark as bitter chocolate – pic mirror.co.uk


6. Thou shalt NOT misuse the 3 Rs – reading, riting, rithmetic

Alphabet Thief verse from #GirlRogues by Zizzi Bonah

1 out of 3 Rs isn’t bad – verse from book #GirlRogues: Braggadocio


7. Thou shalt NOT talk about oneself in the third person

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What can I say? – It reads better…


8. Thou shalt NOT use long book titles – less is more

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Ten syllables including hashtag – if you say it quicker, it sounds shorter


9. Thou shalt NOT design one’s own book cover – and moreover – not include picture of oneself on the front!!

#GirlRogues book cover showing author top left corner


Oh dear – ego-go – strikes rather than strokes


10. Thou shalt NOT under value one’s writing by giving it away for free

Quote from The Beatles song, Paperback Writer

If you really like it you can have the rights
It could make a million for you overnight
If you must return it, you can send it here
But I need a break and I want to be a paperback writer
(The Beatles, Paperback Writer)


Which of these “10 commandments of an authorpreneur” have you found yourself making and then breaking?


New Girl on the Writers’ Block – #Communicardo4 – columnist Jane Moore indirectly inspired my writings

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A chance encounter to be counted upon

How Jane Moore, The Sun columnist, indirectly inspired my writings in 2015

Thumbing though the pages of The Sun newspaper in early 2015 I came across Jane Moore’s column – wherein she had written, there are only three “stages” for female actresses to play:
district attorney,
and Driving Miss Daisy –
Whereupon, I was told, by the newsagent – while unofficially browsing – “if you’re not careful, you’ll read the print off the page” –
His remark inspired me to write the first in a fantasy collection of stories within #GirlRogues: Braggadocio, titled: “You’ll Notice Me, Cos I’m Not Dressed As A Playing Card” – telling the story of two sisters who roam the boundaries of the page, found. Though their bond reveals a hidden truth in plain sight.

Have you found writing inspiration from a chance encounter – later to be counted upon?

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New Girl on the Writers’ Block – #Communicardo3 – Chris Evans’s remark led to a story

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You have to be on your Metal and go for it when creativity strikes

When Chris Evans returned with TFI Friday in 2015 on Channel 4 – he answered the question of a young lad; who had written into the TV programme asking why a certain pop-star – now designer – no longer wore a smile when her photograph was being taken –

to this, Chris Evans’s explanation was “because she’d used up all her smiles.”

Finding new story ideas – sometimes the unobtainable becomes obtainable

From Chris’s imaginative words of reason – I began penning a fantasy story – “The Girl Who Used Up All Her Smiles” now included in short story and verse collection book, #GirlRogues: Braggadocio.

It just goes to show you have to be on your Metal and go for it when inspiration strikes you as a writer – for there are creative opportunities hidden in casual language…

Have you had a similar experience that led to a story very nearly writing itself?

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@nicdasilva @tuppence – sheros who exert the power of choice – “New Girl on the Writers’ Block” – #Communicardo2

Two actresses who coloured my writings of fictional heroine Salt Delray in the novel #Entrangement Where Colours Don’t Bleed, were Nicole da Silva and Tuppence Middleton.

In the first 16 pages the reader learns how the character of Salt must exert the power of choice and risk everything to save her lover’s death – following these opening scenes – laying down the foundations – the story starts once Salt escapes imprisonment and enters a hidden underworld – which soon turns into a very different, terrifying reality…

Lethally Lovely –

Without taking inspiration from both actresses Nicole da Silva and Tuppence Middleton; who have played lovely but lethal heroines, #Entrangement would undoubtedly have had a very different beginning. For as every writer knows, in the creation of characters – they must reveal themselves as people do – through appearance, voice, mannerisms and subtle behaviours and attitudes before we, the reader, can see them for who they really are.

Indelible Sheros –

From Nicole da Silva’s depiction of Franky in the series Wentworth, I was able to draw upon the mind-set that “difficult doesn’t mean impossible” for my heroine, Salt. Nicole portrays a woman who, when all would appear to be against her, can and will seek an alternative with formidable creativity. A heroine to be reckoned with, not against.

While viewing actress, Tuppence Middleton in The Lady Vanishes – showing both vulnerability and determination against falsehoods, I wrote the opening page to the novel #Entrangement – which remains as true as the day I first wrote it:

Opening extract:

#Salt – Sensing I am alone now, I open my eyes and confirm there is nothing between myself and the flickering source of candle light, only the book – I reach down and take its edge.

Moments ago, a prison guard hurled the book into my cell – taunting words followed – according to common wisdom it’s unlucky for a prisoner to read their own book of life. The truth is – I am my own woman, and anyone who claims I am not, professes to know a different me!

I lower the book, letting the candlelight shine onto it. The title reads: Prisoner Of The Past: Salt Delray. I open it, but am bedazzled by dancing light and shadows. Only a stir of knowing reaches up from the pages; and I’m transfixed, seemingly recognising the outline of words. The book becomes heavier in my hands as new pages and chapters are added to the volume – it appears to be writing itself.

I take the candle and move it close to the book. The hot wax drips onto the pages, the liquid runs, spelling out words as it presses and cools to congeal. It has written: If you sit very still, you can hear the sun move. The meaning doesn’t resonate to me. Then I gasp, sighting a kiss from the flame to the book’s corner. Instantly my fingers fly to knockback the fire, but the book has already changed into charred paper, unravelling wisps drift upwards and out through my prison cell window, towards the setting sola sun.

Turning my face to the wall, despair escapes me which isn’t silent. I only hope my instincts aren’t as close as far away. For I have read of a time and a place yet to be lived – the future. If I’m right, and this isn’t a cruel deception, then my life will continue.

But if I’m wrong?

The cell door bangs open. I wheel round. A prison guard rasps, “It’s time!”

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New Girl on the Writers’ Block – #Communicardo1


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Blog series – “New Girl on the Writers’ Block” – #Communicardo1 – So you want to be a writer?

Firstly: That’s great! Action comes from intention, and you have every intention of moving towards a creative life based on your own terms.

Secondly: That’s the easy part over with! From now on; whether you’re writing abilities include engaging readers through fiction, non-fiction, synopsis (short and long descriptions), tag-lines, adverts, blog posts, social media content, script-writing and/or html code – it’s not easy.

Many talented writer’s fall from the curb in the sky when results don’t show themselves overnight. You have to be patient and persistent with your writing efforts.

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How not to fall from the curb in the sky – write way writing?

It takes effort, talent and active re-thinking, re-working, re-writing – bending different writing roles to turn the life you envisage for yourself into reality.

Take courage from encouragement – there is no better time to start than now. Technology has made the impossible possible. A writer now has every opportunity to become self-made through self-publishing – no longer does your natural creative mind have to adhere to recent writing trends that big book publishers are only interested in signing; as they search for echoes of voices from yesterday’s success in order to repeat and project into their future authors.

There’s a whole world out there of potential readers for you, if you, choose to go it alone. Research is available to you from the internet – ensuring learning how to become visible as a writer is possible. So what you are waiting for? Do it!

The lure of failure – don’t allow failure to hold you back from succeeding as a writer

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I’m a firm believer – how you deal with disappointment shows you for who you really are. Your true character. A failure – whether in love-life, work-life, home-life, can sometimes be the making of you. Use this energy to motivate you forward, not drive you back into past regrets.

Nothing can be gained by dwelling on the past, you’ve lived it once, don’t re-live it again. Instead take responsibility for you; plot and plan how to go about creating a new you – with a better future – a writing future.

Why listen to me, when each experience lived is individual to the writer living it?

When it comes to writing – there is no right or wrong way – there’s just your way! By taking on other people’s rules of writing, it can stunt you own natural rhythm and curb your imagination. Don’t allow it! Instead, make you own rules, break them if necessary if it means you’ll achieve your own personal best. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

The experiences I share through this blog series “New Girl On The Writers’ Block” published on zizziology.com, are just that – my experiences. There may or may not suit you. I can only say, I include things I would tell my younger self if given the opportunity when first starting out as a writer – I look forward to reading your comments…

Zizzi x