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

Who else is going to wear it – if not me, me, me –¬†www.tostadora.co.uk/zizzibonah

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

banner of presenter Chris Evans

I don’t know what you mean?!


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

banner of un-authoritative quotes

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

image of person fiercely biting into large chocolate bar

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

photocopy of author biography

What can I say? – It reads better…


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

photocopied section of #Entrangement back cover

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?


Phantasy fiction – 3 points – from writer’s imagination to publication

More often than not the advice to budding writers is to write what they know. But there are exceptions to this rule – and none more than when writing phantasy.

Engage from the get go of your story



  • POINT 1 – kick start your story with something phantastical – don’t wait until the end of first chapter to engage the reader

Be consistent with the rules you choose to write




  • POINT 2 – the writer makes the rules, but take care not to break the rules you put in place. If you have created a structure by which your characters live by, such as they can’t pronounce the letter R because it was stolen, don’t then change this rule half-way through the story by having them speak perfect English.

Extract – #GirlRogues Braggadocio, verse “Alphabet Thief”

WANTED: A cwiminal stole a piece of the alphabet: that which follows Q but pwecedes S.


The suspect was seen escaping on wollah-skates passed the “Wagon ‘n Hose” as fah as one day gone by.


A witness who wishes to wemain nameless said the culpwit was: “Not wed, but wudely wouge, with wosey cheeks and winkled ankle boots.” Adding: “She was equipped with a wolling-pin and skillfully disagweeable.”


The imminent wace is on to find the stolen alphabet epistle in the hope of stopping the wobba wunning a mock of the witten language.


If you have any news of the wogue in question, please contact the authowities on: twiple-thwee-twiple-eight.


Please note it is an offence to supply a false statement.


Penalty: a wun wound the woundabouts with Wobbie Willis.

3 – Remember characters should reveal themselves like people do



  • POINT 3 – what motivates baddies to be the way they are? Not all have complex issues, maybe it’s just because they can. Nevertheless, there is a reason. Your characters should reveal themselves like people do through APPEARANCE, VOICE, MANNERISMS, ATTITUDES and in doing so, allowing us to see them for who they really are…


Why do you think the “Alphabet Thief” stole the letter R in the verse above?