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?


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

banner of presenter Chris Evans

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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