Saturday, 30 September 2017

We're All Mad Here – Writers or Ghostwriters?

I am an author. But you already know that because I keep repeating it over and over again.
However, it is not you the one I want to convince, it is me.
I still can't believe that. Although anyone can be an author.
In fact we are all authors in our way. You too. So it's nothing extraordinary about being an author.

These past two weeks I have been sewing for 10 hours a day in a row. We are making a quilt that we are planning on selling and donate the money to a charity organisation.
6 days I have invested in it at this stage. But up until this stage, I have invested at least other 4. From morning to late evening.
The letters are dancing on the screen. I write by inertia because my fingers are tired and my eyes utterly confused by these long hours focusing on many different pieces of colourful fabric.

This time off writing gave me the opportunity to listen to videos discussing the writers' world.
I am outraged by what I found out.
Writing is a business. 
If you thought people don't read anymore, you were wrong. As I was too.
People still read. Quite a lot really. And not only electronic versions, but paperback formats too.

This should be great news for me. And it is. It's fantastic news. However, the people who invested years (or lives) researching and writing, don't earn anything. If something, they lose.

Do you know why?
Because writers are not business people. We write because it's what we are good at. 
Once the book is out, we think it will sell itself because it's  a great story.
Ha. This might have been true 20-50 years back. Not anymore.
The book, the amazing work of your life, might not be read by one single soul in this world if you don't invest time and money on advertising. Writing is only 10% of your getting the book in the hands or people.
Of course most give up.
What real writer would want to put up with this inferno? 
"We are creative people!" 
You have no idea how much I sympathise with you. 

Truth is, I would like to sit and write whole day long. Every day of the week, month, year.
But I don't write for myself.
If I need to learn marketing so you could read my book, I am going to learn marketing. I will hate every minute of it, but I am going to do what it takes to become worldwide known.

Some write because they mean business. These people invest loads of money in getting a book in the top 10. Usually, these stories are not that fantastic.
But the most important part is that many authors don't write the books they put their name on.
But because their goal is fame and/or money, they do what it takes to see it happen. So their books are everywhere. And they become bestsellers authors. Good for them. 
I am not jealous, I am actually impressed. Well done to them! I wish I was so clever. 

 I don't write for fame and glory.
  • I write because I am very good at it, 
  • I write because I love helping people,
  • I write great content that will remain in history for the generations to come, 
  • I write because this is my purpose in the world. 
I might be mad, but I am also a great real writer. 
If you don't know me yet, you will hear about me soon. 

In the meanwhile, keep on eye on my NEW free eBook promotion on Half my Age Plus Seven from the 7th until 9th of October 2017. 

The last free promotion went great! I didn't even bother to check until now. WOW! I felt like that child who rolled from happiness when he's got 1 subscriber on YouTube. O.N.E. And the subscriber was his grandma. 
You need to check that out on YouTube. It is very touching. I cried. 

Anyway, for someone who had no idea how to promote it... Well, it did pretty well. 5 downloads. 
Just kidding. It had 20. 
No. Kidding again. 
It had a couple of hundred. 
I am rolling on the floor. I hope we're not all family members. 
I have got quite a large family. 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Free eBooks Download Schedule

This post is addressed to all book lovers around the world. 
Romance, suspense, psychological thrillers, short and not so short dramatic tales, funny and ironic fiction, true to fact stories and memoirs, self-growth, motivational and inspirational publications. 

  • iLive: Stories From the Prison Called Life – One day only: 22/09/2017 
  • God is Weary: Tragic and Witty Short Tales  – Three days: 26, 27, 28/09/2017 

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Stop the Wars! – Together for Peace!

Happy International Peace Day!

I am lucky because I have never lived a war.
I never went to bed with the sound of bombs and gunshots. There was a Revolution in 1989 when the communist regime fell, but I was far from the Capital. I feared for my brother as he was serving the country at that time and was right in the middle of it. He came out all right only to lose his life in a different way twelve years later.

My parents though... They lived the Second World War. They've seen things I don't even want to imagine. Their stories are unbelievable. I am writing them down for eternity.
The constant fear, the hunger, the indigence, the blood and the deaths changed them.
It is hard to hear them speaking... so you can imagine how hard is for them to remember.

Today, I would like to make an appeal to every each of us: Please, Stop the wars!
I can't imagine a world like this. Parents who lose their offspring, children who watch their parents being slaughtered...
What impact would that have on your soul?
My heart is broken and I feel for everyone who has to witness such atrocities.
May the universe turn on their side.

This year theme is Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All and I am up for it.

To read more click here

If you like reading, download my free books from Amazon.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Massive Free Books Promotions for a Good Cause

I have to admit again that publishing a book is not enough to make it seen. I don't write for vanity.
Without advertising, an author who intends to make a living from this will never make it.
So I stopped writing to learn how to do this properly.

Besides my body and soul, I have invested all my saving in my books. If they don't sell, I wasted 4 years of my life and all my finances. I can't let this happen. I can't afford it really. It's vital for me.

I write because it's a dream I never dared to dream before, but mostly, I write to provide a better life and basic amenities for my octogenarian parents. 
This has always been my main purpose. 

I have a day job, but I am not able to provide for them and maintain myself with this salary. I need more and I work for it very hard. Night and day really. I don't do anything else but writing, studying and working. There is no weekend or not feeling like doing it for me.
I HAVE TO DO IT. For my parents because I love them very much.

So, as I said, I believe in my stories. I think they are fascinating and profound because my soul is in all of them. My style is unique and nostalgic. Therefore, I am going to focus on worldwide promotions.

I have set up new social network accounts on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram (you name it).
I also set up new email accounts to reflect my status of author. To be honest, I just wanted my name, but they were all taken so my new accounts contain: authorcristinag.
That is actually also the name of my new blog where I am going to post all the promotions that are coming up in September 2017.
If you like reading, I invite you to subscribe to keep up to date with all the initiatives I am preparing. 
I am also going to publish many excerpts, chapters of some very interesting books I am working on. 
I am not going to rest until my books are in the hands of many people. This is the only thing that counts for me.

So, starting with 22nd up to 29th of September 2017, all my eBooks will free for download. In sequence. Not all at the same time. Some will be on the same date, others will be... alone.

I don't know which part of the world you live in, but it doesn't matter what's your mother tongue, reading in English will help you improve your pronunciation, but not only.

Please note that I am not asking you to read if you don't like it. But if you know someone who likes it, share my posts/books with them.


Friday, 8 September 2017

Beautiful Book Covers at an Amazing Price

Now, I have to be honest and say it upfront: my books don't sell (yet).
I invested massively, all my savings for a few years, in proofreading and countless other self-publishing essentials. If you want to make a career, you need to do what it takes.

The moment to look into my book covers came and hit me quite badly in the head. They looked... hmm... not good. To say the least.
But the prices on the market are not accessible to me at this point in time.
I am not saying that they are not fair because they are. But I don't have that money. I need to pay the bills.
This is literally what my life resumes to in these past two years: studying, writing, and going to work to pay the bills so I could keep writing.

I don't know you, but I really wanted to have some book covers made professionally.

I heard of Fiverr. You heard too. Everyone heard I think. So one day, I spent 5 hours to see how it works. Then after other 2 days of research for someone appropriate to help me, I hired a few people to build my so desired book covers.
15 minutes after I paid the first one I regretted bitterly. He could not understand what I wanted, although I sent him a few private messages before hiring him. "I would like this, this and this. Do you think you could help me?"
His reply was prompt and confident, "Of course."
When I saw the first draft, which he said was the finished product, I felt sick. Every information was wrong, starting with my name. Besides, it looked horrible. Just the opposite of a professional job.

5 days later I had a lot of new white hair and I gave up giving instructions that were not considered. It was like talking to a wall. I paid the guy, threw the covers away and hired somebody else. A new seller. I wanted to give him a chance.
Bad decision. A week later, same procedure.
Then another guy. He made an okay job, but it was not to my liking. I decided not to waste my time (again) explaining what I don't like and why. I just accepted and moved on.
Then I hired somebody to design a logo and a business card. Same dreadful experience.

I was devastated. I spent quite some money – that I already did not have (in surplus)  – on things I threw away. I have done infinitely better than those professionals. I was shocked by their level of knowledge and creativity.
I wasn't sure if it was because I chose the wrong people or a sort of an alliance against me.
I am kidding, of course. My fault was mine: I chose the wrong people. Fiverr is absolutely great. I am not joking now. There are billions of outstanding professionals. Just spent some time to look for them or... listen to me. I learnt quite a lot from these experiences.

Anyway, I was ready to delete my profile when I clicked on Hayley's gig.
I decided to take my last chance so I ordered and waited two days biting my lips. Terrified that I would have a similar experience to the ones above.
When she delivered, I burst into tears. She amazed me.
She is incredibly patient, creative, friendly and eager to do a great job.
I have ordered 3 times since then and now I have 6 gorgeous book covers at an incredible price.

If you want to know how much click here and see for yourself.  Huge value for money. You won't hire someone else after that.  There is no competition for Hayley. Trust me, I spent many weeks researching.

I am waiting for other 2 covers and I am ordering again next week.

If you don't believe me, have a look at the slider on my new blog, or on Amazon. I am thrilled.