Forbidden fruit is a phrase that originates from the Book of Genesis concerning Adam and Eve. Both eat the fruit of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, which they had been commanded not to do by God. As a metaphor, the phrase typically refers to any indulgence or pleasure that is … Continue reading When is fruit forbidden?
It was Toni Morrison who said, "If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it." Growing up, all my pocket money would be spent at WH Smith in Hull and ever since I can remember, for my birthday and Christmas, … Continue reading Write the book you wish to read
Samuel Johnson said: "Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement" . Therefore it comes as no surprise that in the world of literature, a good blurb and a well designed cover are strongly advised for potential readers to be attracted. I put this to the test with a quick Twitter pole, offering four … Continue reading Judging a book by its cover
The American business magnate Warren Buffet said "Price is what you pay; value is what you get." My ebooks on Amazon are priced around €8 and my printed versions on Lulu or Amazon, some €18. This may seem quite high by any standard, but given the enormity of each project, the volume of words (~150K) … Continue reading The price to pay
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." This quote by Ernest Hemingway will resonate with many writers out there. For me this most certainly applies as all I want to do is write, but creative writing that is, not crap to convince the whole world how brilliant … Continue reading Secret agents
Denis Waitley, an American motivational speaker, writer and consultant once said, “Chase your passion, not your pension.” And while I typically live by these words, believing strongly in 'Carpe Diem', I cannot help but think that FAAS KRAMER could offer me a nice pension in several years to come. At the time of this writing … Continue reading Book sales for pension
"The value of achievement lies in the achieving." I love the above quote. Albert Einstein is telling us to enjoy the journey, which is 99% of life. I take this strongly to heart as for me, writing is a trip. Yes, it'd be nice if a sold tons and could be a full-time writer, but … Continue reading Imagination is hard work