Write the book you wish to read

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

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Judging a book by its cover

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 price to pay

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

Secret agents

"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

Book sales for pension

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

A Belgian waffle…

Waffle can mean both 'lengthy and vague, trivial talk or writing' or refer to 'a dish made from leavened batter of dough cooked between two plates'. This blog can be considered a combination of the two as this piece is about Belgium. Geert van Istendael (pseudonym of Geert Vanistendael), a Belgian writer, poet and essayist … Continue reading A Belgian waffle…