An Afternoon with Chimamanda (1)

Endorsement For Authors

Sometime when I look at the life of some authors, I asked myself do I really want to become one. Though it’s my passion what I love to do but simply because the life of some few authors are no life.

They live a life of penury – struggling to survive under the heat of the earth.

Passion does not mean you should die of hunger neither live on food fallen from the table of the master like dogs nor did if mean to put on tattered clothes, rags and wallow on the streets.

Fine, I love this thing, I love to do this, and I have a passion for this thing.  But that shouldn’t mean I should live in slum and squalid house for my passion.

There’s great joy to make money from what you love doing.  To live a good life is the dream of men neglect of your passion.  And when you live a good life because of what you love to do it’s a double joy.  Believe me, everyone on this earth wants to make money not only authors.  Neglect what person says: I’m doing what I do because of passion because I love it.  Truth, but the main basis of doing that thing is because you want to make money out of it.

Everything worth doing is what doing well.  The business side of your talent, your dream, your ambition should also come along the passion.  Every author wants to make money from his books.  An author’s book is dead without the audience, the readers.  They buy the book to put money in their pocket.  Your book is lovely.  Your write well. congratulation.  Your book is very interesting.  I love you.  You’re the best.  Good.  Those compliments are welcomed but one question the author will ask is: ‘Am I making money from my book?”

What become of your bank account after writing that great book which might have took you years to write.  I tell people that writing a book is the most intellectual art when if comes to creativity.  Your thought as an author is so deep.  Kudos to writers aspiring to become an author and to authors who had been published.

Writing takes your time, efforts and brain.  You glue yourself to that computer screen or on paper writing that manuscript, thinking of those metaphors, words, comparison to polish your writing all in one spot.  Sometimes you get stuck and it looks as if your brain is miscalculating.  The words ran out of your memory and you try hard to recollect them.  So writing is tough and so authors need to be more celebrated and appreciated in our society.

I ask myself can I make a living from being an author. I spend all my years writing and publishing a book; I put them out in bookshops and stores only to go back and still find my book unsold.  Covered with dust and maybe half eaten by the store companion the rats.

For crying out loud authors are been neglected in the society. The individual, corporate bodies and the government.  Authors are celebrities and should be treated and seen as one.  It’s painful that you are called an author yet you’re live in mud.

Authors are creative people, celebrities and they should be endorsed.

Endorsement should be given to authors just like the other celebrities, the musician, the actors and actresses.  Corporate bodies and companies should use authors for advertisement of their product.  They are not piece of crap that just erupts from the sky.  Authors are creative people even more just like other creative talents that sweeps away lots of endorsement.  Authors’ works are loved by people and the audience wants to be like them.  They are role model and motivator to hopeless life so why not also give them that endorsement.

Do not neglect authors of your brand, use them for promotion to advertise your product and celebrate them for their creativity.

Government should also support authors by adding story books into school syllabus each year for primary schools and novels for the secondary level.  That will put students knowledge about literature and make them want to read and also put food on the table of authors.  Parents should also support by buying story books for their children in ordered to support authors who are intellectually endowed with their intellectual property out on the streets.

Many writers who wants to come in and become authors have the fear of will I be able to make a living out of it owing to the castrated life of penury not better than a church mouse of authors.  Never blame them.  Everyone wants to earn a good living for what he / she do.  But if all this support is given to authors more talents will come into the field and that will increase different ways of telling our stories.

Give endorsement to authors, support them, and use them to promote your goods and services, use them for billboards because they are also part of our celebrities.

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21 thoughts on “Endorsement For Authors” by Alloywrite (@ify1986)

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    chemokopi (@chemokopi): Head Wordsmith - 281714 pts

    Well, there is a reason why Robert Kiyosaki and other writers encourage multiple streams of income. When you do, you are more positioned to do real art.

    Well done. Keep improving your art.

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    Basit-Jamiu (@basittjamiu): Senior Scribe - 23642 pts

    thanks for this great piece.

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    Efadel (@febidel): Senior Scribe - 26518 pts

    @ify1986. Very well said. I agree with you.

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    Eletrika (@babyada): Wordsmith - 36536 pts

    I agree with you. But, there is so much grammatical errors in your piece. As a good writer, try to keep the out of your work.

    ‘Neglect what people ‘say’s’. Get rid of that ‘s’.

    ‘…for their children in ‘order’ed’. Get rid of the ‘ed’

    ‘…who are intellectually endowed with their intellectual property on the street.’ Check the sentence again.

    Well done.

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    Alloywrite (@ify1986): Junior Writer - 2766 pts

    @Eletrika you’re wonderful. Pls can u send me your email, I want to send you a story. Tanks

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      Eletrika (@babyada): Wordsmith - 36536 pts

      See teacher seff dey gbagaun. It’s alright. Dear @ify1986, my e-mail is babyani4me95@yahoo.com.

      Public, no spam please.

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    Alloywrite (@ify1986): Junior Writer - 2766 pts

    @Chemokopi Tanks for reading

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    Alloywrite (@ify1986): Junior Writer - 2766 pts

    @Efadel Tanks. @Basittjamiu You’re welcome

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    Alloywrite (@ify1986): Junior Writer - 2766 pts

    @Chemokopi pls your email

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    Alloywrite (@ify1986): Junior Writer - 2766 pts

    @Eletrika For their children in ordered was a editing and typing error not my grammar. The intellectual is correct. Agree with you on the ‘Neglect what people say’s’

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    Afronuts (@Afronuts): Head Wordsmith - 63738 pts

    Nice article, you do make a good deal of sense (Watch the typos and errors though). However I’d want to point that there may be some salient areas you’re not looking at.

    I don’t think just being an author by reason of someone who has published a book is enough. The way it works for Authors is almost like the way it works for music artistes. If your music is not good and doesn’t get very regular airplay and reviews, people may not get to know you. As an author, your book or books need to be out there in the face of people and it has to be GOOD. Not every author that writes is interesting. That you’ve published 5 books is not the question but are your books really INTERESTING reads? Any Author that writes real good stuff and has his books in the face of people is bound to become very noticed.

    But then should it stop there? No. I don’t think Authors should just sit down and live on their books alone. They should take their art and diversify it. You’re a good story teller, cool. Why don’t you divert your art into creating interesting screenplays or even writing for Television? How about writing Radio dramas? How about exploring stuff you can do on social media or your blog if you own one?

    If you’re a good writer, keep writing, perfecting your art, exploiting every means for exposure to the public and finding simple ways to endorse yourself. Its only a matter of time before you’ll soon be discovered as a vibrant talent that people will begin to run after. And this means you’ll start making money as result. Tyler Perry actually started as a writer before making movies and drama; Stephen King has been involved in screenplays of numerous movies. Other writers are professors in universities or have some other thing they do.

    Like @chemokopi said, writing should never be an only stream of income. Also, if your craft is exceptional or unique, you’ll start getting noticed and offers. Its all a matter of putting more into your passion and one day the money and fame may begin to chase you. Also if you build yourself in other areas – like writing screenplays, you could even become more sought after and even get offers to put produced movies into novel format like it was done for Gremlins.

    You are very right in your article but we must not leave it at that alone. The age is changing. We’re in the computer age now and things are being done differently. Take a look at what opportunities you can harness as an author. Its no longer about being able to write stuff, its now being IT smart about it as well.

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      Tola Odejayi (@TolaO): Wordsmith - 37270 pts

      I agree with you, @afronuts.

      @ify1986, I think too much of the article centers around what people (government, parents, etc.) should do for authors, and not what authors should do for themselves. The reality is that people are not going to want to help authors unless there is some strong motivating factor for them to do so (e.g. self-interest). Maybe you can write another article expanding on this.

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    Alloywrite (@ify1986): Junior Writer - 2766 pts

    @Afronuts Thanks …..

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    Ellie (@elly): Writer - 9168 pts

    True talk@ Afronuts, @ify1986- if you truly love what you do sometimes that is enough compensation, well done!

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    Alloywrite (@ify1986): Junior Writer - 2766 pts

    @Ellie Welcome… What @Afronuts said is true. Agreed but the issue of music that he pointed out I quite disagree because some Nigeria musician has some wack music u cannot even relate to their lyrics yet they possess fame. Music in nigeria is all about money . If u know someone in d industry who is well known whether you’re talented or not you will make. I know so many talent underground who is still struggling. Every talent shd keep doing what they know how to do best and one day they’ll be noticed and celebrated.

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      Afronuts (@Afronuts): Head Wordsmith - 63738 pts

      @ify1986

      Music? Where did I mention music? I never mentioned music oh…Read me well. And when I mentioned radio, I wasn’t talking about music but drama…dialogues

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    Alloywrite (@ify1986): Junior Writer - 2766 pts

    @Ellie Welcome… What @Afronuts said is true. Agreed but the issue of music that he pointed out I quite disagree because some Nigeria musician has some wack music u cannot even relate to their lyrics yet they possess fame. Music in nigeria is all about money . If u know someone in d industry who is well known whether you’re talented or not you will make. I know so many talent underground who is still struggling. Every talent shd keep doing what they know how to do best and one day they’ll be noticed and celebrated.

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    topazo (@topazo): Head Wordsmith - 59211 pts

    To add to @afronuts comments, knowing how to package and market ones self is also important in being discovered and celebrated. But above all to be distinguished, excellence is the key

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      Alloywrite (@ify1986): Junior Writer - 2766 pts

      @topaz thanks for reading.

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    Alloywrite (@ify1986): Junior Writer - 2766 pts

    @Afronuts apology. One love brother. I must have taken some liquor before reading.

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    Efadel (@febidel): Senior Scribe - 26518 pts

    Some writers in other parts of the world have actually made a living out of their writing. Writing takes time, and good writing requires some reading and travel time, as well as extensive research, interviews, etc. A good writer, if s/he chooses to, should be able to be a full-time writer if things work well in Nigeria.

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